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Honda Odyssey: Problems & Solutions:(1995-2004 Models)



  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Somebody on one of the van sites (I think Odyssey) bought those same tires from a tire dealer on the net and couldn't even get them balanced right if I remember. Contacted the internet dealer and they took them back saying that they had had nothing but trouble with those type of tires. I even think they said they weren't going to carry them anymore. If you were that person just right in.
  • mschafermschafer Posts: 317
    I have cupping or scalloping along the inside edges of the tires, both on my OEM tires and also on the replacements. Since I do my own rotations, I could see that it was always worse on the tires as they rotated off of the back.

    I run with a continuously heavy load on the back; and, as a result, the rear wheels/tires are always splayed out at the bottom because of the independent rear suspension. This puts the entire load of the vehicle on the inside edges of the tires; and, I think, is the reason that the scalloping/cupping is on the inside edges and is worse when they come off the back.

    I plan to install load levelling springs to get those back tires standing straight up again. Hopefully, this will minimize or eliminate the uneven wear.
  • Your fuel economy will suffer when using reformulated gasoline. The chemicals that they add have a lower BTU value than gasoline. It will also suffer if you live in an area with cold winters. I live in a county that requires reformulated gas and has cold winters so I get the double-whammy.
  • No, that wasn't me that posted before, but thanks for the tip anyway. I actually bought the tires from a Goodyear dealer (although it was a Gemini store, I was told that it is actually a Goodyear-owned store rather than an independently owned franchise) on the recommendation of a Goodyear regional manager who lives in my neighborhood. At the time he recommended the tires to me, he indicated that these were made on the best "carcass" that Goodyear makes. Just seems like a bad fit with the Odyssey. Go figure.
  • Any response to message #1518? Any similiar experiences or advice? Thanks - HondaFrank
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Seems like problems 2 and 3 are resolved, so what's left is the sliding doors and the road noise.

    On the doors, there were some recalls issued, so Honda struggled with those for a while. I think that's kind of lame, because I recall when the Ody came out, they said they didn't hide the door tracks on the outside precisely because they wanted them to be sturdy. So you have problematic doors and exposed tracks. FWIW, GM also had problems with their sliding doors (my friend owns a Venture that never worked right).

    As far as the road noise goes, that's something you could have discovered on a long test drive. Can't really blame Honda for not noticing that.

    You could shop for quiet tires next time around, that does make a difference. Look at the Tire Rack ratings for tire noise before you buy.

  • I put 16" Aquatred 3's on my GC/S last year, now have 15k on them with no problems. I like them better than the OEM Michelins. Much better in wet weather. The Goodyear store advised me to have them rotated every 6k (they do it free)

    Majariwr, It's possible your alignment wasn't done correctly
  • I have a 2000 Odyssey EX that made odd noises which disappeared when the dealer (without hesitation) replaced the transmission. The replacement transmission cured the problem, but the grade logic feature (i. e. automatic downshifting at higher speeds when the brake pedal is depressed) has disappeared. When I asked the service adviser about this, the reply was that the replacement transmission is an upgraded version and that Honda did this to improve gas mileage. When I called customer service at Honda, the rep checked and said grade logic is still being used and that I should go to the service manager at the dealership. Can anyone shed any light on this??
  • jnash2jnash2 Posts: 31
    What kind of odd noises?
  • At 25-30 MPH, slight acceleration, 2000 RPM's or so, there was a noise my wife described as a heartbeat, I called a thumping and the Honda service adviser called a whirring noise. At higher speeds it became less noticeable.
  • tc2568tc2568 Posts: 1
    I have a 1999 Deep Blue Velvet Pearl Odyssey and am about to trade it in for a new one. The dealer inspected the car and has suggested that the van was in an accident and the left side re-painted. (It wasn't.) He pointed out that the paint on the rear quarter panel had an "orange peel" effect, i.e.; the paint looks bumpy like an orange peel. I noticed this when I took delivery of the van three years ago but accepted it anyway. (really wasn't a big deal or noticable unless you looked at a certain angle and in certain light). Has anyone else ever noticed or heard of the orange peel effect on an Odyssey paint job?
  • Do your self a huge favor, take your van to a detail shop and have the inside and outside cleaned and polished. My neighbor and myself both just bought 2002 ex's and sold our 2000 ex vans in the auto trader and sold them for as much as we paid for them after driving them a year and a half and putting about 18k miles on them. we could have sold ten more if we had them, people as settling for used because they can't or won't wait for a 2002.
  • I've considered selling my 2000 and getting the 2002. However my 2000 is paid off and I didn't want to start payments again. Is the 2002 really that much nicer?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think if you look hard enough, you'll find some orange peel on just about any non-luxury car. Sounds like he was really stretching.

    Try selling to CarMax, or privately. You'll get the most money selling privately, no doubt.

  • I have a 99 Odyssey EX with 49K miles. Besides the squealing brakes when backing up, compared to others on this board, the van has been relatively problem free--it's probably waiting for the 7/100 warranty to expire. The Traction Control System (TCS) and the Check Engine Light (CEL) both came on at the same time after a refill over the holidays. (The gas cap was clicked 3 times.)

    I was armed with all the other info on this board about this problem when I went to the dealer--thank you to everyone for discussing the problem and the solution. After checking the van, the dealer acknowledged the problem and ordered the part(s). The invoice states "Will have to order pipe kit for intake."

    Here's what's interesting--the "kit" is on backorder and the dealer estimated that it could be 1 to 2 months before it comes in. The dealer indicated that these were in hot demand since Honda sent out the notice a few months ago. Until the part comes in, I was told that there would be no harm done by driving it with the TCS and CEL on.

    This feels like deja vu all over again for me. I had a 86 Accord LX-i Hatchback that had the Program Fuel Injection light come on at 60K in 1990. The dealer couldn't fix it and said the last resort would be to replace the computer with no guarantee the problem would be fixed. The problem was associated with emission controls also and I was told that driving it with the PR-FI light on wouldn't damage it. I didn't replace the computer. I drove the car until it had 186K miles (with no problems) when it was traded in for the Odyssey.

    With driving it for 1-2 months waiting for the part, I wonder what the failure rate is on the bulbs for the TCS and CEL . . . probably 7.0001 years or 100,001 miles. :-)
  • mschafermschafer Posts: 317
    This "pipe kit" must be something new; although I wonder if the dealer is mistaking this and ordering the first (and ineffective) crossover pipe fix for the problem. The second fix was to remove the intake manifold and clean out the EGR port by twisting a drill bit through it by hand. I did this a little while ago (it took about 45 minutes to do), and was really taken aback by how much c**p was in and clogging the port. If your dealer's pipe kit doesn't fix the problem, tell him that he needs to go to option 2.

    The second fix works, and I have't had the first flicker of either of those lights since.

    BTW, it is for sure that driving with the lights on will not hurt anything - except, perhaps, the bulbs for the lights. *:o))
  • Not 100% positive about this, but I believe that since Honda has acknowledged a problem with the EGR port and has extended the warranty to 8/80K, they have come up with fix #3.

    I gather that fix #3 involves removing the intake manifold and cleaning the port and then "relining" it with a stainless steel insert. The stainless apparently resists the build up of carbon more effectively if not completely.

    I'd guess that if you have this problem again and take it back to Honda, you'll end up with a stainless liner in the port.

    Like I said, not 100% sure, but I have gleaned this from other recent postings here and at Odyclub.
  • Hi all --

    Just got my 2002 EX, and love it! However, one thing that I noticed was some wind noise / whistling sound at speeds greater than 65 - but only on certain occasions.

    Has anyone experienced this, and if so, what did you do about it?

    Thanks - Bob
  • smp4smp4 Posts: 2
    Aftr owing 200 Odyssey for 2 months, had to have battery replaced. Its now a year and a half later. Same thing. Had to have my battery jumped twice. By the way it took Honda Care over 1 hourt to reply. The second time, i called both AAA and Honda. AAA came within 15 minutes.

    An hor and a half later, AFTER I called to cancel them, Honda Care showed up.
    Honda is claiming that it is battery problem.

    As I was driving to Dealer, heard strange electrical"pops" coming overr radio speakers. Then all warning lights came on. Maint Reqd, brake lights, ABS.

    Is this unusual? 2 batteries in less than 24,000 miles and less than 2 years?

    Anybody else have battery/ electrical problems with 2000 Odyssey?
  • Just a quick question after skimming through the last 200 or so messages:

    2000 LX w/34K miles

    At idle the engine makes a pronounced dieseling sound. I'm pretty sure it's coming from the belt/pulley area. It's definitely not a performance issue, just an 'odd' sound. Based on the fact that we are nearing the end of the warranty period I had thought about taking the van in to be checked for this. I have this bad feeling that the dealer will either consider this a "wear item" or "normal feature" as they have done with other nit-picky things I've brought to their attention. Has anyone else experienced this? - I saw one message about the pulley and idler arm replacement but not much else...

    It's definitely not a noise that you would notice in the cabin, just one that you hear standing outside of the van.

    As a side note we were without the van from before xmas to yesterday due to an incident with a deer (the deer lost). We had a Chevy Venture rental during that time. Granted the Venture was really stripped down but it felt so unrefined and truck-like compared to the Ody. We were very happy to be back in the Ody again!

    Warrenton, VA
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