2005 Honda Odyssey Consumer Review: Problems and how to deal with

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By harrys1 on


2005 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


1. A/C compressor. Often is stator that pulls clutch in to engage the compressor, but dealer will replace compressor anyway--more money to dealer and less chance of car return. Stator costs $75 and takes 2-3 hr. to replace=$400 repair, not $1300 for compressor. 2. Power steering noise requires new reservoir NOT pump. There is TSB on this. Total parts and fluid around $45. Takes 20 minutes. 3.Transmission not shifting well. Honda changed fluid spec to DW1 from Z1. Put new fluid in before replacing transmission--requires 3 fill and drain cycles of 3.5 qt 4. Power doors. You need to lubricate channels at least yearly. My doors have no problems after 9 yr. and 130,000 miles and 3 kids.

Best Features

Very good handling, engine durable, maintenance costs not excessive for a van. Easy to live with. Good acceleration and shifting.

Worst Features

1. Make some repairs easier such as AC compressor accessibility and cat converter replacement. 2. Reduce noise and add ride refinement. Biased a little too much toward handling and not enough toward comfort 3. Train dealers better. No need to replace A/C compressor when only needs stator; or P/S pump when only reservoir needed. 4. Sliding doors need better track system so electric system will last longer.
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