really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,258 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2002 Honda Odyssey:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #9

Jan 062005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
I bought a 2002 Honda Odyssey from small dealer. Come to find out that the engine oil is leaking. It had 52000 miles on it. Dealer says it is out of warranty due to mileage. I believe that Honda should fix that problem for me as it is not due to wear and tear of the vehicle. I believe the seal is defective and should be replaced free of charge. The dealer is asking $600 to fix the problem. The vehicle also lunges forward when decelerating and coming to a graded stop.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #8

Mar 252005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,850 miles
Mary (my wife) was parallel parking our 2002 Honda Odyssey ex-L in downtown appleton, wi. She had pulled next to the car in front of the space she was going to use. She shifted the car in to reverse and began to turn her head to check benind her when the vehicle suddenly accelerated in reverse at very high speed, jumped the curb and crashed into a building. Fortunately nobody was on the sidewalk but the building and vehicle sustained substantial damage. She is certain she did not depress the accelerator and that the vehicle did this "on it's own". the vehicle is currently at gustman Honda where it is being inspected. Preliminary reports from the dealership indicate that they cannot find any computer or mechanical defects that would have caused this unintended acceleration. We are extremely nervous about driving the car again, especially if they can't find anything and will likely be looking to purchase a different vehicle. 8jb

- Apple Valley, WI, USA

problem #7

Dec 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer heard noises coming from the vehicle's transmission. The vehicle pulled to the right, the electronic equipment light would go on and off for no reason, the air bag light had come on, transmission failed, the gears would not shift easily, the RPM arrow would erratically swing from different levels while the transmission was struggling to shift gears, the tcs light was intermittent along with the engine light and the heater exhilarated a loud sound when in use.

- Watsonville, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 072004


  • 59,000 miles
While driving engine revved at a high rate, causing extended stopping distance. Consumer managed to pull over, and had the vehicle towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey car intermittently accelerates upon braking 32,000 miles started about 2 months ago dealer can not find the problem, no repairs have been made.

- Westlake Village, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 172004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
The vehicle was serviced for an oil leak at the dealer. While sitting in the vehicle a friend noticed fuel leaking from the vehicle. The dealer serviced the vehicle, and told consumer it was normal to smell gas. The gas smell continued. The vehicle was taken back to the service dealer and was informed that the gas cap need to be replaced. The driveway would be covered in oil. The transmission would shift rough and would jerk.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 292003


  • miles
While driving at any speed and applying the brakes with all warning light on instrument panel the vehicle suddenly accelerated. Dealer notified.

- Kearny, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 192003


  • miles
Intermittently sudden acceleration, consumer has to shift into neutral. Dealer can't duplicate or correct the problem.

- Elon College, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 252002

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
While parking, the vehicle experienced sudden acceleration that resulted into the consumers vehicle rear ending another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle sustained a cracked radiator and damage to the left bumper, left fender, lights, hood and air conditioner.

- Seymour, CT, USA