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Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems



  • lapvnlapvn Posts: 455
    wow I feel sorry for you. Can you please update us on the status of your 02 Ody. The whole bit, miles, mileage, problems, and fixes.

    Can you also tell me if you opted for the extended warranty. Yes/No do you recommend it, why/why not. You know the whole spiel if you don't mind.

    I have an 03 Ody for one month, and I am still going back and forth on the ext. warranty. I also want to be prepared for any problems that may arise.

    Thanks in advance.
  • lj225lj225 Posts: 33
    Sorry to hear about your Ody. I never really thought about it too much. But I as learn more I noticed this was problem came up alot.

    Now humor me... what about other Honda cars is this an issue for them as well? Thanks again and hopefully you are good to go now.
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    blakely, Go buy your Sienna and enjoy it. Luckily, the Odyssey will reward you for your troubles with excellent resale value.
  • kroliphkroliph Posts: 75
    I bought a 2003 Odyssey in October of 2002. The van has 6000 miles on it and so far I have not had any transmission problems. I bought the extended warranty just in case we did have any problems. I also installed a transmission cooler in an effort to increase longevity of transmission. So far, I have been very pleased with the van. It certainly has plenty of power and is a pleasure to drive. This is my first Honda product and I am hoping there will be no major issues with the transmission. Time will tell. I think the new Toyota and Nissan vans are certainly worth looking at and now compare directly with the Odyssey.
  • blakevblakev Posts: 6
    The resale value of the vehicle is one reason we are in arbitration. The dealer is offering us much, much less than NADA based on the 'unique history' of the vehicle. The 'reward for my troubles' would be getting a vehicle that won't kill my family.

    Thanks for your concern.
  • cjmillercjmiller Posts: 1
    I am now the proud owner of a dead 1999 Honda Odyssey transmission. It being my wife's car, she has been going for "Engine Service" problems since 75,000 mi, not realising the trany was slipping. Today at the 100 K Check, Honda said The trany must be replaced."Sorry, its 100,500 mi, and there is nothing we can do." Hey , if it's a known problem, why couldn't the have serviced it before it died?.
    I've never done this before , so I could use all the help I can get. Repair? Rebuild? Complain? Bug Honda? Go to AAMCO?
    Thanks all for listening... cjm
  • macodymacody Posts: 18
    Keep after Honda to repair the tranny. We didn't have to fight or argue; had 97000 miles (approx) when tranny failed. Repair was covered. (replaced with rebuit tranny). Out of pocket was about $500 (included a motor mount repair). We did not have the extended warranty. This also has to do with the dealer you're using. Honda is covering the repair for the most part; just keep after them.

    Good luck.

  • gessgess Posts: 90
    Well, I have been around this forum since the beginning. I bought my Odyssey in Oct./98 and was hoping I would be spared the dreaded tranny failure. I have about 50k and last week the check engine light went on. The tranny is being replaced as we speak. I am very fortunate that I had 4 months left on the warranty.

    Needless to say, I am done with this vehicle.
  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,330
    Does this now mean that if my tranny goes I have to sue you because you spoke well of them?

    Man, that is sad. Guess I should be thinking about extending the warranty on mine....
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    Done with that vehicle I can understand, but are you done with Honda too? Or do you appreciate the way they replaced your transmission (assuming you have not had to fight them to get them to do it)?
  • gessgess Posts: 90
    Fezo, mine being the original faulty tranny design it's hard to say if yours will be okay. But if I were you I'd be buying the extended warranty.

    Grandtotal, I'm not really mad at Honda per se. But I didn't have to fight with them at all as it is still under warranty. They told me it needed to be replaced at they even had one in stock so I'll have it back the same day. Had this been November though, I think I would have been up the creek.

    The problem I have with keeping the van is that I don't really have much confidence in a rebuilt tranny. Many here have had their replacements fail as well. I'm looking at the new Nissan Quest but if I don't like that buying a new Odyssey isn't out of the question I guess (with an extended warranty). It's been a great van up until now.
  • crkeehncrkeehn Posts: 513
    looks like it's time to consider the Kia Sedona.

    Or the ever popular Yugo
  • gessgess Posts: 90
    I'd buy a P.T. Cruiser before I'd buy a Sedona.

    Now, the Yugo, that would come before the P.T. ;)
  • csueccsuec Posts: 2
    Honda dealer replaced this valve and said that was why i was having trouble with the transmission slipping and stalling . has anyone else had this replaced and did it do the job or should i push to have Honda replace the transmission. our car is 2002 with 17,000 miles on it., which also seems like a lot of miles is that mileage counter ever not accurate?
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    the transmission isn't technically a "rebuilt" tranny. The way it was explained to me is that the transmission housing is remanufactured with new parts inside.
  • hislanderhislander Posts: 67
    I thought the '02 and '03 have been fixed and not affected. That's why the extended 100K miles warranty on the transmission only covered up to '01. I am really scared because currently I am looking into purchasing the '03 Ody...Can some one with '00 or '01 Ody clarify the letter that you received from Honda Motor company regarding the extended warranty. Thanks.
  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    You basically said it. 00's and '01's only are covered by supplemental extended warranty. Honda identified suspect batches of prematurely failing parts for those two years, even though failure incidence is relatively low, they applied additional warranty to all Odys from affected years. Transmission has been redesigned for 02, and does not exhibit same failure mode as previous years. That's not to say that tranny couldn't have a different failure in an '03. If you're that scared about it, get the Hondacare extended warranty.
  • hislanderhislander Posts: 67
    Can you confirm that the '02 transmision failure is not same as those in '01 and '00? So did they use totally new transmission for newer models or they just fix the old one? If it is new transmission design then I understand, but if the transmission was modified (and that's what I thought, they just replaced few parts) then this must be part of the old problem that Honda failed to fix in the first place. Does Honda offer to extend transmission warranty on '02 and '03 too if they "know" in advance that there is potential failure on the transmisison due to design/manufacturing (not normal wear and tear) regardless how small posibility? Extended warranty is an option but it does not make it right when knowing that your vehicle has "known" potential failure. Extended warranty should only be used against "unknown" problems, just like insurance. IMHO.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    I can't keep track of the Ody tranny changes. Seems like they went from a 4 speed to a 5 speed, but not sure when.

    I never understood why Honda didn't extend coverage for the '99 trannies; there have been quite a few reports of them failing too.

    Steve, Host
  • awdang_99awdang_99 Posts: 1
    hello all,

    I'm in the market for a minivan. The Odyssey and Sienna are the two vans I am looking at. I didn't realize that the Odyssey had transmission problems (like the Dodge's/Chrysler's).

    What has been people's experience w/the Sienna's? Any known transmission problems with those? I'm considering the 2004 model.

    Thanks for your help.
    Aw Dang
  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    It's a redesigned transmission. A new 5-speed vs. 4 speed - a different animal. Honda does statistical analysis on type of failures they encounter under warranty service. If the type and frequency of failures indicate a design or manufacturing flaw on their part, Honda (corporate) has a reputation to uphold so it appears that they stand behind their products with the added warranties.( Except for the '99s as Steve pointed out.)
       Transmissions in 02 and '03's may be too new to have established a sufficient statistical track record to definitively state that there's some sort of common failure mode. Many times if they see a developing failure trend, there may be "secret warranties" or corporate goodwill where Honda will cover an out of warranty repair for the customer who makes a stink. (Maybe Auburn can enlighten us on them.) I tend to think that folks posting here about failures in their new 5 speeds are probably just unlucky and are experiencing infant mortality - there's always a bad apple or two in the basket.
       Get the Ody with the extended warranty - there's too many other more important things to worry about than a potential transmission failure.
  • lapvnlapvn Posts: 455
    Since you are also looking at the Sienna, and someone pointed this out to me, the Sienna is also running on a new tranny never used before by Toyota. So in that case you would have a 1st year car and a 1st year tranny, way too new to have any track record. I know this doesn't help you calm your worries about tranny issue, but it is something to think about.

    If anything, you know with Ody and Sienna you are getting a good reliable minivan, with a company that promotes quality and customer service.
  • gessgess Posts: 90
    I noticed afterward that my steering wheel is off center about 30 degrees. Does anyone know why this might happen? I am bringing it back on Thursday.
  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,330
    Are you sure you're not just tilting your head?
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    The wheels are pointing perfectly straight, but the steering wheel spokes are not perfectly horizontal? There is some slop in the steering, but not 30 degrees of tolerance. Sounds like they didn't precisely center the steering wheel when they reassembled stuff.
       I've made mistakes like that as a do-it-yourselfer, but it's a bit more aggravating when you're paying someone else $65/hour to do it right.
  • crkeehncrkeehn Posts: 513
    Either that or the wheels and steering wheel are perfectly straight and Rick's head was installed at an angle, Sir Fezo may be right.
  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,330
    He may just not be seeing straight due to his anger at a transmission failure.

    Where else can you get free psychological advice like this?
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    I think an alignment would correct it.

    Steve, Host
  • gessgess Posts: 90
    1. Make chiropractor appointment.

    2. Put a hex on Fezo's Odyssey. A hex is not required on Crkeehn's P.T. Cruiser as it will self-destruct on its own accord.
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