really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,947 miles

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2012 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 052015


  • miles


Low beams are not bright enough for driving.. can't see see most or any sign clearly on dark highway and roads. Very unsafe and scary to drive at night.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #6

Apr 152014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
Rear right side tail light developed an interior crack in it and there are no scratches or dents indicating someone hit it. Honda saw the damage when it was brought for regular service and refused to fix it saying that its our fault that the taillight cracked. The manager pressed on the crack which made it come all the way through.the car is hardly driven only for family trips and is hand washed, waxed, covered and before being placed in the garage for storage after each trip.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #5

Sep 282014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
I was driving my 2 year old Honda Odyssey w/15,000 miles on a 35 mph state road in the evening. All of a sudden the van lost complete power, everything inside went black, brakes went, no lights in or outside working, and the steering got very stiff, making it difficult to steer the van off the road. My 5 young children were in the vehicle as well. (ages 14, 6, 4, 2, & 5 months). Thankfully no vehicles were on the road in front of me or stopped bc I would have hurt them badly. I just missed getting rear ended by 3 other vehicles as well. Thankfully we weren't traveling the busy interstate that evening, or this could have easily been fatal for my whole family and possibly others as well. Previous to this (approx. 3 months or so) I had made complaints to the dealership about a popping noise in the steering column, when a sharp turn was made and was told that it was "normal". I also have a constant vibration in the steering wheel, brake and gas pedal, which Honda balanced the tires and re surfaced the roaders. For a vehicle which almost cost me $36,000 & 2 years old with low miles, shouldn't be having these issues. The issue with the complete loss of power needs to be diagnosed and correctly fixed, or taken off the road before it causes someone to be severely injured or killed!!!! fix it correctly or I want the vehicle replaced or my money back to buy a safer vehicle....not we're unsure of what the issue is or think we fixed it. I don't need my family or any others killed.

- Dallastown , PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


Headlights are aimed too low, dealership is charging me $85 dollars to have it adjusted as they said it is not covered by warranty, vehicle was leased as new; adjusted it myself but it is at the highest setting and still too low, added factory fog lamps but did not really help with forward illumination, lights are overrun by vehicle on highways going 65-70 mph. Vehicle is still under warranty, but I'm waiting for Honda to recall and replace these poorly designed headlamps. I do a lot of night driving as I work nights, I was not able to catch this on the test drive, as test drives are usually done in broad daylight.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 152012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 150 miles
I just bought a 2012 Honda Odyssey. At night you can not see very well with the headlights. It leaves bad visualization of the road. It is like a black curtain over your windshield in dark country roads. I almost went into a ravine. Thank goodness I was going slow. I do not take this route much. But when going into very dark areas. It is a complete black out. I took it back to my dealer in mentor, Ohio. At classic and the service man was very rude. And looked at me like I was out of my mind. I am a night nurse. Drive my kids around for functions. This really scares me. I see there are several other complaints. This is suppose to be a family vehicle. A safe vehicle. I see now why they need a good crash rating. It could happen cause of these headlights. Please help!

- Willoughby, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 032011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 100 miles
Brand new vehicle, new model year, could be one of first. Headlights are as bright as the sun. Any bump or incline puts headlights into oncoming driver eyes. Majority flash me that my high beams are on. They are not. Honda says all perfect. I cannot look into light - it is sun-like. My headlights come up into oncoming eyes constantly - Honda says aimed perfectly. I assert that this is simply highly dangerous; Honda will do nothing for me. All is perfect, they say. Even if I don't cause someone else's accident, the quantity of people flashing me appears to be evidence of spreading anger, because I can do nothing. My sun-like lights 'flash' them again and again. Pity the poor driver in front of me, in my lane. My bulbs are halogen, not the 'high intensity discharge' type.

- Sonoma, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 062011


  • 380 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated the headlights do not project far enough for him to see while driving at night. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who adjusted the headlights but the contact stated it did not make a difference. The dealer also informed him that was caused by the design of the vehicle and offered no other assistance. The manufacturer stated they would give him a return call within the next two days. The failure mileage was 380.

- Dade City, FL, USA

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