really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
89,250 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced the entire A/C system (4 reports)
2003 Honda Odyssey AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 012011

Odyssey EX 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles


AC went out during a "vacation" in Florida...in July. Drove home in 99 degree temps and 100%? humidity. After about six hours of driving with the windows open, on the interstate, gulping Gatorade, were greeted with a monsoon with almost zero visibility and cars pulled off everywhere. The temperature drop was heaven sent for us, so turned on flashers, rolled windows part way up, and kept going, saying "Thank you Jesus!" This "vacation" was almost as fun as the one where the throttle body went out in southern Iowa, had to be towed to Illinois (in the middle of the night), ended up in a hotel where we were introduced to the joys of bedbugs. Honda tried to send us on our way with a new EGR valve,, and it was only after I read the codes pulled up when I had had it checked at an independent garage, that they would repair the throttle body. Needless to say, will never buy another Honda!

- , Rome, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 082009

Odyssey EXL 3.5L-Liter V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Honda said "so sorry but your car is too old for any consideration." The dealer told me the compressor and condenser had metal contamination that froze everything up and it will cost $2,626 to repair. Checking into this, I found this is a design flaw that Honda has been aware of for quite a while and have taken no steps to remedy even in the later models. They are adamantly refusing to help in repairs in any manner. I had been, I repeat HAD been, a loyal Honda owner but this is the third issue with this vehicle - brakes and transmission before it and other problems with the Odyssey. So, Sayonara Honda! Don't buy an Odyssey new or used, in fact stay away from the whole line. They are not the car company they used to be.

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Sep 152007

(reported on)

Odyssey EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

A/C compressor locked up and threw metal shavings throughout the entire system, unacceptable!

- , Nixa, MO, USA

problem #1

Aug 212007

(reported on)

Odyssey ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

Catastrophic failure of the a/c system. My mechanic called me to tell me a bulletin was issued by Honda on this. Honda said they have never seen this in an Odyssey so they would only give $1,000 towards the problem. Some reliable car!! I am buying a Subaru next time!!

- , Waterbury, CT, USA

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