really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,983 miles

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2005 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

Nov 182013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles


The contact owns 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rear driver's side door would not latch closed and the failure would recur intermittently for six months. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 3,000. Updated 06/27/14 the consumer stated while driving the door opened, cable snapped, then came off the brackets. Updated 07/1/2014

- Painsville, OH, USA

problem #21

Apr 142012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 91,820 miles
Our 2005 Honda Odyssey had just been serviced by the dealership and we were on our way home. We were at a stoplight when we noticed smoke coming from the engine. We quickly drove it a short distance away from anyone, jumped out and called the fire department. The engine compartment was completely burnt/destroyed and the vehicle was written off by the insurance company. A report was made to the dealership, as well as american Honda with accompanying investigative report and photographs.the cause of the fire was undetermined but originated in the engine compartment..

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #20

Jul 252007


  • 80,000 miles
Rolling side doors - and rear hatch struts massive problems. Bought car in Jan 2006, new. In 2007 one of the side doors quit rolling. Had to have the roller replaced - cost over $700. Then a year later, the other side rolling door went out. Then, the rear hatch struts totally gave way and the rear hatch came slamming down about 2 inches from my 7 year olds head. I called dealer - Honda carland in roswell - they could care less. Until I had to raised the roof with Honda corporate before anybody would offer to cover the cost to replace struts. For certain, this would have been a serious injury to someone's head if it fell on them. After the hatch, then came the third sliding door problem, again I had to fix the door. So, three door fixes at over $700 each. Now, in 2013 for the fourth time door is going out again. I am trading the car in before having it fixed.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #19

Nov 192012


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rear passenger's sliding door would not close automatically. The vehicle was taken to dealer for diagnosis. The contact was unaware of the necessary repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Willowbrook, IL, USA

problem #18

Sep 282013


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rollers broke on the rear driver's side door, causing the door to become detached from the hinge. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 130,000.

- El Paso , IL, USA

problem #17

Apr 232013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the liftgate failed and had to be held open. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the struts needed to be replaced. The contact spoke with the manufacturer about the failure due to a recall on the 2008-09 models but the manufacturer stated that it did not pertain to the 2005 model year. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was not available. The current mileage was 145,000.

- Gardner , KS, USA

problem #16

May 192013


  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated the rear liftgate struts failed and the door closed abruptly when being accessed. The liftgate was manually operated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 10V0550 (structure). The manufacturer was notified and they informed the contact that the VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #15

Jan 102013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
Power sliding door on 05' Honda Odyssey fell off when unloading my children from the vehicle. The middle bracket/strut that holds the sliding door on the center rail along the side of the van totally failed. I was at the bus stop with my children and the door fell off as I opened the door to help my child out. I was mortified as you might imagine. Two men came to my rescue just after my son jumped out of the way. The door has concerned me for some time but I never heard of a sliding door falling off nor did the dealer mention it. Previously, the door would click when we closed it and the automatic door would beep and fail to close. We had the door checked during a routine service appointment 2-3 years ago. The dealer said it was a sensor or possibly a motor issue. No one said anything about the door possibly falling off - nor did they mention any potential bracket failure. I would have had that bracket fixed had they even hinted that this could happen. But what's also very disturbing is that a friend with an '07 is having significant problems with her doors as well. After my incident, she immediately went and had her door brackets checked and found hers were also imminently close to complete failure. They were replaced. She has special needs children and a door failure for her could be catastrophic. The day of this event I called two area dealers. Both service counter reps acknowledged this bracket issue. Parents really need to be warned about this. I fear Honda corporate may be ignoring the issue when children may be hurt. This isn't a starter or a transmission - it's a door. Please investigate the issue and at least issue a safety bulletin or recall.

- Webster, NY, USA

problem #14

Nov 012005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 1,250 miles
Drivers side rear passenger 'power sliding door' (PSD) failed to close, requiring wife and children to drive to garage with open door, and door alarm sounding. Door closed normally at garage, and neither that mechanic nor the Honda dealer could find any problem with door. Problem repeated sporadically through the years, and dealer could never resolve problem. I discovered that I could manually assist the door to close and, with several tries, get it closed. Because of the hazards in having to drive to a mechanic with children and an open passenger door & screaming alarm, our solution has been to never open that door, but occasionally a passenger has unknowingly opened it, causing difficulty closing it. Over the years I've observed that this failure happens whenever the vehicle is parked on a noticeable incline. I suggested to the Honda service manager that some mechanical part may be loose, causing binding in the track, but he always reported that everything about the mechanism was "fine". I discovered today that NHTSA action number 10016777 and Honda service bulletin number 204110 were issued in 2005, relating to this problem. The Honda dealer was, or should have been, aware of the defect each time I returned to them to fix it under warranty. I believe this flaw should be recalled for repair: There is a genuine safety hazard to a vehicle full of children when having to drive to a garage when a door refuses to close.

- Cocoa Beach, FL, USA

problem #13

Apr 022012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
While on vacation, the electric sliding door on the passenger side failed in such a way that the door could not be opened more than a few inches. We were still able to close the door and safely drive the vehicle. There was no way to manually override the electric opening mechanism where it was stuck, so the door could not be used. Several months later, the driver side sliding door also failed. In this case, the door was stuck half open and could not be moved either to fully open it or close it. The door was stuck open until we could get the vehicle to the dealer for repair. This is a safety issue. The electrically operated doors should be designed in such a way that allows easy manual operation of the doors in the event of a failure of the electric motor and opening mechanism.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #12

Apr 262012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked and she opened the rear sliding door on the driver's side. While opening the door, two pins detached from the back end of the door and the door hung downward. The contact examined the pins and noticed that they were corroded. An authorized dealer was notified, but offered no assistance. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 97,000. Updated 6/4/12

- Mantua, OH, USA

problem #11

Jun 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
My 2005 Honda Odyssey is taking on water in the hatchback/liftgate. After it rains when the liftgate is raised water will poor out of it where the liftgate will latch. It is not a few drops of water, it pours out. Also the water leaks inside as sits in the back cargo area.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #10

Aug 102010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I have 2005 Honda Odyssey ex-L (3.5L 6cyl 5A) and a problem as follows; nature of defect: Hatchback liftgate hydraulic shock is not working. I am planning to repair shortly. Part number 74820-shj-A01 stay, tai please advice. Thanks.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 062010


  • 70,000 miles
2005 Honda Odyssey ex tailgate strut failed, causing tailgate to drop suddenly. The dropping tailgate would likely injure a smaller person.

- Fort Bragg, NC, USA

problem #8

Jun 192010


  • 60,390 miles
Issue: Design flaw in 2005 Honda Odyssey exl nav res which exposes the vehicles air conditioner condenser to unnecessary puncture damage from common street debris allowing dangerous freon gases to escape to damage the environment and provide great financial hardship to the vehicle owner. Common issue experienced by many of the exact same vehicle owners. This is a serious environmental issue that needs to be resolved by Honda as well as reimbursement for repairs and prevention steps taken by consumers to protect vehicles from future damage. My Honda had just experienced this issue and now all the freon released unnecessarily into the atmosphere and we are stuck with a $1000 repair and the vehicle is then still easily susceptible to future damage. I would like to file a formal complaint against Honda for this serious issue environmentally damage issue caused by their design flaw which easily exposes the air conditioning condenser to unnecessary damage and great financial hardship to the vehicle owner.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #7

May 272010


  • 82,700 miles
At highway speed, we noticed a thunk sound coming from the rear of the car. When we stopped, we noticed that the rear spoiler of our 2005 Honda Odyssey had come off. There were no injuries, the danger is the piece of the car flying through the air in the highway. The part is the size of a 2X4, it was located at the roof line above the rear gate. I do not know if anyone hit the part on the highway.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Apr 142010


  • 72,000 miles
Tail gate failure Honda Odyssey 2005 LX model. The tail gate struts have failed and will not hold open the tailgate door. It takes two people to access the trunk now. I called Honda to see if they could help with the issue and because it is not under the VIN recall for the touring models that I am out of luck. Seems like the same problem on the same year of van should also be covered. Rather than waiting for serious injury to happen.

- Omaha , NE, USA

problem #5

Mar 052010


  • 62,000 miles
A/C condenser punctured by road debris for third time in 5 years. Design flaw; condenser has no protection behind grill. Expensive, non-warrantied item and repair!

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 242010


  • 65,000 miles
Passenger power sliding door malfunctioned. Door would not close in automatic mode. Door also could not be fully closed manually. Rear door latch would not hold door in closed position. As a result, door partially came open while driving.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 062005


  • 55,000 miles
Tailgate closed unexpectedly while I was standing underneath while loading groceries. 1.) there was no warning that this was going to happen. Until this point the tailgate had functioned normally in the manual or automatic open/close mode. 2.) after the tailgate fell it never worked again until I made repairs to the hold open strut. 3.) I checked the struts and found that the drivers side strut had failed. The strut had no pressure left inside to push out the rod that holds the tailgate open. The passenger side strut was ok and I did not replace this. I purchased a replacement strut from my Honda dealer. When I called to see if a part was in stock the person in the parts department asked me if the vehicle was a "touring model", which it is.

- Mason, OH, USA

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