Notes: Aside from peeling paint, the 2008 Honda Odyssey is a pretty reliable, generally trouble-free minivan.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,143 miles

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2008 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #6

May 212014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


The tailgate struts broke while the tailgate was open, striking me in my back. I noticed there was a recall for the 2008 Honda Odyssey, but mine is not included and I was given no valid reason as to why, only that it was specific VIN's and mine was not in the bunch that was recalled.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #5

Mar 292014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 55,300 miles
Re: tailgate/ strut failure I was out shopping and at my last stop the tailgate was suddenly very hard to open. I had a large cart of groceries and it was raining, so I raised it up with one hand, but when I turned to get more groceries, I expected it to stay and it dropped down. Fortunately, I did not have my children with me, so I could put the rest of the groceries in the seat area and deal with it later. It has not resolved, so it was not a "rain" issue. In the week that has passed, I have done some of research. I found that Honda did indeed have a recall on this problem however, when I called my Honda dealer,* vehicle is not included in this recall. I'm having a hard time figuring out which models are by the official notices. They quoted me $276 to fix it. I have discovered this is very easy to fix - $50 for the struts, a flathead screwdriver, and ladder to prop open the tailgate and even a 115 lb woman can fix them. However, why aren't all 2008 Honda Odyssey in this recall? had my children been helping me or had I been half in the van when the struts suddenly failed, any of us could have been badly injured or killed by the dead weight of that door. For now I will order the struts and fix them as soon as I can since I really don't have time to duke it out with Honda.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 232013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
Tailgate struts fail to hold up the tailgate - 2008 Honda Odyssey ex. Door is very heavy, very hard to lift up and could easily hit your head/body if not manually holding up carefully.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 202013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2008 Honda Odyssey. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle tailgate struts issues. The consumer stated the tailgate struts broke and lost their gas due to leakage. The consumer stated a recall was issued for vehicles with power tailgates. He believed even the vans without power tailgates, should be recalled.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 232012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 122,780 miles
Please excuse my safety complaint just sent earlier. I included my wrong email address. Re: rear tail gate strut failure when I was unloading groceries out of the rear trunk with the rear tailgate open, the struts failed and the tailgate hit the back side of my head/neck, but did not require medical attention.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 232012


  • 122,780 miles
The rear tailgate struts failed to hold the tailgate open while I was taking groceries out of the car. The door hit the back of my neck but did not cause an injury requiring medical attention.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

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