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Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems

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  • Great find! I will call him tomorrow! Thanks!
  • I tried to call him today and left him a message. He has not returned my call yet. Thanks for the info.
  • jmurthajmurtha Posts: 1
    I have an 01 with 120k miles. I have had techs tell me they have never heard my type of noise before. The car has to be warmed up. After accelerating and taking foot off gas a low rumbling can be heard. It also sounds like something spinning. It goes away after about 10-20 seconds. The honda tech told me that a spike in the voltage occurs when you take your foot off accelerator. He said it was my drivers side fan that was making all this noise, the bearings on the fan motor I am guessing. He also said my transmission needs replacing, but I don't have any slippage and it shifts just fine and there is no noise or smell when pressing down on the accelerator with my foot on the brake. Has anyone had a similar situation? If so, what did you do? :confuse:
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,012
    ...posting third party phone numbers in the Forums is prohibited.

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • coredumpcoredump Posts: 9
    My 05 Ody - tranny replaced, motor mount replaced, EGR replaced and still doesn';t feel right...

    Look what Toyota has to say about its durability and reliability:
    Living Up to Our Commitment
  • I left him a message as well. Let's see what happens
  • Are 3rd party addresses OK?

    I have the address for the office of the President of Honda of America, if anyone else wants to write him.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,012
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  • In case anyone wanted to write about their disappointment in Honda's failure to extend warranty coverage for their Odyssey transmissions other than the 1999-2001 models, here's the address for the head of Honda of America. Enough letters might make them more aware of how let down their customers feel.

    Mr. Tetsuo Iwamura
    President
    American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
    1919 Torrance Boulevard
    Torrance, CA 90501
  • Anybody have the address of the attorney who did the class action suit for the Ody tranny issue that resulted in extended warranties thru 02? Write him instead! Even though Honda offered 75% reimbursement on our replacement for our 03, they should have offered 100% for a known defect. These problems were never really solved after 02. Think about it... did Honda offer extended tranny warranties before the class action suit?
  • File a complaint. Maybe that might push Honda into 100% reimbursement for trannies 03 and up. Go to the US traffic safety website to make it happen. If there are as many folks out there that are upset with issue as I think there is, maybe this would help push Honda to the table!
    https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/Consumer.cfm
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Toyota obviously does NOT think the Sienna is very durable because they extend the warranty for the DEFECTIVE front door on 2004 -2007 Siennas to only 5 years.

    I have NEVER read where any Odyssey has had defective front door welds.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    If I were Honda, I would have swapped your problematic 07 Odyssey and keep it as reasearch & development purposes to find out why these things happened and better understand the tramsmission problems where it came from. It sure is a lemon and Honda got to eat this lemon.

    Honda should have all the experience re 01, 02, 03 tranny problems and after all these years, still can't make the tranny right?
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    EXCELLENT idea.

    BUT, there are probably less than 1 % of all Odysseys that have had transmission problems.
  • coredumpcoredump Posts: 9
    I don't know what a defective door weld is on the Sienna, but I highly suspect that it is going to cause your vehicle 4k-5k worth of absolutely necessary repairs and not just once, but potentially every so often.
  • mserinomserino Posts: 1
    My drive light started blinking the other day. I have a 2002 Odyssey with 105,000 miles. I didn't feel any problem with the van and the next day it was off. Any thoughts?
  • I mind you that a lot of their affected customers do not even know that the problem is with Honda's defective design and not their bad luck because Honda has a big name. Also, this is the great U.S.A. and who would expect that the government has not done anything to stop them from selling these defective designed cars until they have corrected the problem since the problem has been in existence for many years. At the least, you would expect the government would have imposed disclosure requirements on Honda to its affected and potential customers. The transmission problem can cause deadly car crashes. Who knows how many car crashes have been responsible by Honda's defective transmission?!

    If the problem is really just less than 1% as you mentioned, it is kind of common sense that Honda would not act so uncivilized as to risk their reputation in resolving the matter. If they really know how to make transmission, why would they continue using these transmissions with design flaw only on some Odysseys. They well documented the problems in their Honda's service bulletin in the past. It just does not make sense to me.
  • cxccxc Posts: 122
    BUT, there are probably less than 1 % of all Odysseys that have had transmission problems.

    Something is missing from your statement. I added the missing part to make it complete.

    BUT, there are probably less than 1 % of all Odysseys that have had transmission problems within the warranty period.
  • I agree entirely. I want to add that the reason for the failure to occur after the full warranty period is because Honda had fooled their affected customers to let them install the oil jet kit. Their recall only protects Honda not to be responsible for their faulty designed transmission during the full warranty period and successfully passed the ball to their loyal customers.
  • stillerzstillerz Posts: 11
    I'm considering buying a used '06 Touring that has about 53k mi on it. I have driven the van and didn't notice any issues.

    I realize many people here visit this forum because they have had problems with the transmission on their vans, but I am certain there are just as many, or more, people that haven't. So, I'm looking for some practical advice from those with knowledge of the issue.

    How can I tell if this particular Odysssey currently has a transmission problem? Or, will have one in the relatively near future?

    For example, if I were to take the car to a mechanic, what would I ask him to look for as signs of the problem? Or, is there something I should be able to test on my own to tell if its good or bad?

    Thanks!
  • I'm only familiar with the earlier model problems, 99 to 04. My only recommendation is to do as much research as you can before purchasing. I understand that most of the tranny problems that plagued earlier models was rectified by Honda... Finally!
  • You probably cannot tell until it has generated enough miles like 80,000 to show signs.
  • jim1504jim1504 Posts: 8
    My brother had his 2000 Odyssey trans go out at 112k (3k over the warranty). Dealer wanted him to advise how much my brother was willing to give towards the repair & the dealer would advise Honda NA. My brother offered $500 and they came back with $680 including an alignment. My brother agreed and is now buying a Toyota.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    My brother had his 2000 Odyssey trans go out at 112k (3k over the warranty). Dealer wanted him to advise how much my brother was willing to give towards the repair & the dealer would advise Honda NA. My brother offered $500 and they came back with $680 including an alignment. My brother agreed and is now buying a Toyota.

    A van that is 8 1/2 year old, 112k miles, out of warranty, and Honda is covering 80% of the cost of repair for a new transmission? I would have stuck with Honda instead of jumping ship to Toyota. Seems like they're treating your bro pretty good.
  • I have a 2003 Honda Odyssey that went out at 65K, and Honda only paid 40%. I had to pay $1750, way too much for the reliable Honda, ya right whatever.

    The problem I had was the transmission was shifting fine one day and the next day it would hesitate from 3 to 4 gear. Then about 30mins later it would hesitate going into reverse. I knew something was wrong and I took into Honda, they called back and said it would be $3500 to replace the tranny.

    If I had not done any research I would have had to pay the full amount. Honda does not go out of their way to inform people about the problem, so that they do not have to pay for all these bad transmission.

    I have a friend of my who owns the local Mr. Transmission shop. He said when Honda brought out the Honda Odyssey they just took a Honda Accord tranny and put it in the Odyssey. The Odyssey weighs alot more and carries more people than an Accord. The transmission cannot handle the weight. Honda said they fixed the problem in 2002 by putting a 5 gear in the tranny, but they need to build a transmission just for the Odyssey. My friend told me the reason Toyota does not have this problem is because they built a tranny for the size and weight of the car. Until Honda builds a new transmission for the Odyssey they will continue to have this problem.
  • Service managers advise me that there was a change between the 02 and 03 Odyssey automatic transmission to correct the terrible repair record of pre-03. Still, the new Consumer Reports Frequence-of-Repair stats on the Odyssey are mediocre ("average") compared to the same year Toyota Sienna "outstanding" stats. Questions: What's causing the Odyssey's continuing problems? Should I be expecting a breakdown in my 120,000-mile 03 Odyssey?
  • bobber1bobber1 Posts: 217
    It was just a poor design from what I understand. Some of the gears were not exposed to lubrication sufficiently. I believe they fired the guy who ran the tranny program at that time.
  • blackexv6blackexv6 Posts: 490
    Actually Honda does not manufacturer the transmission for the Odyssey. It is built by Aisin & I beleive Toyota buys from them also.

    Here's a link link title

    The safest year Odyssey to buy is the '07+. They have the stronger 4shaft design shared with the Pilot & Ridgeline trucks. Also, '05 & '06 have the dreadful droning defect.

    There are a lot of '03 & '04's with failed trannys. Happen to have a friend with an '04 that failed around 86k.
  • blackexv6blackexv6 Posts: 490
    Actually Honda does not manufacturer the transmission for the Odyssey. It is built by Aisin & I beleive Toyota buys from them also.

    Here's a link link title

    The safest year Odyssey to buy is the '07+. They have the stronger 4shaft design shared with the Pilot & Ridgeline trucks. Also, '05 & '06 have the dreadful droning defect.

    There are a lot of '03 & '04's with failed trannys. Happen to have a friend with an '04 that failed around 86k.
  • The 02's had extended warranties over 100K. The 03's had a recall and added a jet to lubricate the 2nd gear. They thought that fixed the problem... but ours still failed at 66K. Check your service history to see if you had yours done.
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