hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,891 miles

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problem #11

Dec 052011


  • 140,000 miles
Driver's side sliding door would not latch. Have had intermittent problems with it throughout the years. At those times, I manually close the door. Two times in the past week, I did this. Seemed to have latched since the light went out. Driving down the road with my 3 year old on that side, secured in a car seat and the door opened - even though I had the switch to manual. Had to try to get off the road, while at the same time putting the switch to automatic and holding down the close button. Very dangerous!!!!! after looking on the internet, I found that this is a huge problem. I would think it would be a severe liability for Honda. Currently have approximately 140,000 miles on the vehicle.

- Bellefonte, PA, USA

problem #10

Feb 222009


  • miles
2002 Honda Odyssey passenger power sliding door won't close changed fuses had it into shop can't seem to fix I'L be driving along and the door just opens thank god my kids are grown up.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #9

Aug 072009


  • 100,000 miles
Driver side passenger electric sliding door will not completely close without forcing it from the outside with a heavy nudge.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #8

May 202009


  • 82,000 miles
Passenger sliding door on 2002 Honda Odyssey sticks to the point where the handle on the outside has broken off when trying to open it. This is the second time this has happened. The door has stuck on and off over the years and the handle has been broken off once previously. The handle cost me $247 to replace at the dealer the first time, where I was told I needed to lubricate the seals on a regular basis to prevent this from happening again. It was their opinion that the seals just worked too well. The only way in and out of the door without the handle is to kick the door with both feet from the inside to get it open again.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #7

Apr 282009


  • 96,000 miles
The sliding doors of our Honda Odyssey minivan don't (always) open when they are unlocked. They stick. This prevents passengers from getting out of the van in a timely manner in an emergency. In particular it prevents rescue workers from freeing anyone trapped inside in an accident.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #6

Mar 302009


  • 97,000 miles
Drivers side passenger door would not close, it would come very close to closing and then would retreat backwards as if something was in its way, though nothing was. I was able to manually close the door. The same day this occurred, my husband checked the car and tried taking out the fuses to see if we could reset the doors "memory'. the door would then close, no door light was lit on the dash, nor was there a beeping noise which indicates door is open. The door did appear slightly ajar though. My husband drove the car down the road, thankfully this time without my kids in the car, and the drivers side passenger door opened by itself on 3 occasions before returning home, only a couple of miles. We have an appt in the morning at a Honda dealer to fix the problem. After doing some research on line, other people report the same thing happening to their Honda Odyssey minivan as well.

- Campton, NH, USA

problem #5

Oct 142007


  • 75,000 miles
Honda Odyssey 2002 passenger door jam. Door does not close properly; this is a safety hazard as I take 3 small children in a car where door is not fully secured. Have to drive car with alarm sound. Taken car to dealer many times & they are unable to fix problem and refuse to acknowledge that this is a major problem with many of the Odyssey mini-vans.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 022008


  • 87,000 miles
Driver side passenger rear sliding door will not latch completely. When the car is moving the door disengages and causes the buzzer to sound. Because the door does not latch or close completely the door cannot be locked. The car must be driven with the door not completely latched which is a safety issue as there are small children in the car.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 252008


  • 77,000 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey ex - left (driver's side) sliding door opened while I was driving with 4 children in the car. At the time I was making a right turn at a slow speed, fortunately they were all buckled in, but they were none the less terrified by the event. My son, who was closest to the door, is refusing to ride in a car. The car is at the Honda dealer in keene, where they say that I need to replace the two sliding door hinges for around $500. I have contacted american Honda, and they say that there is no tsb for the 2002 Honda Odyssey sliding doors (they acknowledge that there is one for the 1999-01 models). I have seen several complaints of the sliding doors opening while driving on 2002 Honda Odyssey's on websites such as carcomplaints.com and carsurvey.org. This was a frightening event and there needs to be, at the very least, a tsb in regards to this defective door. Thank you for your help.

- Saxtons River, VT, USA

problem #2

Jul 262005


  • 47,000 miles
Transmission went on the way home from vacation at 44,000. Broke down on NY thruway - very dangerous and very inconvenient. $2900 to replace transmission. Transmission went on the way to vacation at 87,000. Broke down on exit 2 of NJ turnpike. Very dangerous and very inconvenient. Had to leave car and rent one to continue on our vacation. Will get fixed this weekend - $3300. Honda Odyssey are notorious for this, and depending on where you break down, this can be very dangerous. We have 2 kids under 10, and this has happened twice with them in the car on highways with cars running at an average of 75 mph. Honda is really taking chances with peoples' lives turning out faulty product. It's a crime.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 212007


  • 77,800 miles
On 6/21/08 and 6/23/08 the right rear power door on my Honda Odyssey van came open while driving. Their were two children in car seats in this row. The van was brought in to the dealer on 6/27/8. at first we were informed that in order for this to happen three components would have to fail simultaneously and that it was basically impossible. They have been in touch with american Honda Motors and were told that it is impossible and they never had any reported case of it. They have faxed the dealer a questionnaire and the dealer will be trying to diagnose from that. We are very concerned for the safety of the children.

- West Nottingham, NH, USA