Crazy time: Clocks in older Hondas reset themselves to 00:00

Much to the annoyance of some Honda owners, time is standing still.

Honda confirmed Saturday that the digital clocks on older and Pilot SUVs and Odyssey minivans inexplicably reset themselves to 00:00 and have so far defied all attempts at repair.

Honda says that it is only aware of the problem in 2003 to 2005 model-year Pilots that have navigation systems, and the 2000 to 2003 Odysseys. Honda's customer service department sent out a tweet Tuesday to say it knows about the issue, but is yet to say how it plans to deal with it.

"I have no idea whatsoever what the fluke is that is causing this," said Honda spokeswoman Jessica Pawl.

Owners who have taken to online chat rooms say the problem stuck suddenly Aug. 17. And they almost immediately found plenty of company from other owners who now have the same glitch.

"Have a '01 Odyssey and my clock reads 0:00," writes an owner who gives her name only as Liz. "It happened last Thursday 8/17...It seems after reading everyone's comments it it happened to everyone on the same day?"

One owner wrote that he thought the problem was related to Monday's eclipse until he saw messages from others.

Because of their age, the vehicles are long out of warranty. Sometimes, however, manufacturers will offer free repairs when the probllem is related to an obvious, widespread defect. A recall is unlikely unless it can be shown that the problem affects the safety of the vehicle.

The age of the minivans is also interesting because 2000 was the year that there was widespread fear that computers wouldn't be able to handle the date change to the new millennium, and would go on the blink. Once the issue arose, businesses ranging from banks to power utilities embarked on massive programs to rewrite code to handle the change.

It's unclear, however, if the Odyssey problem is related to Y2K programming.

 

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