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Honda Odyssey Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 240 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Honda Odyssey

  • The Odyssey continues to be the best minivan sold in America.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent crash test scores, huge interior, fold-flat third-row seat, powerful V6, optional navigation and entertainment system.

  • Cons

    Quality of some interior materials could be better, high demand limits negotiating possibilities.

  • What's New for 2003

    The Odyssey gains an intermittent rear window wiper this year, as well as an auto up-and-down driver-side window.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (149 total reviews)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

80,000 miles and gooing strong

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

i bought the 03 as a demo with 1400 miles on it. i bought the extended warranty,and it payed for the recall on the trans fix, at about 50,0000 miles the volatility joint went out,they fixed it. i had a little trouble with the car pulling to the right. honda fixed it. i bought the van in couer d'alene honda and have had the best of service.and would buy another car from them. i do not commute with the car,mostly long trips. 38,000 miles the first 10 months . i have seance towed a 24 ft airstream trailer almost 10,000 miles with no trouble. the car lives in a garage when not being used,and kept clean and always serviced ever 3 to 4000 miles. i have replaced the tires. should have 80,000 soon.



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More and more disappointing

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

With a growing family, my wife and I bought a new Odyssey in 2003 and had to replace the transmission within a year (on recall). It's now at almost 190,000 miles and the 2nd tranny is shot. What makes this so disappointing is that we have taken very good care of the minivan, following Honda's maintenance schedule to the "T" with the dealer's service department --- "regular maintenance" for this vehicle has been to the tune of $1000 to $2000 PER YEAR. I've never heard of regular maintenance being so expensive for any other car. This minivan has proved over 6 years to be a very poor value --- we now wish that we had paid a little extra up front and bought the Toyota Sienna instead!




Transmission trouble

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Transmission goes out about every 50,000 miles, so far 3 in 150,000 miles. Honda replaced, ate the cost the first time. Looking to dump this thing. Power sliding door also quit working a while ago.




Transmission failure

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

99k miles before transmission failed. Bought new late 2004. No warranty, no luck. Others worldwide with same problem. I know for a fact, 2003 extends its transmission failure, not just the media reported for 2000 through 2002. Caveat Emptor.




Motor mounts/transmission trouble dont

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Always had the recommended maintenance done. One motor mount broke early on. The other one went out at 90,000 miles = $2,500. The transmission went out at 96,000 miles over $4,000 to repair. Timing belt $980. Thought Hondas were reliable. From this site I see that it can be relied on to have costly repairs starting at around 80,000 miles. (I didn't list the previous problems just the most recent.) Has always had a lot of road noise as well as many rattles.




Still kickin' at 127k

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Overall this van has been pretty good to us. We bought it new and had the transmission recall done immediately within a few months of buying I think. I have had the tranny fluid changed every 15k and flushed every 30k and never had a problem with it. The 3 stupid motor mounts needed to be replaced though at 90k covered under our 100k warranty thankfully. That seemed like a strange part to wear out. Rear main seal was leaking oil and just replaced at 120k. Engine has been bullet proof with just a timing belt/water pump service at 105k. We have been very satisfied with this vehicle.



Full 2003 Honda Odyssey Review

What's New for 2003

The Odyssey gains an intermittent rear window wiper this year, as well as an auto up-and-down driver-side window.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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