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3.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,977 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #17

Oct 152010

Odyssey

  • 101,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The air conditioning began blowing warm air on my 2005 Honda Odyssey ex-L last fall. I had the local Honda dealer perform an inspection, and he stated that I had a hole in my air conditioning condenser that must have been due to a rock. I believe this problem is a design problem, which Honda will not admit to or repair at their cost. The 2005 Odyssey has little protection against road debris from their new grill designs. Honda should recall these cars and provide protective shielding.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #16

May 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
A/C unit stops working. A/C clutch and condenser is damaged.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #15

Mar 302005

Odyssey

  • 85,000 miles
Ac condenser leak caused by "rock hitting it". poor design which should have a grill protecting it. Causes freon leak. Dealers now suggesting to install an after market grill after spending $1000 to fix. Clearly a design problem by Honda.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #14

Mar 052010

Odyssey

  • 62,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

A/C condenser punctured by road debris for third time in 5 years. Design flaw; condenser has no protection behind grill. Expensive, non-warrantied item and repair!

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #13

Jul 152009

Odyssey

  • 45,000 miles
2005 Honda Odyssey A/C condenser failure.

- Brookfield, WI, USA

problem #12

Jul 302009

Odyssey

  • 60,550 miles
I own a 2005 Honda Odyssey... I had a full failure in the A/C clutch or compressor system. I have seen an enormous amount of customer complaints at how Honda has denied responsibility for a design defect and calls the usual break down as a rock -->where other reputable businesses (Goodyear) call it a basic failure. I have never owned a vehicle that is only 4 yrs old -- bought 2 yrs used -- that has a full A/C system failure of this type -- unusual and uncalled for... additionally parts and equipment are understocked or unavailable --> repairs will cost me $1600 in parts and additional $400 for repairs.. ridiculous on a 4 yr old car... and uncalled for at its current age. No rough driving -- no rough usage -- family car used for family travel only... now out of commission for nearly a week while awaiting parts... on a common problem as this parts should be more readily available but due to the lack of acknowledgment by the Honda Corp... we have a shortage on the market that they are profiting from at a probable enormous rate.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #11

May 252009

Odyssey

  • 111,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

A/C unit failed from a pebble striking the condenser while driving down the interstate. $1000 to repair, dealer was aware of the problem before even looking at the unit. Apparently it's a frequent occurrence for these models.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #10

May 152009

Odyssey

  • 67,000 miles
Hole in air conditioning condenser.

- Sugar Grove, IL, USA

problem #9

Jun 092008

Odyssey

  • 39,000 miles
I own a 2005 Honda Odyssey and it has 39K miles. My A/C just went out and I took it to a local shop and the mechanic was shocked to see I needed to replace the compressor on such a new vehicle. I paid approx $600 to get it fixed. I checked the internet and there are mass quantities of complaints about the Odyssey A/C problem with rock damage to the compressor and Honda is well aware of this problem.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 092008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 45,957 miles
My A/C quit working while on my way home from the airport. I took it to the local Honda dealership who informed me that a rock or other debris from the road punctured a hole in the A/C compressor. I assumed this would be paid by Honda under warranty but I was informed that it would not. In researching this problem online, I have uncovered a large number of other individuals who have had a similar scenario. This is a design flaw in that the A/C is exposed to potential damage from the road and should be subject to a recall to fix it. Honda is undoubtedly aware of this problem but refuses address this issue in a responsible manner, which is a disappointment.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #7

May 232008

Odyssey

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air conditioner not working. According to the Honda service dealer(ph 805-584-6632). A rock hit the condenser and made a hole. I have seen many people complain about the same problem on the net and feel Honda should pay to fix it as it is a design flaw.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #6

May 122008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 21,992 miles
Replaced the air conditioner condenser on Honda 2005 Odyssey van twice (Mar 06, May 08) caused by rocks hitting/damaging the condenser because of a faulty grille design that does not protect the condenser from flying rocks/debris when driving.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 012005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
I bought my Honda Odyssey minivan spring 2005 and we have repaired the air conditioner every year and I have complained to the dealership, they always tell me a rock popped up and hit the system so they are not liable I don't drive my car on rocky roads but I suppose that could happen but every year ? I think it is Honda's standard reply to a problem they know is their fault, I love the way my van handles, looks and really everything about it except it is getting old when spring comes around to bring it in to get the air conditioner fixed.

- Muenster, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 042006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 11,713 miles
Bought a 2005 Honda Odyssey on 7/1/05. On 4/4/06, the air conditioning condenser had to be replaced due to incidental damage from a road debris (probably a rock) puncturing it and leaking the freon out. On 4/28/08, the same thing has occurred. Looking on the internet, I have found many people having this same problem. The condenser coils are on the front of the vehicle with no protection from road debris (e.g., a mesh or wire screen).

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #3

Apr 282008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 39,400 miles
Bought a 2005 Honda Odyssey on 7/1/05. On 4/4/06, the air conditioning condenser had to be replaced due to incidental damage from a road debris (probably a rock) puncturing it and leaking the freon out. On 4/28/08, the same thing has occurred. Looking on the internet, I have found many people having this same problem. The condenser coils are on the front of the vehicle with no protection from road debris (e.g., a mesh or wire screen).

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #2

May 262007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
I purchased a "certified pre-owned" 2005 Honda Odyssey and the Honda care extended warranty in March of 2007. I was planning a trip from Texas to West Virginia with a friend and our three kids, all under the age of five. In Alabama, we realized the air conditioning was releasing hot air. I called the Honda dealerships in all the major cities we passed through. Since it was a Saturday on a holiday weekend, no one would help us. I called Honda care and was told they could do nothing because the van was still under factory warranty. When I arrived in West Virginia, I made an appointment with the Honda dealership. The technicians there informed me that there was a hole in the van's condenser that "must have been caused by a rock." I was also informed that this would not be covered under either my factory warranty or my extended warranty. I had no choice but to pay $633.52 to get it fixed. I spoke to representatives at gunn Honda, who advised me to call Honda. I called the Honda customer service number. The regional manager called me and gave a seemingly rehearsed speech of how this would not be covered under my warranty. After a search online, I discovered that there are many many people who have had this same issue with this model. I am very distraught to think that no one has stepped forward to protect the hard-working citizens of this country from such a scandalous conspiracy. I am an army veteran who served time in iraq. My husband is active duty, stationed in Hawaii, set to go to afghanistan. We cannot afford a plane ticket for him to come home because I had to use all of our savings for this. Why are people being deceived about how great Honda is and how the Odyssey is the number one minivan, and not being warned about such an expensive defect in the design" what can be done about this? am I to just let this organization take advantage of me"

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 262005

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 9.974 miles my 2005 Honda Odyssey was found to have an air conditioner condensor leak. This is due to the wide open, low profile opening on the front of the van. This was an expensive repair! I believe there should be a mesh installed there by the manufacturer to protect the condensor.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

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