Honda Odyssey Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Honda Odyssey reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Should I buy a Honda Odyssey?

Answered by CarsGuide 25 Jan 2020

The issue of a lack of performance from the Honda’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine is one that has been noted in the past, David. It stems not from the fact that it’s a four-cylinder, rather the way it has been tuned and specified at the factory. Like a lot of Honda engines, the engine was designed to deliver good horsepower and high revs and, while that makes for a sporty feel in the right car, it does nothing for the Odyssey’s role as a people-mover.

The root problem here is that the engine is tuned to make its maximum torque (the force that actually accelerates the car) at 4000rpm. Combine that with the odd nature of the standard CVT transmission and you had a recipe for a car that could feel quite lethargic around town. Throw in a full complement of six bodies and their luggage, and things only got worse.

Unfortunately, there’s no real way around this. You could have the engine retuned with an aftermarket chip in the computer, but it may not do very much except increase fuel consumption. At that same time, you could wave goodbye to any remaining factory warranty as it applied to the driveline. Manufacturers don’t like customers tinkering with that stuff and will usually claim that the modifications contributed to the mechanical failure.

All that being said, I have heard of people `chipping’ the Odyssey’s engine. But of all the examples I’ve seen, the net gain was just 11 or 12 or so kiloWatts; not enough to warrant the cost or transform the vehicle in any major way. Even then, I’d imagine the extra power to be high in the rev range, not down low where you want it.

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Honda Odyssey: Key replacement cost

Answered by CarsGuide 14 May 2019

The cost to replace your key fob will depend on how old the vehicle is and where you get it done. An automotive locksmith might be cheaper than a dealer but you'll need the spare. You can read more about how to replace your car keys here.

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Honda Odyssey: Which one should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Oct 2018

Honda hasn’t sold a 3.0-litre Odyssey here since 2004, it has used a 2.4-litre engine since then. If you really want a 3.0-litre one your $15,000 will buy the best one on the market and leave you with a pocket full of change.

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6 Dec 2016 · by Richard Berry

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Seven or eight-seater for my family

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Aug 2015

The latest Carnival is excellent, gets The Tick and rates for me ahead of the Odyssey.

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Avensis good pick for a family car?

Answered by CarsGuide 31 Jul 2015

The Avenso Versis is a good all-rounder in the people-mover class. Other people-movers you could consider are the Honda Odyssey, Kia Grand Carnival, or VW Caddy Life, you could consider SUVs like the Ford Territory or Nissan Dualis.

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Best people mover for $15,000?

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Mar 2015

The Kia Carnival gets The Tick, every time, in that price range. And with four kids you will find that a proper people-mover gives far more flexibility than an SUV or even a converted van.

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Ask Smithy Xtra Shuddering Honda Odyssey

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Dec 2010

It is low mileage for the torque converter to fail, but it’s not unknown for it to happen. While we haven’t had other reports of this failure on Hondas we have seen failures on other makes and models. It’s probably the damper clutch that’s gone in the torque converter.

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