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Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems

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  • Following up with the final outcome from Honda. They replaced the entire transmission with remanufactured one. Shudder problem is gone at least for now. The bill which was at a discounted rate came to $4004.00 but the warranty covered it and had no deductible. If it was on my dime Honda told me it would be approximately $4500.00

    Honda exaggerated the issues (added things like trans slipping etc.) on the form they provided to the warranty company to get a replacement transmission and not just a new torque converter. I guess they figured replacing the entire tranny would assure that it wouldn't be coming back again for the same issue. Whatever the reason I'm satisfied.

    To date my 1500.00 extended warranty has covered 5700.00 in repairs, glad I got it but never expected to use it. To date had to replace the CD changer due to skipping (500.00), replaced the power steering pump due to whining after long trips (750.00), replaced the catalytic converter because it was getting clogged and triggered a code (450.00), and finally the transmission which was (4004.00) all in the first 5 years.

    While I still love my Honda and I'm happy with the outcome of this last event, I'll probably lean towards Toyota or Nissan for my next car purchase.

    Good luck everyone!
  • I asked about a software update hoping that it could be a quick and easy solution but Honda told me that there were no software update solutions for the 2005 models. Apparently that is not available until the 2008 and later models. By the way they also told me that in 2008 they started using the Ridgeline transmission in the Odyssey. Ironically they too suffer from the shudder issue although can be fixed via software update.

    Good luck with yours, I hope you get full satisfaction. Don't let them bully you into accepting anything less than full replacement if possible.
  • compal55compal55 Posts: 1
    Per honda you have a warranty of 100000 miles on your tranny because of extended warranty given to all of the vans with the bad tranny, this was done on a class action lawsuit so the fix was that they continue to fix your tranny till it reaches 100000; mine was changed a total of four times on my 2001 van, after the 100000 u are on your own every trans lasted 36000 to 40000, get it fixed and get rid of it, after you reach your 100000 extension which i did, i had to pay for a fix on mine, it cost me $2200.00, then i told my wife to get rid of it, she did not listen and 36000 miles later it died again, now sitting in drive way as a reminder to do what i told her to do.....I'm in Calif, not sure if it covers other states, just call and ask if your tranny is covered under the 100000 per honda tranny recall all dealers may not be the same so call multiple ones to see if answer is the same, honda issued a paper thru mail stipulating this, not sure if you ever got it, not sure where mine is if not i'd send you a copy so you don't think i'm full of %$#@!, any way see if you can get them to do this and GET RID OF IT even if the rest of the vehicle looks great, or get ready to get stuck with it once the extension runs out! good luck
  • micottomicotto Posts: 1
    I've got a 2001 Ody EX with 108000 miles on it and I tow a 3500 lb boat several times a year - sometimes to Canada - never had a problem. but I do change the fluid every 20k miles of so, and did install an aftermarket tranny cooler when I bought it - maybe that's what makes the difference. Does anyone have any statistics on what percentage of vehicles have had problems? And of those, how many have an external cooler?
  • a) A recent clunking noise during shifting led to finding out two motor-mounts were broken. After repair, my wife said the car shifts wonderfully (??? LOL)

    b) On the Honda Odyssey transmittion matter, I needs some other opinions for feedback to wife as she now thinks our trans is uniquely better than all other.
    With 105K miles, and only some periodic slight slippage and jerky shifting, what would be the chance of a safe trip to Estes Park Colorado (Rocky Mountains) from Houston-TX pulling a pop-up camper? ???
  • od685od685 Posts: 1
    2000 Odyssey with 135,000 miles and there goes the transmission....sway bar...and engine mount. From the looks of other threads, I was on borrowed time. Seems like the same problems everyone has with the Ody. Car's worth $4000 if in good condition and it'll cost $3,500 to repair it. Looks like time for the scrap heap. Last Ody I'll buy, that's for sure. Honda reliability....huh! Honda NA, if you're listening, I buy 4 new cars every few years for my business, and the last ones were Hondas. You'd better get behind your product or start looking for some bailout bucks.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Wow, only 11 years on that transmission. I'd ask for my money back.
  • soltalksoltalk Posts: 2
    I love my three girls so much and I bought a 2004 Honda Odssey with only 34,000 mileage and exactly one year later ( mileage now 44,000 ) and i took it Honda dealer the day I noticed " check engine" sign and the bad news i received was the transmission is Bad. The code was po 720 and PO 730 D.

    I was shocked and I could not understand that after 10,000 mileage driving this Van and now, transmission is bad. Is there any one can help me in giving me advice what to do. I was told that the dealer will cover 60 % and i will cover 40 %. and that 40 % will be about $1700 dollar i will pay. Is this fair? I do not have any extended warrantee at all.
  • soltalksoltalk Posts: 2
    I love my three girls so much and I bought a 2004 Honda Odssey with only 34,000 mileage exactly a year ago. Today, i noticed check engine sign and took right away to Honda Dealer to check and a bad news that i received is that the transmission is bad.

    Can any one help me by giving advice what to do? I do not have any warantee. The dealer told me that they can cover 60% and I pay 40 % means i WILL PAY $1700 DOLLAR. Is this fair ? or the dealer should cover the whole amount?

    Any feed back will greatly appreciate.
    Solomon
  • samspade1samspade1 Posts: 5
    Thank you for your response to my message to someone else regarding their question...Well, I'm in California, too, and the dealer I bought my odyssey from was the first Honda dealer in the US. We paid a premium >MSRP since it was in big demand at the time '99-'00 because it was considered to be the best mini-van in the market according to practically all of the auto/consumer publications. I've got too many issues going on right now, but I'm crafting a letter that will be sent to everyone who matters at Honda in America and Japan, as well as the dealer. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter how long you've had your Odyssey, if the transmission fails within 100K mi it's their responsibility. Otherwise, it penalizes everyone who has low mileage, like my wife who had a short commute to work. If I don't get satisfaction from any of them, I'm going to sue all of them...Seriously!
  • autohowzerautohowzer Posts: 3
    edited July 2010
    I'm away on a trip (from IL to Snead Ferry/Wilmington NC area) and my green drive indicator light in the instrument panel started to blink. So far my Odyssey is driving okay and I can't detect/feel anything yet although I haven't actually driven anywhere here except for around the block to turn the van around.

    In hind sight, I thought I felt some hesitation or slip/miss-shifting when I made slow residential street 90º turns back in IL for the last month or so but I couldn't be sure whether it always did that or even it actually did something at all. It just felt a bit odd but then... not really kinda thing. On the way here going thru some descents in WV & Virginia I thought it felt a bit strange as if the car wasn't accelerating right at certain steep descending sections but then I'm not used to descend like that all that much so I couldn't be sure.

    I'm in an unfamiliar area away from home. What should I do? Should I just attempt to drive back home to IL? I'm not sure whether it'll be okay driving extended steep incline through VA, WV, Ohio or not. Any advise would be appreciated. If I were to bring in to a Honda dealer, which one and how do I approach this, etc etc. TIA.
  • farmdog1farmdog1 Posts: 9
    "Honda did assist me - it only cost me $3,000 to replace the transmission "

    ONLY $3000? They made money off you while claiming they were assisting. Honda is laughing at those of us who bought their defective product at a premium price (could have bought Chrysler/Dodge at least 10k less) and when it fails they make money due to their own bad design.
  • vanwaanabevanwaanabe Posts: 15
    Make sure you post your story on Facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/hondaodyssey?ref=ts

    Get attention to what's happening.
  • Well here is the follow up report of sorts. I turned my Odyssey on and drove around. Now the 'drive' light doesn't blink and seems to drive okay... I think. I called a Honda dealer/service and Honda America.

    They asked my VIN# and told me my transmission has been ALREADY SERVICED FOR A RECALL IN 2004 so they cannot help me!!!! Well I followed up and called the Honda dealer in IL and they told me it was a minor recall to take care of a transmission noise issue. To be exact it was a very simple procedure that took only few minutes: they either installed and changed out an injector spray for the 2nd gear(?) or some such thing to get more tranny fruid to the area/gear to reduce noise and has nothing to do with current tranny issue (he seemed to hint that they are aware of without actually admitting). I've feeling Honda is using the 2004 recall as one of the their first line of defense against less-willful meek claimants saying that since they've already worked on the transmission once and therefore they won't take any more transmission recall claim from you.

    Well I'll see if I can make it back to IL without this problem blowing up on me and stranding me in the middle of West Virginia Mountains. Well wish me luck. I'm going to call the dealer that did the tranny recall work in 2004 and have them call the Honda America to clarify and make note under my VIN# record that the recall work that was done in 2004 has nothing to with any transmission issue that develop due the design flaw... and if I can I'm trading it in ASAP.
  • farmdog1farmdog1 Posts: 9
    edited July 2010
    Vanwaanabe, I have never posted on facebook but after viewing that link I might have to. Can you say valium pumping shills? Did Honda fix their transmissions for free in exchange for happy posts? Honda really does SUCK, I gave them until today to contact me, they did not. War starts tomorrow.
  • johnboy18johnboy18 Posts: 9
    I AM REALLY AMAZED AT ALL THE BASHING OF HONDA HERE, I HAVE 109000 ON MY 03 I MUST BE VERY LUCKY IT IS RUNNING LIKE A DREAM. HAS ANY BODY NOTICED THE AMOUNT OF ODDEYS ON THE ROAD? LOOKS LIKE A HUGE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE DRIVE THEM. PLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE EVERY THING YOU READ HERE, HAVE HAD MINE 8 YEARS OF GREAT SERVICE :) :D
  • farmdog1farmdog1 Posts: 9
    johnboy18, so do you think all of us with transmission failure are lying? What would be the point of spending as much time as we do other than Honda SCREWED US and we're damn mad about it.
  • rfreitasrfreitas Posts: 63
    johnboy18, you must work for Honda? My Odyssey is piece of junk. I have to replace the transmission, struts, motor mounts, a couple solenoids, and now my replacement transmission is starting to act up. Don't by Odyssey's!!!
  • nedlyjnedlyj Posts: 89
    edited July 2010
    Well, obviously the reality for the vast majority of people is somewhere in between both extremes. If you feel like you had a lemon and Honda did nothing to help you out then of course you feel screwed and would never buy a Honda (or at least an Odyssey) again. If you've never had a problem, then you feel great and suspect that only a few people are whining.

    But reality says that most people have some level of problem and that for most of them it was either taken care of to their satisfaction, or they simply and quietly are resolved to having to fix the problem themselves.

    In my case, I have a 99 Odyssey that is on its 3rd transmission (replaced at 60K and 124K). Currently has 170K so, yes, I'm not too optimistic about it never needing another. But Honda replaced the first one at their cost, and paid for most of my 2nd (I paid $1K). So for the transmission issues, I am relatively happy but ONLY because Honda treated me fairly in my mind. But I also ALWAYS had it serviced at Honda and had developed a good relationship with my service manager, which I do believe helps in the end.

    Now, with that said, over the last 6 months I've also replaced $2K worth of items (struts, engine mounts, sway bar, bushings, tie rod, ignition switch, master relay, etc.) which at 11 years and 175K were quite frankly worn out. Should they have been made more durable? Maybe. Probably. But I can say now that the van drives exceptionally well - and what I thought was a POS 9 months ago is something we can happily drive until the transmission craps out again or we decide to get rid of it becasue we want to not because we need to.

    So, yeah, I'm one of those in the middle - but still happy enough overall with Honda and the Odyssey that we purchased a 2010 Odyssey in December (Yeah , I currently have 2 vans) because we thought the 99 was on its last legs and needed a reliable family transport.

    Unfortunately (or maybe it's fortunately) everyone's situation is different. And some people have every right to be upset without being accused of being "bashers" while others have the right to be happy without being labeled "employees" or "fanboys". I hope that those who are getting the run around can get some level of satisfaction.
  • My tranny (04 Odyssey) just gave out while returning from the east coast on vacation. I had hoped it would hang in there til we got home. I had sensed some issues but the tranny blew it's top on I 90 just south of Rochester, NY. Had only 8 more hours to go before I arrived in Battle Creek, MI!

    Had the van towed to a transmission shop (after I searched the internet, bbb, and other sites to find a decent place). They are now working on it putting in a rebuilt.

    My van has 160K miles on it with at least 3 trips to Newfoundland, Canada, 2 trips to Florida, and multiple trips to MIssouri. Along with that there are many 1-2 hour trips to follow our sons sporting events.

    Unfortunately I did not ever changed the tranny fluid. In all of my 25 years of driving I never changed tranny fluids ever!

    In talking with some other Honda owners, they tell me that if you are faithful to have a tranny oil change every 30-40k and throw in a flush and fill once or twice, your tranny should last you a long time. Maintenance is everything!

    I have worked to maintain all other parts of the Honda Odyssey but neglected the tranny. I am grateful to have gotten 160K out of it.

    The mechanic told me if I maintain this tranny there should not be any issues with it. LESSON LEARNED - and an expensive one at that!

    All cars have issues!

    If you've had a bad experience with a Honda dealership, find another one. But all I've had have been great experiences. This is the only major issue I've had with this van the entire 160K. I'm hoping it lasts another 160K. I would like to see this vehicle reach the 300K mark.
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