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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2003 Honda Odyssey

2003 Honda Odyssey

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2003 Honda Odyssey Problems

Brakes -- Verified

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

There have been some issues reported with the electric sliding doors. Our technicians remind us that proper diagnoses will be necessary to determine the cause of various faults which may occur.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The clock light has a tendency to burn out.

Drive Train -- Verified

Erratic operation of the transmission, which may or may not be accompanied by illumination of dashboard warning lights, would indicate internal transmission faults. Replacement of the transmission is generally required to correct this issue.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Manual sliding doors will stick or not open easily due to the door seal sealing too well. Sometimes this can cause the door handle to break when trying to open the door. Replacing the door seal with an updated seal from Honda will repair this issue.

2003 Honda Odyssey Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., September 19, 2013

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Due to electrical interference the airbag control module may fail causing inadvertent deployment of the front airbags, side curtain airbags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners. Unexpected airbag deployment can result in personal injury and/or a vehicle crash. Dealers will install a suppressor unit to limit the electrical interference to the airbag control module to correct this concern.

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Drive Train, December 11, 2012

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These vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission have a system that prevents the ignition key from being removed from the ignition lock unless the transmission is in the park position. A part in this system can wear and allow the key to be removed when the transmission is not in park. When the transmission is not in park, the vehicle may roll unexpectedly increasing the risk of a crash. To address this concern, dealers will install an updated shift interlock lever and if necessary, replace the ignition switch. 

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Drive Train, April 27, 2004

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Honda and Acura are recalling numerous 2001–2004 vehicles to inspect for an internal automatic transmission fault. This fault could result in gear failure, which can cause the transmission to lock up. If the transmission were to lock up with the vehicle in motion, a crash could result. If the inspection reveals internal transmission damage, the transmission will be replaced. If no internal damaged is noted, the transmission oil cooler return line will be revised in order to increase fluid flow. For more information, please call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or Acura at 1-800-382-2238.

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Engine, January 16, 2003

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Some fuel tanks have imperfections that could allow fuel to leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire. Dealers will inspect the fuel tank for surface imperfections, and replace it if any are found. The recall began January 16, 2003.

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2003 Honda Odyssey Questions and Answers

jayjll, 2003 Honda Odyssey, Greenville, NC

when putting the key into the ignition switch it will not turn. if you jiggle it around a few times sometimes it will turn the car on

laknir, 2003 Honda Odyssey, San Antonio, TX

We bought a van with 97,500 miles on it. We then took it for the 100,000 mile checkup $875. We put about 700 miles on it after the checkup. Now it is leaking gas in a continuous drip drip. Started...

irishrover005, 2003 Honda Odyssey, Edison, NJ

I need step by step instruction to R/R interior air filter. For some reson the car smells like urine with A/C on

heardafrog, 2003 Honda Odyssey, Iowa City, IA

one of the automatic slide doors keeps either 1)almost closing and then reopening--several times before it will stay closed. or 2)does nothing when the handle is pulled but will move when the butt...

Diannajcs, 2003 Honda Odyssey, Lillington, NC

The 'thing' on the dash that shows the light for the p, n, d, r, d3, d1, etc... when I am driving .. and the car is in d ...the light for D flashes. Even when I stop and put it in park. T...

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2003 Honda Odyssey Reviews

I bought a 3003 Honda Odyssey new from Brown Honda. In 2010 had Problems with vibration at 50-60 mph Brown Honda of Toledo replaced both front axles at a cost of $825 but the vibration continued, then they blamed it on tires so replaced tires- no improvement- returned to dealership 3 times (75 miles round trip)and got the runaround- the vibration continues and it seems nobody knows how to correct it. I hate to trade my troubles off on someone else. it only has 68000 miles and had 53,000 when the trouble started. Had tires balanced so many times that the aluminum rims are nearly ruined from wheel weights.

I have a 2003 oddessey , very disappointed so far, tranny went out at around 90,000 miles, honda had no clue they have tranny troubles(bull sh-t) they wanted 4700.00 to fix . Engine is now leaking antifreeze, sliding doors have had their issues, fairly noisy inside. Now for the good, nice vehicle if it would of went 200,000 miles before all of these troubles, so much for hondas being so dependable.

I have the LX with Nav. and no DVD. The pros are the interior's versatility, it cleans up easily with steam cleaner. I've found small parts don;t break very easy. Everything is functional and easy to operate. Even the navigation system I found to be very intuitive, despite remarks on forums. Handles like a car with pretty good visibility, but extra caution is required when backing up. The ergonomics are pretty good. Also, I got 27 MPG on the hwy with both captain seats out. but almost the equivalent weight in luggage and a passenger. Owe it to cruise control.

Some cons...the emergency flasher switch is poorly located. on my vehicle, the rear hatch latch keeps getting loose at about 3000 mile intervals, dealership defaults to faulty design. Too complicated to work on it myself, even simple maintenance, but...was able to replace the interior air filter by myself. lower dash e-outlet came loose. And the "biggie" con, the transmission is not that smooth.

Very noise Van. The road noise is quite high. Transmission at 122000 miles is already given problems, as well as the lock in the front driver door.

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