2001 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5 gas from North America


Love the engine, but not the transmission


Sliding side doors stick shut occasionally. Potential safety hazard.

General Comments:

Found that if you grab the top of the door with the fingertips of both hands and pull outward toward yourself, the seal will be broken and the door will then open normally. Keep the weather stripping treated with silicone spray and the runners greased with white lithium, and the problem should go away. Temperature changes and the resultant swelling of the weather stripping is to blame here; not electronics or software.

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

Review Date: 5th February, 2010

2001 Honda Odyssey EX from North America


I wouldn't buy another Odyssey


My driver side sliding door stopped working on my 2001 Ody. I thought it was the motor, since it stopped making noise when the button was pushed. I found this site and read report after report about the fuse #13 fix, so at 11:20 at night I went out to the car, spent 5 minutes and voila, it works!

Now, to tackle the myriad of other electrical issues that are plaguing this van.

General Comments:

Loyal Honda buyer for years, this is the last Honda for us. Fit and finish atypical of past Hondas. It's been a decent van, but I expected better. My 14 yr old Volvo has had many fewer problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th November, 2009

2001 Honda Odyssey LX from North America


Was reliable until 129,000 miles


EGR valve recall in 2004, got that replaced.

Check engine light came on 128,000. Honda replaced EGR valve again.

Check engine light came on and TCS light comes on. Honda diagnostic revealed the transmission is bad.

Gears seem to slip going from 1st to 2nd.

When idling, the van seems to sputter at times.

When putting van into reverse, seems to jump into gear.

General Comments:

Checked on Honda Dealer web site. Honda 1999-2001 is recalled on transmissions. I called Honda about this recall. I had never been contacted on a recall by mail.

I called Honda about because even though I have 129,000 miles, I feel that this is a manufacturer defect, and not my responsibility. I bought a Honda because of the "Reputation" I have heard about.

The customer service representative told me that there was nothing they could do. So basically I have a van that is worth nothing, and I don't feel it to be reliable to drive long distances. I am now scared to drive this van anywhere because it may break down at any moment.

Honda told me that it would cost around 4000.00-5000.00 to replace the transmission.

I will not buy another Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th September, 2009

18th Sep 2009, 12:51

Do you really think that Honda is responsible for putting a new transmission in your van at 129,000 miles?

Good gosh!

14th Nov 2009, 13:33

I think a new transmission will cost a lot less than a new vehicle. American made minivans have way more problems and are scrapped shortly after 100,000 miles, if they last that long.

15th Nov 2009, 15:44

I can back that up for you. My 2003 Windstar required over $6,000 in unexpected repairs and left me stranded over 5 times in a 3 year period. It was scrapped at 105,000 miles because my transmission failed.

4th Feb 2010, 19:45

There are lot of cars, some good and some bad. Some companies make ad's on reliability. Here is an example. My friend got a 2001 Ford Explorer and I bought a Honda Odyssey. Each had a bet on cost. Finally my Honda Odyssey sucked and went bad on transmission at 76k miles. Also it had other issues like EGR Valve etc. But the Ford Explorer went on and on. Don't compare with junk cars.

30th Jul 2010, 18:04

I too have a 2001, and with approx 100,000 miles, Honda told me to expect to put a new tranny in it soon... this is a very common problem with the Honda, and they have done nothing to help their customers... This is our 6th and last Honda.