Although the Odyssey's design dated from 1999, it was still a very good minivan and an excellent value. It showed improvements from our previous test, with quicker acceleration and a more comfortable ride. The 2003 Odyssey handles with agility and has a roomy interior. It's powertrain is smooth and strong. The Honda reflects impeccable attention to detail and has demonstrated consistently high resale value.
Alerts
There are 15 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard from 2002. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2005. Forward collision warning optional starting in 2014.
Road Test

Although the Odyssey's design dated from 1999, it was still a very good minivan and an excellent value. It showed improvements from our previous test, with quicker acceleration and a more comfortable ride. The 2003 Odyssey handles with agility and has a roomy interior. It's powertrain is smooth and strong. The Honda reflects impeccable attention to detail and has demonstrated consistently high resale value. The folding third-row seat is handy, and there is reasonable cargo space, even when the third row is deployed.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
minivan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (240 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2003 Honda Odyssey owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"Part of the exterior trim has come loose"

Anonymous, MT (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Plastic rivets used to hold on exterior trim in place fail, causing plastic front lower bumper cover to make noise over bumps. Replaced previously, but recurred"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Trim around both front seats is broken. Driver's door cloth trim is torn due to my leg/knew riding there when I drive the car"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Fading on hood. Peeling below windows on drivers side"

C C., TN (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Patches of paint have started peeling off in various areas of the car. That has exposed a couple of spots to rust"

A S., OH (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Large section of paint on roof peeled or flacked off. Poor paint or sealer coat quality. History of this problem with Blue, my color is White"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Paint peeling and flaking which looks really bad on a dark blue van. Dealer tells me it happens a lot"

Donn R., CO (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The white paint peals off the undercoat ever since I bought the car in 2007. If I try to repaint an area,when removing the masking tape the paint in the surrounding area comes up with the tape. Honda has refused to do anything about it"

Brooke L., FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Peeling clear coat on driver's side windshield pillar"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint peeling in patches on numerous areas on body, including above center windshield"

Jay D., MO (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"The paint chipped off in a section of about 6 square inches on the back hatch"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint defect, actual Honda recall, but our paint problems appeared right after recall timeframe.. Peeling all over. Could actually see it flake off from hood as van was being driven. Honda wouldn't do anything. Entire van repainted at our cost"

Randy L., FL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"My car is peeling paint on the hood and different parts the car"

Bonnie S., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"I had this replaced not even a year ago and having same proble. Paint was supposed to be covered as long as I owned now will not cover and there is a recall. Paint is pealing"

Raye A., SC (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"PAINT IS PEALING OFF OF THE ROOF ABOVE THE DRIVER'S SEAT"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint started to peel in numerous areas"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Peeling paint"

Anonymous, IA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Midnight Blue paint was susceptible to peeling paint. A limited recall was issues that I did not get in time and so no repainting was done years ago so the paint is coming off all over the car"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"White paint.Chipping all over vehicle allowing rust to gain hold"

Giacomo S., VA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint peeling around side windows"

Anonymous, DE (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"No clear coat applied. For last year, large flakes of color coat, coming off"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint started pealing off of car on hood and both tops of sliding doors and top"

Jane N., WA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"paint pealing off one spot on roof edge, (6"x4"), and around rear two side windows on passenger side"

John S., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is flaking up. I thought Honda did better than that"

Anonymous, AR (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"required new paint job"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Overall the paint is very good, however the back bumper cover started peeling the clear coat after about five years and is now quite unsightly. Otherwise the paint has held up well"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"25% of the paint has peeled away completely, with more coming off each day. I've learned that there was an issue with primer (or lack of being applied), and there was a 1 year warranty to repair, but it happened prior to my ownership. Now Honda will"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Chipping and peeling of paint around doors and up around front window. Honda said not their problem. Decided to have car repainted since it is such a great car"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"We first noticed paint peeling in 2006 on roof, hood, sides above rear windows, and rear lift gate. In 2009 it finally came under a recall and parts were repainted. The vehicle continues to lose paint in places it was repainted and in new places. The"

Mark B., HI (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is chalking/fading coming off above windshield and on hood, fading on front bumper"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"paint began peeling off starting on the front roof area and now other areas including more of the roof and other areas. It began rusting at the front roof area. I contacted Honda but found out the paint issue was not a recall on my year van"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Original paint was repaired 2-3 years ago under warranty coverage due to a defect in factory paint for the roof; now this (repainted) surface and several panels of the original paint are again blistering and peeling off down to bare metal"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is fading, cracking and peeling. Horrible paint. Very disappointed with Honda on this"

John C., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is peeling, mostly on the roof"

Anonymous, MT (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint continues to peel"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is peeling on both power sliding doors around the windows, and those areas are beginning to rust"

Stephanie F., MO (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The hood is a mess and paint is cracking and peeling on other areas of my car"

Bonnie S., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint coming off all over Van"

Bill-Jane N., OR (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Several areas of paint have peeled off; we had one door repainted but really need to live with it or repaint the other door and roof -- not worth it on a 12 year old car"

Sarah Z., VA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"About 3 years into ownership, the Navajo Blue paint began to peel away from under the side windows (both sides) and the roof"

Michael B., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The rust is caused by the paint flaking off,leaving only undercoat which soon breaks down leaving bare metal to rust. A fine car except for the paint"

Brooke L., FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Just noticed rust ocuring at the bottom of the drivers door, visible only on inside seam of the door. Not affecting outside appearance"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Started in 2013 - Rust causing paint to bubble just under fuel filler door. Rust also at bottom of both front doors and rear hatch"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"when the paint pealed off then the rust started especially on top Honda would not do anything about the pealing paint or rust saying car was too old"

Jane N., WA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"rust on rear quarter panels, near joins"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rust is now appearing at the rear wheelwells"

R R., IL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"After 13 years and 230,000 miles, the Torque converter has to be replaced/repaired"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"clutch plates had to be replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"torque convertor malfunctioned. trans rebuilt"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"I made the dealer change the transmission fluid before I took delivery. After approximately 35000 miles, the transmission went out and I had to have a rebuilt transmission installed - a $3700 repair bill for me"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission went bad and had to be replaced"

David A., IA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"We have had three major transmission repairs/replacements since we bought it in 2005"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission quit with no warning. Had been working fine then just stop shifting while driving"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission starting slipping last year . At first, it was only occasionally. Then, it started becoming more frequent. The ultimate repair came down to having the transmission replaced which cost ~$3500"

Kevin M., MO (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"no problem Just had to replace the transmission"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission is of poor design. Two complete failures in 200K miles. Cost higher because of tansmission module ($1200) that must be replaced with transmission"

T O., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced slipping transmission with new transmission. No special issues encountered"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Reverse gear no longer worked. Had a rebuilt transmission installed and have had no issues"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"First transmission was replaced under warranty at 92,000km. That lasted another 100,000 then bearings blew up. A (new) rebuilt trans. installed, also lasted just over 100,000. Fourth transmission installed May 2013. Ridiculous"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"original transmission had problems caused by part wearing into the transmission shell"

John S., MB (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"tranny failed @ 193000km, put in a reconditioned one for $4500"

Mark C., SK (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission began to slip at 120,000 miles. Had a transmission shop rebuild rather than Honda dealer replace transmission. I year warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission malfunctioned at 180000 miles. Had to replace it. Expensive!!!"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission started slipping. Had it replaced at a reputable transmission replacement facility"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"I have had NO problems with the rebuilt transmission; The original transmission broke apart (internally), started smoking and leaking fluid; caused me to stop side of the Interstate and call for help"

Edna B., LA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"My transmission went out at 63,000"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission experienced known failure with second gear-began slipping and jumping out of gear. Honda refused to provide any relief"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Torque converter problem at approx 98,000 miles. Had same problem with a 2001 but Honda extended warranty on 2001 to cover. Not so on the 2003"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission started shifting "late" and the van would "jerk". I took it to Carl Gregory Honda and was told that it could not simply be repaired, that I need to replace it. I purchased a Honda rebuilt transmission and had it installed"

Daniel B., GA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"we knew that the transmission was a weakness in the odyssey and it was no surprise when it needed replacing. a large expense that we debated whether or not to spend but we decided to since the van was in good condition otherwise"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission suddenly stopped shifting. Immediately drove about 5 miles to Honda dealer @ about 20 mph. Transmission & computer required replacement. Honda partially covered the cost"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission quit. Had it rebuilt by Aamco. They said the failure was due to engine coolant contamination from a leak in the radiator allowing coolant into the transmission fluid line. Of course, this could all be BS"

Rodney M., VA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"2nd gear slipping, eventually not able to shift into 2nd.Rebuilder said is actually the 3rd gear problem as 2nd & 3rd are engage at once. Common issue known as Honda Blue due to heat on gear causing failure.Using accord's trans on a van is not ideal"

Teik L., MO (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Put in a used rebuild one"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission started slipping and shifting rough at about 80K miles. By it failed altogether. Ridiculously expensive for a new on at $8k, so went with a rebuilt which is now about to fail again at 135k miles. NOT a reliable transmission"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission would work fine until it warmed up then would not work at all. I had it rebuilt and haven't had any problems so far"

William B., GA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the transmission. We had already done this once 2 years earlier too! Yuck!"

Matthew B., MA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Would not shift into Drive"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission started slipping, and mechanic recommended replacement"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission began shifting erratically. Research showed 2003 Odyssey transmissions commonly only last about 150000 mi before failure. Dealer confirmed problems were real and would only get worse. Had to replace transmission"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"It was not switching from second to third gear"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"The Honda automatic transmission appears to be an inadequate design that results in frequent malfunction and requires replacement, Honda has not been willing to cover this as the car had slightly more than 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission failed at 90000 miles and 180000 miles. Complete failure. Stopped on side of road"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission went out at 236k"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Odysseys of this era are notorious for catastrophic transmission failure around 70,000 miles or so. Ours was a near total loss and cost almost $3000.00 to rebuild. The motor and transmission mounts also failed and had to be replaced"

Darrell L., NM (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"transmission failed the other month (about 177,000 miles). I had to have it rebuilt"

Mark P., FL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission failed, was rebuilt improperly and was rebuilt again"

Steve R., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission rebuilt 4 years ago. Then it was replaced with a new (rebuilt by Honda). Since the transmission was replaced by a Transmission business, Honda charges $1200.00 extra for some kind of policy. This amount was added to the so called new transmission. They have a 4 year warranty on the transmission they put in. Honda takes old transmissions and rebuilds them some were in the U.S. I asked is this a new transmission and they then told me it was a rebuilt one. They do not put new"

Anonymous, LA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission had to be rebuilt"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission failed, so we had to let this car go"

Carl B., MA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission began slipping more and more, and I had it rebuilt"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Needs alignment about twice a year but still pulls left when driving in left lane"

David W., FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear adjustment knuckle frozen"

Chris L., TN (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"With the replacement of the rods, a wheel Alignment was needed"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Car has had poor steering on right front since 2005, always wears right front faster, will not stay balanced, Dealers unable to fix. Cannot drive over 64 mph (for years) without excessive vibration. After 5 previous Honda's I will never own another again"

John M., FL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

"Getting noise from on ball joint. Will need to be replaced soon"

G G., MO (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Front left end is shot and a danger to drive"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

"need to replace lower compliance bushings every 12 months"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer said they needed replacing (when it was in for airbag recall). It was expensive. Was this a dealer problem, or real problem? Not sure. I did the fix"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Bushing wore out causing replacement of expensive components"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Compliance bushing were causing play and ride issues"

Cloyd B., GA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"High pressure hose leaking and had to be replaced"

Jeff W., TX (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Have been advised to monitor power steering leak; doing so and nothing serious yet. Top off fluid every oil change, 3000 miles"

Raymond D., TX (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Steering rack is leaking at the seals"

Glen H., MD (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Steering fluid has been leaking and at one point even refilling the fluid did not help with the steering, which had become extremely difficult"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"System is leaking. Honda diagnosed need for new rack and pinion steering system"

Ruben A., CO (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"I have to refill the power steering reservoir about once a month. I need to take it into the shop to get it looked at"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering unit constantly leaks. I have replaced unit, but am still having to add fluid. I am told that it may be the hose that's leaking, I am not sure"

Pamela H., IL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"The power steering rack has a leaking seal that cannot be fixed without replacing the entire assembly for over $1100 bucks. The high pressure power steering hose also failed recently"

Darrell L., NM (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Few drops on floor will have it looked at"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Leaked for over a year. Put stop leak fluid in it and that kept it going. Finally failed at 235000 miles"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Worn out hoses requiring replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Could not steer the car, struggled to get it into the garage. Was completely busted PS pump and also needed all new hoses"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"I had to replace all of it"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Pump had a serious leak, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Parts wore out and were replaced"

E J., MN (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Expensive repair. Couldn't do myself. Needed when I bought the car"

G G., MO (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"At 210000 miles we replaced the shocks and struts. This was expected. I thought they actually went further than we expected. We're happy!"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"I had a rough ride and replaced the struts and shocks with Monroe Shocks and struts, I then replaced the struts and shocks with Honda parts, neither were satisfactory. I think the problem was in the transmission. To be fair, the car had 200000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Shocks and struts were worn out"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering wheel vibration started getting worse and turned out to be the bushings on the control arm. Cost was minimal since I did the work myself but it had the potential to be a safety issue"

Kevin M., MO (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Have been advised to monitor leaks; doing so. Steering linkage issue just cropped up. Taking to dealer next week"

Raymond D., TX (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The ignition on the steering column wouldn't let my key out. It was stuck in there. Most locksmiths wouldn't touch it. Had to go to dealer. Very expensive fix and seems to be common in these Odyssey vans"

John C., DE (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"very expensive repair, and common failure with Odyssey"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"I had to replace those parts also"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"I think we have bad tires"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Front suspension has been repaired, but problems remain. Additional repairs cost prohibitive"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The vibration was so bad the car had to be fixed immediately"

Anonymous, AR (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Vibration resolved with new tires and balancing"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The tie rods have had to be replaced on at least two occasions"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Thunking noises led to discovery of multiple suspension problems"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Chicago potholes, miscl bumps and road conditions leax to the replacement of the tie rods"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"Pass side hangs up and doesn't work smoothly"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Manual sliding doors became noisier and rougher. Solved when dealer replaced the rollers that carry the weight along the rail"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Sliding doors will not close completely, then re-open"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The cable that opens and closes the passenger side sliding door snapped. The cable is part of the motor and an entire new assembly must be purchased. also passenger side front window needed a new regulator"

John C., DE (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Electronic side doors usually don't open or close fully. The ajar alarm beeps often even after they seem fully closed"

Timothy B., MD (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Power sliding door runners have had the bearings crack off so door movement can be very choppy unless on level ground"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Sliding doors malfunction constantly. Sensors will not allow the doors to close. Dealers has looked at the issue several times without resolution. Vehicle is too old to force the issue"

Glen H., MD (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The sliding door scratches my new paint"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"a cable broke on the drivers side sliding door. Repair is $700"

Shaun M., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Driver's side sliding door will not completely close without manually slamming it. The open door warning buzzes even if the door is secure so the master switch must be off to avoid constant noise"

Robert M., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"This vehicle is getting older and has considerable miles. The roller bearings on both sliding doors have worn out. It is expensive to replace, so we currently do not use the passenger side sliding door. If opened, it is very difficult to get close"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The driver's side power door does not close properly it may need to be realigned, lubricated, or need new bearings"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"road noise and poor door seals"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"One of the power sliding doors had a belt that broke. It had to be disconnected in order to open by hand"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger side rear sliding door hardware had to be replaced because it was getting very difficult to slide the door shut. The same problem is now surfacing on the driver's side rear sliding door"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Driver side sliding door stopped working. Appears to be related to gas hatch sensor"

John C., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Doors will not open from the outside when lever is pulled (for power sliding); you must reach through the open front passenger door and activate from the inside"

Stephanie F., MO (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Main roller failed"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger side sliding door hinge broke, so it scraped against the side of the car and wouldn't close well, then the cable mechanism broke so the door wouldn't open or close at all"

Carl B., MA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Ignition lock was replaced at considerable cost"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Replace ignition key cylinder"

Anonymous, IA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Cannot activate any locks with remote. The driver's door must be locked/unlocked manually"

Robert M., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The driver side door lock does not work. A key cannot even enter the keyhole. The passenger side door lock is problematic too. Sometimes the key will go in and other times not. The passenger side sliding door's locking mechanism no longer works unl"

Mark B., HI (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The key pod quit working for unlocking the vehicle so I have to open it manually on driver's side then use automatic unlock inside the van. The pod battery was not dead. I've had the door lock actuator replaced but still have same problem"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Drivers lock works about 20 per cent of the time You have to unlock car from other door and then open sliding door to unlock driver's door"

Bill-Jane N., OR (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The locks continually do not work. Have had to change the ignition lock set and left passenger door actuator stopped working years ago. I have had many cars good and bad over my lifetime and never had things like door locks and hinges fail in a car's middle age. My car was made in Japan"

John M., FL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"seat belt recall performed, but didn't find out about it until after going to the dealer 3 times to have an error code read. they kept blaming my cigarette lighter as the problem"

Brendon W., CT (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear removable seats - one - does not anchor to floor properly any longer"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"the roof window always leaks in rainy weather"

Shaun M., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Have had to replace hydro hatch lift arms 3 times"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"back wing windows remain open can't close. servo motors need replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear windows do not work"

Randy L., FL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Electronic rear side windows frequently don't work at all"

Timothy B., MD (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Both rear windows will sometimes not work and will get stuck in the open position"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The power windows do strange things like not close when they are open or not go down the whole way"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"1. Driver's window would gradually bind up over time until the mechanism broke. Repaired now, but is binding up again. 2. Mechanism/motor on rear tilt-out windows won't close windows all the way"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"driver door window mechanism failed and glass dropped into door. $450.00 to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear-most side windows motors failed about 5 years into vehicle ownership. We have not repaired them as the cost to replace the motors was too expensive"

Michael B., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"loose socket"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the cable going to the battery"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Fontr power outlet has shore, causing radio fuse to blow"

John K., IL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Shorts out anytime I plug a phone charger in"

John K., IL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Alarm comes on for no reason occasionaly"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Intermittent problem with back pivot windows and door locks sometimes not responding to driver control panel. Possibly my fault for letting rain get on driver control panel on occasions when I crack the windows when van left out in parking lot"

John Y., NC (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)
Clock

"light burned out and difficult to replace"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"does not light up so I can't see it at night"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"No longer works. Activation appears to work according to lights and switches on dashboard but in actuality the cruise control does not engage"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"backlight failure - gauge difficult to see"

George T., TX (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Lights behind P-R-D-3-2 transmission setting goes off and on power issue affects cruse control operation. Warranty work to replace harness to the steering air bag fixed the problem"

Robert C., ON (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"right headlight doesn't come on occasionally"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Have always dealt with headlights going out; seems to be an electrical issue that we've never been able to solve completely"

Anna W., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"no day time running light on right side but sensor doesn't recognize the problem half the time. Sometimes the warning light comes on and sometimes it doesn't. Also believe that this system is the cause of the battery running down and requiring boosti"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"headlight housing full of condensation will cost more then $500..00 to replace"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Stop functioning all of a sudden"

John K., IL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"Interior lights flicker at times when I am opening the side doors"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Digital clock is deteriorating, i.e. digit portions aren't fully lighting. Also, left front headlamp needs replacing at 3 times the rate of the right front"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"flicker on and off when doors open"

George T., TX (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"It is far more than lights and the true nature of the electrical issues is unknown. Had issues with power locks LOCKING for unknown reasons when the key was not in ignition. Had to have some items disabled to stop random electrical issues"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Door lock fails to operate electronically"

Steve R., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"ABS light comes on-cannot travel down gravel road without this light coming on and staying on - dealership wants to replace expensive abs unit whenever the light comes on. Independent mechanic replaces fuse on unit for a fraction of the cost"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"Left rear caliper have hung up, usually after release of the parking brake. The caliper has been repaired but occasionally continues to hang up"

A G., OH (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Had a real bad vibration when the breaks were applied due to a bad caliper"

David M., MI (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"They were worn beyond repairand had to be replaced"

C S., WA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"calipers stuck, many brake problems after ,warped rotors, replace cAlipers and both front and back rotors,brake pads,"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"brakes were spongy, master cylinder leaking"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"replaced rear brake pads"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Just time to replace brakes and rotors"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"replaced brake pads"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Salt on streets is more of a problem"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"normal brake wear"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"See previous comments"

A G., OH (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Intermittent problem. Some days I could not get the car out of park. I would try turning the steering wheel, pushing on the break peddle, turning the key on/off. Some days it would take 5 - 10 minutes to get it out of park. It started after the d"

David M., MI (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"brakes needed another brake job in 5k miles"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to replace pads & rotors on all four wheels 3 times"

John K., IL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to be completely replaced at 55K"

C S., WA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Master cylinder brake switch failure to indicate braking. Car is then locked in park be design for safety"

J H., TN (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Replacement rotors are too thin and get easily warped. Every 6 months I have them turned then about every 18 months.they get replaced. I have been unable to get rotors that are thick like the originals"

Keith L., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"We seem to be getting more brake repairs on cars in the midwest with the salt materials they are using on the streets"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"wear"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"had to repace both front and back rotors, may have been due to bad serice becuase rotors warped"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"According to dealer, front brake rotors warped, both front and back pads were replaced and front and back rotors were machined"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Needs to be replaced but too expensive for us to fix. Happened 3 years ago"

Andrea W., MI (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Compressor went bad. Normal wear and tear as far as I'm concerned"

Anonymous, AR (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"My AC went out - am pretty sure it was the compressor. Had it fixed but the repair did not hold or was done inadequately"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"We've returned the van to the shop about 4 times in 1 year because the a/c is not blowing cold air. The mechanic says that the leaves are blocking the airflow to cool the air. They just clean it and it works fine after that"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Blows warmer than temperature set. Need to turn off and on again at lower temperature to adjust properly"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Compressor would not engage and blower would only work on high. Replaced faulty duct resistor/transistor unit from Amazon for approximately $56"

Jakob F., FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Automatic climate control module failed without warning, as did control for fan blower"

William H., VA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan only blew full blast or not at all. Replaced broken part. Probably not major but every expense is significant at our income"

Andrea W., MI (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"A/C blower transistor failed"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Fan motor failing"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Fan Starting working intermittently, and was loud when it did. Motor/fan assembly replaced, OK"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"auto sliding door cable snapped - expensive repair because the cable only comes with the motor for the sliding doors. rear window motors are shot and expensive to replace"

Brendon W., CT (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Had to be recharged only once"

David W., FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"AC doesnt cool well anymore due to coolant leak(s)"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Leaked- sorry I don't recall the details"

Anonymous, AR (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"August 2015 - A/C output no longer cool. Mechanic performed system service, found refrigerant leak. Replaced freon. Feb 2017 - A/C output no longer cool. Mechanic replaced compressor and freon"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"small leak. Not expensive at all to fix"

Jillene M., MI (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"seal leaking"

Bernie L., FL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Lost all refrigerant. Leaks in reservoir and within the cabin"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"windshield defroster has been poor for years honda can not find a problem"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"water leaks into passenger compartment from roof"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Leakage apparently through the roof at the point(s) where roof racks are screwed to the vehicle"

H J., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"wind noise from wind screen area"

Anonymous, MS (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Water leaks into the cargo area. The drain plug for the AC runoff in the rear was unclogged, but whenever it rained, the cargo area became fairly wet"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"water leak on driver side top roof seam. Honda removed the roof rack and roof moulding and resealed entire roof seam"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"water leaking into trunk"

Anonymous, MS (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Leak when raining above drivers door"

Jay D., MO (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"possible cause of wind noise"

Anonymous, MS (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Weather stripping of right side sliding door seemed to become tattered by wind turbulence over time. (6 to 12 inches above forward part of the seal. Area which does not get touched through normal use.)"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Had leaky oil gasket, fixed it. Front end rattles on rough pavement, have had engine mounts replaced within lasat q6 years"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Engine mounts are loose and the car rattles"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Clunking of non-mechanical engine components"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"HVAC system has rattle that never resolves. Door alarm sounds intermittently with no provocation"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Motor mounts needed replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"the hatch rattles"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The Odyssey has been very loud due to road noise for many years. It seems to not be insulated very well"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Hondas are notorious for wind and road noise"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"High winds create moderate amount of wind noise"

Ruben A., CO (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Transmission fluid needs frequent changing. When cold, rough shifting occurs. Gear indicator often flashes when in "D"rive - have to restart car to reset"

Robert N., PA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"when momentarily engaging passing gear it shifts into lower gear very suddenly and slows the vehicle suddenly"

Anonymous, LA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The Honda new (rebuilt) transmission that was put in is showing same problems again"

Anonymous, LA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"2nd to 3rd gear shifting judders for 2-4 seconds"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Intermittently, 'chatter' that seems to be related to transmission, presumable at a shift-point"

H J., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"slips most when shifting in the 30-40 mph range. Rebuilt transmission installed twice, constant problem with this car from day 1"

Anonymous, RI (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"I had a rough ride for several years and replaced the struts twice, I finally found the problem was with the transmission"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Cost $3500.00 to repair/rebuild. Not sure why transmission went although I read there was a higher incidence of failure on 2003 Hondas. Cooler had been installed in the first year due to recall"

Ron B., ON (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Occasionally the transmission fails to shift or slips out of gear"

Anonymous, KS (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission would attempt to down shift on level ground"

William B., GA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission began to slip, then stopped working. Had to replace for repair. The rebuilt transmission is holding up fine"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Symptom was similar to clutch-slipping, but 6 different shops (including the dealer) were unable to identify the problem. During scheduled lube-and-oil service at my local auto shop, I discussed the problem with the young mechanic who shared his similar experience, which he resolved by replacing the transmission fluid with synthetic fluid. I requested he do the same on the Odyssey, and the problem is now gone, avoiding the probable $4000 cost of replacing the transmission, which was the common s"

Heather J., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer did not diagnose cause and recommended complete rebuild. I think it was transmission solenoid. I took no repair action and the transmission is working fine today"

John P., VA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Over a period of about 5 months I increasingly felt a fumble when the car left a stop. Later it became a longer and longer ''delay" which I knew was the transmission. However, when I checked the fluid, it was down to the 'add' mark. It was bought back to full and for a while the fumble and delay went away. When it came back, I had the transmission rebuilt"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Probably another Dealer SNAFU, since they solely worked on it only months before. Never found out what they did but it sure lightened our wallet quite a bit"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Knock sensor failed for third time"

Greg D., WA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
Engine mounts

"2 of 3 mounts were broken and repaired"

E J., MN (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace three engine mounts...issue discovered during routine maintenance. Used Honda replacement parts to repair"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Engine mounts needed to be replaced 3 times since I have owned the car"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the front and rear motor mounts this year"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Although I replaced the engine mounts several years ago, the car feels like the engine is shaking again"

Jacob M., IL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Leaks from 2 different fluid types (oil and one other) were reported by the dealership"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"We've dealt with recalled (partially) transmission problems, electrical cable (battery and spark plug wire) failures, EGR valve, Airbag recalls, and now oil leaks that the dealer can't quite pinpoint"

James M., CT (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The oil pan drain plug wearing out will cause me to replace the oil pan, the plug has already been remade once"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"Valve cover oil leak into the spark plug hole. Had to pay Dealer the price of a valve adjustment to get valve cover gasket and seals replaced. Really crappy, since it was the Dealer who did all prior valve work on this vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"This vehicle BURNS oil!!! Although I don't have oil deposits underneath the vehicle, when I take it for oil changes, it's always low. Once, there was no oil showing on dipstick!!!"

Pamela H., IL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"One part of starting system broke, causing intake valve failure and head had to be rebuilt"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Ignition in three cylinders needed to be redone"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Head gasket needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"it leaks oil from the rear main seal like a sieve"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"expensive repair, happened number of times. has to change pulleys and tensioners as well"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"The timing belt was loss and never been replaced in the van before. They replaced the belt, water pump/oil pimp/crank seal and oil filter housing"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Based on dealer recommendation replaced timing belt and water pump based on mileage of vehicle"

William H., VA (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"Dealership took care of the problem. 2X's in the same day... we didn't even get it out of the lot when the same engine warning light came on. And back into the shop it went. They finally seems to have fixed it. But I think it's time to think about re"

James M., CT (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Idiot light kept coming on and it was FINALLY determined it was the smog device. Took at least four trips to dealer and mechanic to find the issue and fix it"

Bonnie S., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Mild intermittent tremor on acceleration which was corrected when the EGR valve was replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Very recent problem with stuck valve"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Engine surged. Replaced faulty ICA valve. Idle Control Assembly. Approximately $60"

Jakob F., FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"O2 sensor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)
Fuel pump

"A short in the wiring harness connecting the fuel pump caused the vehicle to not start"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"The Oddysey's engine oil lamp light came on, Fearing the worst we had the van towed to our local Honda service center. Issue was the coil in cylinder 5 had failed. Coil was replaced. Engine running ok now"

John C., BC (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"One coil failed. Troubleshot, isolated and replaced it myself for $70 ish dollars"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"All plug/coils replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Starter

"it caught on fire"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"starter was dead after 185,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Every rubber/plastic part on the van is starting to deteriorate"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5-L V6)

"right side needed to be replaced with wheel bearing an engine mounts"

Jeffrey M., CA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Unknown vibration in highway cruising speed. Technicians have not been able to solve problem"

Randall S., AE (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Rats climbed underneath the vehicle and chewed on the drive control wires. Cuts in line results in erratic behaviour. Our Honda has had this problem twice. We had the cable sprayed with a petroleum product to deter further damage by rats"

John C., BC (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"Failure of part. Had it replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Had leaks, had to replace the exhaust with an after-market part to reduce costs, in order to make it pass safety inspection"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"another long standing issue. seems it gets tightened/reattached and then works itself loose again"

Anonymous, RI (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"After 15 years, exhaust system replaced from cat back. I would say 15 years on the same exhaust system, especially in NH with road salt was well worth it"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"CD changer with 6 disc capacity just quit working after 3 years. Repair would have been prohibitively expensive"

William F., MI (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Volume knob works erratically"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Odyssey Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Actually having electrical troubles all over, that come and go. Sliding doors not opening/closing either manually/or button on dash, volume & channel selector on steering wheel, passenger airbag lights up, then extinguishes. Airbags changed due to"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

"Radio controls don't work"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Routine replacement when replacing timing belt at Mfr suggested interval"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
Overheating

"This was because of the head gasket leaking"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5-L V6)
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