2002 Honda Odyssey from North America


Honda Never Again


This van was a nightmare from the get go. After only 6 months of ownership the engine went.

Fuel smell, belt slips on AC occasionally which is embarrassing at times - usually I just laugh about it.

Thank God for warranties!! Dealership screwed me on purchase price. What a mistake buying this van.

General Comments:

These vans are great to look at, but that's about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th December, 2002

2nd May 2003, 23:20

I have a bought a Honda Odyssey EX-L RES in Boch Honda. Total price was 32,365 with fog lights and cross bars. Now has 1613 miles on it. I haven't experienced any problems and the fuel mileage is great. What is that person talking about, engine went out? That's crazy. I had a Honda Civic with 210,000 miles on it and it still was in great condition. I would always drive a Honda.

1st Aug 2004, 09:25

Our 1999 Odyssey has 85,000 miles and no major problems, but a LOT of little niggling problems. The van is noisy, controls are poorly designed, and there are many clunking noises from the brakes, transmission, and A/C that feel like they're on their way out. Also fuel economy is poor - overall overage has been around 20 with many fill-ups in the upper teens - yuck! All from a VTEC engine that is underpowered at low RPM (yes, it has good high-RPM power, but SO WHAT on a minivan - poor engine choice here and it's noisy - sewing machine noisy). I've had 4 Toyotas previously (still have 2), all with well over 100,000 (one over 200,000 now) and NO problems. Toyotas are much better designed, easier to work on, less expensive parts, better fuel economy, smoother/more tractable engines, and better handling/quieter to drive. This is my first and last Honda - I don't get what people like so much about Hondas - maybe they've never owned another Japanese brand???

3rd Aug 2005, 19:14

I bought my 2002 EX-L for Honda Quality and paid more than I should (My problem) have.

Never towed. My tranny just went out at 35,000. They are covering it.

Wonder what the next warranty will be?

2002 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5 liter gasoline from North America


A quality product


The chief complaint has been the sliding doors which have stuck several times. I took it to the dealer and was told they had never heard of such a problem. The lubed the weatherstripping and the problem has been resolved. I did a web search and found this to be a very common complaint. I would recommend to anyone wanting to buy this van to not buy it until Honda addresses this serious safety problem. I feel it is a safety problem because I could not get my daughter out of the back of the van.

General Comments:

I have no other complaints except that this van is comfortable for the short drive. I drove it about 150 miles recently and found the seats got more uncomfortable the longer I was in the car.

It has very good pick-up, is very roomy, and the fold down seat is great.

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

Review Date: 30th November, 2002

2002 Honda Odyssey EX-L 3.5L VTEC from North America


I love driving this van


There is a little piece of foam dropping down from above the rear hatch on the outside. Will tell dealer.

General Comments:

The Odyssey has excellent performance for a minivan. I like to go fast and so does this van. Maybe people having problems just need to "Hit It" more often. If you haven't gotten rubber in your 2002 240hp Odyssey then you aren't driving it right.

I think its crazy to buy a vehicle for higher than MSRP. Shop around. Make lots of calls if you have to. Talk is cheap. Or find a dealer on the net. Don't deal with bad attitude dealers. We drove 75 miles to get our Ody. We got it for $500 below MSRP and we love our sales rep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2002