Notes: The entire 2nd generation Odyssey (1999-2004) is just one giant transmission problem waiting to happen.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,334 miles

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 222015


  • 212,898 miles


Seat failure - rear ended by Honda Accord at approx. 40 mph while stopped on a 2-lane state highway to turn left. Foot off brake. Propelled forward about 3 car lengths. Massive failure of second row seat backs. Second row seat backs broke and reclined against 3rd row seats. Had there been passengers in the 3rd row, they would likely have sustained serious injuries. Front passenger seat twisted left. Other vehicle (Honda Accord) had front driver-side airbag deployed and driver-side side air curtains deployed.

- Weaverville, NC, USA

problem #9

May 312015


  • 190,000 miles
My Odyssey was involved in a front collision at 45 miles per hour. T-boned another vehicle when they pulled out in front of the Odyssey. Neither front air bags deployed. I had just in the past few months had the air bags replaced due to the recall. My mother who was driving received neck, shoulder and back whiplash and a seat belt burn. The passenger in the other vehicle broke his hip and femur and went into surgery yesterday. Why did the airbags not deploy?

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #8

Oct 232014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
I was driving 2002 Honda Odyssey ex-L on the freeway. It was a stop and go traffic, vehicle in front of me stopped at certain point and I couldn't stop quick enough. To my surprise the air bag never deployed which caused a whiplash, bruise on the right side of upper body and also my left knee bump in to the dashboard.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 162009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


The first time while driving engine drive belt broke engine shut down suddenly could not stop hit vehicle in intersection second time similar situation my son driving to much oil on the belt, belt jump from tensioner and wrap around every thing vehicle too hard to stop engine not running ran in the back of some one mechanic diagnostic says it is the tensioner, water pump, oil failed causing a over heating internally in the motor blowing the head gasket with only 70,000 miles I notified my dealer and no reply because you cant drive the vehicle in to the dealership.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 212014


  • 125,000 miles
Honda Odyssey 2002 minivan, problem with rear sliding doors on minivan where door is opening while car is in motion. Infant seat is buckled into second row seat adjacent to door, causing serious safety issues with driving vehicle with unreliable door opening while moving. After stopping vehicle and manually closing door, noted the door lock mechanism is not working as expected and unable to lock problem door to prevent door from re-opening.

- Golden Valley, MN, USA

problem #5

May 262012


  • 113,000 miles
Driver side sliding door would not close entirely. Driving with my granddaughter in her car seat and the door opened. Pulled over and I tried to close door but did not entirely close. Locked with manual button but still opened. I scheduled with dealership after weekend to check it out and was told needed latch assembly kit. They didn't state why a new latch was needed but had replaced and total labor and part cost $303!! noticed several complaints of doors opening/ not closing properly on this make.

- Poland, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 132011


  • 119,437 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the automatic sliding door closed while a passenger's hand was in the door path. The contact had to use excessive force to reopen the door to remove the passenger's finger. The passenger sustained bruising to the finger. The dealer was contacted and informed the contact to notify the manufacturer of the failure. The manufacturer did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The current and the failure mileages were 119,437.

- Folsom, LA, USA

problem #3

Sep 052004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
I own a 2002 Honda Odyssey van. My partner's mother was getting into the back seat of the van last week, and grabbed hold of the overhead handle to help her up (she's 79 years old), and as she stepped into the van, the handle broke off the ceiling, causing her to fall backwards onto her back, roll backwards and hit her head on the asphalt. Fortunately (miraculously), she did not sustain any injury (except being a little sore the next day). This woman is not a large woman...she is only 4'10" and does not weigh all that much. My concern is the potential for injury that the breaking of this part could pose. I am a safety professional (ehs manager for manufacturing), and am quite atuned to hazard awareness. There is nothing in the owner's manual or inside the vehicle that tells you not to use this handle to help yourself into the van. It appears to be there for that purpose. It is made of plastic on the outside, and evidently (now that I can see where it broke) it is plastic all the way to the mounting screws. I wanted to report this potentially dangerous hazard, so that something can be done either in the design, or in the warning system. This could have resulted in a very serious injury (broken hip or other bones, or even a head injury). My Honda dealer simply ordered a new part to be installed. I can guarantee that if there were an injury involved, this incident would have resulted in a lawsuit. I would appreciate a response to let me know what you can do about this problem. Thank you for allowing me to submit this complaint. Carol topitzer milford, ct.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #2

Jun 142003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002, Honda, Odyssey exhibits whistling noise around the windshield at varying combinations of car speed, wind speed and wind intensity. Larry hopkins Honda was not able to duplicate. Larry hopkins Honda recommended that I call the Honda customer service number and see if they could assist with a recommended solution. I called the Honda customer service number 1-800-999-1009 and spoke to tony yun. Case# NO12003-06-2600848. Mr. Yun says that I must take the car to a dealer and be able to replicate the noise before anything can be done to fix the car. Since the noise can only be replicated under certain wind and speed conditions, I asked that he search the Honda data base for other customers with similar problems and see if there is a recommended solution. Mr. Yun told me that Honda doesn't work this way that every case is handled separately and that there could be no action until the noise was replicated. I need help to press this case with Honda. I believe that they must have a file of similar incidents since I found the same problem posted on Honda newsgroups. I don't believe it is fair or realistic to have to wait for a combination of the right driving conditions, my availability and their service adviser availability before Honda addresses this problem.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012002


  • miles
While traveling on the highway if there is a sudden stop the cup holder which containg beverage will spill out. The dealership is aware of the problem.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

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