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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,806 miles

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2004 Honda Odyssey lights problems

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2004 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 272016


  • 167,408 miles


After I bring my car to dealer they fix the SRS control unit recall, then the SRS light always on then they tell me need to pay for the part opds unit will not initialize. Why I have to pay for opds part before my car never have that happen.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #4

Apr 072014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 111,438 miles
I was driving to school, and the transmission was acting funny. I drove it approximately 30 miles to our dealership. Luckily I made it. The highest speed I could go was almost 40mph. Pulled into the dealership at 8:30A.M. and waited. Was given the news that it was the transmission, and it was almost $6,000 to replace. They had me. Didn't know what to do...and had to pick up kids at school at 3;30P.M. ended up sinking $40,000 into a new 2014 Odyssey. Boy do I feel taken! and then to find out there was a problem with Honda transmissions from 1999. I do question the transmission of the one I am driving shifts funny. My 2004 also always had a fuel smell. Was concerned at times of starting it. We also paid to have the dash lights our expense. Didn't know there was a recall on that either......darn those dealerships!!! they got us on the transmission too!!

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #3

Mar 142014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles
While coming to a stop for vehicles stopped at the traffic light at the end of my street, I rear-ended an oil truck in front of me. My driver's side airbag deployed as I applied the brakes to stop, causing me to lose control and hit the oil truck. My vehicle was totaled and my injuries were not severe.

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #2

Oct 282011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
About 2 years ago, the window actuator failed on the passenger side, I paid to repair this. Over the last 6 months, another 4 actuators have failed. One of them is the lock actuator on passenger side, second is the lock actuator on left sliding door, another is the window actuator on driver side and the actuator for driver side door lock. The problems of this magnitude are a serious safety issue as the window actuator on driver side suddenly failed while driving and was scary as the window just fell into the door. The other actuators failing with locks and doors can be a serious problems, especially with children in the vehicle where the window or door suddenly opens or closes. This seems to be an electrical component problem that need to be addressed by a national recall.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #1

May 112010


  • 41,186 miles
My 2004 Honda Odyssey has a repeated problem with its "brake light switch". this term can be misleading - it has nothing to do with the brakes. What happens is once the car is turned on, or sometimes already on, and you are about to switch gears, the car is in no gear at all. Even the owner's manual has a "fix" for this under "shift lock release". this has happened on and off in my car for over 2 years. I have a Honda dealership correct this to only have it happen again and again. The problem with the "shift locking" is it may happen 3 times in one day and then not happen for 5 days. The dealership says they cannot replicate the item so they cannot fix it under warranty from the previous time.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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