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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,600 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.

2012 Honda Odyssey engine problems

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2012 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 012012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 7,400 miles


A/C stopped blowing cold air all of a sudden. Took car to dealer for diagnosis. Dealer stated rock punctured the condenser, and is not covered under warranty. We believe, and thousands of others, that this is a manufacturers defect and flaw in design that does not adequately protect this component, hence american Honda is making a ton of money off its customers for repairs. Contacting american Honda for resolution is useless, as they are standing behind a routine explanation of that they are not liable for this type of failure, in their design. We need help!

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 022012


  • 8,000 miles
Pulling onto freeway and dash lights flashed then motor quit completely. Coasted to stop on shoulder with very little brake power left. Vehicle would not even turn on - complete vehicle failure. Had it towed once again to dealer said a faulty or shorted ground wire. Have not picked up yet so will determine if fixed. This is the second major failure with this vehicle. Honda dealer nor corporate customer service shows any concern or interest in our situation. My wife is very afraid to drive or depend on this car.

- Trophy Club, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 012011


  • 3,000 miles
Hesitation or stutter when attempting to accelerate. Started with minimal problems at first and has become progressively worse. Now hear clicking jerking and will not accelerate and emission light goes off and on. Dealer says nothing wrong they can find.

- Trophy Club, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 202012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 2 miles
Our brand new 2012 Honda Odyssey touring elite judders between 25-40 mph between shifts. The judder can be anywhere from mild and very transient to rough bucking that lasts for over 2 seconds before it smooths out. Under mild or heavy acceleration, I have not not noticed the judder. It seems to only happen under moderate acceleration. It also seems to occur more violently while going uphill. It happens at least 90% of the time during the shift between 2nd and 3rd gears under moderate (typical) acceleration. This judder results in a loss of expected acceleration and decreased control of the vehicle. While researching this problem, it became obvious that I am not the only person experiencing this issue and feel that Honda must recall these vehicles to permanently repair the underlying issue. This issue affects more than just the 2012 model year.

- Germantown, MD, USA

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