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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,300 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Honda Odyssey steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 292015


  • 120,000 miles


Within one minute of getting into my car and driving my car, the front and side airbags deployed without any outside impact to the vehicle. My driving car speed at the time was approximately 30 mph. Suddenly, there was a very loud pop noise, the airbags deployed and the horn blew, and there was alot of smoke. I quickly pulled the car over and we got out of the car. I opened the car door and a smoke vapor came out. I have a burn to my skin on my left hand. The passenger has chest pain. I have had recalls fixed before.....updated 10-27-15

- Parkland, FL, USA

problem #4

May 012014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
It was Thursday, early evening, and I was driving on a country road, approaching a stop sign, when the 2004 Honda Odyssey van's power cut out. The engine went dead in the middle of the road. It just suddenly cut off for no reason. I was able with difficulty to steer it to the side of the road. I turned the ignition "off" and called my husband thinking I might need aaa to come tow the car. After the van sat for a few minutes, I was able to get it to start again, but it sounded terrible and the engine's engagement felt weak. I was a few miles from an auto repair shop and decided to slowly drive it there and leave it overnight. I was told the next day that the transmission had failed and the mechanic mentioned that there had been a recall on my van of which I was unaware. I looked up the recalls on the NHTSA site that Honda and issued and noticed that my van's VIN number was in the range that had been recalled for transmission problems. I called local Honda dealers about this as well as the Honda corporate number. Each said that even though my van's VIN was in the batch that was recalled and even though the exact problem that I had experienced was the reason for the recall, they did not feel obliged to assist with the van's repair. Neither the local Honda dealer nor Honda corporate would give an explanation as to why they felt they did not need to shoulder any of the transmission replacement costs. I believe this is against the law. Can corporations like Honda really get away with ignoring the law? after paying for a $4,600 transmission replacement, I do not have the money to fight them.

- Harleysville, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 131,500 miles
As my husband accelerated, the steering lost power. He could give the engine gas but could not manage the car. Somehow he was able to turn the car around and get the car back to our mechanic. He checked it out and determined that indeed the transmission had failed.

- Armada, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 162010


  • 80,000 miles
On 4/16/2010 my 2004 Honda Odyssey ended up in single car crash into hwy center divider injuring us and total loss of vehicle. We took quick turn from one lane to another to prevent accident and that made the vehicle out of control. What was scary is despite my repeated efforts to stop or bring it back to control, it ended up crashing. The insurance company is in the process of disposing it as total loss and I want to ruleout any vehicle defect. How can I help you?

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 052004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Their is vibration in the driver side rear view mirror. At 60 mph, the mirror, front seats vibrates. First time I took the vehicle to Honda dealership, they said the wheel alingnment was out, second time they said the mirror is bad and replaced it. Third time they said they see the vibrations but cannot find anything wrong. They said they test drove 3 other vehicles with similar milage (13.5 K) and found that they all have the same problem. I called Honda and they said that they cannot do anything about this.

- Greenwood, SC, USA

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