hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,375 miles

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2003 Honda Odyssey windows / windshield problems

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2003 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 262012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 100,325 miles


Without much or any warning my transmission failed (the dreaded P0730 code showed up on the scanner) on my 2003 Honda Odyssey ex-L van with only 100,325 miles. The van was never abused or used to tow. Transmission was rebuilt 1.30.12 by private shop Continental transmission for $1800. (torque converter blown to pieces). Honda does have limited recalls on trannys but mine was not included (only if 2nd shaft is broken & scored and burnt/ bluish color) this will documented tranny problem with 2nd generation Odyssey is very upsetting and I blame it on a poor design by Honda engineers (under sized tranny paired with a power V6 240hp heavy 4500lbs van has been a recipe for premature failure). The worst part was on 1.5.12 I just had extensive preventative maintenance done at don davis Honda (timing belt, water pump, tensioner and power steering belts) and two weeks later the transmission fails!!! other issues with the van have been, ac compressor failed May 2010 88,648 miles. Rear wiper motor failed March 2011 89,240 miles, both sliding power door rollers had to replaced. Brake switch failed (locked up), Dec 2011 98,750 miles van would not move out of park. Not real happy or confident with Honda right now!

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 072007


  • 72,000 miles
The rear vents in an Honda Odyssey have stopped functioning. Based on web searches this seems like a very common problem and surely points to a manufacturing defect. On activating the switch to operate the vents there is no automatic cutoff as soon as the vents are opened / closed all the way. This apparently leads to the motor over-heating and causing it to burn. There are no manual controls available to operate the vents. Based on your location the van will now be overheated (fl) or extremely cold (co) as the internal A/C unit cannot / will not funcion at the optimum levels.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #1

Aug 152008


  • 74,800 miles
While traveling North bound on us hwy 29, traveling at approximately 50 mph with all windows in their fully closed positions, the passenger side window simply disappeared into the door. After erratic maneuver, due to sudden and surprise in a rush of air into the cabin, speed had to be reduced. Frantic efforts to raise the window failed. Vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road. Dealership was contacted. However, the service department was closed. No accidents occurred. Vehicle was taken to dealership next day at 08:30. Dealership repaired problem and charged approximately $250, claiming part was not covered under any warranty. A very similar event occurred to the drivers side door under very similar circumstances. Accident was averted in that event, due to the suddenness of the even. The dealership repaired the very same issue at no charge. The fact that no warning occurred in either case, makes this a very serious problem that could easily cause a driver to steer off of the road or be distracted for the moment it takes to cause an accident (especially during inclement weather). I would like to see Honda corporation take responsibility for repairing this very serious mechanical problem that leads to compromised cabin safety.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

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