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



  • aaykayaaykay Posts: 539
    The 2005+ models are a new design/new generation. Currently accounting for 2 model years : 2005 and 2006.

    This is a ground up re-design, starting with the changing of the body structure and chassis to an "ACE" structure.

    None of the problems commonly associated with the pre-2004 model years are present within the 2005/2006, specifically the infamous transmission issue.

    The 2005/2006 has certain unique minor issues like wind noise from the windshield, noise from hard brake pads, characteristic boom when VCM (Variable cylinder management) is activated etc., none of which are applicable to the previous generation (pre-2004 model years).
  • aaykayaaykay Posts: 539
    Among the other vehicles in the Honda line-up that are based on the Odyssey platform (Global light-truck platform), only the Honda Ridgeline is based on the newer generation Odyssey platform.

    The 2005/2006 Honda Pilot and the Acura MDX are based on the previous generation Odyssey platform and hence do not have the ACE body structure etc. A redesign of the Pilot/MDX based on the new Odyssey platform is supposedly in the works.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,328
    Okay, here's the topic for the newest generation of Honda Odyssey, 2005+ models:

    Honda Odyssey: Problems and Solutions: 2005+ models

    thank you for the suggestion!


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  • aaykayaaykay Posts: 539
    Thanks a bunch ! That was very quick.
  • I've noticed exactly the same problem on my brand new 2006 EX-L bought last Saturday! It's such a huge disappointment. I wish I had checked out this forum before making the purchase. When the noise comes it feels like the whole cabin is making a hollow, vibrating sound. It hurts my eardrums sometimes. My Accord is such a bliss compared to the Ody.
  • MrShiftright, since this one seems to be a major complaint on 2005+ Ody's, could you move/copy it to the new 2005+ topic?
  • rob123rob123 Posts: 21
    My 2006EX with 3,000 miles has the same problem,I'm
    taking in monday.
    It's a real disappointment is right.
  • raduzraduz Posts: 5
    i had my 2002 ody transmission replaced at 63k miles last week. aparently the transmission does not have a 100k warranty, only the 99-01 have. the 2002-2004 they just fixed them with the oil jet kit recall. luckily i had purchased a honda care warranty to 100k. mine was also "fixed" with the oil kit at 43k miles. based on forums like this one honda has reimbursed partially or totally transmissions going out early. I think they should really extend the warranty on these trans to 10000k since they obviously have a problem, not really fixed by their recall.

    new remanuf tranny seems ok, but who knows how long it is going to last
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,328
    software's being tempermental about moves lately, so I'd suggest the member with the 2006 re-post his comments about humming noises in the 2005+ Odyssey topic. Sorry I tried.

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  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I was reimburst partially, and my new tranny seems to be doing fine. (after a year and two months)
  • Why is it that when you go into a Honda show room the sale pitch is that this car won't need any major maintenance until 100K miles, yet my 2003, had a Transmission failure, the fuel injection had to be change out and the throttle had to be replaced....DON'T BUY Honda Odyssey..The Serviceman there at Honda, told me.........he isn't responsible for the lies that they tell in the sales dept., he's just here in service to fix them.......WOW.....
  • cxccxc Posts: 122
    Does anyone know if the Odyssey engine is interference-type? This type engine could be destroyed if its timing belt breaks. Did anyone have a broken timing belt for his or her (1999-2004) Odyssey? If did, how much does it cost for repair?
  • cartalkcartalk Posts: 144
    Yes, it is an "interference" type engine on the 2005+ Honda Odyssey.

    On the 1999-2004 Odyssey's, Honda's new owner manuals recommended that you change the timing belt at 90,000-mile intervals. However, it is highly suggested you consider changing the timing belt at 60,000 miles. Honda does use an "interference" engine design. If the timing belt does break or jump a notch while the engine is running, the results will "interfere" in a serious way with your long-term savings plan.

    In an "interference" engine, it's possible for open valves to hit an upward-moving piston, resulting in a collision that could best be described as "apocalyptic."

    Not sure of the 2005+ Odyssey's.
  • joseq2joseq2 Posts: 1
    I have the same problem. Took it to the dealership and was told that some of that noise is from the ABS. I believe part of what they are telling me (they gave me some handouts) but not all. When you first start the car it will make a grunting noise when it gets to 6-7 miles per hour. But that doesnt explain the feeling and noise when driving. I get it when going 25-40 miles per hour. You?
  • Thank you. That is interesting ... and a very funny analogy. :)
  • jj64jj64 Posts: 4
    Thanks for info,I will take van back and give them info.. Thanks JJ....
  • aaykayaaykay Posts: 539
    Since your Odyssey is the new generation (2005+ model year), please post in the appropriate 2005+ forum, which is as below:

    /direct/view/.efe9635/13!make=Honda&model=Odyssey&ed_ma- keindex=.efe9635
  • I have read statements in here such as "Most shops don't put in the right viscosity oil for Honda." On what is this assertion based and just for reference, what IS the correct weight of oil for a 2005 Honda Odyssey?

  • I live in PA and get some snow. I bought Michelin HydroEdge from Sears with lifetime balancing. The van rides smoothly. And if you hit a puddle, I noticed better handling. Just my opinion. I have never used snow tires however, so could not tell you if it's worth it. How much snow do you get? And do you plan to go out in a snow storm?
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    I use three local shops for the basics. When I first got my '02, I did have some trouble getting 5w-20 routinely. None had it in their overhead bulk tanks, so would have go get it manually. In the beginning they would bring out quart bottles and fill it the old fashioned way. Later, one of the places got it in a 55 gal drum, and would hand pump into a gallon container, carry it over, and fill the crankcase.

    Only one time did I actually have to force the issue and have the fresh oil (5w-30) dumped and refilled with 5w-20. Someone in the shop second-guessed my request, and filled from the overhead system. I saw it thru the window, and it was listed on the receipt. I had to bring in the owners manual to prove that Honda specifically recommended against the use of 30 weight. The shop owner was apologetic, but it was a vivid reminder that not everyone in the shop gets it yet.

    Now does it really matter? Who knows, but at least for the sake of the warranty, follow the mfgrs recommendation.
    As lighter oils become more common, these types of problems should fade.

  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775

    I'm in the Hudson Valley of NY, and run snows (Dunlop Wintersports) in the winter. They were a great improvement over the OEM Symmetry tires, especially for climing out of our steep, snow covered driveway. But you might find the HydroEdge to be a good enough tire to feel comfortable year round.

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,328
    light weight oils are very important for engines with variable valve timing which operate in very cold climates.

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  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    Makes sense, Joe, if they use oil passageway pressure to shift cam phase. Yet someone on this board previously stated that the same engine sold in Europe was ok with heavier oils..... Maybe they got something wrong.

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,328
    Well the "problems" with variable valve timing are related to the climate conditions...I just can't imagine the valve timing controller really enjoying the waiting time for the thick oil to get up there....then, too, sometimes a manufacturer has to learn things just like a consumer does---the hard way.

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  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    Was it something I said????
  • I'm experiencing exactly the same problem with My 2002ODY EX in the past month (Jan 2006). I took it to the dealer for trouble shooting and they could not locate source of this problem. The problem does not happend all the time
    so it is really hard for the mechanics to duplicate the problem when they test drove the care (as a last resort
    of their trouble shooting sesseion).
    Any help from an expert is much appreciated.
  • I have a 99 Odyssey with Michelin tires I added abut 35k miles ago. I believe the tire was a Michelin something Plus(Cannot remember exactly). Is it possible that it is ready for a new set?

    Is the Hydroedge the best you can get for all year round perfomance? I live on Long Island in NY and we get a variety of weather.

    Costco has them for $107/ tire including installation after a rebate. Is that a good price?
  • I have a 2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L with DVD. At times while listening to the wireless OR Corded headsets on a DVD the sound goes out for seconds or minutes at a time. SO far Honda has replaced the DVD Player as well as the entire Radio/DVD/CD/XM Main console. Things seemed to be fine until the other day when the problem creeped up again.
    Any suggestions before taking it back to the dealer?
  • Hello,
    I have an 1995 Honda Odyssey that 5 months ago during a snow storm (roads were slick)I slid into a curb at about 5 to 10 mph and hit the passenger side front wheel and messed up the lower control arm according to the repair shop,(the wheel was pushed in on the bottom pretty good) ok so they replaced the arm with a recycled part and said it was ok. They also did an alignment on it, my wife is the primary driver and I did not drive the vehicle for about 2 weeks, when I drove it it still had a pull to the right and did not have any real vibration, (there is now a very violent vibration that has gotten worse month by month, the vibration coincides with every rotation of the wheel almost like a side to side rocking motion) and it has a visual slight push in on the bottom of the wheel still and I also noticed that the passenger side front end is lower than the driver side. I checked tire pressures, rotated wheels, lifted the front end and checked the ball joints and they appear ok, looked for anything obvious cannot see anything, so I thought that maybe the control arm they replaced was also bad so I replaced the control arm with a new one and it still has the vibration and pull, I noticed that the front swaybar where it connects to the lower arm does not line up real well, ok now why did the vibration go from nothing to really bad (wore out bushings or something on the other side?) could the frame gotten pushed where the arm attaches, why wouldn't it have shown when they aligned it, not sure where to start as far as replacement of more parts go, any advice would help.
  • glo22glo22 Posts: 7
    dealer says I need to replace the regulator but somehow I am not sure why squealing has anything to do with regulator. This probably will get lost in this thread. Where else I should post this.
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