really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,084 miles

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2012 Honda Odyssey electrical problems

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2012 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #9

May 212016


  • 60,000 miles


The battery cuts out when I drive through a puddle of water more than 2" high. The dashboard battery light comes on & the steering locks. This very dangerous when I am making a right turn & have to drive through that puddle that collects on the corner. This is very common in rainy South Florida. When I'm in the turn & the battery cuts ot & the steering locks up, I have no choice but to drive straight & pray that another car is not right next to me, that I'll end up slamming into. Several mechanics have explianed to me that, apparently, a battery cable is mounted too low on the car. Please advise.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 012013


  • 15,000 miles
The front brake rotors are undersized and will warp with use causing vibration during braking. The homelink stays on even after the car is turned off with key removed causing thief to open your garage door when they break into the car and having access to homes because the homelink stays on constantly.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 282015


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rear passenger side sliding door opened, but would not close all the way. It remained in the middle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the door motor and rollers had to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Newmarket, MD, USA

problem #6

Nov 232015


  • 51,460 miles


We had something plugged into the ac outlet in the third row. Car was running but parked in a lot. Child pulled cord and the whole cover of the unit was pulled off. Exposed protected wires but also a screw that was "live". child received full body electric shock touching the screw. Cover was easily replaced, but children sit in the third row.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #5

Nov 112014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Tpm(tire pressure monitor) light indicating low pressure when there is no error. Dealer (san marco, Texas) claims the issue is due to cell phone charger interference with tpm system. Dealer claims Honda is aware of the issue and sent out a service bulletin to limit the cell phone charger to less than twenty minutes to prevent the tpm fault code and dash light from being set. In my professional option, Honda America has what is known as a 'conductive electro-magnetic interference" issue with their system. Based on what has been communicated, I believe there is an elementary design flaw with their system that allows either the transmitted energy or internal generated signals of cell phone to be coupled into their system using the battery lines.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 292012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 4,192 miles
Ongoing electrical problems. Possible short in the electrical system. Multiple ongoing problems from: (1) wife has new pacemaker, she received a shock while resting her feet/legs on the dashboard (Aug. 2013), (2) dashboard light(s) keep changing in brightness: We have taken it into the dealership several times, the staff plays dumb, looks at us like we are dumb, (3) documented window malfunction in August 2012, due to electrical, (4) electrical gadgets seem to work when they want to, (5) yesterday (8/21/2013) had the ipad plugged in to the glove box power, but the ipad indicated that it was not charging. Concern: Health and safety.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 082013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 12,606 miles


Wife came home parked in garage 1.5 - 2.5 hours later opened garage door, garage filled with smoke, found Honda Odyssey had self ignited and self extinguished itself due to lack of oxygen. Incident area at rear cargo light possibly either rear cargo light or rear hatch door only electrical items in that area that I am aware of - just a guess - fire department called to scene to witness note and provide a report. Had a window been cracked most likely my house would have burned down. This was a very scary incident that deserves the highest level of follow up. I work in the risk management / loss control area professionally and this has certainly scared me. Anything I can do to help I am willing to do so.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 152011


  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Odyssey exl. The contact was driving 40 mph when the instrumental panel was not sufficiently illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 500 and the current mileage was 2,220. Updated 05/31/12

- Brillion, WI, USA

problem #1

Apr 022012


  • 8,000 miles
Pulling onto freeway and dash lights flashed then motor quit completely. Coasted to stop on shoulder with very little brake power left. Vehicle would not even turn on - complete vehicle failure. Had it towed once again to dealer said a faulty or shorted ground wire. Have not picked up yet so will determine if fixed. This is the second major failure with this vehicle. Honda dealer nor corporate customer service shows any concern or interest in our situation. My wife is very afraid to drive or depend on this car.

- Trophy Club, TX, USA

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