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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,227 miles

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2005 Honda Odyssey electrical problems

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2005 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #15

Aug 082011


  • 190,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated when she started the vehicle the steering wheel locked and the ignition mechanism fractured. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who advised her that the ignition needed to be replaced due to the fractured parts. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure and current mileage was approximately 190,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- 29 Palms, CA, USA

problem #14

May 012008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,329 miles
2005 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states problems with door alarm the consumer stated the alarm sounded on two separate occasions. In both instances, there was no light on the display dashboard and the door was physically opened with wind noise. The first repair was not a success as the problem continued. When the consumer returned to the dealer a month later, it appeared the problem was fixed. The consumer stated three years later, the problem resurfaced again. While driving down the highway, the alarm began to sound with no dashboard display. When the consumer turned the steering wheel to the right, the door opened and the door display illuminated. The consumer had to manually close the door and lock it leaving the master switch off.

- Mendon, MA, USA

problem #13

Mar 212011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
My 05 Odyssey's lights in the odometer were flashing on and off. Sometimes, they just flash. Sometimes, they flash and all the gauge, speed, RPM, temp, and fuel dropped briefly before they go back up again. When they were doing that (dropped) the vehicle did not jerk. A couple of months ago the engine light came on, but a few days later it disappeared. Then it came on again. I used an obd II reader to read it and it gave me a code about the ECM/PCM module. I bought and replaced both relays but to this day (3/21/11) the flashing is still not resolved. Today everything flashes and it seems like all the electronics in the vehicle (including all the gauges) were down for about two seconds while the car was on the freeway going about 65-70 mph.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 012011


  • 108,000 miles


The vehicle engine is shutting off with no warning. There have been approximately 6 instances of the vehicle being operated and then the engine will cut off. The first incident occurred in a parking lot when in reverse. There have been 3 incidents at low speed, while making turns, and 2 incidents while traveling at speed (one at 40 mph and one at 70 mph). The vehicle has been taken to the dealer on 3 occasions but the dealer has been unable or unwilling to address the issue because there are no codes sent to the on-board computer. The most recent incident on 3/6/2011 was while traveling at 70 mph on the interstate highway. We referred the service writer to NHTSA campaign id numbers 05V132000 and 07V097000 but he was unwilling to consider that our issue was related to either of these previously noted failures.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #11

Oct 132010


  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey and was driving to work, when I noticed smoke coming from under the hood. At first I thought the van was overheating but noticed the temp gauge was normal. Pulled over and opened the hood and the engine compartment was on fire. Called 911 and the fire department put out the fire. Contacted amercian Honda regarding the situation, and let me know that they would look into it.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #10

Jan 042010


  • 64,422 miles
Ref: 2005 Honda Odyssey engineer computer malfunction ¿ dangerous safety issue 2005 Odyssey touring model 1) let's start with what has happened to this Odyssey engine computer, or engine warning light last three years, two problems so far: A little over one year after I got this Odyssey, the yellow engine light started to come on. Took it to diamond bar Honda, they just reset the light without doing any checking; they told me this is Honda imposed standard procedure. Another few months went by, the engine light came on again. This time Honda care finally authorized the part replacement. 2) I thought things were ok not until the ¿engine¿ light came on again, this time with big amber message stating ¿inspect vsa¿ also. I stopped and restarted the engine, the light went off. On the second day, while I was driving at I-60, suddenly with no warning, both ¿engine¿ and ¿inspect vsa¿ came on again. And the car started to slow down considerably on the freeway. The vehicle slowed down to less than 20 mph with did not response to the gas pedal. I had to immediately pull my car to right side shoulder, almost rear ended by a semi-truck. This is absolutely down right dangerous and un-safe. I could have been seriously injured by this from driving at 65 mph and slowed to <20 mph in few seconds!! however, this is no longer ¿Honda dragging your feet and save cost issue¿. this is a serious product safety issue now! with this letter, I am officially putting Honda on notice on this 'seriously safety problem / defect¿. I told my wife and will inform my attorney that in case I get rear ended on the road, this engine stalling will be the cause of the accident.

- Rowland Heights, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 022009


  • 100,000 miles


My was driving home from picking up my three children from school when she smelled smoke coming from the air vents. She checked the radiator gauge thinking it was the radiator but the temp was normal. She pulled off the road on the side street when she got out she saw fire drip down from under the car thank god she got the children and herself out. She called 911 and the fire truck put the fire out.the 2005 Honda Odyssey van is totaled.

- Covinton, LA, USA

problem #8

Mar 272007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
Electrical problem with my Honda Odyssey 2005 I brought it brand new and every time I sit in the vehicle it will not start. The dealer told me battery drained out. It already happen 4 times and the main switch of the light is already off they keep on saying that we left the light on. For goodness sake!!! we have 3 cars and this van only has the problem. We think something is wrong in the system that's draining the battery I told them several times but they won't believe me. I am worried about my warranty what if it expires then suddenly they will find out what's wrong with the vehicle and payment will come out of my pocket. Please advise thanks.

- Arden, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 272006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,200 miles
While making a hard right hand turn, van had a complete loss of power. Engine, lights, power steering and power brakes all died instantly. Managed to stop the van without hitting anything, but if someone had been coming the other way, no way an accident wouldn't have happened. Put car in park, turned key and it restarted and drove fine. Called dealer and took it in for them to look at it. There were approx. 10 error codes recorded. They kept van for four hours, ended up saying it was a dead battery and they replaced it and sent me on my way. They said paperwork has to be sent through warranty and will send me a copy when it comes back. Explanation doesn't fit situation.

- Harrison, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 212005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,660 miles
Experiencing a very loud buzzing noise in the speakers. Problems started back in July of 05' @7600 miles. Noise would be intermittent - dealer replaced 1st set of rear speakers. 4 days later vehicle battery ran down while sitting in the garage. I charged battery and drove vehicle to a drive-in movie where battery ran down again, with-in the course of a two hour movie. Took vehicle back to dealership the next day - tested system and no problems found. 10 days later @8500 miles vehicle would not stop buzzing - the buzzing noise was so loud, that the kids were complaining that it was hurting their ears. --only way to stop noise was to speed vehicle up or let off the gas pedal. -- service department replaced both rear speakers again and the active noise control unit. Appeared that problem was fixed until it started again in Dec. Of 05' at 12500- shop replaced lt. Front speaker. It has made the loud buzzing noise again - but unable to duplicate while in shop.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #5

Jan 252005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,665 miles


My 2005 Honda Odyssey has stalled twice while driving. 1st episode was Jan 2005(~1030mi). As I was turning right, went over a curb. Car suddenly stopped running. Everything in car went out as if someone pulled an electrical plug. I turned key to off & was able to immediately restart.brought car to fischer Honda, ypsilanti, mi.service dept said that they found nothing wrong.I thought they called tech support. I continued to drive car because they couldn't find a problem. 2nd incident occurred Sept 13,2005(~7665mi).as was turning left from turn lane, car stalled in on-coming traffic, causing a near-accident.put car in park, turned key to off, &restarted car immediately.brought car to howard cooper Honda service, ann arbor, mi next morning.I filed case # &complaint w/american Honda motor co. Cust. Service. Honda svc. Dealer called saying found nothing wrong&that I needed to pick up car.we argued that needed further exploration of this safety issue, not just for us but potentially other Odyssey owners. We were particularly concerned when our internet search found NHTSA recall id#05V132000.we mentioned this recall but svc dealer said our VIN didn't fall within recall range& that it definitely couldn't be our fuse box.we asked if they tested our fuse box directly.they said they couldn't. finally, Honda dealer provided rental car while they drove car for a week(~270 miles)checking for stall.they changed on board computers data capture to record for stall.they called Honda tech support who stated they had never heard of stall complaint.they said couldn't fix my car since they found nothing wrong.we've called amer. Honda motor co. Cust. Svc. Many times without avail. Despite saying they'd contact Honda dealer, they never coordinated a resolution. We don't feel they've considered the potentially deadly consequences of driving car that stalls suddenly while being driven. We're told to call immediately if stalls again. We're afraid to drive. The next stall could result in serious casualty.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 112005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
I purchased a new 2005 Honda Odyssey ex-L in December 2004, and I have experienced multiple incidents in which the brakes make a very loud grinding noise with medium hard braking. The grinding has not resulted in any apparent loss of braking ability or loss of control however this is a concern to me since I drive with a 5 year old in my care. I took the Odyssey to the service center in may O5 for this issue and they replaced the brake pads and resurfaced the rotors. Again this month (July) I noticed the problem again, I took it in two days ago and Honda refuses to fix the problem saying that I have to wait until September to have the issue resolved. They tell us that they won't have the parts in until then. I feel that they are avoiding the fixing the problem as to avoid the lemon law since this is their second time fixing this problem. I have brought the vehicle in for several other issues before this such as broken cd player....slow draining of battery, and problems with dvd and vehicle interior. Overall I am very concererned when my car is having problems with the brakes and this company refuses to fix the problem.....I am scared to drive this vehicle but do not have the money for a rental until September.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #3

May 012005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
Wireless headphones operate intermittently when on audio source, e.g., cd is playing on the front channels and the dvd is selected for the rear channels. Failure occurs approximately 30-90 mins after the split source is selected. While this may not seem like a major issue for a vehicle, we have a special needs child that uses the dvd to remain calm and, the system is extremely limited in its currently defective condition, preventing us from a number of activities. Honda acknowledges the issue, but has no resolve at present. They expect approximately 50% failure rate to this issue according to their techline.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 052005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
This car hasn't worked since we first got it on the lot. All the problems have been electrical. First problem noted was the right passenger door not opening when the button was pressed. It would open about 1/4 inch and then start beeping. It then is stuck and the only way to open it is to manually pull the door open. Similar problem on the left side, but when it happens on the left passenger door, the whole electrical system freezes up - can't open or shut the door, can't lock/unlock doors. Must shut car down and re-start. Spare tire came loose and cause loud rattling in back left part of car. Six weeks after purchase, went on trip. Returned to airport & car was dead. Got a jump. Next day noticed that back-up beepers/sensors not working. At one point, a trouble light on the dash lit up for no reason & didn't go out for a few weeks. Just tried out the cruise control a few weeks ago - it doesn't work. This car is a lemon.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 012005


  • miles
2005 Honda Odyssey experiencing problems with air bag warning light illuminating, engine racing and shutting off. There are also problems with door equipment not locking or unlocking, as well as problems with the accelerator. The consumer experienced sudden acceleration. The vehicle's transmission locked in park. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealer. The consumer has experienced three electrical problems associated with the throttle in addition to electrical problems with the sliding door (driver's side), power locks and air bag sensor.

- Tupper Lake, NY, USA

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