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Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems



  • jw_rjw_r Posts: 10
    I forced Honda to pay 50% of everything because I found the leak at 105K, but I didn't take it to Honda until 113K. I didn't know the warranty was extended to 109K and thought it was already out of warranty-rats!!!! Otherwise I would have taken it in at 105K and I would have forced them to pay the whole thing.

    You just have to be really persistent- I was for the last 2 months. Honda offered 0% at first, then 25% of $3400, then 25% of $2800, and now 50% of $2800 (see below).

    Costs Honda gave me:
    Tranny + Torque Converter: = $1801.13
    Fluid = $65.82
    Clips = $8.72 + $1.22
    Labor = $925

    Total = $2801.89

    After 50% discount

    Total = $1400.95

    I am really annoyed at Honda's inferior to Toyota quality and perhaps this is the last Honda I will own.

  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    .... You just have to be really persistent- I was for the last 2 months. Honda offered 0% at first, then 25% of $3400, then 25% of $2800, and now 50% of $2800 (see below). ....

    This shows Honda was trying NOT TO PAY for failure of Honda product(s).
  • As an update to my post #1025 ...

    I spoke to my local dealer and complained about the number of problems I've found online, mentioned the talk of class action lawsuits and that I've seen posts that Honda has offered "Goodwill" warranties. I also explained that I have my records showing that I flushed the transmission fluid at 31k and 65k. The dealer said that he would call Honda for me to see if they would pay for the replacement. A few hours later he called me back saying that Honda would cover 75% of the replacement. So I will be paying $1,155 for a re manufactured transmission and a new "computer". This is much better than the $4,202 that they quoted me first.

    In addition, my good friend who has a 2002 Honda Odyssey took their car in today with transmission problems. I told them about what I found on this forum and they got the same deal as well - Honda is paying 75%.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207

    Good For You!

    Hope the other Ody owners have the same luck dealing with this tranny problem.
  • vanmom6vanmom6 Posts: 12
    I had no idea about the Honda transmission problems or ext. warranty UNTIL my Odyssey started having trouble last week. PO 740 code. TCS light on. Check Engine light. Slipping. Now they tell me I need a new transmission. Asked if I qualified for the "silent warranty". Who knows about "silent warranties"? Sounds like Honda is trying to get away with a design problem that should have been recalled..... Called Honda American. My car has 94k miles (under the 100K) but I've had it 6 months past the ext. warranty. 99 months- (warranty for 93 months and/or 100k). I bought a Honda so I wouldn't have these kinds of problems. Honda said I can file a claim and then be assigned a case manager, but I have to get the car to a Honda dealership, pay them to diagnose it, and then wait for an investigation. My husband is starting a business after having been laid off recently, we have 4 kids! Has anyone been successful at getting Honda to do the right thing AFTER the ext. warranty has expired??? Do I have a chance or should I just pay at the local transmission shop?
  • bobber1bobber1 Posts: 217
    If you go back through the thread you'll find a lot of useful information on this topic.

    I don't know the answer to your question, however many people have had good luck with Honda paying for some if not all of the transmission after the warrantee expires.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    Honda still needs to do it on their pace, not yours
    so go ahead to follow the proper procedure, file a claim and then be assigned a case manager... and see what Honda offers

    Did you check the VIN# whether your Ody is under the Honda transmission settlement?

    You can borrow or rent a car for the time being.
  • vanmom6vanmom6 Posts: 12
    Thanks for the advice. Yes, my "01 Odyssey is under the transmission settlement. I just hate to have to fight for Honda to take responsibility. I've read the thread... do using words like "class action law suit" "design problem" "goodwill warranty" help?
  • After 3 weeks (last visit only) and 2 transmissions (and 4 other visits to the dealer) I have now been told this thud is "normal" in 2002 Odysseys. Does anyone else have a 2002 Odyssey? Please tell me if you get a loud thud (as if the trans fell out of the car!) from park to reverse the first time you start the car each day.

    I need some info to fight with.
  • vanmom6vanmom6 Posts: 12
    I did take my Odyssey to the Honda dealership. Tech told me what I already knew- need new transmission. Kept asking if I'd had it serviced by Honda. Kept telling him "no, but here are all my records." I now have a case # with Honda American and waiting to see what they say... in the meantime I'm borrowing other moms' vans to carpool my 4 kids around. They don't mind- I've let them borrow my Honda while there Fords, Town and Countries, Mercury ...vans were in the shop. I'll post when I hear from Honda!...
  • jmd08560jmd08560 Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 Odyssey. It has 196,000 miles. I also get this thud occasionally. I have had very good luck with the car until now. It was just diagnosed with code 0420 (Catalytic converter) and 0740 (bad transmission). The check engine light has been going on and off for about 3 or 4 years. The car still runs generally great. I want to know how long I can drive like this because I don't intend to get the work done. It would not be worth the money. Will it die all at once or will I have time to drive it to the donation center?
  • I also have a 2000 Odyssey. I have loved this vehicle, however, at about 187,000 miles I noticed that when the van was in reverse, it was not moving when I pressed the gas pedal, and my mechanic (not at the dealer) said it was the transmission. I replaced it for about $3,000.00. Since I was out of the warranty and had enjoyed 187,000 miles without an issue, I did not push Honda for any reimbursement. I am the only owner and have had the maintenance done on a regular basis. I also have the catalytic converter problem. I replaced it with a non-Honda brand, and it only worked for about 3 months - then the light came back on. The Honda brand is expensive. I have not decided what to do at this point.

    When your transmission goes out, you will just stop in your tracks. At least that is what I was told. Kind of a dangerous situation.

    I expect my van to last another 50,000 miles at least.
  • vanmom6vanmom6 Posts: 12
    Honda has offered to lower the price to $2100 and then $1700. I still feel this is not right since it is obviously a design problem with the transmission. I paid top dollar (when you had to get on a wait list for an Odyssey) so that I would have stellar reliability! To have to replace a transmission at 94k miles sounds like a Ford! I gave the case mgr all of my service records (had changed trans. fluid 2x already), and spent the last week on the phone about 2 hours a day. Terrible customer service from American Honda. Don't get me started!!! I opened my case last FRiday and it took them a whole week just to get me a decision from the cm. I could've have gone to local transmission shop for $1800.
    What is status of any law suits? Where do I sign up?
  • vanmom6vanmom6 Posts: 12
    how did your story end? My Odyssey is at the shop now and they wanted to charge me $3200 and after a week of stressful debate they've agreed to come down to $1700. Was your covered? My car has 94k and 99 months.
  • epipkoepipko Posts: 2
    My 2001 / 86K miles Odyssey's transmission needs to be replaces. Dealer told me that they're willing to split the cost 50/50. That means that I have to pay $1750.
    I called American Honda and asked them about the settlement as my van falls right into it. Honda's answer was: "The settlement is for extended varanty and nothing more". I told them that dealer is willing to split the cost and the answer was: "Take it. They most likely contacted American Honda we authorized it". What else can I do. I really don't want to spend that money. Maybe it's time to switch to Toyota?!
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    The settlement is for extended varanty

    Are you within extended warranty?
  • I would take the $1700. The dealership said that it would cost us $3200 too, they wouldn't come down or help even after we talked to them about the honda transmission settlement. We took it to a different place that was recommended to us and they could only do it a little cheaper... $2800... I would do the $1700 that is a good deal.
  • jw_rjw_r Posts: 10
    I paid $1385 or 50% of $2800 for my 2001 Odysseey Trans replacement. For some reason is came out a bit less than $1400. You should not pay a penny more than this.

    I got my car serviced at Anderson Honda in Palo Alto, CA- the priciest place on the planet.

  • epipkoepipko Posts: 2
    Thank you all for your replies. Even though I am very pissed, I took your advise, called the dealer and scheduled my transmission replaced. They said that the price may come down a bit bellow $1400 (hope so).
  • marniekmarniek Posts: 1
    Yes! I get that sound every AM as I back out of my driveway. Also starting to experience transmission problems - gear slippage, sudden loss of power - at 90K. My mechanic put in new transmission fluid after the first power loss and the old fluid was discolored and full of metallic particles (bits of my transmission?). I brought it in to the dealer from whom I bought it in 2004 for the recall service and they installed the oil jet. I have been going through my records and I see that they did this even though it was at 35K. At that mileage they should have done a photographic inspection and only installed the oil jet if there were no signs of discoloration in the transmission. Otherwise they should have replaced the transmission. When I called this dealer Sat AM they said there was nothing they could do for me. I will be calling back Mon AM to ask for copies of the photos and then I will be calling Honda NA. This forum has been so helpful. I wish I had read it earlier!
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