really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,759 miles

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2003 Honda Odyssey body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 012016


  • 182,000 miles


Paint all over the hood, windows and rear trunk flaked off. Could block other drivers view if it lands on their windshield. Car looks unkept

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 212015


  • miles
Honda issued a recall notice, service bulletin:08-031 " warranty extension: Paint peeling on dark blue 2003-2005 Odyssey". I am attaching the service bulletin for your ref. My 2003 Honda Odyssey was affected and its blue color was peeling off of places. On Feb 24th 2010, colonial Honda of dartmouth, MA repainted the areas of car as per the bulletin: Which were roof, hood, top half quarter panels, and top half fenders. My concern was that Honda chose to just paint the few areas and if other areas starts to peel off as well but I was told by colonial dartmouth dealer that to keep cost down, Honda is only willing to re-paint the affected areas and should any other be affected at a later point, those will be done at that point. With that said, I agreed and let the dealer do the work. Some time later I noticed the paint is peeling from other areas. It is exactly the same way it is peeling, like it did before and matches pictures shown in the bulletin attached. So, I went back to colonial Honda and they told me that I need to call Honda I tried to explain that they had promised to take care of this problem at a later point if peeling should occurs but now they are not honoring their word and looking the other way and also made derogatory remarks about my car, that " your car is 13 years old" !!! subsequently, I called Honda customer service and opened case# N012015-04-2100738. After about 30 min of keeping me on hold, Honda customer rep, matthew told me the same thing the dealer said, that it is outside of the warranty period. If Honda would have done the recall properly the 1st time, by painting the car on all areas I would not been having this issue. This is a recall that was not done in its entirety.

- North Dartmouth, MA, USA

problem #6

Aug 072015


  • 220,000 miles
2003 Honda Odyssey ex was tapped in the rear by a large pickup truck while waiting at a stop light, creasing the lift gate and slightly puncturing the bumper cover. Jeff's body shop in chester md is the repair shop. Upon removing the rear bumper cover, they discovered the steel frame to be severely rusted, with over half of the bottom of the beam missing. There was no damage to the steel frame member from the accident. Had this been a more serious collision, the beam could have seriously failed at its intended purpose. This van was garage kept from 2003-2010, well cared for and generally not driven when it snowed and roads salted, and in temperate Maryland the entire time. The repair shop will be cutting out and welding in a new frame member. Photos of the rusted part are available upon request. I've also asked the body shop to save the part for inspection.

- Queenstown, MD, USA

problem #5

Apr 222015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 186,100 miles


Was driving my wife and 4 small children to Decatur, al from huntsville, al to the riverwalk and out of nowhere started feeling a small shake and then very noticeable frightening full vehicle shaking which startled my family and frightened myself, I really thought we were about to have a wreck. Let off the accelerator and it started to not be so violent in the shaking, and then accelerated slightly again and there it was again, and I believe it may be the transmission. I am not a mechanic but upon doing some recent research I see that it is either failed rear or motor mounts or even the tranny what ever that means. But if it is a failed defect then they should address this because this is disturbing and unsafe to me, and my family never made it to the riverwalk. Why do we pay so much for a vehicle and then can not get any help other than funds we hardly have?

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #4

Dec 152014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
Passenger airbag light came on for a few seconds while driving at highway speed limit. Then vehicle seems like the transmission was slipping or took a few seconds to engage from a starting movement forward leaving a stop light. At idle the tachometer started to rev between 1100-2000 rpms at standing idle in park.the sliding doors get jammed stuck when attempting to open from the dash controls. I know these could cause and accident and not be able to get NY children out of the vehicle via the sliding power side doors.vehicle was purchased on 12-12-2014.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #3

Mar 112006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
Told by Honda on 4/9/2014 after I called and they said the dark blue body paint extension expire. They said I was mailed a letter about the paint in 2008. Did not get this. Found out about in recently on the web.

- Huntingtown, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 012013


  • 143,974 miles
Noticed paint peeling on roof in chunks from my upstairs window. Got estimates to repaint thinking it was due to age. Both vendors asked if it had been hit and repaired assuming that was the cause. I am original owner with it never being hit which caused me to check for recall I may have missed after it being diagnosed as a primer issue. Dealer said the rep told them they would not do anything about it. Now I'm told that even getting it repainted before it rusts will work since the initial primer is the issue and new paint won't stick any better than the old. Don't know what I can do to keep it looking like a trash van.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 302012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I parked the car in the driveway to pick up my 4 yr grandson. I left the car, with keys in hand, but left the car door open. I turned my back to the door to walk around the back of the car, and noticed the car was rolling backwards toward the street. I turned quickly in the direction of the steering wheel attempting to insert my right leg to press the brake. I hopped a few times on my left leg, as the car door was pushing me backwards. Unable to reach the brake, the force of the car door slammed me to the ground on my right buttock and right side. The bottom of the door scraped over my left knee, leaving two gashes and bruised knee, scraped up over my left arm and shoulder, compressing my shoulders, clavicle, chest cavity and base of skull (shoulder to shoulder measuring 19") so they would fit beneath the door (12" clearance).the bottom of the car door is crimped where "it gave" into the pressure of pushing my body into the ground. The car continued to roll across the street, up over the curb, and finally stopped with the rear wheels on the sidewalk and the front wheels still in the street against the curb. No tires rolled over me. When my daughter entered the car to reposition and park it, she found the car in reverse, and I had the keys in my hand. A neighbor had difficulty inserting the key, but was able to start and park it. I drove the van to mohawk Honda, with blood dripping from abrasions. They gave me a ride home while they replaced ignition cylinder, gave me 2 new keys, told me there were no recalls, and charged me $555. When I asked if this should be reported somewhere, I was told no. I saw the NHTSA article in the newspaper today 10/6/12. I have a no fault claim, head ct scan, continuing pt and therapy dealing with ptsd and constant head and neckaches.a brother of my son's classmate was killed 4 days ago as a Dodge Caravan rolled over him in his driveway. He was 11 yr.

- Glenville, NY, USA

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