really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,422 miles

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2003 Honda Odyssey engine problems

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2003 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Nov 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,600 miles


Sudden acceleration, unable to stop the vehicle.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 092003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I had leased a brand new, 2003 Honda Odyssey in September, 2003 from bayridge Honda in brooklyn, NY. I picked up the car on September 6, 2003. On September 9, I brought the car back to the dealer because it was surging, on the verge of stalling. They kept the vehicle and at that time reset the computer, I believe. I picked up the vehicle the same day after being told that it was fixed. About a month later, the car stalled out while I was waiting on a red light, and then started stalling on stop signs and while making turns. I brought it back to the dealer on October 23, 2003. Once again, I picked up the car the same day after they told me that it was fixed. The very next day, the same thing happened again where the car continued to stall in the same situations. I called the dealer and was told to bring it back, which I did on October 25, 2003. Yet again they had me pick up the car telling me it was fixed. About a month later, the stalling started again, and this time a lot more often. I brought the car back to the dealer on December 15, 2003 and it has been there since then - for 3 1/2 weeks. I had called Honda of America trying to resolve this issue. Their answer is that the dealer cannot duplicate the problem, which does not change the fact that the car stalled many times when I drove it. I feel very uncomfortable picking up my car as it is right now, as nothing was done on it by the dealer. I do not feel safe driving the car that stalls in traffic, while waiting on traffic lights, etc. I had tried resolving this with the delearship, as well as with Honda of America but almost 4 weeks the only thing they are telling me is that they cannot diplicate the problem and will continue driving my car meanwhile. I would appreciate any help or advice you could give me and I thank you in advance. Sincerely, lana krichmar-liverant, ph.D.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 082003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,800 miles
American Honda motor co., Inc. Honda automobile customer service 1919 torrance boulevard mail stop: 500 - 2N - 7D torrance, ca 90501-2746 claim number: [xxx] dear Honda, we are writing to you in order to put you on notice of a potential vehicle defect with my new 2003 Honda Odyssey, VIN: [xxx]. after having the vehicle just 6 weeks the vehicle experienced the following problems: 1. brakes began to get softer and would not engage till almost to the floor 2. while waiting at a signal the car engine appears to be revving up and shaking 3. rattling noise emanating from the muffler linkage 4. low fuel warning light comes on when gage is still at tank. Of grave concern is an incident that occurred last Friday, August 8, 2003 while my wife was taking my son to celebrate his 6th birthday at summer camp. This is what happened: After making a turn on a steep hill my wife proceeded down the hill. While going down the hill the brakes completely failed to operate and the following lights illuminate on the dash, battery, oil, door open warning lights. The engine was still on and she had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. We were very fortunate that there was no accident, the vehicle was not going fast and we were able to bring the vehicle to a stop. My wife was extremely frightened and upset by the incident. She was almost in a very serious accident! we had the vehicle towed to beaverton Honda who advises us thus far they could not duplicate the problems. You can surely understand our concerns with this vehicle, especially if there appears to be nothing wrong with it. We would like Honda of America to take the following steps to protect our family and it's brand: 1. provide us with a loaner Odyssey until& (2) 2. exchange our Odyssey with the same exact vehicle from a different factory or fully refund our purchase. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

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