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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:
61,792 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Honda Odyssey body / paint problems

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2008 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 242016


  • 101,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. While attempting to use the liftgate, it failed to stay up and struck the contact in the back. The contact was not injured. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V062000 (structure). The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 101,000.

- Norristown, PA, USA

problem #10

Jun 062016


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rear liftgate closed independently and failed to remain open without warning. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Barlett, IL, USA

problem #9

Aug 202014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. While attempting to open the liftgate, the door inadvertently closed and knocked the contact to the ground. There were no injuries. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V062000 (structure). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #8

Jul 252013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles


The liftgate stoped working.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jun 132014


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the lift gate failed to stay open. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 12V062000 (structure). The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- Kirtland, OH, USA

problem #6

May 252014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
Rear gate supports completely failed. I was vacuuming the back interior of the van at the time. Rear gate collapsed on my back, injuring my back. No medical attention was required.

- Stewartville, MN, USA

problem #5

Jun 182013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


Lift struts on back hatch quit working suddenly with no prior problems.

- Sylacauga, AL, USA

problem #4

Oct 012012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 34,400 miles
About 2 weeks ago...October 1, 2012, I took my Honda back in to Honda. My car had been accelerating on its own. I left my Honda there for 3 days, at which point they determined there was nothing wrong with it, and they would like me to bring it back in to drive it "with them." There is 100% something wrong with my van again! in addition a few days ago, I was putting books in the back of my van, and the hatch struts failed, and the back hatch door fell down on my head.

- Gresham, OR, USA

problem #3

Oct 192012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 89,911 miles
Rear lift gate was in fully open position then fell and hit me on head while removing groceries from the rear of the vehicle. Appears that the lift gate struts failed. The lift gate operates manually, not electronically or automatically.

- Glen Spey, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 052011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 98,400 miles
On approximately November 5, 2011 my husband went out to our 2008 Honda Odyssey to retrieve some items. He opened the rear liftgate as usual and while he was retrieving the bags the rear door gave way falling onto his back. The struts that hold the door up failed and can no longer support the weight of the door. Not only is it difficult to lift the door, but my husband and I have since been using a piece of wood to hold up the door when needed. I understand there is a recall of certain 2008-2009 Honda Odyssey rear liftgate struts for this exact same problem( NHTSA campaign id# 12V062000). However, I was told by the staff and manager at phillipsburg easton Honda that this recall does not apply to my vehicle eventhough it has the same exact problem listed in the recall.

- Phillipsburg, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
I saw that Honda has recalled 2008- early 2009 model year Honda Odyssey ex-land touring models power liftgate gas struts I have a non-power lift gate version of this vehicle and the gas struts have failed. I've bumped my head on the tailgate multiple times.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

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