2004 Honda Odyssey Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2004 Honda Odyssey as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

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.

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.

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.

A knock or clunk type noise may be noted from the front suspension over bumps. This is can caused by worm stabilizer (sway) bar links. Replacing both stabilizer bar links will commonly repair this issue.

A rear engine mount that is broken can cause an engine vibration felt in the vehicle. Replacing the failed mount will repair this problem.

The V6 engine is prone to problems with the exhaust gas recirculation valve (EGR valve) which can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate.

Rear vent windows not operating properly is a common problem with Honda Odesseys. The solution is to replace the window motors.

On some models faulty front wheel bearings can cause a growling type noise from the front of the vehicle. Replacing both front wheel bearings is recommended for this repair.

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.

The engine may develop and oil leak due to a porous engine block casting. The repair procedure is dependent on where the leak is located. Honda has released a service bulletin covering model years 1999-2003. Honda may offer assistance with repairs, determined on a case by case basis.


On certain models the Electronic Load Detector (ELD) can cause the head lights to dim and set a Check Engine Light. The ELD will need to be replaced for this repair.

A rough idle and harsh transmission shift can be caused by a broken front engine mount. Replacing the broken mount will address these issues.

Children feeding coins into the radio's CD slot can cause blown fuses, lights to stay on (both interior and exterior), and can ruin what was once a perfectly good radio.

There have been reports of various transmission problems with this model.

The clock light has a tendency to burn out.