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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Honda Odyssey Manual Sliding Door Issues
Honda Odyssey Problem
Average Mileage: 103,645 mi (0 mi - 165,000 mi)
Visitor, 2000 Honda Odyssey, 165,000 mi
Both my manual sliding doors get stuck, that is , dont open when doors are unlocked. And when you centrally lock them, they don't lock, unless you manually lock them. On more than two times, one of the doors have swung open when I was driving with my kids.
We bought this van with 125,000 miles on it a year and half ago, and the doors have been a constant issue. I live in the Buffalo, NY area and with that comes cold weather. When it gets real cold here, the doors freeze. Also, sometimes the doors will not close all the way when you pull on the handle and let the motors work. Lastly, the wheels on the tracks will wear out after awhile and will need to be replaced. The doors will begin to get cut up the body and cause scratches. If you do your research on the internet, you will find a way to get rollers and clips from a hardware store for a few cents a piece and fix the problem yourself avoiding expensive repairs. My brother-in-law and I both own "Odyies" and we did this repair.
Occasionally the seal sticks, this did lead to a broken outside handle on the slider.
Visitor, 2000 Honda Odyssey, 150,000 mi
manual sliding doors getting stuck all the time just cuz me a door handle...
Visitor, 2001 Honda Odyssey, 135,000 mi
Manual sliding doors are insanely hard to open. My kids have to press their feet from the inside to get seal to release. Almost impossible to open from the outside many days. Very serious safety issue. Honda should resolve this as it is very common.
Visitor, 2002 Honda Odyssey
Rear (manual) sliding doors stick
Visitor, 2001 Honda Odyssey, 90,000 mi
Silicon on the door frame molding. Honda could replace with updated molding and what will also fix the problem, but cost $$.
Visitor, 2002 Honda Odyssey, 82,000 mi
Manual Sliding door won't open.
Visitor, 2000 Honda Odyssey
My kids would have to be inside the van and give a shoulder shove to "unstick" the door.
I have broken 2 door handles on the manual sliding doors due to the "sticking issue".
The replacement handle run 100.00 a piece. Not good.
Visitor, 2000 Honda Odyssey, 0 mi
This has been a problem with the van from day one. I've tried silicone on the door seals, cleaning the track, etc. to no avail. I've broken a door handle trying to open it. Don't pay $100 for a new handle, they are <$20 on ebay.