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Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems



  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,148
    honestly, the issue seems to be more with AAMCO, not Honda. No idea what the initial issue was, or if you could have gotten consideration from Honda (certainly possible for that new a car)

    but once you let AAMCO go at it, Honda wasn't going to do anything.

    and after the first time, why let them keep charging you every year, when it must have been obvious they had no clue what they were doing?

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • The transmission kept failing right beyond the 1 yr warranty w Aamco. (We have been at 3 different Aamco dealerships) We had no other alternative but to get it fixed. I went after Aamco w Consumer Complaint and finally was given a 3 year warranty which it is finally being fixed 'no charge' this time. Yippee!

    Aamco fixes transmissions all the time. WHY won't a transmission work in my 2003 Odyssey!

    They have tried to add an exterior fan to keep the transmission fluid cool and obviously that did't work either.

    I guess we will try to trade this sucker in once we get it back. Really, who would want it.
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    Really what you should be happy about is that when AMCO "fixes" it his time you will have a chance to get rid of it. An old used Ody with a 3 year warranty on the tranny should still sell for 4 or 5 thousand.

    If I were you I would keep the Honda repair history out of your sales pitch.

    Make sure the AMCO warranty is transferable so you can sleep at night with out fear of the new owner driving the old van through your living room window.
  • Oh It is NOT transferable....
  • I found these links about a defect investigation and a petition about Honda Odysseys transmissions; maybe if we all complain to HOnda at the same time they will stop ignoring us and will finally accept their responsability by making a second recall.

    Defect investigation:

    Petition d-fix-1999-through-2012-honda-odysseys?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=url_- share&utm_campaign=url_share_before_sign
  • why did they close the list?
  • I know the NHTSA closed the investigation about these tranys because according to them they do not represent a hazard.
    This is what they say
    '“Transmission failure can occur for any number of reasons, such as a defect, wear or improper maintenance,” Ms. Aldana wrote. “While overall transmissions complaints are high, the agency does not see a trend of transmission failures that indicate a continued safety consequence related to the original recall or any new defect.”

    Honda, meanwhile, has said that the transmission problems occurred on models built more than five years ago and that “the vast majority of our customers have positive experiences with their vehicles.”

    The link I posted is about an investigation that could lead to a class action. I hope they didnt close that one also.
  • Interesting, I didn't know there was a new class action possibly in the works. I wonder when they started that....

    Did you post that info on this site?
  • There is not a class action yet, it is a defect investigation by an LA lawyers firm. My guess is that if they find good arguments to start a class action, they will. I hope they do
  • I have a 2002 EXL Navi whose tranny died at 90k miles at 8 plus years (time wise past the extended warranty). We had told the dealer that it was rough while still covered by they said that it was 'fine' - IOTW the car still moved and there were no codes. I ended up paying for the Honda rebuild (not knowing better). Since then, maybe 10-15k miles into the rebuilt, I added a Haydn cooler and magnefine filter and the new Honda fluid, and will change the filter and fluid once a year. I can't afford a new car anymore and am hoping that we can make this trannie last a lot longer then most Honda rebuilts.
  • do you make a word a link like that?
    'amount' underlined
    and click on it to take you to the junk web page? thanks :)
  • is there any 2013 ody owner experience transmission problem? I am considering getting one. but this transmission issue scares me.
  • The Odyssey's high-tech features and a notoriously weak automatic transmission not only bump the sticker price, but foretell pricey repairs to come.

    The choice between a Toyota Sienna and a Honda Odyssey is a toss-up. According to TrueDelta, which collects maintenance data from drivers, both minivans hit the shop less often than the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan. The Sienna is the smarter choice, though, because of its simplicity

    The Press is finally recognizing that Hondas (weak transmissions) have problems that would end up costing you $$$$$$.
    This is a good piece of proof if you are su
    ing Honda on your own. #image=11
  • We've heard stories of people pulling out of the dealer lot with brand new 2012's and already experiencing rough shifting and other problems. I've no verification, though. Supposedly the Ody now uses the trannie built for the Pilot, supposedly nowhere near as bad as the earlier Ody trannies. But these trannies are designed for high efficiency using many gears / clutches in a small case without any 'spare' fluid flow and I would think that they too are at high risk for failure, but who knows. My guess is that until the Ody goes to a (well tested) CVT that they will still wear out prematurely. So good luck!

    BTW, NYTIMES had an article a while back on this, but Consumer Reports still doesn't seem to want to admit to the problem, and when subscribers contact them, they are pretty much told what to do with their report.
  • I bought a 2001 Honda Odyssey in Aug 2001 and in June 2009 the transmission had to be replaced at 98000 miles (within extended warrnty on miles and 2 months outside the extended warranty on months.

    Now it is 145000 miles and this winter since January (I live in NJ) I notice that when it is cold and the engine is cold and I start driving without warming up around 20-25 mph the engine revs (possibly because the gear shift from 1st to 2nd or 2nd to 3rd doesn't happen smoothly). I want to forestall any major problems with the tranny since I hope to use it for another couple of years.

    What can I do? Do I flush the transmission? In some other post in this thread, someone had recommended using Amsoil ATF. What do you think?
  • Service the transmission if it hasn't been done in the last 20,000 miles. Use the Honda fluid. Our 1999 Odyssey has 215,000 miles and I service the trans annually.

    If that doesn't do the trick then have the 2nd then 3rd gear pressure switches replaced. They wear out and lead to hard shifting due to higher than normal engine rpm.
  • Took it to the Honda dealer who had installed the replacement transmission in June 2009 (36 month/36000 mile warranty). It is now little over 43 months and around 47000 miles on this transmission. They say that the transmission is slipping and will have to be replaced ($5500) and that replacing the fluid/flushing the transmission would not do anything. Asked about the pressure switches and they said that it is not the problem.

    Is slipping due to broken gear teeth? Are their transmissions so badly built that they fail in such a short time?

    Any advice on furtehr course of action? :mad: :lemon:
  • A lot of us are of the opinion that the rebuilds not only don't fix the original problem that causes them to fail, but that they also do the rebuilds in a way that ensures that they wear out prematurely. I've seen a number of people who have replaced their Ody trannies more often then they replaced their tires. The only answer I've heard of is to add a tranny cooler and Magnefine in hope of extending the life of these rebuilds.

    If you are going to spend the money though, get something like a Jasper rebuild instead of one done by Honda.
  • Honda dealers put the same trans in when they replace. You need to go where they recognize the problem and fix it before they rebuild it. my 2002 went almost 200,000 miles before i had the trans rebuilt...the business is well aware of the problem they said with the odyssey trans. i guess only time will tell with my rebuild...good luck!
  • for anyone, is the second and third pressure switch the samething as the linear and other ( can not remember the name of it) selonoid> ??
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