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Honda Odyssey 1999 - 2004



  • I am experiencing a noise when I drive 40+ mph. My dealer says it's from the cross bars. Does anyone have any ideas?
  • billg7billg7 Posts: 342
    I have found that places like Jify Lube don't do the oil changes right. Their people are very young and not well trained and also don't know your car because they have to work on so many different kinds. I have had them miss grease fittings may times and once add a quart too much oil

    The dealers people don't do that. I use the dealer for everything except things like, batteries,tires,shock absorbers,mufflers. For thoughs things you can get a better deal else where.
  • pat84pat84 Posts: 817
    Did you see the J.D. Powers ratings of the most reliable cars. Lexus was #1, Honda was #8 for the Accord and Odyssey. They were rated on fewest number of complaints per units sold. Chevy,GMC,Dodge,Chrysler, Volvo and VW were in the bottom of the list.
  • Several Honda Dealers have "Express Lube" programs set up to get you in and out of the dealership in minimal amounts of time. You have obviously spent a great deal of time researching and waiting for your Honda, why would you jepordize it by bringing it to someone who does not know or care about servicing it correctly?
  • cavillercaviller Posts: 331
    Can you please provide a link? The JD Power dependability ratings I've seen did not break down reliability by model, only by manufacturer. They also didn't show the positions of any company below average. I know these ratings can be had if you are a subscriber (VERY costly), so I'd be interested to know if it's on the web somewhere. I do know that the initial quality ratings are often published by model, but Odyssey is behind a lot of its competition and barely above average there ( I also know Consumer Reports has dropped its reliability projection to just "Average" for Odyssey, based mostly on surveys that were much worse than average for the 1999 model year. It's my impression that recent-year Honda vehicles like Civic, Accord and CR-V are probably the ones balancing the lesser ratings for Passport and Odyssey. In any case, the difference from top to bottom these days in quality and reliability surveys isn't nearly as large as it used to be.

    Also, it's worthwhile to note that the most recent JD Power dependability rating is from surveys for 1996 model year vehicles, which would be the previous generation in the case of the Odyssey. The JD Power site does list the Odyssey as a top minivan in 1996, though it doesn't give a problem rate for it.
  • ktongktong Posts: 6
    To carguy1000,

    There is no guarantee that the Honda dealer will do the oil change right either!

    Once I took my car to have the "Express Change". When I was driving home I heard strange noises after
    the oil change. I got home and open the hood, the honda "tech" did not put the oil filter cap back on!!

    Luckily there was no damage, I called the dealer immediately and complained. At least they
    gave me two free subsequent oil changes.
  • doepeldoepel Posts: 20
    I have had success stopping the sliding doors from rattling by making adjustments for a tighter fit against the rubber door seals. Each sliding door has two black cone shaped posts (male ends). These are used the guide the doors into the proper close position for a good seal up front. A latch is used in the back of the door, but this does not need to be adjusted unless many miles of van.

    To adjust the doors for a tighter fit (less rattles and road noise), use a 10mm socket to untighten the female receivers of the cone shaped posts. Then slide them towards the van interior and retighten. When you close the doors, there will now be a tighter fit. Also it helps to lubricate the rubber door seals with silicone spray. To adjust the back of the sliding doors for rattles, there is a black rubber stop located towards the door bottom which has a cork screw thread. It can be turned counter-clockwise to make better contact with the interior post and keep the back of the sliders from bouncing over bumps.
  • siyasiya Posts: 5
    Just replaced the Freestone Affinity tires that came on '99. They seemed worn prematurely and in this year's snow were not confidence-inspiring. New Michelins made tremendous difference: much improved handling(of course,they're new)and much quitter. Good-bye for good to Firestone.
  • After 30K on my 99 Ody EX (2 years of commuter driving) and most everything is fine. Brakes need new pads and 2 tires have major tread wear. Seems a little premature to have to replace tires already. I think this is because of the high profile and weight of the vehicle.

    Other small things: new windshield needed after flying rock hit it. ($300 repair). Some early dashboards squeaks that worked themselves out. Roof rack part that has flown off twice. Occasionally the doors act up and won't close all the way. This has happened more that half dozen times and always goes away when you wipe the track with a cloth. Overall, I am pleased.
  • rlam1rlam1 Posts: 6
    I have a 01 OD with about 1K miles. I have been getting 20 - 22 mpg combined driving. I got 24 mpg (driving 65 - 80 mph) going up the mountains to keno NV from the SC Bay Area. This was using super unleaded. Coming back down the mountains, got 27 mpg (mostly downhill) use regular unleaded. There is a power difference when using super and regular. You could definitely feel the difference driving through the mountains.
  • mtsangmtsang Posts: 70
    Reporting back on my newly-installed "2001 fog lights"...

    The lights were straightforward to install. However, I way-underestimated the amount of time it took. I love the new appearance of the front-end with the new lights. The lights, like most other fog lights, produces a wide-area beam with a shorter projection than the headlights. The light pattern covers almost 180 degrees from side-to-side. They complements the headlights well. I am happy about them. I got them from Trevor of
  • I've spent close to an hour looking for a post I saw sometime ago that had about 5 online Honda Parts ordering companies. One in particular had free shipping. If anybody remembers the links or the specific posting I would appreciate the help. Thanks in advance.
  • dave84dave84 Posts: 75
    "I am experiencing a noise when I drive 40+ mph. My dealer says it's from the cross bars. Does anyone have any ideas?"

    Yes: remove the cross bars. If the noise is not there when you drive 40+ mph, the dealer was right. Problem solved.
  • Timothyadavis #412 yes, you are correct; MSRP & invoice are different. What is important to remember is the credit union directory lists certified dealers agreeing to "no hassle deals" for members, at least in Houston, that is. Certain requirements from both member and dealer must be met. Members must arrange financial matters ahead of time and must speak directly to the representative on the list. In order for dealers to stay on the master list they must offer no hassle deals and treat customers satisfactorily, otherwise they do not remain on the list for long. What the dealers lose in commission they gain in volume and in advertising. Also the dealer knows that the customer's credit is worthy and no time will be wasted on customers whose credit falls short. (I was advised of these stipulations from both the dealers and my credit union.) Most dealers cooperate and everybody tends to win. I have kept up with these lists and those dealers that are tried and true have remained on for many years. (I tend to visit them and these dealers tend to brag on that fact and they should. It's tough to stay on the list.) Based on my experience, if the dealer is on the master list they will work off of the invoice price. If the dealer is not on the credit union list but realizes you are Internet savvy and have done your homework, they will then work off of the MSRP price. Those dealers making the grade (I guess I'll put in a plug for them) are Goodson Honda and Spring Branch Goodson Honda. The other Honda dealers that I visited that were not on the list would not honor the no hassle deal and were also a bit uncongenial. They shall remain nameless.

    Binkybarnes #420 & others. It never dawned on me to place myself on multiple waiting lists. (Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?) I would be too scared that some loophole would prevent me from getting my deposit back. Didn't you have to place a deposit to be on a waiting list? I got the impression from these dealers that the waiting list and the ordering list were synonymous and involved a $500 deposit. But really, isn't there always someone to purchase one if I back out on a deal?
  • mojo66mojo66 Posts: 83
    With an Odyssey, there is ALWAYS someone waiting to take your spot on a waiting list if you back out of a deal. Remember, it isn't a deal until you sign a purchase order. I was on three different waiting lists, and all the dealers required a deposit. As long as it is in writing that the deposit is fully refundable at the buyers discretion, there should be no problem in getting on multiple lists. The first dealer to produce the van in the color I wanted got the sale, since all three were selling at the same price.
  • Mistakes happen, even in the best shops. If your Honda was damaged due to this mishap, guess who stands behind it?
    If Jifffylube makes the same mistake, guess who will not stand behind it?
  • need some help, what are the new logo (ss) on the odyssey ex 2001 is it now called ss instead of the ex, and changes if any, interested in the ex 2001. gave up when they first came on the market to (pricey) and now glad to see some better by.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    SS is abbreviation for new color Satin Silver.

    Unless of course Honda is dropping the 8 cyl from the RL into the Ody. :-)
  • crkeehncrkeehn Posts: 513
    One of my favorite parts on the old Ody/Windstar discussion was the Stolzie Vs Dad reports. Thanks for posting another one and I'm happy that it is working out well for both of you.

    Carl Keehn
  • We will be purchasing a Honda Odyssey in the near future. Has anyone had any dealings with Honda dealerships in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area?
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    Subject: Accord ABS (Antilock Braking System): DEFECT????

    I'd like to know if HONDA ACCORD and ODYSSEY owners have experienced the FAILURE of the major components in their ANTILOCK BRAKING SYSTEM. I am looking into failures especially on the early to mid-90's model years. I own a 1995 Honda Odyssey which has only 60,000 miles on it. The ABS accumulator and modulator need to be replaced at a cost of $1400. I note many, many such complaints in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) database of owner complaints. I see some as early as the same year of purchase, but most in the 1995 model year seem to be occurring in the year 2000. Please help me identify a trend in these DEFECTIVE components. Send me an e-mail with the answers to the following questions.

    1) What make and model do you own?
    2) Have you had failure in one or more components of the ABS?
    3) If so, which components have failed?
    4) At what mileage did your failure occur?
    5) What was the total cost incurred or quoted?
    6) What symptoms did you have prior to or at the time of failure?
    7) Was your regular braking ability affected?
    8) Did you ABS dash indicator light come on intermittently or constantly?
    9) Did you note longer stopping distances or brake pedal to the floor?
    10) What has been Honda's response to your premature ABS failure?
    11) Have you received any assistance from Honda in the costs of repair?
    12) Have you been told that components are on NATIONAL BACKORDER?
    13) Has the dealership suggested the replacement of seals vs. use of rebuilt components?

    PLEASE e-mail your information as soon as possible. If you have had this failure, please petition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open a formal investigation. This is a safety issue. While you might be told that the ABS failure will not affect your regular braking ability, this has not been the case for many owners. Accidents have been reported to the NHTSA. Put PRESSURE on the NHTSA to investigate FULLY on your behalf.

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    Office of Defects Investigations 1-800-424-9393
    NSA-10.01 1-888-327-4236
    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20590

    Center for Auto Safety
    1825 Connecticut Ave., NW
    Suite 330
    Washington, D.C. 20009-5708

    Charlene Blake
  • Recently my driver's side door was covered with ice and would not open. I gave it a good tug and the door handle came right off. It was not an excessive tug. The parts are back ordered and they can't tell me when I'll get it fixed. If you own a new Odyssey be careful.
  • mictjmictj Posts: 3
    The website is

    I ordered the trunk well insert, got it with no problems, it was also the cheapest.
  • billg7billg7 Posts: 342
    I was wondering who you represent. Are you a lawyer who plans to bring a suit or are you a private citizen?
  • For post 476. We got our 2001 od. from John Eagle Honda on lemmon ave in dallas,Anthony Hickman was the salesman.We were on 3 lists.Eagle,Huggins and MacDavid,all $500 dep. msrp no extras.Eagle said they had one coming in about ten days, thought it was a pitch just to get us in there list.But about nine days later Anthony called with a Vin#.We stayed on the other lists just in case.I also got a list of honda dealers around the state and called many of them, did not get on list but let them know what we wanted.Had some of them call back saying they had LXs come in and one had a unspoken for EX but wrong color.So get on multiple list and call around.Test drove one at MacChurchill Honda in FTW, was treated great by them but by the time we were ready to by they had a 2 month wait. Wanted to buy from the salesman there,Isiac Perez,he was VERY nice,but did not want to wait.Anyway have had our 2001 msb Ex for about a month and Love it, no problems.Every once in awhile I walk out to the garage to take a peek at it.Cant believe how nice looking it is. Good luck. All deposits are refundable,put it on a credit card over the phone.
  • mike734mike734 Posts: 128
    You can find a posting listing Honda parts sites on the delphi odyssey forum.
  • we love our 2 week old ody, EXCEPT that at inclines or uphills, going about 25 to 45 mph, we can hear this spinning-scraping sound coming from the lower front side. do any of you have any ideas? it spent 2 days at the dealer, and it's still there. thanks a lot. jack
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  • Did you buy the 3 Stooger's limited edition??
    Pull off the other handle, and it's theft proof.
    Wonder why parts on back order - perhaps you are not the only one?! Good luck getting in the parts.
  • Does anybody know about the reverse camera available for the Odyssey? I saw this on one of the sites in Japan. Thanks
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