really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,728 miles

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2012 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 122016


  • 37,926 miles


I was in my driveway, stopped, getting ready to pull in to the garage. I had stopped with my foot on the brake pedal, and then I pressed the button to open the garage door and waited for the garage door to go up. While the garage door was starting to go up and the brake pedal was still pressed, the car suddenly, unintentionally, unexpectedly accelerated by itself into the garage door causing the windshield to break on the garage door and the garage door to break off of its tracks. It is unknown the component or system that caused the sudden unexpected acceleration. It could have been the engine, fuel/propulsion system, or speed control. But something caused a sudden unexpected acceleration while the brake pedal was applied.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #9

Apr 012016


  • 70,000 miles
Car suddenly stalled while driving without warning (luckily in parking lot). Would not re-start and had to be towed to mechanic. Was found to be defective right wiring harness. No damage visible to wiring harness. ~70,000 miles on vehicle.

- Stanardsville, VA, USA

problem #8

Aug 282015


  • 36,000 miles
After making a right turn after a full stop, I accelerated to about 5 mph and was about to park (less than 20ft from stop sign) when the vehicle suddenly accelerated to a high speed. I was unable to break after repeatedly applying pressure on the brake pedal. I was unable to avoid a head on collision. Airbags deployed including the side bags next to my 6 year old son. The vehicle was purchased 2 months ago from grossinger Honda on western ave. In Chicago, a certified Honda dealer.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Mar 012014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 23,690 miles


I was turning right into a parking space with foot on brake (there was no need for acceleration to get into the parking spot)- when suddenly the car sped up really fast on its own (like the gas pedal was being applied- only my foot was on the brake the entire time). The car went crashing into the median- catching the undercarriage causing it to stop. I immediately put the car into park. The force and speed in which it reached in such a short distance was startling and scary for everyone in the car. It was as though I had no control of the car!

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 032012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,159 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and there was a delayed response of a few seconds. The vehicle was taken to three different dealers numerous times. The repairs performed consisted of reprogramming the computer software and replacing the transmission fluid. The problem persisted. The dealer was unable to remedy the defect. The manufacturer was notified and they planned to investigate further. The approximate failure mileage was 1,159. Updated 06/18/13 the consumer stated the dealer offered to swap the vehicle for another for an extra $2,500. Updated 06/20/2013

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #5

Apr 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2012 Honda Odyssey. Consumer writes in regards to acceleration problems. The consumer stated when she slowed down or let off the gas pedal, the engine acted as though it was going to shut off, then all of a sudden it would lurch forward. It also happened when letting off the gas to turn a corner, and when she attempted to accelerate, it felt as though the vehicle was going to stall.

- Flushing, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 272013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles


The same problem that occurred in Dec 2012 when Honda issued a transmission software update, but only worse. I was driving at approx 18mph and the transmission locked then slipped continuously. It was worse when I was on a hill causing the van to jerk backwards. It continued to occur and when on a flat road I almost lost control of the vehicle because it jerk so hard when accelerating to 20mph. I ended up having the van towed to the dealership who can't duplicate the problem, Honda said they are unaware of the issue. I am afraid to drive the vehicle and it only has 5000 miles on it. This is my 4th Honda minivan in 10 years and this is not typical handling for the vehicle and the dealership is trying to get me to believe... [please try to help so no one gets injured in this vehicle.... thanks,

- Birmimngham, AL, USA

problem #3

Apr 182012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
When pressing the accelerator, the vehicle hesitates, then surges forward at a high rate of speed. This happens quite often with no pattern or indication. I questioned the dealer and they said it was due to the wireless method used to transmit the signal from the accelerator to the injection system. They said I would have to learn to live with it.

- Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA

problem #2

Mar 132012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
The vehicle hesitates and occasionally surges on acceleration.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #1

Dec 012011


  • 3,000 miles
Hesitation or stutter when attempting to accelerate. Started with minimal problems at first and has become progressively worse. Now hear clicking jerking and will not accelerate and emission light goes off and on. Dealer says nothing wrong they can find.

- Trophy Club, TX, USA

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