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Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems



  • I bought a 2001 Honda Odyssey and had a defective transmission replaced by Honda at 102,000 miles. the 2nd transmission lasted only 58,000 miles! and the amazing thing is my Odyssey had an expensive towing package, which meant that i had a transmission cooler. The transmission burned up anyway. i live in Minnesota which has no hills, so my van was never subjected to uphill pulling, and i never added the trailer hitch. The mechanic said there was no reason my transmission burned up except that it had to be defective. i told Honda i was a lifelong Honda buyer and loyal Honda customer: My first new car was a 1987 Honda Accord that got 200,000 miles on the original transmission. I current have a classic 1985 Honda CRX Si with 89,000 miles on it and the original transmission. I also currently own a Honda Gold Wing motorcyle with 85,000 miles on it and the original transmission. So what did Honda do for me? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Sumnary: Honda gave me a defective transmission in the Odyssey, and then they replaced it with another defective transmission! And they offered me nothing.

    The dealership offered me a 10% discount on a 3rd transmission, so the price would be $4800 instead of $5300... big deal!! My mechanic gave me the same thing for $2600.

    Nobody should every buy a Honda again. up until a few years ago, they were handling these problems consistently and somewhat fairly. Then they made a decision to stop helping their customers because of the cost. They have destroyed their reputation for reliability and quality by treating each customer differently and having no consistency in their decisions. by not admitting to defective transmissions and doing a recall, they have forever lost my trust.

    American Honda Motor Company broke my heart. i welcome anyone who wants to hear more or discuss this with me, to give me a call.

  • i have 2000 ody, and yes, join the club< zo, i fivgured out the problem , sort of, at first sign of trans heart attach, i took selonoids apart, clean them, put them back, worked for almost 10k miles, funny, it did it again, and i just did it thisvery afternoon. did not find out yet if it worked again or not, did not drive it long engouh. if you v same problem, let me know.
  • I have an 2002 with 132,000 miles and just had an oil change and was told it was very low on transmission fluid and what was in there was black. They informed me of the problems the vans have with transmissions and recommend that we check for a leak and flush the tranny about $180 and see how it goes. We've decided anyways we're going to trade it in as my van days are over but was wondering if anyone has had any lucky with flushing the tranny.
  • If you survived this long without a transmission failure, you are very lucky indeed. The transmission fluid actually needs to be flushed every 15k miles. And the proper way to flush it each time is to fill and drain it 3 times with fresh fluid (yes, that much fluid!).
  • autowriteautowrite Posts: 224
    My dealer told me a 2002 transmission cannot be flushed. You just drain and refill. I had a replacement at 184,000 kms and currrently have 313,000 kms and 2 years ago added an after-market transmission cooler. Honda dealer said not to buy the Honda cooler.
  • I think the trans flush made my 02 worse...have the second and third gear problems. we have 192,000 on ours right now...
  • mine is 2000, 155k, at 145k, i pumped out tran fluid n refiil the first time, made car much better and almost normal, but it came back. did it again, but this time is giving problem between 2 and 3ed < but drivable. do you know why it is doingthat?
  • About a year and a half ago I noticed that when I was excellerating up even a small incline that it would start to feel like I was driving over those stripes on the side of the highway you know when goes bump,bump, bump and when I let my foot off the gas it went away. The macanic couldn't feel it but mentioned it could be transmission related. I got used to correcting the issue with my driving and it didn't do it every time. They are going to check for a possible leak when I take it in or the flushing. I' ve heard mixed reviews about flushing good to made it worse.
  • If I didn't have to go up any inclines on the road the van would be alright. Does your "D" light flash intermittently at times? Mine does that plus we now have to start in 2nd. gear and then shift into 3rd and drive at about 35 mph. The van is fine until it goes below 30 mph...then the shifting has to take place again. I really don't know what to say will help...I talked with the tranny place that I might take mine to and asked about the cleaning of the solenoids that was mentioned in this blog. He said everytime he takes a van apart to look at those he finds they are still clean?? I guess our transmission's are on their way looks like we had our van's made on Wednesday since our trans didn't go out early like the majority of them on this blog. The trans place said they will give me a free check to see what they can find or maybe how long I have until the trans goes out. Flushing the trans fluid did not help.
  • Hi I don't think I'll get it flushed as many have said it didn't help or even made it worse and the dealership doesn't recommend it. As regards to the lights on the shift panel my "d" light has not lite up for several years now and was told in order to replace the light they have to take the entire front console off and that's not worth it to me. So I've been driving it without it lighting up
  • For real? I just bought a used 2009 and have been a little disappointed. We have replaced the gas cap, the power steering and jugger (the dealer said it was a recall), and the struts. Dealer said we needed brakes and a transmission flush but my mechanic said no. What do I need to know about these vans? It only has 49,000 miles and no warranty as we are the second owner (we bought it from an off lease company). My engine light is back on and we are baffled.
  • hi
    what are the syptoms for bad thrust bearing in my 2000 odyssy? could you tell me how to replace thrust bearing in my 2000 odyessy?
  • My engine light has been on for 5 plus years...way before the problem with the vehicle moving from second to third gears as it should and the D light blinking intermittently. I am finally taking the vehicle in on Monday to a trans shop to get an estimate. With nearly 200K miles and 10 years old now...I will let everyone know what they say.

    I guess stay away from any trans flush like your mechanic said...I wish I would have known this before I told them to go ahead and do it.

    Any problems with the second and third gears connecting properly?
  • after i cleaned the selonoids first time, at 155k , car ran much better, almost normal, after 5k miles, went back to same, cleaned them again, and they were petty much clogged, ran better, but not like first time, and only after 500 miles, started the trans dance again. is it really getting clogged that fast? thistime i am going to install the inline filter that i did not have time to put in ,
    anyone can shed light on this?
  • Hi, I really have to tell you we've no other trouble and it has been a very reliable vehicle. We've always maintained it well and other than the regular maintance stuff no other problems until the transmission. We have 132,000 miles at this point. Hope you can still enjoy it, it's a good family van.
  • Yes my "d" light has not worked for at least 2-3 yrs I have a leak in the transmission it is going in on Friday. I've decided we're not doing the flush only fix the leak and we're looking at new small SUV 's and trading it in before the tranny goes.
  • bean5ohbean5oh Posts: 1
    edited November 2012
    I am having the same problem & I took it to the dealer. They said the torque converter is failing, which leads to a $5200 transmission replacement. I have a 2004 Odyssey with 85000 miles.
  • can you describe your transmission problem more elaborately ?
  • I finally broke down and took the 2002 Odyssey in for a new transmission. I will get it back more shifting from 2nd to 3rd. The vehicle has 199,000 miles now. Supposedly any trans problem will be fixed before the new trans is placed in my vehicle...They do over 200 new trans in Odyssey's every year.
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