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



  • golicgolic Posts: 714
    If you go to the you can review a tire and filter the reviews by Make/Model. So you can see what other Ody owners think, Look into these tires:

    GoodYear assurance Triple Tred
    Yokohama AVID TRZ
    Michelin X Radial DT (sold only at shopping clubs)
    Bridgestone Turanza LST

    They all have pro's and con's. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the above choices.

    by golic who would rather buy a used car than go tire shopping.
  • I bought a 1999 odyssey and at 34,000 I needed a new transmission. I now have 93,000 and it is bucking and surging and down shifting very hard. When I took it in they said it needed a new mount on the engine. Well that worked for about a day. The steering is very hard too. I am going to take it in tomorrow 2/31/06

    I am curious to know what they said about your when you took it in.

  • I am having the same jerking problem with my 1999 odssey. It jerks and then surges. I am curious to find out what the problem was with your.

  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    there is a TSB at least for the '03 on the possibility for clogged EGR ports. I can't seem to locate it at the moment, but that could result in the behavior you are experiencing.
  • ewblancewblanc Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 and in the 3rd row you can have three car seats. I only have one anchor that I would have to move to the other position everytime I more the car seats. Were can I get two other anchors for the top tether strap for the 3rd row? :)
  • My 05 EXL with 10400 miles went in for a small oil leak on 3-10-06. It has been in the shop for the last 23 days.

    Well today, 4-3-2006, my dealer finally called me to let me know that my van was "ready" to be picked up. This is the first I have heard from my dealer since I spoke with the service manager on 3-14-06. I have NOT HEARD from my dealer or been given an update in over 20 DAYS. My wife and I have v-mail on our cells and at home and we received no messages...nothing.

    When I asked the service writer what they did to my car, he said "NEW SHORT BLOCK". I said so you but a new engine in it, he said "yes". There was a "problem with the casting".

    They replaced block, pistons, crank, and bearings etc. Pieced everything else.. cam, heads, tranny back together.

    I told him that I told the service manager and him that wanted to be informed informed before anything was done to my car and that I had not heard a peep from them in 20 days.

    I also said I would not pick the van up from the dealership until a Honda representative calls me to discuss this issue with me.

    I also just called Honda customer service at 800-999-1009. The person I spoke with was not sympathetic at all. He said Honda fulfilled its responsibility...fixed my car. He marked my case as urgent and said he would have a Honda regional rep. contact me within 2 days.

    I am not planning to pick up the car until I work this out with Honda. I did not spend this much money to end up with a car with 11k miles and a rebuilt engine.

    This definitely degrades the value of my car. If I sell it I can say, "Oh the van has 11k miles , but the engine only has 10"... I'm sure potential buyers would love that.

    I not satisfied with a new vehicle with a rebuilt engine. At the factory, they put these together everyday. It's assembled and torqued correctly etc.. I'm just not comfortable with this level of engine rebuild and part reassembly being done by my local dealer. I've heard of all kinds of issues in the past from thrown rods, poor performance etc as the result of a rebuild.

    I would like for Honda to offer a buyback or free replacement. I purchased a Honda so I would not have to go through this type of problem.

    Any suggestions? Thanks.
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    They had the car for over 3 weeks and you never CALLED to see what the prognosis was on a small oil leak?
  • px260px260 Posts: 42
    I have an 03 EXL with 50k miles, when I am driving on level street, 50-55 mph, around 1,500 rpm, the transmission seems to make a humming sound, at the same time, I can feel some slight vibration on the steering wheel as well. Does anyone know of a potential problem and solution? Thank you for your reply.
  • wimwim Posts: 1
    Own a 2000 Honda odyssey. Around 6 months ago we noticed a popping/creaking noise with some vibration in the steering column and sometimes you can feel it at your feet when the van is turned to the right at slow speeds. It was brought to the dealership and the strut was replaced thinking this was the issue. The issue was not resolved with the replacement of the strut and the van was brought back three times and given a through work-through before we were told that this problem seems to be inherent to the 2000 models. No one seemed to know what was the matter. Anyone else out there who owns this model ever have this problem? Can anyone shed light on this issue?
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    Sounds like a binding CV joint to me, yet you would think that the dealer would have checked this early on.
  • davidmcdavidmc Posts: 2
    I need to replace one of the rear break lights (the driver side) on my Honda Odessy 2003. The owner's manual says there are 3 screws. I could only find 2 of them (under the tailgate door). I have unscrewed the 2 screws but the panel does not slide out. I am sure there is one more screw, but I cannot find it. Please help! Thanks!
  • autowriteautowrite Posts: 226
    I believe, after all your input (and I greatfully thank all of you), that I will purchase the Michelin Symmetry 225/60T16 98T. The only other well-known tires with the 98T rating are the Bridgestone Potenza RE92 and the Yokohama AVID TRZ. Although some Honda and Tire dealers recommend that I could go down to a 97T or 97S it's not recommended by Honda, Michelin or Consumer Reports. I have read the reader reviews on Edumnds and customer reviews on, and
  • Did you ever find an answer to this issue? I have the very same issue on my 99 odyssey and 2 children who want to hear some music! :) It happened the morning after a lightning storm. Any help???
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    did you check the fuse for the radio circuit?

    if you have an anti-theft radio, did you try entering the code? i believe the instructions would be in your owner's manual. your code should be with your manual. your dealership may be able to get the code via your VIN. if not, then it's probably on the radio itself, but would have to be removed to read it.
  • There is no power to the radio, so it will not allow you to use the code. The fuse to the cig.lighter is blown and blows immediately upon putting in a new one. From talking to others, I believe it may be a short that is affecting the lighter and the radio. Thanks for the input!
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    There is no third screw. The 3rd retainer is a plastic pin that snaps into a retainer. Remove the two screws, grasp the entire assembly, and pull straight out (at a very slight outward angle).

  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    yes, the short could be in the radio itself now.
  • I'm doing some work on my Odyssey and want to lift up all four wheels off the ground. The problem is there are only 4 lifting points recommended. If I use my jack to lift up point #1, then I can't put my jack stand under that point.

    Does anyone know of other safe points to use under the vehicle for lifting? I don't want to bend/damage anything under the vehicle.

  • I replaced the air filter element on my 2001 Odyssey EX recently. The four bolts holding the top assembly to the bottom (sandwiching the filter) were very rusted. I sprayed them first and removed 3 bolts fine. The 4th bolt snapped off. The 3 remainging bolts seem to hold things together fine, but I'm wondering if there is an easy way to removed the broken bolt and replace it. The snapped off end is stuck in the lower filter housing.

    Any advice?

  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    I have an '02, so will assume that all of the welds are in the same place! Over on one of the other forums this subject came up a few years ago, and the answer was to use a floor jack to lift up each end of the van, then place jack stands under the 4 outer sill rocker panel spots as shown in the owners manual. The central jacking points are the transport chain hooks. The front one is about a foot in from the bumper dead center between the plastic panels. The rear one in a good 2-3 feet in as part of the rear subframe assembly.

  • lrlanderlrlander Posts: 3
    The upper stop bumpers which contact the open sliding doors have actually liquified and fell out on my 2000 EX. It is hot here in Florida but this one is hard to believe much less on a car that is garaged. The lower bumpers are fine.
  • mrr2mrr2 Posts: 1
    Did anyone else purchase the extended warranty from "Portfolio?" My 2002 Odyssey is having multiple problems with the transmission, motor mount and fuel tank. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I'm hopeful that the warranty will cover it.
    Let me know.
    Thanks :cry:
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    A few months ago, my 99 Ody (then with 76k miles) had its CEL come on. The dealer said it was a bad fuel tank purge valve. I ordered the part but decided not to get the part changed just then. The dealer reset the CEL and I had no problems driving it until this week. Yesterday, the CEL light came on again (at 83k miles), I took it back to the dealer and told them to replace the valve as I didn't think there were other issues besides that since I had no other drivability issues. Service guy calls me back just now and said the catalytic converter is shot too. Now, I'm starting to get a bit suspicious that it's very convenient that I'm now just past the 8/80k emissions warranty, and I'm on the hook for a $700 catalyic converter job. If that thing would have went out earlier at 76k miles, it would have been under warranty. I asked him to check what Honda will do for me since it's just over the warranty. But I'm not very hopeful at this point. I can't prove anything about what codes were actually read a few months back, but I am suspicious that by resetting the CEL without changing anything that they could have hoped to have it come back on after the car passed 80k miles. Maybe I'm grasping at straws. What do you all think out there?
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    ouch. cgry1=Odyssey&catcgry2=1999&catcgry3=5DR+LX+6&catcgry4=KA4AT&catcgry5=EXHAUST+PI- PE

    if you really need to save a buck and if you are mechanically inclined, aftermarket convertors might run you anywhere from 150 to 250. not sure if the aftermarket convertor would be acceptable in all states.

    if you can't do it yourself, ask an independant how much if you supply the convertor.
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    I asked my dealer service manager to see if Honda would cover my catalytic converter even though it's just out of warranty. They just told me they would cover the parts ($600 tab) and I pay for the one hour of labor and the misc. seals, etc. I'm pretty happy they were willing to do this.
  • expertbiexpertbi Posts: 23
    The sliding doors on my 2000 OD do not close fully it is the last 1mm where it stops and there is a humming sound. The dealer wants to replace the junction switches and the door latch for $1000. Is this reasonable? Have any of you had this problem and how did you solve it?
  • gator12gator12 Posts: 1
    Pull fuse #13, wait 30 seconds, put back. (Don't disconnect battery. Don't pull different fuse. See website below for lots of user experiences and cautions.)

    Sliding door problems are notorious on this car. This trick is well known on line (for example, go to ). But dealers continue to rip owners off with expensive, unnecessary repairs as solutions.
  • My 01 Odyssey has been having work done on the driver's door since December (another story). After the latest "fix", the SRS light was on. They were working on the power window (alignment) and speaker wiring (disconnected). They claim that nothing they did could have caused the light to come on. Is this true? I'm suspicious, if only because the problem occurred only after they were in the door.

    Is it possible that it just needs to be reset?
  • edsofaruedsofaru Posts: 31

    I am new to this Forum. We have a 2003 Odyssey with a loose front power plug. Does anybody has the instructions on how to remove the CD drawer and the hosing in order to reach the back of the plug and fix it?

  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    have a look here: cgry1=Odyssey&catcgry2=2003&catcgry3=5DR+EX&catcgry4=KA5AT&catcgry5=CONSOLE+%281- %29

    you might be able to remove the plug by removing the lower console lower center garnish (11). I think you might have to remove the clips (21), which I think are covered.

    another possibility may be removing the box assembly center (15).
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