1999 Honda Odyssey LX V6 from North America


Absolute worst car I have ever owned!


-Doors malfunctoned.

-Transmission has trouble searching for gears going down hills.

-Alternator failed (so claims the dealer).

-Car dies intermittently. My local Olympia, WA dealer claimed the $800.00 alternator would fix the problem - it did not! Car died again within 3 miles (yes, 3 miles!) of the dealership so they never even test drove it after the fix. The dealer then tried to blame the car dying on the previous mechanic who did the timing belt to justify the alternator.

General Comments:

I really, really wish I had found this website before I decided to purchase this van. I bought it based on my past good experience with Hondas - 1991 crx @ 300k + miles & 3 Honda CBR's. Between the money I had to pour into the van, and the hit I took trading it in, it cost me almost $5000 over a period of 7 months. The dealer experience was even worse. Complete lack of accountability, PLUS Honda of America backed the dealer. This was a stalling problem that would cause the engine to stop at any speed. A potentially life-threatening situation that you would think they would want to get to the bottom of. I WAS ABSOLUTELY THE LAST HONDA I WILL EVER OWN!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th August, 2006

30th Aug 2006, 20:55

Worst "car" for you, but it was the best "van" for me!!

9th Nov 2006, 11:07

Ditto on all counts for the first posting. My parents bought the same vehicle (1999 Odyssey) based on the "best buy" reporting from consumer magazines (the ones that apparently never follow-up after awarding such a distinction). When the transmission started slipping at 88,000 miles, they sold it. That's right, I forgot to mention that it was the second transmission, they both lasted about 44,000 miles. For all the "Check Engine" code readings, nearly wore-out a new code reader, always something new. "EGR" valve codes really meant pulling-off the top of the motor to remove the carbon build-up. My neighbor's Odyssey started spitting out check engine codes (also a second transmission) so I called the Honda dealer (I'm the "neighborhood mechanic"). What did the mechanic at the dealer say? "Get rid of it, I've never seen an Odyssey transmission last over 100,000 miles." As for me?...I am a proud owner of two Saturns.

1999 Honda Odyssey LX from North America


The van is good to carry people around, but it is has a serious reliability problem


The transmission went out three times. The dealer put new ones under warranty before 100,000 miles. It seems very time consuming to get new transmission put in. I don't know why Honda has so much trouble with this transmission. The engine light show up first. It will take sometime to show up as a transmission problem. Once dealer told me its the EGR problem. I'm glad I did not spend 400 dollars to repair it. After all it was a tranny problem.

General Comments:

The van is very powerful, but the gas pedal is too heavy to press. It is very uncomfortable. The radio is very badly designed and I gave up on it. The Honda service is not good with people. They must do something about this problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd January, 2006

1999 Honda Odyssey from North America


Good car, but has problems


Transmission completely shot at 96k miles, had it replaced new and then completely shot again at 160k miles.

General Comments:

Owned car for 6 years. Main problem was with the automatic transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2005

1999 Honda Odyssey EX 3.3 liter V6 from North America


A real lemon, not worthy of the good reviews it has received


The transmission failed at 63,000 miles and had to be replaced.

The EGR valve failed at 34,000 miles and was replaced under warranty.

The radiator rotted, causing the engine to overheat, at 78,000 miles.

The motor for the passenger side power door failed at 42,000 miles and required replacement.

The catalytic converter failed at 91,000 miles and had to be replaced.

The brakes require too frequent replacement, and they are generally noisy. Bad brakes seem to go with Honda!

The rear air conditioning malfunctioned, and stress on the electrical system caused the engine to die while car was being driven on a major highway.

General Comments:

Since we bought this car from the dealer in 1999, it has been nothing but trouble. The "check engine" light comes on erratically, sometimes from no discernible reason. With the failure of the rear air conditioner, the car is not comfortable to drive, and the malfunctioning electrical system renders it unsafe. Overall, this car has been a money pit, and I cannot consider it to be reliable. When I drive it now, I find myself gnashing my teeth and praying that nothing else will go wrong. As a teacher and the parent of two active teenagers, I need to be able to rely on my car. This Odyssey fails to satisfy that need.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th July, 2005

26th Jul 2005, 17:04

Wow, that is unfortunate... my car is almost 3x that age yet hasn't had any of those prpblems except the A/C and it's a Pontiac! Good luck with it!

26th Jul 2005, 18:34

Actually, if you read the reviews, you would see that Odyssey's (and Honda's in general) have more than their share of reliability problems. People are just brainwashed into thinking they are to be more reliable.