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


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,133 miles

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2002 Honda Odyssey electrical problems

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 152004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,398 miles


While driving, all the warning lights illuminated on the dashboard. The dealership replaced the alternator on November 2002 then the consumer received a NHTSA recall letter on the alternator. The dealership replaced the alternator. One month later, while driving the problem recurred. The dealer replaced the component on April 29, 2003.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 102004


  • miles
Consumer states while driving, sometimes all the indicator dash lights came on. The consumer was told by the mechanic, since they were unable to duplicate the problem, they could not repair the vehicle. Then she states the same thing happened again and she took the vehicle to the dealer, this time she states they told her that the problem was her alternator, which they replaced. Then she states on 4/16/04, while she was driving all the indicator lights came on again, but this time she heard a funny noise. She states that her spouse, then got out of the vehicle and lifted the hood. There he found that the serpertine belt had come completely off.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 212003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
When driving my Odyssey, normally in the 30-50 mph range, all or most of the dashboard indicator and warning lights will flash intermittently for a brief second or two. The numerous (25 + ) times this has happened is frightening because one thinks the van has stalled. There seems to be no pattern or connection such as playing/not playing radio, A/C, amount of gas, etc... I will say 75-85% of the occurences happen on the road leading to our subdivision (usually 30-50 mph driving). Also, I'm sure there have been instances I have missed it because it can happen so quickly; one actually has to be looking at the panel. Honda says to drive the van since it is not stalling and there appears to be no inherent danger. Honda's policy is they cannot do anything until they replicate the problem. Interesting! what are they going to do when it happens --- there's no time to take a picture. I've considered running a video camera, but it's so unpredictable when it will happen. There seems to be about a dozen different instances of this happening (according to Honda), but they cannot replicate the problem. Guess what" the replication is not likely going to happen unless a service manager or technician takes temporary ownership of one of these vehicles for a month or two. Sometimes the flashing occurs once every month or two, maybe several times in one day or a week. Just because the service technicians cannot duplicate the problem, does that mean some of us are hallucinating? is anything being done or explored based on the information given. Honda, imagine this: If you actually replicated the problem and saw all the dashboard panel warning and service lights flash, what would that mean to you and what would you do" this is not imaginary! I am keeping written documentation of each time this issue is checked and reported, mainly for post-warranty issues.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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