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Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems



  • Fast forward 10 months...I'm another 2005 owner with developing transmission issues and I just learned about this helpful forum and also learned to my shock that the best I can get from Honda is a remanufactured transmission.

    See my post #858 at
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  • Can anyone tell more info about Honda Service Bulletin 06085, NHTSA item number 10021968 dated May 9 2008 updated 8/18/08 with summary: Warranty Extension: Vehicle warranty mileage. *KB 2002 through 2006 and some 2007 Fit models

    If this means that Honda intends to extend the mileage coverage, my transmission may be eligible for full replacement.
  • I would like to know, if that is the case, they need to pay me back for mine.

    It doesn't say what part if getting extended or to what mileage. Is there not a detailed description some where? I wonder if a dealership would know.
  • Just want to report our 2000 Honda oddyssey trannsmission is in failure. We have 104k on it with the original transmission replaced at 70k with a rebuilt the process of writing to Honda America to request help with replacing again. The transmision went out as my wife was in heavy traffic and barely avoided a major accident.

    Please, if you are in the same sit., send your vehicle info to the NHTSA as well as any lawyers covering past or present lawsuits.

    Thanks to all who have posted...we will report back Honda's reposnse.

    Not sure if we would ever buy a Honda again unless Honda decides to have a 10yr/100k powertrain warranty. Honda needs to decide if they are going to stand behind their products or not.
  • Hi Everyone,
    I own an 2001 Odyssey and sometimes I notice when I start the engine the tcs,abs and parking brake light stays on, I usually turns of the engine for a few seconds then restart and it usually comes off, has anyone here has any idea or experienced this problem before?.

    Thanks so much.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    I think faster than actual mileage odometers were installed to some Honda models. There's a law suit re this and I think Honda extends extra 5,000 miles in warranty due to this.
  • Hi everyone,
    I'm just curious if anyone here ever replaces their transmission fluid filter when changing the fluid? The Honda dealership says they doesn't change the filter but with so much transmission failures I'm just wondering if it might be a good idea to request the filter to be change during my next service.
    Thank you.
  • yak33yak33 Posts: 14
    Has Honda correctly addressed the failure issues that seem to plague earlier models? Is the latest Odyssey transmission different than these earlier failure-bound versions? Like others here I was shocked to see how many failures have occurred, as the Odyssey consistently gets excellent reviews and reliability scores.

    We just bought an August-built 2008 EX-L and am wondering if we're looking at a possible failure in the future.

    FWIW, today I talked to a very good friend who works only on Japanese-based cars (and has for 30 years now) and told me he has yet to work on or investigate a failure-bound odyssey transmission. However, he mentioned other Honda models with a record of tranny failures, and also that it's his policy to change transmission oil and filter earlier than factory recommendations. (I'm the same way with all my vehicles too and have for years - imo cheap insurance).

    If someone could enlighten me on this it would be appreciated.

  • bobber1bobber1 Posts: 217
    Most of the problems you'll read about are the 99-04 models. Honda had a design flaw. Beginning in 07 they put the Ridgeline transmission in the Oddysey. Evidently it's a little more rugged design which has had few problems.

    There's nothing wrong with changing fluids more often in my book, but I don't think you have much to worry about with your 08.

    By the way, wise choice letting your wife make the call on van choices.
  • The Honda Odyssey doesn't have a transmission filter, that's why they recommend changing your fluid every 30,000 miles.
  • Our 2007 Hoda Odyssey (one year old) has had lousy gas mileage since day one. Dealer kept obfuscating about 'break in' and 'your mileage may vary' (12-15 MPG?). Lately developed occassionally what sounded like a gas knock on steroids (nearly a growl). Went to dealer (Memphis TN) ... conclusion is they are replacing the entire transmission.

    This is just FYI to folks reading this forum. Warranty replacement of the entire transmission after one year for a 2007 Honda Odyssey.

  • Wow. How many miles do you have on your 2007? I also have a 2007 EX, and while I do not have issues with noise etc, my MPG is also terrible. Hope that's not indicative of a future issue.
  • So I was wondering...what is required to upgrade an '05-'06 Odyssey EX to the '07+ transmission? I assume a new PCM?

    Does anybody know if this is possible?

    '07 transmission is part number 20021-R36-000
    '05 transmission is part number 20021-RGR-A01 (which is itself a replacement for the original 20021-RGR-A00)
    '07 Ridgeline trans is 20021-RJF-T10
    '07 Pilot trans is a 20021-PVL-050

    None are available in the US except as remanufactured parts by the way.
  • 01 odyessy..
    81000 mileage

    how would i know if the transmission having problem or doesn't shift in the right gear?

    would i feel it, while driving the car?

    oh, have another question.

    my steering wheel shake when i'm steping on my brake to stop. it doesn't matter if in the highway or street. when i brake, it shake.

    can anyone help out...
  • I have this same problem, the transmission shudders and shakes the car slightly when the car goes from 4th to 5th gear at low speeds, usually around 40mph. This problem is exacerbated when going over a slight incline or on a turn or anything that puts slightly more pressure on the engine/transmission during this shift. I have had it to the dealer 3 times and each time they jump in and go for a ride with me and it doesnt do it. I had the transmission oil changed which solved the problem for about 1000 miles then it came back. The car now has 68k miles on it and i am the original owner. This is my 5th new honda, my last was a 2002 odyssey. I thought these honda transmission problems were solved with the new 05 units. Mabye they are not, as i begin to seach on this problem it sounds like there are lots of folks that are starting to have this problem with 05 Odysseys. Im wondering if we will start seeing alot more of these transmission shudder problems as the 05 units start to get miles on them like mine. Im headed to the dealer again on Monday, hopefully it will do it this time when they drive it and honda will cover it. I would hate to think i would have to pony up for a new transmission on this new of a car that has had impeccable care. If so, this number 5 honda will be the last i ever buy, as I could have better luck with a just about any other brand.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    my steering wheel shake when i'm steping on my brake to stop. it doesn't matter if in the highway or street.

    Your rotors are warped. They need to be turned or replaced. Shouldn't be that expensive.

    If there was a problem with your transmission shifting you likely would feel it. i.e slipping...slamming... engine racing.. hesitation
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    "If there was a problem with your transmission shifting you likely would feel it. i.e slipping...slamming... engine racing.. hesitation"

    Both times the tranny went bad in my wife's '00 Ody, all the above symptoms were preceded by a "check engine" light.
  • Okay, I hope you guys can help me. I have a 2007 Ody with 13,300 miles. Yesterday, I was driving on local roads w/ traffic lights going anywhere from 40 to 60. I noticed a high pitch whirl sound coming from the engine when I would accelerate or decelerate to a stop. There was no sound when I was sitting at the light. I ran my errand and the car sat in a parking lot for a couple of hours. I did the reverse trip home and no sound. Could it be one of the belts? If so, isn't it early for me to having problems with the belt. I have an appt with the dealer on Monday. If I can't replicate the noise, am I wasting my time going to the dealer? Also, is this a warranty issue or are they going to argue wear and tear?
  • Is this true for all Odysseys or just '05+? I have an '06 with a tranny that just started whining and shifting a little differently. The fluid is slightly low. I've done some light towing. The car has 48K miles.

    Any thoughts?

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