really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,693 miles

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2001 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #46

Jun 052015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Odyssey. While parked, the rear driver and passenger side doors failed to open. The contact stated that the rear driver and passenger side doors would not open if the vehicle's gear was in the drive position. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #45

Sep 242012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
Doors do not work properly. They do not close at times. Our passenger door won't close. When you drive, it opens automatically. This was recalled in 2000 but not 2001. There is no way to keep it shut manually. Someone could fall out, van is useless. Costs an arm and a leg to fix.

- New Castle, IN, USA

problem #44

Dec 142010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Sliding rear doors fail to open or close. One must remove fuse #13 to reset the door. In the even of an accident or emergency, passengers sitting in the re rear seats could be trapped in the vehicle. Dealer repair quotes are in the $400 - $600 range. But the removal of a fuse resets the doors. Something is not right here. This happens several times a year and has been happening for the last 5 years.

- Burlington, 00, USA

problem #43

Aug 152008


  • miles


I have a Honda Odyssey 2001. Power sliding doors always have problems. This begins about one year after I purchased the car. Now I have to drive my van with doors not being secured and switch off so buzzer shuts off. I only can open one side door (rdriver side) because other one is not working. I's really bring me concern about my kids safety. I hope you can investigate this matter and tell Honda to fix the problems.

- Sharon, MA, USA

problem #42

Dec 262009


  • 70,000 miles
My 2001 Honda Odyssey minivans power sliding doors stopped working while visiting my sister in Aurora, Colorado around Dec. 26, 2009 because it snowed there overnight. My brother-in-law looked up if this problem was mentioned online. The problem was mentioned and they said you have to disconnect a battery cable then reconnect the battery cable so it will reset the electronics for the power sliding doors. Sure enough that fixed the problem and the sliding power doors started working again. We waited for the sun to come out before doing this.

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #41

Jan 282010


  • miles
2001 Honda Odyssey: The sliding side doors intermittently stick shut for no apparent reason, and they will not open until they decide to cooperate. This, to my mind, is a very serious safety concern as people in the vehicle would not be able to exit, and emt personnel would be greatly hindered in extracting victims of a crash. This condition can and does obtain for days at a time until, suddenly and for no apparent reason, the doors will start to operate normally.

- Geneva, FL, USA

problem #40

Mar 312009

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2001 Honda Odyssey sliding doors have many problems. Consumer states that some issues are electrical and sticking locks. The consumer stated the driver's side sliding door didn't close completely and there were a couple of times when she couldn't open the doors at all.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #39

Dec 052008


  • 84,000 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey minivan power sliding doors keep failing especially in icy conditions. Several times I have had my children in my car when the doors failed to operate fully. I had to crawl to the back through my front doors to reach my very young children to put them in and out of their car seats. Then I needed to drive home in icy conditions with the door partially open next to one of my children. In addition, one of my children has a medical condition that makes getting to them as quickly as possible very important for their safety. These power doors are simply hazardous and there should be a recall to fix these. From the discussions on owner forums, this is happening to quite a lot of people with this model of car across a wide range of years. After spending a couple of hundred dollars with the dealer to try to fix this, the dealer gave me a new 'fix'. I need to remove a fuse for 30 seconds and then replace the fuse. The doors needs to be 'reset' I.e. it appears to be a design defect in a sensor rather than an actual physical part needing replaced. I have replaced nearly every part of one of my sliding doors and still continue to have this problem after it has been icy. Usually my husband can manually operate the door after this has happened, but I am not as strong as he is and I cannot fully open or close the door. Resetting the door by removing the fuse for 30 seconds makes the door start working again until the next occurrence. Until recently, my dealer did not tell me the trick with the fuse so when this would happen, I would be forced to drive my children home with the door partially open.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #38

May 282008


  • miles
We have a 2002 Honda Odyssey the sliding doors will continue going no matter what is in the way. On several occassions I have been put my kids in their car seats and the door starts to close. The door would have crushed me if I did not jump out of the way. If that would have been a child it would kill them. I would think the mini van would have some kind of sensor on the doors but it doesn't.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #37

Dec 152007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Honda Odyssey minivan power side doors short out regularly and will not open or close automatically. The doors will still function manually but require a strong adult. Youths have trouble opening the doors. This poses a safety hazard. This is a common problem with this type of vehicle and requires regular visits to the mechanic to keep the doors operable.

- Berwyn, IL, USA

problem #36

Oct 162007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


Sliding side doors stick and do not open periodically. This problem began during the 1st year we had the van. When this happens the door must be opened from the outside, but it does not always open easily, evev from the outside. I am the original owner, & the dealer has not been able to correct this problem. So the problem began in 2000 and is still ocurring.

- Bellmore, NY, USA

problem #35

Mar 292007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Honda 2001 Odyssey ex. 1. door would buzz and not shut completely. Both power sliding doors of minivan. 2. had children who were trapped and had to climb out of the front passenger seat to get out of the van. Also, had to drive down the road with the door partially ajar. 3. fuse #13 was pulled, doors were lubricated. Honda then told me it was the motor. Then a day later when both doors wouldn't work they said it's the contact pins that need to be replaced.

- Forest Hill, MD, USA

problem #34

Mar 042007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
Automatic, sliding doors on 2001 Honda Odyssey do not close completely and latch.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #33

Jun 012001

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The sliding doors on the van seal shut after rain, snow or car washes. I have to climb inside the vehicle and push the doors out while someone yanks from the outside on the handle. The seals have been replaced and lubricated over and over, but to no avail. I fear that in an accident an emergency responder would not be able to get into the van to help my children.

- Dlemar, NY, USA

problem #32

Jul 202006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power sliding doors fail to function properly requiring costly repairs. Service dept. At dealership informs me that this is a frequent problem requiring correction with these vehicles (particularly this model year).

- Rockport, MA, USA

problem #31

May 012004

Odyssey 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The automatic sliding doors both stopped functioning. I learned that they could be reset by removing fuse #13 for a few seconds and replacing it. This worked until it happened again several months later. This time it didn't help. Now one door works but because the other doesn't I have to turn off the auto-door switch because it buzzes constantly. I have also had the clock light burn out and my Honda mechanic (who specializes in Honda) cannot remove the cover to replace it. I have had several other warning light incidents that may or may not be electrical problems.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #30

May 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Honda Odyssey stalled while driving. The transmission failed while the consumer was driving on the interstate. It was the second time the transmission had been replaced. The consumer has also experienced problems with the brakes and sliding doors.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #29

Feb 252006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Rear manual sliding doors stick closed. If there is an accident or emergency, it is not possible for passengers to open the doors from the inside to get out of the vehicle. It is not possible to open the doors from the outside for rescue. Took to dealer twice. The first time they put tape on the door seals. This was not effective. The second time they put grease on the door seals. This was effective for a short time.

- Findlay, OH, USA

problem #28

Mar 042002

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Early in 2002 I begin having difficulties opening the passenger side sliding door on my Honda Odyssey. I took the van to the local dealership and was told I must not be closing the door correctly. In June 2003, I returned to the dealership- at that time they replaced the rubber seal around the door, admitting other vehicles were having that problem. July 2005 the door again became difficult to open, the local dealership applied a spray "that should solve the problem". by October 2005 some days the door would open, some days it would not. Dec. 4, 2005, I was traveling home, alone, from church about 8:45 pm when all of the interior lights came on. I saw the door open signal for the passenger sliding door was on. It was dark, at a section of the county that I was not comfortable stopping at, so I drove for approx. 2 miles to reach an area where I felt safe to stop, get out, go around the car and close the door. I contacted Honda on Monday - if I want to pay for it, they will replace the seal again. I have called the Honda 800 number they gave me at the local dealership, taken the car back to the dealership for them to look at it. Because I refused to pay for a diagnosis (the individual on the 800 number said nothing about that during the first call) Honda will do nothing. This door has been a problem from the first, I feel Honda has never corrected the problem, just made it bearable for a while. It is unsafe.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #27

Feb 122004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While exiting our 2001 Honda Odyssey minivan, my 2 year old daughter got her foot caught in the motorized door mechanism as the door was opening. I understand there is some type of sensor to detect an obstruction when the door is closing but there is no sensor to detect an obstruction when the door is opening. She had her foot pinched in the mechanism along the door sill. Her foot was "squashed". we took her to the emergency room where xrays did not reveal any damage; however, the doctor who examined her said that permanent damage may not be detected or noticeable until she is fully grown. We contacted Honda's customer service to report the event. We asked that some sort of sensor be installed in future models or at the very least a warning appear somewhere in the car. We also asked that some sort of notification be sent to all owners of their vans with motorized doors. The representative from Honda said that Honda would not do that.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

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