Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey

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Original review: May 24, 2023

I got a Honda Odyssey thinking quality and long lasting, 75k miles and needs a transmission is not quality and long lasting. Transmission shifted rough and wouldn't go into gear on highway, van would slow down which is very dangerous.

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Original review: April 26, 2023

This is my second Honda Odyssey Elite. The first one which was the fully loaded 2008 costing me about $1,500 in service for oil leaks, not all doors unlocking and locking, air conditioning stopped working, windows stop working and windows dropping and so on at just over 100,000 miles/9 years old. The second is currently a 2014 Odyssey Elite, again 9 years old and the issues are more serious with the rear camera not always working, the spool valve leaking onto the alternator but they only replaced the alternator and not the spool valve leak so 13 months later it happened again plus battery.

This was not only dangerous because the car completely turned off as I was driving with my small children and infant in the car, but very costly at about $2,500 to fix both times. AAA tow truck guy said he sees this very often with Honda's. He knew exactly what was wrong before I was even told by Honda service. Honda said since it was over a year since the last time it happened (one month over a year) that it wasn't covered. I read many reviews that said this same issue happens with their Honda cars including Odyssey and Pilot as well as other seal oil leaks.

The car's downshift is also delayed so the whole transmission needs to be redone (Carmax employee said it could run $5,000 to fix). The dvd audio only plays the background sound or the movie being played and the rear doors stopped unlocking with the key and have difficulty opening. The car sensors also went crazy in the snow lighting up everywhere as it snowed outside. My sister and uncle's Ford cars have over 200,000 miles and are still safely running. In my opinion, if you want a safe reliable car, stay far away from Honda.

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    Original review: March 17, 2023

    I'm sharing this review to help others avoid buying from Honda. On January 20th, while traveling home from a quick family trip, my 2021 Honda Odyssey began to have mechanical issues. We were on a very busy highway with two of our small children in the backseat when the vehicle began to shake and slow down. We were forced to pull over, late at night, in the dark, to the shoulder of a busy highway. Cars were flying by us and our minivan was literally shaking and rocking with each passing car. All I could think about was our car being rear-ended and our children being injured, or worse killed.

    We called Honda Roadside who informed us that even though my minivan was only 1.5 years old, we were not covered because we were over the mileage of the initial warranty (*by a small amount) and they could, for a charge, send a tow truck but was unable to help us to a safe location. Luckily, a good samaritan helped us get safely off the main road and to a local hotel. The next day, we brought the minivan to a local Honda Service Center, who informed us that our transmission needed to be replaced. Honda was willing to replace the transmission but it would take about a week to get the part and complete the job. Which meant, we needed to rent a rental car to get us back to the hotel and then back to our home, 4 hours away. We went and rented another minivan from Enterprise.

    We now have a hotel bill for two days, the car rental fee for a week, and when the minivan was finally done being fixed, we then had to take off a day of work to drive 8 hours (4 hours there and 4 hours back) plus tolls and gas, to exchange the rental and minivan. Fast forward, we finally get in touch (after a thousand times being transferred and promised a call back) to a Honda USA representative who informs me that they will NOT cover the rental because we are out of the initial warranty and the most she can do is give us a $300 voucher for Honda services. Are you kidding me? We are now out the cost of the rental (almost $700), the hotel fees, tolls, gas, and a day of pay at work? How can Honda even consider this being a fair offer?

    We leased a 2021 Honda odyssey because we thought it was a safe, reliable, family friendly vehicle and not only does your transmission go on a new vehicle but you don't even cover the cost of the rental needed due to your faulty product? Honda USA just lost our business. We had all intentions of sticking with them with our next vehicle but as soon as this lease is done, we are done with Honda. Oh and let's not even talk about how I'm still waiting for a supervisor at West Babylon NY Honda to return our calls-months later or that I sent a certified letter directly to HONDA Corporate and did not even get a call or email back. Horrible experience! Will never recommend or use Honda again!

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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Feb. 14, 2023

    I have owned Honda Vehicles for more than 20 years! In that time the quality of the vehicles have gone downhill and they are now junk and their customer service tops that! I used to buy Honda for reliability. But my Odyssey had the paint fall off and even though Honda knows it’s defective they won’t fix it. Don’t believe me do a Google search on all the issues they are having with quality. Their reputation for quality doesn’t stand anymore. I have seen so many issues with their new electronics, interior and now the paint it will be the last one I buy!

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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Nov. 18, 2021

    Piston rings went out. Cost 4500 to fix. Honda customer service doesn’t care. I thought Hondas were a better vehicle than that. I was wrong. After research I learn many owners have had the same expensive repair at low miles. Should have been a recall.

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    Original review: Sept. 22, 2021

    2013 Honda Odyssey, 96k miles, well taken care of, left me and my 2 small children on the side of the road due to engine clunking and flashing dash lights. Dealership said it needed 3 pistons replaced and another set of plugs, $3k out of my pocket (on my emergency credit card). I replaced those plugs last year. I bought the van 20k miles ago from dealership. Honda forums are lit up with this known issue. So far Honda has offered nothing. There’s nothing to prevent it from occurring again. Work is only warrantied 12 months. The class action suit should have covered this but Honda claimed for some reason it didn’t.

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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Aug. 12, 2021

    I bought a 2020 Honda Odyssey in August 2020. Upon arriving home, I put the third row of seats down with the idea of leaving them there permanently since I saw myself never using them. Ten months later I moved to Ohio and, while attempting to back my car out of the driveway, I hit the box of the moving truck which took out my rear and passenger-side window. I was able to locate my shop vac among the myriad of stuff the movers had put in the garage and began to vacuum up the glass chards. When I lifted the third row of seats, I found standing water (around 6 inches) in the well. The backs of the seats were soaking wet. With only 7,600 miles on the vehicle, I was certain that the warranty would cover it. I had the windows replaced by a local body repair shop and then took the van to a nearby Honda dealership. They had it for about a month and by then I was somewhat impatient with the length of time it was there.

    After numerous phone calls, I drove over to the dealership seeking out the service manager who took me to the lot behind the building where the back interior and bumper had totally been removed with some obvious patchwork done along the metal seams. The service manager informed me that the hatch gasket was on back order and as soon as it was arrived, they would re-install the parts that they had dismantled and I could take it with me. I politely asked, "And what about the third row? Will that be replaced?" I was informed that the manufacturer’s rep as well as his boss said that a new third row would NOT happen. The manager informed me that the third row had been sent to their detail shop to be cleaned and that was the best they could do.

    When I looked at the bare space and all the rust stains, I knew that their unwillingness to replace the third row and the unknown extent of damage to the electrical components by water sitting in the well for 10 months was unacceptable. Long story short, I was completely disgusted with corporate Honda and their unwillingness to stand behind their warranty. I certainly did not want the van back in its rusty, water-logged condition. Fortunately, with a shortage of used cars, I was able get what I originally paid for the Honda Odyssey in a trade for 2021 vehicle - not a Honda. Very disappointed in Honda's workmanship and their inability to stand behind their warranty.

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    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: May 20, 2020

    He took care of my van, after being stranded on the road. He was very informative and compassionate and took care of my van very quickly. No wonder he is a manager, Still needs a raise, wish there were more of him around. Kudos also to Jose the mechanic for taking time to explain the problem and for fixing the van in a timely manner. Got home safely, thank to both :)

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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Feb. 21, 2020

    I’d like to start my e-mail by saying, I’ve been a Honda customer since 2009. My favorite make of car has always been a Honda because of the value and elegance that Honda put into its vehicles. As my family grew, so did my Honda purchases. I traded in my CRV for the Pilot. After I paid my 2013 Pilot off I decided to buy a van. I kept my pilot and added the 2019 Odyssey van. There was never any question as to which make of van I would purchase. I went straight to the dealership (Fletcher Honda in Bentonville, AR) and bought it.

    I bought my van in January, 2019. Come August, 2019 my screen went black one day while leaving work. My rear view camera did not work. It was time for an oil change, so I mentioned the screen to my husband and he mentioned it to the service writer. The tech said he fixed a recall and that should fix the screen. Emily (service writer) said they could not guarantee it was fixed and to bring it back in if we had any trouble. January 6, 2020, I took my Honda back because the screen went black again. They said some codes came back; they rewired it. Also, I was told it would be better to bring it in while the black screen was showing, so they could see it.

    February 14, 2020, my Bluetooth cut out and nothing would work on the screen. It was frozen. I was on my way to work. Eventually, the screen went black and I drove straight to the dealership mentioned above. FINALLY, Doug and Jerry saw it. Doug plugged his phone in to make sure it wasn’t my phone. No, it was not my phone. I was told the van needed to be kept over the next few days by Emily. I had a few items I needed from my car, so I went to pick them up. The tech told me there was nothing wrong with my screen (infotainment system) and it worked fine.

    I could not believe when I left there that Fletcher Honda could/would not help me. They gave me the Honda corporation phone number. I called, received a case number (**) and then waited on my call from my case manager. That is where Ceaser (case manager) comes in. He called me Monday and left a message to call him back. I called and left 4 messages per my husband and I over the next four days. Finally, on Thursday (today 2-20-2020) I heard back from him. He told me the problem could be my phone, but that he talked to the tech guy at Fletcher Honda and the issue is not on Honda’s side. This is contradictory to what the tech guy from Fletcher Honda told me on 2-14-2020. He said these issues with the infotainment system is a problem but there was no fix as of now.

    There was much more to the conversation between Ceaser and I; however the point I want to make is:A. I received no help, and B. I was treated disrespectfully and not as a priority as a Honda customer by anyone representing Honda. I am wanting answers on how to fix my infotainment system. All I have asked for from anyone is to please help. Instead I’ve been demeaned, disrespected, and treated as a number not a person. Please help!!

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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Dec. 15, 2019

    Have the vehicle for 6 years (2013). Other than tires and maintenance (brakes, oil), never needed any major repair. To this day everything works. Runs smoothly. I love how the seats fold down or come out when hauling furniture.

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