really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,622 miles

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2011 Honda Odyssey drivetrain problems

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2011 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 132015


  • 28,000 miles


The engine shutters at low speeds and going up hill. Honda declines to accept the issue. Battery low indicator warning pops up even when the battery is flooded. May need a software update to battery management system.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #8

Jun 212014


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that when the contact started the vehicle and shifted into drive, the vehicle proceeded in reverse. The failure occurred twice. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- Boingbrook, IL, USA

problem #7

Apr 112014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I file this complaint to report a dangerous defect in my 2011 Honda Odyssey van to prevent others from suffering similar or worse harm what happened to me. I stopped my vehicle at the top of my driveway, where it is flat, to get my mail I placed the van in park before I stepped out of the vehicle to get my mail. The van was not moving when I exited the vehicle. My two children remained in the vehicle. As I went to get the mail, the next thing I knew my van was moving on its own down the driveway. Because my kids were still buckled in their seats in the vehicle, I did everything I could to stop the van. However, I did not succeed. The van cut off the driveway, went through the landscaped portion of my yard, rolled over a retaining wall and crashed into my house. As a result of me trying to save my children, I suffered significant injuries which included difficult surgery and the loss of mobility with potential permanent debilitating injury. I am still in physical therapy and will be for a while. We also had a lot of property damage. The car was still in park when it hit the house. The tow truck drivers had to engage the shift lock release to take the shifter out of park in order to drive the vehicle slightly to position it to be picked up by the tow truck. The vehicle moved while in park and never came out of park when it went down the driveway. I have informed Honda of this dangerous life threatening defect. Honda inspected the vehicle on May 23rd at brannon Honda in birmingham Alabama and said nothing is wrong with my van. I know they are wrong. This defect could hurt other people or kill someone. I hope the government will thoroughly inspect my vehicle before somebody else gets hurt. My vehicle is available for immediate inspection.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #6

Aug 172011


  • 44,000 miles


Transmission sometimes shudders terribly when shifting, does not know when to shift, sometimes delays when shifting into reverse. Currently has 44,000 miles.

- Hastings, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 022012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 24,998 miles
I have been experiencing hesitation in acceleration from a stop through third gear at low speeds. I took the vehicle to Honda dealership and they had not heard of the problem and were unable to duplicate the severity of my issue but did notice hesitation. Manager said he would speak to corporate representative. Yesterday, while taking a left to cross highway, the vehicle had trouble accelerating to cross highway with approaching vehicles traveling 65 miles per hour. My friend and her child were in the van along with one of my children. I have not looked at this as a safety issue until yesterday but am now very concerned because I live off this busy highway and regularly make this turn often with three or more children.

- Leesburg, GA, USA

problem #4

Feb 062012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 1,100 miles
I get a major dead spot on attempted acceleration moving from a slowdown (as toward a signal) toward acceleration (as the signal changes) at about 5 -10 mph. This is consistent. I can step hard on the gas or pump the accelerator and get no response for at least 2 seconds. It seems like if you hit the brake, you cannot use the accelerator unless it is fully reset. I am thinking it is a software problem. The injury risk is you hit the accelerator and the car cannot get out of a dangerous situation.

- Fairport, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 012011


  • 18,000 miles


As soon as the transmission shifts to the second gear, the entire car will shudder. Same thing happens often on the third, fourth, and fifth. Another thing that happens on the transmission is that when it's in overdrive in the sixth gear, the RPM will jump about a hundred or two, up and down, randomely. When it's also in overdrive, it makes a weird noise. In the cabin, it sounds like an extreme wind noise, but you can tell that it's coming from the transmission because it happens everytime I give the car some gas. Some other people are also having the same problem as I'm having because people on the forum are complaining about the same issue.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 172010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
The van has, on numerous occasions (approx 1 per 1000 miles) failed to accelerate on command, in fact, it actually seems to stall out for 1 to 5 seconds. The longer it stalls out, the more explosive the acceleration, once it comes. This condition seems to crop up most often just after slacking off on the gas. For example: In traffic, if I and have taken my foot off the gas to maintain space from the car in front of me, then try to accelerate to get into an opening in the adjacent lane, the van just hangs there, as if the ignition has been turned off. Then suddenly, the car responds to the accelerator with a jerk. My theory is that it has to do with the fuel conservation system that turns various numbers of cylinders off and on, depending on demand. I have reported this to the dealer who sold this to me and they asked me if I could take it out for a drive and duplicate it for them. I told them it would be okay if they were willing to pay for the gas because I can't "make" it do it on command. I've just become aware that what I describe is the most common circumstance: Steady or slight acceleration followed by slacking off, followed by an attempt at rapid acceleration. The attempt at rapid acceleration results in hesitation and then rapid acceleration, either of which, could create the situation for an accident.

- Covington, WA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012011


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated the transmission shifted hard while slowing down under 30 mph. The contact could feel and hear the transmission down shifting, and the failure became progressively worse. The dealer test drove the vehicle and confirmed that the transmission was defective and that the computer caused the transmission to fail. The manufacturers engineer inspected the vehicle and stated there was nothing wrong with transmission and it was shifting normal. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 20,000.

- Sebring , FL, USA

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