2002 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5L V6 from North America




The passenger sliding doors are noisy when van is driven over bumpy surfaces. The dealer, Excel Honda in Montreal Canada, said that all LX models are this way and that it is normal. We are now trying to deal with Honda Canada.

General Comments:

The promises made by the sales person prior to purchase were outragously unrealistic. We bought the van because we needed a larger one and Chrysler was not an option due to major problems with our previous van; 1998 Dodge Caravan.

The Odyssey so far feels solid, other than the door problem, has lot's of power, is very comfortable, and we like the styling.

The optional in-dash CD player is more expensive than an after market Alpine audio system that includes AM/FM CD/MP3.

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

Review Date: 10th April, 2003

30th Mar 2004, 12:54

We have a 2003 Odyssey and the sliding door problem with the noise is a real issue. Two trips to the dealer and even replacement of some of the door seals has not corrected the problem. This is annoying and a distraction and prevents from bragging about their new car when it sounds like a rattle trap going down the road. There is currently no apparent solution to this problem.

2002 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5 from North America


Over rated vehicle with incompetent dealer


Severe torque steer. Not correctable. "They are all like that." I guess they are all deficient then.

Severe pull to the right. Took four visits and three "cannot duplicate" visits to fix it. Had to bring a print out of the TSB 00 067 to get the subframe shifted to fix the problem.

Blotches on silver paint, very ugly. "They are all like that," says dealer.

Sticking sliding doors. Dealer used spray on gaskets. Did not solve problem. Rattle in right sliding door. Dealer did something which did not help.

Check engine light comes on when driving. This is not predictable and not just at start up. Dealer says cannot duplicate.

Transmission seems to hesitate, stutter and the engine flares. Dark looking transmission fluid. Dealer says cannot duplicate, they are all like that.

Instrument panel light flash on and off at unpredictable times.

Dealer uses 5W-30 oil, but owners manual says only 5W-20. They cannot give a good reason why.

Dash rattle. Dealer tries, but fails to improve on it.

General Comments:

Poor rearward visibility.

Noisy compared to friend's Camry.

Gas mileage 14-24. Most often 15. Not very good.

Handling good for a van, but worse than any late model car.

Front tires wear fast even with rotation every 6000 miles.

Saggy rear suspension causes lots of inside edge tire wear.

Good engine power for a van.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th March, 2003

10th Jun 2003, 19:44

Sounds like this guy had some bad experiences with the dealer and is taking it out on all Honda vans. If he wants to see what real dealer problems, and minivan problems and noises could be like he should try a crappy american built van. There isn't a good one in the bunch. He will be happy to go back to his Honda.

2002 Honda Odyssey LX 3.0 from North America


I haven't found a better van yet


The battery died after 3 days. After one year, the battery has died 4 times. Dealer cannot find sporadic problem.

Most recent dead battery, could not shift into neutral, even with key to on and brake depressed. Van was pulled frontward into garage and could not get van out to jump it. Seems like potentially serious safety issue.

Just bought jump start battery to carry in back. Have another appointment with dealer to check it again.

Transmission has hard hesitation when cold at first accelerating to exactly 63 mph, especially when going slightly uphill. It consistently skips, like it is confused between gears. Dealer says it is 'normal'.

General Comments:

Overall, van is comfortable, powerful.

Rear folding seat has been useful & convenient.

Electric doors are pretty noisy on 11:00 pm put-the-baby-to-sleep runs, switching power doors to manual requires monster biceps.

Good storage capacity for it's size, good fuel economy.

Back seat can only fit two car seats - no room for 3rd person. When kid get out of car seats (a few more years) it will be a 7 passenger vehicle again.

Wish there was a full size van with dual electric doors!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2003

3rd Jun 2003, 07:27

To get your Odyssey out of Park and into Neutral when the battery is dead, remove small cover (about 2" wide) on top of steering column with a small flat-tip screwdriver wrapped in a cloth (to prevent marring plastic). After the cover is removed, use your ignition key to depress a button which will allow you to shift out of Park. You may still have to depress the brake pedal to do this successfully. This procedure is also covered in your Odyssey owner's manual.