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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,135 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Honda Odyssey body / paint problems

body / paint problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2008 Honda Odyssey:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2008 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 072016

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles


The tailgate struts on my 2008 Honda Odyssey failed on 3/7/2016. When I open the liftgate on our van now, the struts that cause the liftgate to open easily are not working. This means you have to raise the tailgate manually and use a stick of some kind to keep the tailgate open. I found that a recall was issued around 2012 for liftgate problems on the 2008-2009 Honda Odyssey. The information I found said that the NHTSA campaign for this recall has the id: #12V062000 my Odyssey's VIN number does not appear to be included in that recall. Since I am affected by the same problem identified in the recall, I'd like for the recall to be expanded to include my VIN so we can be reimbursed for the repair. The VIN for my 2008 Honda Odyssey is: [xxx] here is the website where I found out about the recall: information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 102013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while in park, the tailgate failed and would not remain open. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Chatam, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 172013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 30,100 miles
Power-tailgate struts have failed and trunk will not remain open. When my wife lifted the trunk it nearly fell on her and hit her head. This same exact issue has been identified in the 2008 Honda Odyssey touring models and a recall was issued. I believe the recall should extend to non-touring model as well (I have a LX 5 speed automatic trim level). I called Honda and they said that my VIN was not included in the recall, but I believe that it should be. In order to repair it, I will have to pay out of pocket.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 262012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 47,200 miles


The tailgate struts failed when my wife opened the tailgate causing a bruise on her head. Skin was not broken. The struts failed slightly on the 27th and lowered the tail gate a few inches. A few days later, they failed completely and tail gate is hard to open and must be held open or it falls rapidly. The struts need to be replaced. I will take it to the dealer to see if they will honor recall, even if VIN is not included on recall list or perhaps the part failure may also be covered under extended warranty.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
I saw that Honda has recalled 2008- early 2009 model year Honda Odyssey ex-land touring models power liftgate gas struts I have a non-power lift gate version of this vehicle and the gas struts have failed. I've bumped my head on the tailgate multiple times.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 302010


  • 58,512 miles
2008 Honda Odyssey rear tailgate struts failed and the rear door free falls shut. The car is only 28 months old.

- Deland, FL, USA

Not what you are looking for?