really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,245 miles

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2005 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #10

Dec 242008


  • 88,000 miles


2005 new Odyssey has always needed a little oil. Van broke-down out-of-state christmas eve 2008. In 3 weeks, head gasket and catalytic converter replaced. Van now burns 1 quart of oil per week. Dealer refused to tear-down engine on first two visits since break-down. Now a month later, upon 3rd visit, dealer is finally now requesting an inspector to find engine problem and ok extended warranty coverage, if we will cover the cost of $1600 tear down.

- Castaic, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 152008


  • 66,500 miles
Owner noticed that the air conditioning was not cooling. Verified that compressor was running, but it did not load the engine - suspected loss of refrigerant. Dealer confirmed no refrigerant was in system, and found that it had leaked out of condenser via a small hole, probably caused by something striking the condenser. Owner had discovered numerous complaints by owners of same model of vehicle regarding the A/C condenser being exposed and not appropriately protected by grille, and over a year ago had contacted the manufacturer regarding this apparent oversight. Mfr responded by saying they were not aware of any problems. Owner contacted manufacturer with this incident and to date has not received any response. Repairs estimated to be around $800. Owner wants to know why the manufacturer has denied knowledge of this problem, and wants manufacturer to provide a solution to prevent it from happening again. Owner's spouse has medical condition requiring air conditioning.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 022008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Condenser damage from road hazard. Cost to replace $929.68, plus time off and frustration.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #7

Sep 272006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles


This accident occurred when my wife picked up my daughter from her preschool. When she drove the car going downhill, she suddenly lost control over the van and the van went down into a lake. My wife tried to stop the car but could not. The brake and steering did not work at that time. Police says that it appears that mechanical failure may have caused her to lose control of the van. We have called american Honda regarding the car problem. Their answer is because no one died, we won't inspect the van and they further stated, if you want to deal with us, find a lawyer.

- Piedmont , CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 142007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,300 miles
There was no single event leading to the failure of the ac condenser. I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey on which the ac system has failed due to a leaking condenser. This has happened under normal operation of the vehicle without any accidents. It happened on the hottest period of the summer and has caused undue discomfort and cost. Honda, when contacted, said that this is not covered under warranty even if the failure occurred without any catastrophic cause. The vehicle will be repaired in due course.

- Spencerville, IN, USA

problem #5

Apr 182007


  • miles
Honda Odyssey 2005. Two separate incidences of coolant system being pierced by a stone. October 2005, A/C coolant leaked out. April 2007, radiator pierced by a stone and caused a leak. Dozens of other similar issues reported on web chat boards see >> www.topix.net/forum/autos/Honda-Odyssey/tjbopfur3svarkhcj/P4#lastpost dealer says not covered by warranty -- but appears to be obvious design and product flaw.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 082006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,108 miles


: the contact stated while idling, the vehicle jerked and the engine light illuminated. The dealership upgraded the software. Then, while reversing out of the driveway, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealership, and the engine management system was replaced, but the problem persisted.

- Montverde, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 082005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,614 miles
Condenser problems.. in hot June - the first day that temperatures were almost 100 degrees we experience our first set of many problem with this van. We had owned vehicle for 2 months and only put 2700 miles on it. We had experience a condenser explosion. We were sitting @ stop light and I heard a pop and steam rolled all around vehicle. Had vehicle towed to shop to find out that condenser had a bad spot in it and would be covered by warranty. Before it was declared that it was covered under warranty - we keep being threaten by service writer if it's not warranty related that I would owe checkout fees, what it would take to fix it and the complete rental bill. Appears that front bumper and condenser design was not thought out. I agree with the other complaints that a grille or a mesh area should cover the large opening. Fyi, we were told, by dealership, that most of the vehicles have not been covered under warranty - but ours appeared to have a weak spot in the condenser.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #2

May 282005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 430 miles
Driver side 2nd seating row power door fails to close. Passenger side front door difficult to close and latch. Vehicle and steering wheel vibrate at 1500-1600 RPM @50-55mph, and engine makes loud noise. Stops when foot off accelerator or when out of indicated ranges.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #1

Apr 032005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
The fan in the vehicle is blowing hot air. When vent is used (110 degrees) outside temperature is about 70 degrees. It is apparent that the air coming from vent has been heated. The engine or hot air from engine has leaked into the air intake. In order to be comfortable in vehicle, air conditioner must be used excessively in order to cool down constant flow of hot air coming from vent pipe. The problem is most apparent when vehicle is stopped or at low speeds. Dealer reports they cannot do anything since this is a design problem. This leads to decreased fuel efficiency.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

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