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#79 of 190 Dead Van Syndrome Again (2007 Honda Odyssey)
Nov 07, 2010 (6:29 am)
We've had our van for 3 1/2 years now and love it for all of its conveniences; however, we have experienced the 'dead van' syndrome now twice with the most recent being Nov 6, 2010. The symptoms started on Friday, Nov 5, 2010 while idling at the mall. The engine suddenly had an unusual crack pop noise. (It sounded like a live electrical wire touching metal.) I was a bit frantic over the noise but decided since the van was still running and not smoking that I'd drive it straight to the closest Honda dealer for diagnosis. I explained the symptoms to the dealer and they ran a diagnostic test for a $50 fee. After an hour they indicated that they could find anything wrong with the van. That night, the van started sluggishly and the door indicator light indicated the driverside passenger door was open. I tried pushing the button to close it but it didn't respond so I got out and forced the door closed manually. I ran my errand and returned without turning off the van. I parked the van in our garage and the next day when I went to start it, the van was completely dead. The last time this happened we simply replaced the battery. This time we're going to have the battery tested, charged, and demand an answer from Honda as to why this 'dead van' syndrome is happening not just to us but to others. It's comforting to know that we're not going crazy!!!
We love our van, but Honda needs to identify this as a real issue and warn its owners of the problem via a recall. This could result in a catastrophic issue if this syndrome happens on a busy highway with many passengers inside. Let's take this issue to the media and demand an answer from Honda!!!!
#80 of 190 Re: Dead Van Syndrome Again (2007 Honda Odyssey) [joago]
Nov 07, 2010 (7:55 am)
I have a 2005 Odyssey and have experienced "odd" electrical issues like radio not working suddenly, random dash lights being out and the drivers side sliding door not shutting completely. Today, by far, has been the worst. Like "joago" in the previous post, the car made a bizarre noise like a wire touching metal, all the lights on the display above the steering wheel started blinking, and the car will not start. When the key is turned, nothing happens other than the "sizzling" or "static sounding" noise and the lights blinking. Since this is a Sunday, I can't contact my mechanic or Honda until tomorrow. With so many other people experiencing very similar issues, we should all join together and demand answers & a resolution from Honda...at no cost to us!
#81 of 190 Re: Dead Van Syndrome Again (2007 Honda Odyssey) [kbartlett]
Nov 21, 2010 (3:54 am)
Took the van to Honda twice now. The first time they said nothing was wrong (Thursday, November 4th, 2010). The next time (Monday, November 8th, 2010), I had it towed from my home as is (completely dead) so that Honda could 'fully' diagnose the problem. They declared the problem to be a dead cell in the battery (their battery which they replaced in 2008 in my 2007 van). Honda replaced the battery, declared all to be well (Tuesday, November 9th, 2010), so I picked it up and off I went. It drove fine for the rest of the week. On Friday, November 12th, I had to leave on travel for a week and decided not to take the van to the airport and leave it in long term parking (for fear it might not start upon my return). Well, my fear was founded because on Tuesday, November 16th I received an email from home that the van was completed dead again!!! It wouldn't do a thing!!! I just returned from my trip and now am afraid to 'jump the van' and drive it anywhere.
Something is terribly wrong with Honda's mechanical system and somehow I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle!!! (Funny how our 2000 Nissan Altima has few to no problems in the 10 years we've owned it and our Honda is causing us grief after 3 years!!!)
#82 of 190 Re: Dead Van Syndrome Again (2007 Honda Odyssey) [joago]
Nov 28, 2010 (8:53 am)
Have a 2008 Odyssey with the same problem of the battery suddenly being drained. Happened once last week and once this week. I have seen numerous posts about this issue on many different forums, but I do not see an answer anywhere. Has anyone found out an answer?
#83 of 190 Re: Dead Van Syndrome Again (2007 Honda Odyssey) [honda2225]
Dec 01, 2010 (10:13 am)
No, no answers yet. IT is extremely frustrating, especially since Honda is suppose to have such wonderful customer service. I have had my van in 12 times and everytime they tell me nothing is wrong and replace the battery. I make sure dome lights, radio, dvd, and everything is off and it still dies. Just dont understand!
#84 of 190 2011 Battery Charge Low Indicator
Dec 06, 2010 (4:47 pm)
Have a 2011 EX and the last two days we have been getting a message stating Battery Charge Low See Owners Manual. I thought it was a fluke until I check out the odyclub forum and found others with the same issue on their new vans recently. Hoping it is just a glitch that makes the message pop up and not a true issue with the battery/charging system in the new vans!
#85 of 190 Electrical Problems...Solved?
Dec 06, 2010 (6:46 pm)
I don't know if my problems are solved, but someone advised me to keep the automatic door switch for the sliding doors in the off position unless absolutely needed. I turn door off when the kids aren't riding with me, if we're on a long drive, and when we're parking for a long period of time. So far, that's seemed to save my 'new' battery and kept me from returning to Honda (for now).
I really wish someone would alert the media to these issues so Honda would be forced to answer the same basic question as Toyota..."What's wrong with your vehicles?!? Why are they having electrical problems?!? Why aren't you helping your customers?!?"
#86 of 190 Re: Electrical Problems...Solved? NOPE!!! [joago]
Dec 26, 2010 (8:50 am)
On December 10th shortly after I posted the preceding message, I awakened to a 'dead van' AGAIN! I had the van towed 'AS IS' to the local Honda dealer so they could 'diagnose' the problem. The dealer charged the battery, tested the van, and proclaimed the cause to be an interior light left on. I told them I have been diligent about turning off all items when parking the van for fear it wouldn't start again. They insisted that was the problem and said I could come pick up the van that afternoon. I arrived around 6pm to get the van and low and behold when they went to start the van to bring it around to me, it wouldn't start for the dealer either! (HA! HA! See, I'm NOT LOSING MY MIND!)
After keeping the van over the weekend to 'continue to diagnose' the problem, Honda REPLACED THE BATTERY AGAIN and told me to come pick it up. I did and the van/BATTERY LASTED UNTIL CHRISTMAS (December 25th). Now, the van is DEAD AGAIN.
Sadly, since the 'SNAP POP' I heard in early November, my once reliable Honda van, is no more! I'm afraid to drive anywhere in my van for fear my little one and I will be stranded and left out in the cold (literally and figuratively).
Well, to ALL HONDA OWNER'S WITH ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS, HOPE YOU HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY AND DON'T BREAK DOWN IN THE SNOW!!!
(I won't have to worry about that because my van won't start anyway!!!)
#87 of 190 Re: Dead Van Syndrome Again (2007 Honda Odyssey) [honda2225]
Dec 26, 2010 (11:24 am)
Last night, when I turned ignition, halfway through the process, my 2005 Odyssey went completely dead. After I took out the key and out of car for two minutes, the dashboard light up again, I could start the car again. I am just afraid it'll happen to me again when I am on snow mountain road with no cell phone signal.
#88 of 190 Re: Electrical Problems...Solved? NOPE!!! [joago]
Dec 28, 2010 (9:10 am)
It is frustrating because they(the dealership) do make you feel crazy! I spend $34,000 on a new van because we travel alot and didnt want to have to worry about problems. I guess that was a big mistake. I'm very disappointed with Honda's so called excellent customer service. Never again will I buy a Honda