definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,200 miles

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1998 Honda Odyssey electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 252010

Odyssey 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated when the vehicle is in neutral the key can be removed from the ignition. If the key is removed, the engine will stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. There is a recall for the 1999 model regarding the electrical system:ignition:switch, but not on the 1998 models. The contact feels a recall should be issued on the 1998 models as well. Failure mileage was 160,000. Updated 02/13/10 the consumer stated the fact that the key can be removed when in a gear selector position other than park specifically in neutral which happened to the consumer when the engine was off already is definitely a failure. Updated 02/16/10

- Ortonville, MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 192009


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Odyssey. The contacted stated that his vehicle would intermittently stall without any prior warnings. As a consequence his risk for a crash was increased. He contacted the manufacturer and was advised by a representative that because the vehicle was previously repaired according to recall# 02V120000. (electrical system:ignition:switch) in 2002, they would not repair his vehicle again as a free remedy. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 130,000

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 042002


  • miles
No parts available::::::::::::the consumer receive a recall notice for the ignition switch the dealer name larry hopkins Honda service man gabriel 408 720 1888 please provide additional information dealer is aware of the problem.

- Los Altos, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012002


  • miles
Consumer states a recall on the ignition, dealer does not have parts available at this time, due to manufactured.

- Ramsey, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 161998


  • miles
Upon applying the brakes a growling and a thumping sound seems to be coming from the wheels; sounds like an impact is occurring underneath the vehicle. Causes vehicle to shimmy. Been in/out of dealer shop on five occasions, and problem still remains unresolved. Consumer has also experienced problems with the ignition--key will not turn to allow car to start, even after new keys were tried.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

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