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Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Aside from peeling paint, the 2008 Honda Odyssey is a pretty reliable, generally trouble-free minivan.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,028 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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2008 Honda Odyssey body / paint problems

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2008 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 062015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 129,850 miles


Rear door's struts does not work. The hatchback rear door slams shut and does not hold. There was a recall regarding strut defect in 2012. The recalled Odyssey were manufactured in Alabama factory where our car was manufactured. Just wonder why our vehicle is not on the recall list. Thank you for your time. Structure:body:hatchback/liftgate:hinge and attachments recall for 2008 Honda Odyssey recall announced February 16 2012 NHTSA reference #12V062000 number affected 45,747 summary: Honda is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 Odyssey vehicles, the gas-filled struts that help to raise and support the liftgate of vehicles equipped with a power liftgate system may be prone to early life failures due to a manufacturing flaw. The flaw can result in a leak of the pressurized gas, leading to reduced strut performance. Consequence: Struts with diminished performance can lead to unexpected closure, increasing the risk of personal injury.

- Mill Creek, WA, USA

problem #9

Jun 272015


  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the driver and passenger side sliding doors would not open manually nor automatically. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 134,000.

- Watchung, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jul 142014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Rollers on sliding door will not close the door. One roller popped out of door and looked damaged. It makes a grinding noise when trying to move.

- Northern Cambria, PA, USA

problem #7

Aug 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


The rear door no longer stays open. It falls right away and has fell on my head as well as my wife's head. It appears that there is already a recall but seems like it only applies to the vans that have the power door in the rear.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Mar 012013


  • 75,000 miles
The power sliding doors will sometimes not close... one will start to close when we push the lever, then shudder or jerk and then reverse itself so that it is fully open once again. This started first with the passenger side sliding door, and has recently started happening on the driver's side as well. We brought it to a dealer and seemed quite familiar with the symptoms, suggesting that the middle set of rollers on the door were causing the issue. This seems to be a defect in either the material or the design.

- Grafton, MA, USA

problem #5

May 042012


  • miles
My 4 year old son was sitting in his car seat with his had on the side of the back panel when the sliding electric door closed on his hand. The door completely closed on his hand and did not reopen easily. A lot of force was used to re-open the door. The sensor for the door did not work.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 242009


  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the right automatic passenger side sliding door wouldn't close automatically. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who advised her that they had to cut the wire in order for it to close. The vehicle was repaired; however, she had to open and close it manually. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 37,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Venus, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 082010


  • 31,253 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving approximately 35-40 mph, when the vehicle stability assist system activation indicator and vehicle stability assist system indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on two occasions where the computerized system code was reset. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on a third occasion and the yaw sensor was replaced. The failure continued after the repairs were performed. The contact was in the process of taking the vehicle back to the dealer to be repaired. In addition, the passenger side automatic door failed to release. The vehicle was repaired for the malfunction. Also, the front passenger side axle and struts were replaced. The failure mileage was 31,253.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 132010


  • 18,181 miles
My niece, age 5, reached for her seatbelt as the door was closing and her hand was crushed between the door and the vehicle. There are sensors on the front side of the door, but it seems that there are no sensors on the back side of the door (where the seatbelt is located).

- Fairhope, AL, USA

problem #1

Dec 112009


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while removing items from the vehicle the sliding door began to close on its own, closing her in the door. She suffered contusions as a result of the failure. She took the vehicle to the dealer but the dealer could not duplicate the failure. She has not contacted the manufacturer. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 56,800. The failure mileage was approximately 56,000.

- Gilberton, PA, USA

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