pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
87,800 miles
Total Complaints:
34 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (21 reports)
  2. replace the door motor (3 reports)
  3. defective latch (2 reports)
  4. repair corroded switch and spring loaded lever (2 reports)
  5. replace the door, actuator and latch (2 reports)
  6. remove the fuse and door works (1 reports)
2005 Honda Odyssey body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Apr 162013

Odyssey LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Once the driver side sliding door stopped working properly, we stopped using it anymore.

- Wei Z., Randolph, NJ, US

problem #33

Oct 142014

Odyssey EX-L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

The left automatic sliding door stops working and the "door malfunction" warning dash light comes on and will not go off. Took it to the dealer and they plugged it in to the computer. They said the door tripped a problem code and that is why the door stops working. They said they were aware of the issue but there is no permanent fix except to replace the motor for over $300 and even then the problem still comes back eventually. Honda was aware of the problem but not willing to pay for it. I did not replace the motor. Honda reset the code trip and the door worked for a few automatic operations but then tripped the code and stopped working on automatic. We just don't use that door anymore. The right door also had the same problem but the problem was fixed when we got in an accident on the right side and the body shop replaced the right door and motor through insurance. Its been two years with no problem on the right side.

- adrock1981, Vista, US

problem #32

Nov 012015

Odyssey EX-L 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

My door started malfunctioning and not opening properly. Noticed the track the door runs on was rusting. After several months the door stopped operating altogether. Now a safety issue which American Honda does not recognize as a current complaint.As such and with no recalls, not willing to do anything to assist in repair costs.Yet again American Honda proves their lack of customer service response to known issues that are occurring with vehicles. Not sure I want to return to be given the brush of yet again if I have a problem with my car.

- Kelley G., Sugar Land, TX, US

problem #31

Jul 192014

Odyssey LX 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles


The door will not shut on the driver side . So we cant have the interior lights on cause one of the doors will not latch . And the one on the passenger side is doing the samething now. I don't like getting in a dark van at night. I lock the doors manual . Not being able to open and close the doors is a pain. I losed my job in aug.2014 so I cant afford to fix it. And besides I might lose it cause I cant pay on it . So I feel like they should have a recall on them. I love the van but it can be a pain in the butt. And if it dose open and my grandkids go to get of it what if desides to close and they get caught in the door and lose a arm ,or finger who will fix that.

- Mary P., Kokomo, IN, US

problem #30

Jan 052015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Little by little, the passenger sliding door stopped working. First, it was only the "automatic" button wouldn't work, then the FOB, then the handle. Then it stopped latching altogether- even manually. You CANNOT MAKE IT LATCH!

We had a garage look at it to see if it was an easy fix- or a fuse. no, its not. SO we said we would bring it in later when we could afford it.

today, when I was driving, the door came OPEN! that's it. I am freaked out and as much as I have read on the internet about this issue, I cannot believe it hasn't been recalled or permanently fixed.

- Jen D., Upper Arlington, OH, US

problem #29

Jun 092015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 153,000 miles

Both my side doors have been been making noise. Then my passenger side door would not open. We used the driver's side rear door instead. One day while opening it the entire door fell off and smashed my foot. Bruising and swelling on my big toe but nothing to go to ER over. Iced it and still hurting a few days later.

Called Honda and they said it was normal wear and tear. My responsibility. Out of warranty. Researched online and this is a very common issue. Doors falling off their vans! Seems ridiculous and time for a recall. Customer service rep said that it was my car and they were not responsible to repair it. I said that coincidentally I just had my van in for a recall (fuel pump - was smelling gas while driving it) so that's not entirely true. Some things they do fix for free.

This seems like a major problem. I opened the door for my 9-year-old daughter to get into the car. What if the door fell on her? I am beyond angry.

- Lon C., Mount Sinai, NY, US

problem #28

Aug 012014

Odyssey LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles


I purchased my mini van June 29, 2005 and i've had problems with both sliding doors from July 2005 till now. I took it in every time there was a problem and was told the rollers needed to be greased once they were the doors worked good for a few months then I would have to take the van in again for greasing. Last year I had to have a motor replaced on one of the sliding doors and both doors had rollers replaced. after that the my drivers side door wouldn't latch completely and the service manager said that it was gonna need to be replaced but within a year span I had already put in over $1000.00 to have the motor in the passenger side sliding door replaced and the rollers in both doors replaced.I was also told it wasn't a major issue so I decided to deal with the issue until we have the $500.00 to fix it. A few weeks ago, I was driving down a major road and the door just opens. Now its happened several times since and I realized last night that the passenger side door no longer latches. So I'm stuck not being able to drive my car because I have 4 children and refuse to drive with them in the car. This issue with my sliding doors has been going on for 9 years and I refuse to put more money into it. My biggest frustration is that I have had door problems for 9 years and not one service advisor has realized that this is an ongoing issue and taken the time to really figure out why the doors are malfunctioning. They put a band aide on the problem until I have to shell out hundreds of dollars to fix the problem. I have called and emailed all the administrative people at both dealerships that I've taken my vehicle to and no one has contacted me back. I called the Honda Corporation but was told it was a dealership issue and that they couldn't help me. Now I'm stuck with a car that I can't drive y kids in, no money to repair the problem, no money to afford another vehicle payment. I will never buy another Honda vehicle ever again.

- deborah61074, Big Rock, IL, US

problem #27

Jun 122013

Odyssey EX-L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I am convinced that automobile manufacturers intentionally design components to fail so the dealership can stay in business with a steady stream of repair bills. The passenger-side sliding door no longer closed completely in the automatic mode and eventually, failed to close at all in the automatic mode. I had to close the door manually each time and it still didn't close fully causing the red light to flicker on the dash board indicating that this was the case. The dealer replaced the latch for around $700.

- Jeff B., Delmar, NY, US

problem #26

Mar 142014

Odyssey LEX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

I try to fix by unplugging the battery but it's coming back.

- athar, Reseda, CA, US

problem #25

Feb 012008

Odyssey Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Even though I replaced the motors in BOTH doors (one because of accident) the doors still malfunction. When I go to close them they open back up or keep closing even though I'm in the doorway. When I go to open them it partially opens and then closes up again even with me in door. This car is horrible, never again will I buy a Honda Odyssey!

- Rose H., Fairfax, VA, US

problem #24

Feb 052013

Odyssey EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles


The power door on the passenger side only works a few times after removing the fuse. It is not even listed as power sliding door. I had to find the location of the fuse on the net. I am not the only owner in the world with this issue. Honda needs to recall this vehicle. I will never buy a Honda after this one. This is my second Odyssey and I am DONE, NEVER AGAIN. I tell my friends to buy AMERICAN made vehicles from now on. I was a loyal customer, not now. I am going to buy a FORD as my next vehicle.WAKE UP HONDA and FIX THE ISSUE, I CAN'T EVEN TRADE IT IN, WITH A FAULTY DOOR!

- Dwayne L., Plano, IL, US

problem #23

Oct 142012

Odyssey Touring

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles

When we had barely purchased our used Honday Odyssey Touring model we realized the sliding door on the drivers side has severe issues with closing and opening especially when you are on a slant but even on flat surfaces. This problem is a big issue seeing as this is the door your children use to get in and out of the car and without warning it can close and injure someone! I'm sorry but this repair should be a recall in my opinion as i know 2 other people with the same issue and same car.

- Annalisa N., Bountiful, UT, US

problem #22

Nov 262012

Odyssey LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,995 miles

OK Here we go. I have had problems with this sliding door ever since I bought the vehicle. Yes the sliding door alarms goes off for no apparent reason. To stop the madness you have to at the moment turn the auto door function off. Then you have to either pull the fuse for the the auto door function or disconnect the battery. Now if you take it to a dealer and they all know how to fix this right down to the Janitor with the broom, by taking out the fuse as I explained. Then they make themselves out to look like some kind of HERO. Here is the deal guys FIX WHAT CAUSES THE PROBLEM, NOT RESET THE SYSTEM SO IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. Total incompetence this it is a software/electrical glitch, fix it. Just that simple. Make a problem report, track it, and fix it. I have worked aircraft problems my entire life and anyone can pull a fuse and reset. Let's get off our ass and find out what is causing the problem.

Thank You for your time.

- Brian C., Plattsmouth, NE, US

problem #21

Mar 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

This problem has happened to several of my family and friends who have the same van. Honda should fix it as as recall and not charge. My family and friends paid $550 to fix it.

- Susan H., Palmetto Bay, FL, US

problem #20

Jul 152011

Odyssey LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Dropped off the car a week ago to get the brake recall fixed and my door. The door was not closing properly and slid open while I was driving. I had the car in for repairs at the Caldweell, NJ dealer. When I picked the car up the shop was closed and the sales dept gave me the keys. I manually checked that the door opened and closed before I left. The next day, I tried opening the door with the button on the dash board and it didn't work, I also tried the key fab and it didn't work either. I took the car back to the dealer and they said it was the balls inside the door that I had replaced last year and they were still under warranty. Then I got a call that I needed a new latch and assembly that would cost $800, but they would do me a favor and only charge me $650

My neighbor has an odessey too and said to look up the problem on the Internet. He thought that I only had to clean the spring inside the latch. The dealer wants to replace the latch and I haven't had my car for a week, waiting for the parts. I just told the dealer to put the door back together again and I will not have the service fixed by them. They are a total rip off. I'm picking up the car tomorrow, I hope it's put back together again correctly. I only had the larch issue happen once and the door was opening and closing manually. Wish me luck!

- Kim M., West Orange, NJ, US

problem #19

May 092011

Odyssey LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

The sliding door behind the driver went faulty in May 2011 so we stopped using it and just used the sliding door behind the passenger. That sliding door now is bad and will not shut. One of the rollers actually BROKE! So, now I can't use either sliding rear door at all on a MINIVAN! The only doors useable are the front doors and the hatch. I am really disturbed that HONDA hasn't recalled the doors since there seem to be so many problems. I have been a HONDA supporter until now and would've bought another Honda. If I have to pay to have both doors fixed... i will never buy or recommend a Honda again.

- A L., Missoula, MT, US

problem #18

Feb 092011

Odyssey Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

Center bracket for sliding door is poorly designed. Small plastic rollers break from lack of lubrication and insufficient strength. Take off rear cover; 2 screws, in front and behind rear light. Have assistant = DOOR WILL FALL OUT if not supported, Take off 2 screws from the bracket, bracket can be taken out of rail and cables disconnected with bracket at the front bend of rail. Fix it at the first sign of door closing uneven or lubricate every 2 years.

- Honda D., Clev, OH, US

problem #17

Feb 222011

Odyssey EX 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles

First the power steering pump, then the passenger sliding door, now the driver's side sliding door. We bought the part for $227.67 hoping my husband can install it himself. He got on the internet to find out how to do it and stumbled upon this complaint site. Boy do we have a lot to complain about. 2 Steering pumps, two sliding doors, batteries, back wiper blade motor.

- Sue M., Newport, NY, US

problem #16

Oct 292009

Odyssey EX 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,253 miles

First the power steering pump, now the passenger sliding door. $381.34. My husband tried to warn me that the more options you have, the more that can go wrong. He was right as usual.

- Sue M., Newport, NY, US

problem #15

Jun 022010

Odyssey Touring 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

About 1 month after I bought the car, and 1000 miles over its warranty, the passenger sliding door stopped closing all the way. It would still try and shut and the front latch would hold, but the rear latch would close for about 2 seconds and then release. In the middle of a 5000 mile roadtrip no less. No Honda dealer has been able to tell me what the definitive problem is. It also killed my battery completely because the van would act as if door were open the entire time. I live far from any dealership so I've taken to several knowledgeable mechanics and even through using ALLDATA, they've been unable to find the specific problem. They called a Honda Dealership and were told that I had to bring it to them because they had a special computer that would tell them right away. I will be traveling there in 2 weeks because this has gone on for long enough.

- lpeless, Monticello, UT, US

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