really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,935 miles

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2004 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Aug 252016

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 67,637 miles


On 8/25/2016 I took my 2004 Odyssey to anderson Honda at palo alto for normal oil change. After the work was done they showed me that the oil drain plug would not torque down to specs (just spins). The oil was leaking from the oil pan. Anderson Honda's service advisor denied that they over-torqued the plug. The mileage was only 67637, the plug had been taken off and put on for only about a dozen times and it's the original Honda part in very good condition. Before the oil change there was nothing wrong with my car and during the last time maintenance at another Honda dealer the car was checked with everything ok. On 8/29/2016 I took my car to victory Honda at san bruno to fix the problem. The oil pan was replaced. The old oil pan showed the screw in the oil pan was damaged by the steel plug. The cause of this problem could be: 1 anderson Honda's technician over-torqued the plug and damaged the oil pan. But they claimed that they are Honda official dealer and they didn't over-torqued it. 2. Honda's parts or designs have defect. They should not put steel plug onto a soft metal pan directly. I think the cost of replacing damaged oil pan should be paid either by anderson Honda or Honda of America. The customer should not pay for their fault. The safety issue of this type of problem is oil leaking (harmful to our environment), engine failing on the road if damaged plug falls off. Thank you very much for investigating this issue. I do appreciate all your helps. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #41

Feb 122016


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The alternator wires burned up and the transmission slipped, which caused the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000.

- Loxley, AL, USA

problem #40

Jul 012016


  • 164,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the relay pump failed. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also indicated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle would shake as the gears changed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 164,000.

- Boston Spa, NY, USA

problem #39

Nov 302014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 169,000 miles


I purchased a Honda Odyssey from a local Honda dealer March 2012 with 122,000 miles on it and what I was told was a brand new transmission. November 2014 I drove the car to my grandmothers house 5 hours away for thanksgiving and the day after the return trip the car began slipping gears. Honda wants $5,100 to fix it. The transmission that is in it now if they indeed put a new one in it is only 2 1/2 years old and has 47,000 miles on it!! that is ridiculous!! I paid $7,900 for a car that lasted me only 47,000 miles!!

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #38

Nov 142014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Driving on highway on 11/15/2014 way to work around 65 mph and suddenly felt a jerk as some one hit from behind, looked around and keep driving felt jerk again and speed of vehicle came down pulled car to the side. Stopped the engine for few minutes and started the car again put gear in drive and car is moving very slowly even giving enough gas. End of calling tow truck and towed car to close by dealer. Dealer called me today 11/15/2014 to inform there is a transmission failure and need around $6000 in repairs.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #37

Aug 112014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 79,123 miles
Broken rear motor mount.

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #36

Jul 252014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles


Driving 2004 Odyssey (140K miles) down I-95 in richmond (from nova) and started losing power (dropping speed with increasing rpms). Bad smell and smoke out the back led me to believe it was my catalytic converter. Check engine light never came on. Found a shop that replaced the cc. While replacing they noticed lots of oil under my vehicle. Turns out it was transmission fluid. The shop topped off the transmission fluid (4 qts), let it run for a while, didn't see a leak, and I drove off the lot. I noticed the check engine light was still on so I returned to the auto shop. They were having trouble erasing the error code so the light would go off so they recommended I have it fixed when I returned home. I was on my way to a North Carolina beach with no other problems encountered (albeit a check engine light still lit). Local driving at the beach at low speeds (below 40 mph) caused no issues. The following week on my way from the nc beach to nova, the tcs light was now lit (in addition to the check engine light). Within a few miles I encountered a similar situation while heading North on I-95 (as I did the week before while heading South on I-95) though not as severe (slight drop in speed with increasing rpms, bad smell with smoke out the back of the vehicle). I found out the next day about the Honda Odyssey transmission problem. Sounds like I was lucky to get 140K out of it, though not happy to hear about the lack of responsibility taken by Honda. My wife and I have been loyal Honda customers since 1984 with 4 vehicles purchased. No more.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #35

Jun 292014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Check engine light and tcs light came on while driving the van at highway speeds. The transmission shifts smoothly and sounds fine, but the repair shop pulled a code of P0740--tc clutch failure. The transmission is failing, and this is apparently a common problem with Honda Odyssey. While our transmission lasted longer than many Odyssey' do, I think that transmission failure at 119K is unacceptable.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #34

May 012014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
It was Thursday, early evening, and I was driving on a country road, approaching a stop sign, when the 2004 Honda Odyssey van's power cut out. The engine went dead in the middle of the road. It just suddenly cut off for no reason. I was able with difficulty to steer it to the side of the road. I turned the ignition "off" and called my husband thinking I might need aaa to come tow the car. After the van sat for a few minutes, I was able to get it to start again, but it sounded terrible and the engine's engagement felt weak. I was a few miles from an auto repair shop and decided to slowly drive it there and leave it overnight. I was told the next day that the transmission had failed and the mechanic mentioned that there had been a recall on my van of which I was unaware. I looked up the recalls on the NHTSA site that Honda and issued and noticed that my van's VIN number was in the range that had been recalled for transmission problems. I called local Honda dealers about this as well as the Honda corporate number. Each said that even though my van's VIN was in the batch that was recalled and even though the exact problem that I had experienced was the reason for the recall, they did not feel obliged to assist with the van's repair. Neither the local Honda dealer nor Honda corporate would give an explanation as to why they felt they did not need to shoulder any of the transmission replacement costs. I believe this is against the law. Can corporations like Honda really get away with ignoring the law? after paying for a $4,600 transmission replacement, I do not have the money to fight them.

- Harleysville, PA, USA

problem #33

May 262014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
The motor mounts on this vehicle have to be replaced. There has been a banging noise coming from the engine upon acceleration for some time. I brought it to the repair shop and they are telling us that we have to replace the motor mounts at over $1000. He has told us that this is a very common problem in this model vehicle. We have done research and found many others complaining to you and Honda, as well as other forum boards. This is a dangerous situation that is being overlooked by Honda. Motor mounts are not a routine maintenance part. They should not be failing at all. As you know, failure of this part could cause catastrophic results causing a vehicle to careen into others, due to not being able to stop. This should clearly be a recall issue. The consumer should not be footing the bill for an obvious safety issue that Honda is choosing to ignore. An investigation should be conducted immediately into this negligent behavior on Honda's part.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #32

May 122014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles


5/6/14 took my vehicle into the local service station for diagnosis of clunking engine noise. Had to pay $1400 to replace both motor mounts that were completely worn out. Also has to replace the outer tie rods that were worn out creating a completely unsafe vehicle. Less than a week later, the D light went black. Suddenly it came back on along with the check engine light. Took vehicle back to the service station and they now diagnosed it with the P0740 code tcc lockup solenoid. Called several transmission shops that told me the only way to fix this is to get a new transmission at a cost of $3500 and up. This is very discerning that the transmission didn't last longer and this is a known problem with this model vehicle and Honda refuses to issue the recall on all 2004 transmissions. There are service bulletins out there referring to this specific issue. I called american Honda and they refused to assist stating the vehicle is way out of warranty to assist financially. I have had all the service done at the dealer until there was an issue last year with the heating/air conditioner that the dealer was unable to successfully fix after 6 visits and numerous coolant flushes. I have no faith in that local dealership to help. Now I'm stuck with a money pit and can't afford to replace it. Never again Honda. They have certainly lost my loyalty after all this. We dealt with the same issue with the 2003 Acura tls transmissions that were bad, 3 transmissions later and no help from Honda who knowingly covered up their faulty transmission problems and left consumers footing the bill.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #31

Mar 142014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles
While coming to a stop for vehicles stopped at the traffic light at the end of my street, I rear-ended an oil truck in front of me. My driver's side airbag deployed as I applied the brakes to stop, causing me to lose control and hit the oil truck. My vehicle was totaled and my injuries were not severe.

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #30

Feb 152014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Have owned this oddysey since 2008 and the vehicle at that time had around 40,000 miles. At that time I had to replace the front engine mount. Las week I went to the dealer for 90K service and they tell me I need to replace both the front right and front middle mount again!!!. so these mounts last 40 to 50K miles at max, outrageous for a brand like Honda. I will cost me now 800$ to replace these 2.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #29

Feb 222014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Vehicle was never serviced properly.

- Garden City, NY, USA

problem #28

Feb 152014


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while at the dealer for routine maintenance, he was informed that the two motor mounts (front and side/right) would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure (or pretend to be not aware of it). The approximate failure mileage was 95000. It seems that the engine mount issue with the Honda Odyssey should be looked into. After scrolling thru the pages of complaints I noticed there was a complaint on every page. This look to be either a cash cow for local dealers or a Honda defect. Can NHTSA protect us" please do something to help us. If you can't help would we be better off calling a congressman"

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #27

Nov 012013


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while at the dealer for routine maintenance, he was informed that the motor mounts would need to be replaced. The motor mounts failed again shortly after being replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #26

Oct 122007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
It seems that the engine mount issue with the Honda Odyssey should be looked into. After scrolling thru the pages of complaints I noticed there was a complaint on every third page. This look to be either a cash cow for local dealers or a Honda defect. I have had three replaced and currently have been told that I have 2 broken again. Can NHTSA protect us" please do something to help us. If you can't help would we be better off calling a congressman"

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #25

Nov 102005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
One of the engine mounts broke back in 2005 and had four more broken over the years. I currently have 2 that are broken but will not replace them due to cost and it seems this is a defect due infact to the volume of times they have broken. Toyota has replaced them twice.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #24

Nov 212013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 60,280 miles
I took the van to the dealership for and oil change and its 60,000 mile check up. I was told two of the engine mounts are cracked and/or broken. About $900 to replace both of them. Upon looking on the internet, it seems this is a very common problem for Honda Odyssey at about that mileage around that year. With so many with the problem, there should be a recall.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #23

Sep 122013


  • 104,000 miles
I did not know the motor mount was an issue on Honda Odyssey but I already replace one so far on my van after a month I took my van for a ignition recall and overall the van did not any problems at all after getting it back from the dealer but after a few weeks the engine keep shutting down in a low idle, no accidents so far only mad people behind me when my van stalls. Can you (NHTSA) investigate or let me know if this is a Honda issue or my, one other problem is suspension is to noisy feels like leaving wheels behind I hope you take matter on all complaints before someone get hurt.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

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