really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,413 miles

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2009 Honda Odyssey body / paint problems

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2009 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #20

Jun 102016


  • 86,000 miles


We own a 2009 Honda Odyssey that recently experienced failed gas struts in the hatch.the car was parked & I was loading groceries into it when the rear liftgate came crashing down - I was lucky enough to jump out ofthe way in time or could have been seriously hurt.. there is a recall for the 2009 Odyssey for the exact same failure mode, but only for the motorized hatch. (ours is not motorized). I would like you to look into the possibility of having Honda increase the scope of the recall to include non-motorized hatches.

- Lafayette Hill, PA, USA

problem #19

Feb 022016


  • miles
Unable to lift up passenger side window (front and rear) once window is down mainly in cold weather. Also time to time, unable to open front passenger side door from inside. I have to open and close the door using drive side button from inside the vehicle, or use remote control to perform lock/unlock function. For window operation it doesn't matter if the vehicle is moving or not moving. For lock operation vehicle is not moving. For both operation vehicle engine could be on. This problem has been there since the day one I bought the vehicle. Dealership was informed but they were unable to find the problem because most of the time problem recovers by the time we reach dealership (30 minutes later)

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #18

Apr 012015


  • 110,000 miles
Paint is releasing from the primer on and in front/back of eack front door. There is no peeling on the roof or behind each rear tire where we would expect problems. Honda refuses to fix the problem. This problem occurred in corpus christi, tx after the local dealer performed minor body work (new front bumper and two scratches on the rear panesl) - but the peeling is not occurring where the body work was done.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #17

Apr 262015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 91,523 miles


Power lift gate failed while trunk was opening; I pressed the trunk button on the inside of the car and the lift gate began to open as usual. My 10 year old child was putting baseball gear in trunk and the lift gate beeped twice as it was trying to fully open but could not. It then beeped continuously as it lowered. My son was able to get out of the way. Now the lift gate will not stay propped open and it is very difficult to open manually. I will take vehicle to Honda dealer Monday but it does not appear my VIN is included in the recall for the struts in the power lift gate.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #16

Nov 232014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
On two recent occasions, the tailgate has lowered itself without the driver pressing the tailgate button on the dashboard or on the tailgate itself. It lowers without giving the normal audible signal. And in both cases, there was a minor injury occurring as a result of the problem. Once to a child, and the latest to an adult. In the latest incident, the drivers head (ear) was impacted by the downward force of the tailgate, pressing the head against the left rear corner of the vehicle while the driver was leaning into the rear compartment. Very painful to the driver's left ear, but not immediately requiring medical attention. The service department of our local Honda dealership - where the vehicle is normally maintained - states this VIN is not under recall for faulty tailgate struts or related.

- Franklin, NJ, USA

problem #15

Jul 242014


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while opening the power lift gate, the door failed to operate. The contact mentioned that the lift gate was not able to reopen. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign: 12V062000 (structure).the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Wappingers, NY, USA

problem #14

May 252014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 95,165 miles


While my wife was loading the cargo area in the rear of the vehicle after shopping, the lift gate dropped suddenly. The supports no longer hold the lift gate in the open position. Fortunately, she was not standing under the lift gate at the time.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #13

Oct 142013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 31,837 miles
The tailgate struts that support the tailgate (back) door of the minivan failed (collapsed) when the door was in its open position. This caused the back door to slam shut with great force. The struts are cylinders filled with gas under pressure used to pop the door open and hold it open. The door is very heavy and did not fail in a failsafe manner (lockup for example), instead the system failed to support the door in its open position. There is a recall on this very problem, make, model and year: Honda Odyssey 2009, however, my VIN was not included in the recall. Honda Inc confirms that they are receiving reports like this one from other people whose cars were not made part of the recall.

- Woodmere, NY, USA

problem #12

May 132013


  • 130,000 miles
My passenger power slide door kept opening up while driving and would latch when turned off which deadened the battery it was fixed for $680. Now the other slide door is doing the same thing. Looking online there are many that have had this happen to. Why hasn't there been a safety recall on those doors. My grandkids are always buckled in, but do you know how it feels when your traveling and the doors open when they are in the van, and now I'm faced with another expensive bill again. Will probably never buy another Honda again.

- Gibsonburg, OH, USA

problem #11

Dec 092009


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph when the front passenger's side door opened independently. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road and the door was closed however, the latch failed to remain closed in a secure position. The failure became more frequent in colder weather temperatures. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer numerous times. A lubricant was applied to the door latch however, the failure continued to occur. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Jackson, WI, USA

problem #10

Dec 222012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


The struts failed to hold up the tailgate and fall on my wife head, during the loading of our groceries on our recent grocery's outing. The two gas-powered tailgate struts (support rods) that raise and hold up the power tailgate of the Honda Odyssey van's equipped with them failed to hold up the tailgate. They are now no longer functional.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 212012


  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rear liftgate would not remain in a secured upward position whenever accessing the trunk area and the lift gate would close abruptly. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 12V062000 (structure: Body: Hatchback/liftgate: Support device ); however the contact's VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 21,000.

- Woburn, MA, USA

problem #8

Jun 302012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
While opening my tailgate on my Honda Odyssey van yesterday at around 6:00 P.M. it fell down on my head. What would cause that to happen? I did not do anything to try and fix it. The dealership was closed.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 192012


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rear lift gate failed to remain open because the gas filled struts failed. An authorized dealer was notified and stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 12V062000 (structure: Body: Hatchback/liftgate: Support device). The manufacturer was notified and also stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall. They offered no other assistance. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 232012


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rear lift gate would not remain open because the grease in the hinge was leaking. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 24,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 262011


  • 65,374 miles
As I was unloading groceries from the rear of my van, the lift gate suddenly and unexpectedly dropped on me. I was not injured but if I had been a small child or a weak elderly person it could have had tragic results. The same problem occurred when I tried to open the gate a second time while standing safely away from the vehicle. The problem seems to be with the stay assembly tailgate opener which keeps the gate in the open position. There was no problem earlier in the day when I loaded groceries into the van however..

- Swansea, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 242011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 48,356 miles
First occurrence happened on 11/24/2011, when I open the gate to get luggage, the automatic liftgate opened all the way up, bounce couple of times and started to close. If I tried to open the gate manually, it would pull and tried to close. I pulled the fuse to try to reset the liftgate to no avail.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #3

Oct 102011


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rear door liftgate failed. The liftgate would only open half way and the contact had to hold the liftgate up manually for the gate to fully open. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 76,000.

- Ritchfield , IL, USA

problem #2

Oct 052011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The power back hatch on my 2009 Honda Odyssey ex L slams shut and will not hold. The power back hatch opens all the way up, tries to stay up but slams back down. While loading the vehicle with luggage the hatch slammed down on my back knocking me to the ground. The strut failed without warning.

- Cutchogue, NY, USA

problem #1

May 132011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
My 2009 Honda Odyssey manually operated rear liftgate will not hold open. Given the weight of the liftgate, it could cause serious injury if the strut failed when the liftgate is open with people under it.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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