really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,792 miles

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2012 Honda Odyssey miscellaneous problems

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2012 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #6

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 #5

Oct 262015


  • 51,000 miles
Any time bright sunshine is present; it is impossible to read the temperature &/or radio settings. The black lettering on the light blue background forces a driver to "lean down" completelhy taking their eyes off the road in an attempt to read the information. And, even then, it is almost impossible to read the information! if the background was black & the letters were white (like the date & time on the gps screen) the "problem" would be completely eliminated. Note: This problem is still present in the 2015 model's. I have tried in vain to contact Honda engineering but it is "impossible" to get through to them! furthermore, my Honda dealer said: "there is no way to get to the proper people at Honda." Please help!!!

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 212015


  • 42,000 miles
Have had for a long time episodes of the doors locking for no reason both while the car was stationary and while any speed from streets to interstate. Honda re-programmed the locks, but did not fix the problem. Since it only happened about once every 2 weeks and they could not find another problem, I just let it go. The incident of concern happened in a parking lot. The sliding door closed on the hand of an elderly woman who was getting out of the front seat and we were unable to unlock it and get it off her hand or to slide her hand out of the door. The door was completely closed and flush with the rest of the car. After about 12 minutes as 911 was arriving, the door unlocked itself and they were able to open it. I had been using the buttons on the driver's dash, both front doors and the key fob with the car off and turned on and had pulled on the door handle and hammered on the door without success. When the door unlocked itself, I had once again tried the driver's door button with the car running and the response was delayed enough that I had gotten out of the car and was about at the driver's wheel when we heard the unlocking clunk. Can send photos of the location of her hand if it would be helpful. Thankfully only one finger was broken. Honda checked out the car and found nothing wrong with the sensors. They did say that I have a bad cell on my battery, but the car starts fine and I can't see how that would have anything to do with it. The weird locking of doors was happening at my last check-up where the battery tested out ok.

- Fincastle, VA, USA

problem #3

Feb 022015


  • 40,752 miles


Al conducir la camioneta de regreso del trabajo sentÍ una vibraciÓN O zangoloteo a no mas de 20 mph Y como a unas 1500 RPM, despuÉS de 15 minutos de haber arrancado la camioneta, solo al hacer el cambio de velocidad "transmisiÓN automÁtica" SE percibe tambiÉN, Y en una subida hace mas fuerte el zangoloteo O jaloneo, no SE si tengan que ver con algo acerca de los convertidores de torcion que salen defectuosos Y provocan este tipo de fallas pero solo he escuchado que en modelos 2004 quisiera saber si algÚN propietario de este modelo de camioneta a tenido algÚN problema similar oddysey 2012.

- Mexico, NM, USA

problem #2

Jul 272013


  • miles
Our 2012 Honda Odyssey touring elite van, purchased brand new in June, 2012, experienced a sudden unintended acceleration (sua) event on July 27, 2013 at approximately 3:53pm cst. I was making a right turn into a parking space with the brakes depressed. Part way into the parking space, my vehicle¿'s engine revved up very loud and surged forward. I continued to press the brake as the vehicle continued to move forward rapidly and did not stop until it hit a store front window/wall. The steering also became unresponsive. The engine stopped revving and I shut off the engine with the key. No airbags deployed. My son was in a middle row seat. Video security surveillance shows the brake lights were on during the entire event and details the unresponsive steering. We contacted the dealership by phone immediately with a follow up letter and we contacted Honda America corporate office by certified letter and sent a fax informing them of the event, as well as requesting edr data be retrieved. It is now seven weeks later and Honda has failed to collect or refuses to provide the data. The dealership stated a district rep/manager inspected our vehicle and provided only an one page dealer invoice stating ¿¿no defects in material or factory workmanship were found.¿ this ¿¿inspection¿¿ took 0.79 hours per the dealer invoice. Honda refuses to provide details of what was inspected or checked and the dealership says they are not responsible for providing those details even though inspection took place at their facility. The dealership states that the dealer invoice is sufficient for us to consider the vehicle safe to put on the road again. Understandably, we do not agree as root cause of the sua event remains unidentified. The vehicle currently sits at the body shop. Vehicle had approximately 12,800 mi at event.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #1

Jan 202012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 2 miles
Our brand new 2012 Honda Odyssey touring elite judders between 25-40 mph between shifts. The judder can be anywhere from mild and very transient to rough bucking that lasts for over 2 seconds before it smooths out. Under mild or heavy acceleration, I have not not noticed the judder. It seems to only happen under moderate acceleration. It also seems to occur more violently while going uphill. It happens at least 90% of the time during the shift between 2nd and 3rd gears under moderate (typical) acceleration. This judder results in a loss of expected acceleration and decreased control of the vehicle. While researching this problem, it became obvious that I am not the only person experiencing this issue and feel that Honda must recall these vehicles to permanently repair the underlying issue. This issue affects more than just the 2012 model year.

- Germantown, MD, USA

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