In my continuing quest to document our fourth-gen Odyssey’s dozens of strange design flaws quirks as they annoy me in real time, today featured some rain. Lots of it. Time to examine some doors!

OK, nothing really crazy here — just a front door with an “inset” frame and a sliding door with a “full” frame. They’re two different types of doors, no biggie. But let’s look inside, starting with the sliding door:


First, you can see that the sliding door benefits from the roof rain channel, followed by a rubber rain channel, followed by the actual door seal. That’s three levels of protection, not bad! Although the inner rain channel drips freely into the B-pillar area right next to the driver’s ear, so whenever you’re driving in the rain it’s like a faucet is running next to your head. I can get used to it, but it could have been done a lot better.

Finally, the driver’s door:


That rain channel in the roof is too shallow to be useful. And there is no real rubber channel like the sliding door has — just an inner seal that does nothing useful to prevent rain from dripping into the car. Nope, the driver and front passenger get the full benefit of an entire longroof of rain pouring onto them...just for opening the door. Bonus that I was parked slightly downhill and tilting left.

The main problem is that the roof channel is just too shallow, or there need to be two of them in succession. But I doubt this is something that causes a lot of problems with repeat buyers accustomed to mediocrity (which I still believe are 90% of all Honda buyers — which will be to Honda’s peril in the long run).


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