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CarComplaints.com Notes: Aside from peeling paint, the 2008 Honda Odyssey is a pretty reliable, generally trouble-free minivan.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,601 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Honda Odyssey body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #15

Jul 242012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles

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

The morning of the 24th I opened my lift gate to put something in the trunk and once I lifted the gate up it just fell back down nearly crushing me. Had I not stopped it the glass would have broken as well.

- St. Peters, MO, USA

problem #14

Jun 142012

Odyssey

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rear lift gate failed due to defective struts. The lift gate was difficult to open and would not remain opened. The manufacturer denied assistance with the repair because the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 12V0620000 (structure: Body: Hatchback/liftgate: Support device). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and the current mileage was 52,000.

- Trophy Club , TX, USA

problem #13

Jun 172012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 81,800 miles
Back rear hatch lift struts suddenly failed. Hatch came crashing down with significant force. Did not directly see the event but it happened while my children were removing items from rear compartment. Rear hatch is very heavy and without operable struts the gate develops a significant force (appears to be large enough to cause injury). It is noticed that 2008 Honda Odyssey has a recall to similar part but for the powered lift gate version only. Honda dealer has replace parts, charged to owner = $178.

- Eastford, CT, USA

problem #12

Jun 132012

Odyssey

  • 40,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact was unloading the trunk area with the lift gate opened. Suddenly, there was a loud slamming noise as the liftgate closed abruptly. The contact attempted to open the lift gate but the door would not remain open. The contact realized the struts on the lift gate were faulty and could no longer hold the liftgate open. The vehicle was taken to dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue however, no assistance was provided. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 12V062000 (structure:body:hatchback/liftgate) but could not confirm if the vehicle was included in the recall. The VIN was not available. The approximate current and failure mileage was 40,000.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #11

Apr 272012

Odyssey

  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. While parked, the contact opened the rear lift gate and noticed that it suddenly closed on its own. The failure occurred repeatedly. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V062000 (structure:body:hatchback/liftgate:support device) that may be related to the failure. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 26,000.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #10

Apr 032012

Odyssey

  • 24,000 miles
The contact own a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact received the recall notice associated with NHTSA campaign id number 12V062000 (structure:body:hatchback/liftgate:support device). The contact felt that the repairs were not adequate for the failed parts. The contact had not experienced a failure or notified the manufacturer. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 24,000.

- Palo Ato, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 292012

Odyssey

  • 55,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that gas filled struts on the rear lift gate failed and the lift gate would not remain open. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 12V062000 (structure: Body: Hatchback/liftgate). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 262012

Odyssey

  • 59,100 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rear lift gate would not remain upright when opened and the door would abruptly slam shut. The contact called the manufacturer regarding NHTSA campaign I.D. number: 12V062000 (structure:body:hatchback/liftgate) and the manufacturer informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test or repairs. The failure mileage was 59,100.

- Bulverde, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 032012

Odyssey

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rear liftgate abruptly closed while in an upright position, without resistance. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 12V062000 (: structure: Body: Hatchback/liftgate) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was ineligible for repairs under the recall campaign. The contact planned to have the vehicle repaired at her expense. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Grandy , CT, USA

problem #6

Oct 252011

Odyssey

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while parked, both rear sliding doors emitted a grinding noise while closing. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic. The technician stated that the center sliding rollers on each sliding door would have to be replaced or there could be body damage to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Fredericksburg , VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 012011

Odyssey

  • 25,113 miles

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

Lift-gate struts failure.

- Dumont, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 212011

Odyssey

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the tailgate door closed on him unexpectedly. The contact was not injured. The dealer was contacted to schedule an appointment and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 41,000.

- Wellesley , MA, USA

problem #3

Apr 252008

Odyssey

  • 300 miles
Passenger doors on 2008 Honda Odyssey don't lock in place when they are open...this almost cause harm to my four small children with their hands and heads getting shut in the door...took this back to the dealership they seemed to not find the problem when we took it to them...

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 192008

Odyssey

  • 8,000 miles
I have a safety concern for my 2008 Honda Odyssey LX. The sliding doors are very hard to open manually (from the inside and outside) when unlocked. In an emergency situation, a child or senior would be trapped inside the vehicle because he/she would not strong enough to open the sliding door.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012008

Odyssey

  • 500 miles
Have three complaints. Complaint one: There is extremely long pedal travel for brake pedal. This travel gives the driver a sense of brake failure, as though the brakes don't work or will not stop vehicle. Has been noted in vehicle forums as a common problem complaint two: Wind noise on the passenger and driver pillar that separates the front seat and the middle seat combination. Has been noted in vehicle forums this is a common problem. Complaint three: There is significant dirt in paint and paint shading where it doesn't match rest of vehicle (paint shading can be seen if the sun shines on the vehicle just right). Honda has offered to repaint affected parts. I feel this is a common problem and the owner shouldn't be required to have a new car repainted with less than 1000 miles. Has been noted in vehicle forums this is a common problem.

- Edwardsville, IL, USA

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