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Honda Odyssey 1999 - 2004



  • mymaximamymaxima Posts: 8
    "Ody Owners: Has anyone noticed the suspension on the Odyssey is very noisy especially when running over closely spaced ripples in the pavement. I notice a rattling sound much like that of a loose shock absorber."

    My '03 Ody EX makes the same suspention noise. Any resolutions from other owners? :cry:

  • Thanks Vger.

    We use the van mostly to shuttle the kids around..

    None of the things you mention have happened.. We have had this issue right from the beginning. Just haven't had a chance to pay serious attention to the problem. The dealership does not say anything is wrong with the tires, etc. We rotate tires, do the periodic maintenance, etc including wheel balancing as necessary and nothing changes.

    I really want to make sure that I don't need to buy extended warranty just in case something IS fundamentally wrong and I'll need to fix it.

  • vgervger Posts: 30
    Aside from the lousy attitude from the manager at Honda when I went back because my Oddy's tranny going out the second time, the Oddy is a good vehicle, with little issues. Most Oddys will not have major problems until it closes to the 100,000 miles mark. With 30,000 in four years, you won't come near till another 8-9 years. What will the extended warrenty cover? More years or more miles? The greatest wear and tear on any vehicle is hard acceleration and hard braking (deaccerleration), especially fully loaded with a lot of weight, on a hot humid 90 degree + summer day, going up hill, on a unpaved road, with the air conditioner on full blast. In other words, take account of what type of driving you do mostly, do you do regular maintenance... oil changes especially? Timing Belt Change is reconmended by Honda at 60,000,... independent garages reconmend at 80,000. Cost range is from $ 700 - $1500 and any damage resulted by a broken timing belt is not covered by any warrenty. If you do go to an independent garage, make sure they are trained to do Hondas, because there are special adjustments and not just a remove and replace. I bought an extended warrenty for my Honda 2000, came in handy because my tranny went out. Of course I put in 100,000 in four years, but it came out to be an even trade. As for your wheel shudder...hmmm... I still think it has to do with the tires. When you do have to change them... get Michelins, Hydro Edge. Good rain and all around tire...very smooth ride.
  • Thanks Vger! I'll keep the tire recommendations in mind.
  • tadeg1209tadeg1209 Posts: 1
    I have a 1999 Odyssey and the malfunction light wont go off even after closing the fuel cap properly. But each time I disconnect the battery it goes off and comes on again after a few days!
  • vgervger Posts: 30
    The Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) tells more than just a loose cap or O2 sensor going bad. Here in So Calif, we have Autozone Auto Parts store, which will read the MIL Code and tell you what is wrong for free. Whenever the (ECM) Engine Control Module senses anything going out, the check engine light will come on. It will retain it in it's memory till what is wrong is fixed or it's cleared by disconnecting the battery. Clearing it in memory doesn't correct what is wrong, so the light will come back on. BTW, by disconnecting the battery, you will also clear other important functions that is kept in memory in the ECM (transmission shift points, based on rpm and load). It will self learn again, but I wouldn't keep doing it. Most likely it is an O2 sensor bad or some part of your Emission system going out, but best to have it checked to see what the MIL Code is, Again some auto parts stores do it free.

  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,330
    Wow. No one's had anything to say for six months?

    Not that I do.....

    My 2004 EX is going along just fine. I did buy a higher mileage car to reduce the number of miles I drive on the van but it isn't quite that. I got an old Celica convertible which is way fun and gets 30 mpg. When gas was up at $4 the savings was paying half the insurance on it... Now the Celica eats up miles and the Ody only has maybe 56K on it. I should be able to stretch it out long enough that it will be my last van.

    In retrospect I probably would have been happier in a wagon with a thrid row seat because I like cars better than vans but I can't complain about the van. It's doing fine.
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • vgervger Posts: 30
    A wagon??? What advantage does a wagon have over the Odyssey? Your Odyssey holds seven passengers, doors on both side, have room for cargo behind the last bench, front wheel drive with independent suspension which makes it drive like a sedan, and gets about 25 mpg average load and driving conditions. Now why would you be happier with a wagon?
  • sams2sams2 Posts: 3
    The motor mounts on my 2003 Ody failed at about 53,000 miles. Dealer quoted $950 to repair, said even though it was an early failure it was not covered by any warranty.. I had the repair done by my own mechanic for $650. Wrote to Honda and complained and asked them to pay for the parts. They agreed and sent me a check.
    If you experiences premature engine mount failure suggest that you contact your dealer and insist that they bring Honda into the loop. You might just get a free repair. Apparently Honda Motors is more reasonable than some of their dealers.

    This is the second time that Honda helped out. I like them.
  • autowriteautowrite Posts: 226
    Actually, I changed by timing belt & water pumo and included a tune-up on my 2002 Odyssey at 154,000 kms. It cost me $1195$CN including Type II service. Dealer recommends timing belt at 168,000 but earlier would be safer. I do not know where you got 60,000 miles; should be 100,000 miles (or 161,000 kms) Only Michelin Symmetry, or Yokohama or Cooper Lifeliner Touring 225/60R16 98T are recommended. TireRack recomends the Symmetry. Remeber must be 98T and no P type otherwise you will have loaded and driving problems. I talked to both Honda & Michelin. I only use Symmetry tires I currrently have 214,000 kms and will drive it "into the gound". I changed my transmission at 180,000kms.
    Ontario, Canada
    2002 Honda Odyssey EX (current)
    1992 Ford Taurus L 4 door 300 cu in long-stroke
    1982 Ford E150 Customized by Triple-E travel Van 351 cu ins V8
    1979 Mercury Zephyr 6 cylinder 4-door sedan
    1972 Datsun 510 4-door automatic
    1967 Plymount Valiant 2-door sedan large-v6
    1965 Morris 1100
    1963 Austin 850 mini

    They should outlaw Gray colours

    all year long and I drivie in snow druing 4 monthe of winter.
  • vgervger Posts: 30
    Here in the US, the Owner's Manual recommended in US miles is 60,000 miles or 100,000 km in Canada for the Odyssey. Independent Honda Service Garages recommends 80,000 US Miles.
  • autowriteautowrite Posts: 226
    Check the following maintenace from Honda Canada 002&modelid=7&minder=False&TrimID=150&L=E

    If you cannot read it please note the botton of the page

    Specific Additional Required Maintenance
    Recommended KM/Months Specific Additional Required Maintenance
    120 mths/192k then every 60 mths/96k Replace Coolant
    24 mths/48,000 km Replace Automatic Transmission Fluid
    Every 36 mths Replace Brake Fluid
    84 mths/168,000 km Replace Spark Plugs
    Every 96,000 km Inspect Spark Plugs, Lubricate Threads and Replace if Necessary
    84 mths/168,000 km Replace Timing Belt & Inspect Water Pump
    100,000 km Replace Timing Belt & Inspect Water Pump if regularly driven in very low temp (-29 C, -20 F)
    84 mths/168,000km Inspect Valve Clearance, adjust if noisy
  • miguel4miguel4 Posts: 12
    I just replaced the front struts on a 2004 Odyssey. Did not replace the original upper strut assembly. After a few miles the suspension developed a light poping sound. After 300 miles the noise increased. Its a poping sound comming near the top of the strut assembly, almost as if the assembly is moving or rocking near the top. The noise happens as the suspension travels up and down, or when the van moves slighlty from one side to the other. could it be that I overtorqued the upper assembly? Any idea what it is before I take them out again? By the way, I have inspected the rubber liner that goes around the springs and that is not the problem.
  • vgervger Posts: 30
    Sounds more like something got loosened in that 300 miles. Check if there are any loosened, or missing nuts or bolts. Though you worked on the struts, it may be a separate problem so check the suspension side where you hear the sound, for loosened nuts or rotted rubber bushings.
  • soul71soul71 Posts: 1
    Hi all,

    I recently bought a 2003 Odyssey van with a 72K miles on it. I am expereincing a chattering sound/noise (like churrrr ) when I push the gas pedal for acceleration at low speeds (30-40mph). It goes away within a second or two. This is currently happening occanionsaly and usually happend during my morning commute. When I bought this van couple of months ago the dealer told me that the van is checked for 100K service package and the every thing is in fine condition. When I check the Honda recall website for my van, it shows this van was part of the recall and the problem is fixed. Can any one help me identify what is causing this noise and a possible fix.

  • Hello all. My 2002 Odyssey sputters and almost stalls when you first push the gas pedal after starting it. It only does it the first time you pull out then its fine the rest of the trip. Anyone else have this problem?
  • vgervger Posts: 30
    Most likely for the recall was for the transmission... faulty design. The engine rear mount also is known for wearing out which causes the tranny to make noise. Another noise maker is a worn idle pulley which gives the tension to the drive belt (AC, Altenator). If it is happenning all the time... ask the service manager to ride along for a test run as to hear the noise.

  • vgervger Posts: 30
    Possibly dirty injectors... try putting in some fuel injector cleaner in the tank.

  • How long does a rebuild transmission last? I know that Honda thenselves usually to not reuild them. It's outsourced iin most cases.

    My 2002 had a replacement in 2007 at 180,000 jilimeters (Canadian odometer). Does this mean a replacement in 2003 was not as good as one done in 2005 or later in 2009, etc. Theit built quality got better as the years progressed?

    Mine was guaranteed by the dealer for 30,000 kms It currently has 234,400 kms on it. That's 24+. Will it last the same as my last vehcle, which never had a tranny replaced in 276,000 kms. I traded it before that happened (1992 Taurus).

    I am keeping the Odyssey until it dies (motor or too expense to repair).
  • vgervger Posts: 30
    My original tranny lasted 75000 miles. The replacement lasted 40,000 from the dealer. Went to a independent transmission garage, and this one is just going out again at 65,000. From what I read in other internet forums, Honda has improve their trannys in the later Odyssys, and as far as the rebuilts, improved the front bearing which is one of the things that keep going out, though no guarantee of a permanant fix. Unfortunatly only covers the one time failier, maybe 50% on the second time.... we have to pay for the others.

  • vgervger Posts: 30

    last post I gave my experience, but I have read about others who only had one rebuilt and is still working fine at 100,000+ miles after the rebuilt. Makes you wonder if some knows better than others.

  • Can I replace the third row bench seat in a 2003 odyssey with a 60/40 split bench seat????

    Otherwise i will have to buy a 2005 odyssey which seems to be the first year they began making 60/40 split bench seats for the 3rd row in the odyssey.

    You help is appreciated!
  • 1999 Odyssey with 140,000 miles
    The maintenance required light blinks about 10 times at startup then shuts off. I have checked the fluid levels and all look OK. Anything to be alarmed about or should I just reset the light?
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    Typically the blinking maintenance required light indicates that you are shortly due for maintenance. Based on the 7500 mile interval common for Honda, you are due for a service at 142,500 miles.
  • my wife just had a similar issue. she attempted to start our 2004 ody, nothing. we had it towed the mechanic couldn't find anything wrong. diagnostics were done, still nothing. What did you find was the issue.
  • I used fuel system cleaner and it still does it. It only does it after it sits a while and it only does it on the first pull out. After the initial pull out it runs fine. If it was an injector, wouldn't it do it all the time?
  • This could be a simple air leak or the throttle valve stuck in open position. Check all intake air hoses for leaks and the intake manifold. I presume this is not a common issue. One other problem area may be the start relay, which is under the dashboard. The 90-94 accord used to do the same and it was a quick and simple $70 fix.
  • I have a 2001 Odyssey, never had a lick of problems until 94,000 miles when the check engine light came on. We live in a small town an hour from San Antonio TX, so when we took the van in for repairs I thought I'd check out the Element for the cabinet company I work for as a service vehicle. I left early to test drive and talk to the salesman and my wife was to meet me at the service dept. While talking to the salesman I get a call from my wife that she is at the service dept and the teck is saying something about replacing the tranny. I said I'd be right there. I walked over to the service cubby to "I knew that would get you over here fast, chuckle, chuckle". I told them that wasn't funny. Well - the next day the service guy calls and says "I've got bad news, we have to replace the transmission!" My reply was that wasn’t funny yesterday and is bordering on crewel today. But he wasn't kidding the tranny needed to be replaced, but Honda was going to pay for it. I was relieved but disappointed in the Ody.
    March forward 3 years and 30,000 miles, my pregnant daughter-in-law my daughter and girlfriend ask to use the van to move her stuff to Pensacola Fl. where my son is stationed in the Navy. I thought it best to get the tranny fluid changed before the trip and have the machine given the once-over. All went well until they got to Florida, the check engine light came on. It was the weekend and I asked them to take it to a place to get a code from the computer since the dealer was closed. It came back it was the tranny again. Crap, I’ve got 3 young ladies in Pensacola with my van with a bum tranny. I told them to wait until Monday morning so I could talk to the service advisor at my dealer in San Antonio, (Gunn Honda). We determined that they should be OK to drive it back - - -
    They made it to about 30 miles from Gunn Honda when it broke down, undrivable. I had it towed in. I was really upset because it was past the warranty, (100,000 mile extension on the transmission) and it need to be replaced. I thought the transmission should have lasted more than 30,000 miles and told Honda that. Well they agreed and are replacing the tranny again and picking up 90% of the bill. I’m disappointed that Honda released this car with a bum transmission but am ecstatic that they have the integrity to make things right. Hats off to Honda!
  • vgervger Posts: 30
    Actually, if you paid for the extended warrenty, the first tranny was covered, the second should have been covered 100% because Honda Odysseys' have a Tranny Recall on them. Still, your dealer is pretty good at 90%. Mine would only give 50% and did not honor the Recall. What they did was they wrote the first one as the Recall at 70,000 instead of using my extended warrenty. Thus when it died the second time it was out of warrenty and they used the Recall. Never going back there again... and to think I sent four other people there to buy cars from them. It's Toyota for me now.
  • One day we just woke up and the gear shift on the steering column no longer required us to pull the lever toward us and then move it down into gear. Now it requires just a very slight pressure downward and it just ratchets through gear positions . Also, "D" no longer catches the downward movement and it can easily go down past it or pop up to Neutral or Reverse.

    The dealer thought it was the 'shift interlock solenoid' wearing out. But everyone else who has that kind of problem is having it get stuck in Park, which we are not. I'm pretty handy and don't mind getting into it but I don't want to just throw parts at it until it is fixed.

    Anyone who has had this and/or knows what it is please let me know
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