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Honda Odyssey Warning Lights

bcvistabcvista Posts: 2
I just purchased my very first minivan, a 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L. I drove it 50 miles and the engine light and "D" (for Drive) light started flashing at me. I immediately took it back to the dealer. They returned the car to me 2 days later saying it was the 3rd gear pressure switch, which they replaced. I drove the car two more days and again both lights came back on. The dealership has had the vehicle now for an additional week and has put over 200 MORE miles on it to try to 'fix' the problem. They've flushed the transmission twice and traces some electrical wire in an attempt to troubleshoot the problem. Have any of you experienced this with your new '07 ODY? The dealer has had the car more than I have AND driven it further than me; I am deeply concerned that I just made the biggest purchasing mistake of my life... What can I do?


  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    There's nothing much you can do at this point except bone up on the lemon law literature that came with the van. Although it varies by state, three unsuccessful attempts usually equals a lemon.

    They are now on number two and, it seems, trying hard to get it right. It sounds as though they are doing what they can to avoid replacing the transmission.

    This is why new cars have warranties. Unlike certain other manufacturers, Honda (at least in my experience) does stand behind its products.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Have they provided you a "loaner" vehicle while they are trying to repair yours?

    Keep all the work orders to prove it had problems shortly after delivery in case it can not be satisfactorily repaired.
  • I have a 2000 Odyssey. When I accelerate up a hill and I get to about 3100 rpm my engine shudders and I lose power. If I let off the gas I regain power but my check engine light and my TCS light is on. I've replaced the cadilitic converter and the oxygen sensor. This only happens on hills when I'm pushing the engine. It never happens at lower speeds on a flat service. Has anyone else had this problem?
  • blackexv6blackexv6 Posts: 490
    Could be your transmission failing or a bad EGR valve.

    Both problems have similar characteristics & are common problems with the '99-'01 Odysseys.

    Have somemone check the error code with a diagnostic computer.

    If you have a bad trans...make sure you are well informed about the class action lawsuit + surf Edmunds for advice. Don't pay for a replacement.
  • Thanks for responding. I had the transmission replaced under warranty after the first time I had this problem. I thought that would fix it. The error code is saying that I'm losing oil pressure.
  • The Honda Dealer did provide a very nice "loaner" vehicle to us while they were fixing the problem. It took them 18 days total and finally determined that it was the Power Train Module that was defective. We got the car back on Tuesday of this week and have driven it twice without incident. Additionally, the Honda dealer has compensated us for the 'inconvenience' by giving us the 6 yr/100,000 mile extended warranty at no cost to us and by paying the first months payment on our behalf. They kept us informed every step of the way about what was going on and what they were doing to attempt to fix the issue. The intial problem aside, I am very impressed with their service and how accomodating they have been to see that we walk away as satisfied customers. I would definitely go back to Honda again (at least at this point) based on their willingness to correct the initial problem and customer service. I'm truly amazed.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Thanks for informing us of an EXCELLENT dealer.
  • My wife advises me that two different warning lights have come on in the last two days on her '07 Odyssey EX.

    The first was the low tire pressure warning light, which has come on 2-3 times when the car was cold and first beginning to be driven after being left outside for 3-4 hours (I should add that the temperature here has been in the single digits and low teens for the past week). I attributed that to marginally low pressure to begin with that further dropped when the car sat out in the cold (if she'd stop driving it for 30 min. or so, I'd add air to the tires). The light went off not long after she started driving (presumably b/c the tires heated).

    The second light she described said "Side Airbag Off" and came on shortly after she went through the car wash with the car and began driving again. It stayed lit for a few minutes and then went out too. She was alone in the front of the vehicle with nobody else in the car and I believe had no things on the seat.

    Car is going in for its first service early next week - I already have a laundry list (2000 rpm drone, loose glovebox, transmission shift delay) and would like to know if there anything else I should know or is this just likely extreme cold-weather related jitters?


  • My wife's 06 Touring did the same with tire pressure warning. Due to the low temps, you need to put at least 30 lbs of pressure when cold. I put in 32 to be safe and problem solved. Some folks also pay extra to have their tires filled with Nitrogen which does not change as dramatically as normal air with temperature.

    My Passenger airbag light does not stay lit either and will be checked at the next oil change.
  • With the passenger airbag light, check your owner's manual. IIRC your Odyssey is working as designed because I believe the passenger side airbag does not activate when less than 60 lbs are in the front seat. I think that's a safety feature.
  • Sounds like Honda has serious issues with its Odysseys. Nolon the same exact thing happend to mine, i have 140,ooo miles on it. So can we as consumers trust our Honda Dealership? Not. I feel i shouldn't have to pay a penny. :)
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Do you REALLY think it is realistic for the dealer or manufacturer to pay the cost to fix things that break or wear out at 140,000 miles? :confuse:
  • sandyatlsandyatl Posts: 2
    Anyone know what this could be?
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,599
    It could be a number of things. Basically the computer has detected a fault in the emissions system.

    It could be something as simple as a loose gas cap or an overfilled tank. You need to get the code read to determine what the issue is.
  • nbucksonnbuckson Posts: 1
    My wife experienced the same problem.The engine light and "D" (for Drive) light started flashing. My wife had it checked out and they replaced a sensor and said the problem was fixed. I drove it the next day and the light and "D" came back. I took it back to the dealership and they have had it 4 days and they said it could take up to a week to diagnose the problem. The said the honda tech support they called said it was a wire bundle issue. We have had the Honda less than 4 months. I dont have a very good feeling about this.
    On a humorous note, they gave me a FORD as a loaner vehicle.
  • I bought my 2004 Odyssey three weeks ago from carmax with 44000+ miles on it. It was completely serviced by them prior to delivery. Scheduled maintenance is required at 45000 miles. I now have a Maint Reqd light flashing about six times every time I start the vehicle. Do I have to go to the dealer to have the systen reset or can I reset it myself? thanks...
  • mdowensmdowens Posts: 4
    The procedure for resetting the reminder light is in the owner's manual. The procedure is something like holding down the odometer reset button, turning the ignition switch to the on position, then keep the button pressed for another 10 seconds.
  • Thanks, the owners manual was not with the vehicle and I couldn't find it on line...... :)
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I would definitely purchase a copy of the owner's manual as it is an excellent reference guide for things like resetting the radio anti-theft code :)
  • Of course you are correct, I just bought one on e-bay. :D
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