Have there been any problems reported with the 2012 and 2013 Audio (Radio) system?

Asked by May 29, 2013 at 02:57 PM about the 2013 Honda Odyssey EX-L w/ Nav

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

About 1 week ago, on May 18, 2013, I purchased a 2012EX-L w/Nav.  and when driving it home noticed that the FM Public Radio Station 99.5 (I live in Mpls. St. Paul, MN) was sputtering every 5 to 10 seconds.  I took it back to the dealer whose service department spent 4 hours and could not find a problem. One service person seemed not to hear the problem but when the head salesman took a test drive with me, he said he coule hear it and "it would dirve you crazy" listening to that all the time.  After spending $34,000 (including tax and fees) for the 2012 for a vehicle where something simple like a radio did not work, I was upset that the problem could not be found, worried what else might be worng with the 2012 vehicle (even though new)  and requested I be able to return the 2012 and purchase a 2013 EX-L w/Nav. as I thought the problem was unique to the 2012 vehicle I purchased.  The Honda dealership let me return the 2012 and in exchange I purchased the 2013.  As noted earlier, I thought the problem was isolated to that paticular 2012 vehicle.  I picked up the 2013 last night May 28, 2013 and while sitting in the dealer ship garage, I listened to the FM 99.5 station with my sales person and when the radio played it was clear and was not sputtering.   I said good bye to my sales person and left for home happy the radio sounded clear and was not sputtering / crackeling.  I put the car in drive and before I was out of the dealership parking lot, the radio in the 2013 EX-L Odyssey w/ Nav. was doing the same thing as the 2012, the 2013  was sputtering consistently while listening to 99.5 FM Public Radio.  When driving into work today, May 29 (25 minute drive) the radio sputtered while listening to the 99.5 MPR FM station.  When I arrived at work, I put the car in park and listened for about 4 minutes.  While in park the radio seemed to work fine (no sputtering or crackeling).  I have not as yet had an opportunity to listen to FM stations other than 99.5 MPR to see if it is also occuring on all station options or to do another test of  pariking for an extended period of time to see if it sputters.  It seems to me that there has to be something wrong with the radio (audio system) for this to happen in both a new 2012 with 45 miles on it and a 2013 with 100 miles (both new vehicles).  The probability, I think is low ,that it would be a fluke occurance or coincidence that there is the same problem on both vehicles happing to one person .  I spent an additional $2,000.00 to upgrade to the 2013 for a total spent of $35,800 plus for for my 2013 new vehicle where basic radio does not work.  Has this problem been reported?  Can you help?  I do not have confidence that the dealership service department will resolve the problem as they could not find anything wrong after 4 hours working on the issue in the 2012 vehicle .    I will not be able to return yet another vehicle   I have been sold on Honda's as prior to my Odyssey purchase that I made this week m y current vehicle (prior to buying the Odyssey) is  a 1995 Honda Accord.  I have driven to to 300,000 miles on it and my mechanics say it still has many miles left in it (still a good vehicle).  It has been a wonderful vehicle and 99.5 FM Public Radio does not sputter or crackle in this vehicle with 300,000 miles on it.  Thank you.  I very much like the Odyssey but I want a radio that plays clear.  I hope you can help as it will be of help to me and also others who most likely will experience a same / similar issue.    Thank you.

2 Answers

4,625

try listening to other radio stations and see if you have the same issue. im not familiar with the odyssey but does it have an external antennae? or is it integrated in the back window with the rear defroster? i only ask because i have a 2007 accord with no external antennae and its integrated into the rear defroster. whenever i have the rear defroster on my radio reception is worse.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Good diagnosis

Your Answer

Honda Odyssey Experts

  • #1
    Totonoel
    Reputation
    1,300
  • #2
    Paul Rybolt
    Reputation
    960
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    920
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Sienna
474 Great Deals out of 26,225 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda Pilot
541 Great Deals out of 40,608 listings starting at $300
Used Dodge Grand Caravan
402 Great Deals out of 26,733 listings starting at $1,750
Used Chrysler Town & Country
330 Great Deals out of 13,733 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Accord
1,123 Great Deals out of 67,062 listings starting at $561
Used Toyota Highlander
541 Great Deals out of 34,420 listings starting at $2,450
Used Kia Sedona
208 Great Deals out of 7,795 listings starting at $2,698
Used Honda CR-V
738 Great Deals out of 59,827 listings starting at $999
Used Nissan Quest
89 Great Deals out of 2,923 listings starting at $2,900
Used Honda Civic
710 Great Deals out of 64,269 listings starting at $999
Used Acura MDX
420 Great Deals out of 16,621 listings starting at $2,000
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
834 Great Deals out of 42,604 listings starting at $1,980
Used Toyota Camry
967 Great Deals out of 91,674 listings starting at $300
Used Nissan Pathfinder
443 Great Deals out of 26,477 listings starting at $2,500

Used Cars For Sale

2015 Honda Odyssey EX-L w/ Nav For Sale
82 listings starting at $21,495
2014 Honda Odyssey EX-L w/ Nav For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 45 listings starting at $16,588

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.