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Honda Odyssey Window/Door/Hatch Problems



  • ramy1995ramy1995 Posts: 39
    i have almost same problem, doors wont compeltely close and alarm sounds for sliding door ajar, i noticed it is progressive prpblem, as things are getting worst in my 2000 odyssey . it might be a cooincedence that problem started when i noticed that battery is reaching its end of life, not sure...
    lets know if you find out anything, and next time be smarter and dont buy honda odysses lol
  • liegeliege Posts: 4
    Hi Manteeth,
    The situation with our Honda doors has been as follows: The passenger side has not opened or closed at all for over a year now. At some point a cable that is a part of the mechanism broke and hung down from the track on which the door slides. The driver’s side would work automatically, but only from the outside or by using the switch on the dash board. However, if the car was not driven for several days the battery would drain and would need to be charged in order to start the car. A local mechanic could not pinpoint where the electrical ‘drainage’ was happening, but found that by removing the fuse controlling the door, the battery would not fail. The downside of that of course was that we would have to open the door manually which was very difficult and inconvenient so, depending on what we needed to be doing, we would put the fuse back in and try to remember to not let the car sit for more than 2 days without starting.
    A few months ago the cable appeared from the driver’s side door. We were suddenly able to more easily manually operate to door, but now the only way to open the door was from the outside since the inside handle stopped working; a rather dangerous situation in the event of an accident. The newest development is that we are unable to open either sliding door, from the inside or the outside!
    Our frustration is that we reported issues with the doors within the first months of purchasing the vehicle new....back in 2006. Honda service denied any widespread issue with their sliding doors. Since the problems manifested randomly, they would not acknowledge that we were actually experiencing problems until they would actually 'break'...numerous times. They have been repaired both under warranty and out of pocket. The problem has just gotten progressively worse.
    Most disturbing is the fact that Honda will not stand behind their workmanship and resolve this issue. We have been in touch with customer service and have written directly to Mr. Thomas E. Shoupe (president of Honda Alabama, where Odysseys are manufactured) and Mr. Richard Schostek (senior vice president, Honda of America Manufacturing). Neither of these gentlemen bothered to even respond.
    It is interesting to read through the list of other issues you have had. I want to go through our service receipts and compare them to your list, but off the top of my head I know that we have had issues with:
    Power Steering pump
    Sliding door rollers, of course
    Tie rods
    Wheel bearing
    Air conditioning lines
    Electrical system

    For years I had been convinced that Honda was the ‘gold standard’. That was before we actually bought our first…this Odyssey.

    I would suggest that you at least make sure you file a complaint with customer service. They will probably do nothing, but you will receive a case number which will remain on file for three years from what we understand.
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