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Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems



  • dev_pdev_p Posts: 22
    Does anyone have figures as to what percent of Odyssey have Transmission problems and after what year it stopped occurring or still continues?

    I know its not easy to get data but someone in the Odyssey owners crowd who has read many posts would have come up with educated guess based on his/her perception.
  • autowriteautowrite Posts: 226
    I asked a similar question a few months ago and did not see one answer. Hopefully your question will get answered.
  • lgodfreylgodfrey Posts: 5
    Hi I am new to this but I have a 2001 Honda Oddessy that the transmission has gone out in 1 1/2 years after the warraty work was done. So I contacted Honda of America and got a district manager to look into the case he said that there willing to pay 50% of the cost and I believe that is unacceptable for a transmission to go out in 1 1/2 yrs is terrible customer service. I have someone else looking into this as well. I hope this helps. Lee
  • odsytrannyodsytranny Posts: 6
    edited March 2010
    The replaced Honda transmission in our 2003 Odyssey came with a 36 month warranty. Did your warranty replacement 1 1/2 years ago come with a warranty? I'd check with them about that first. btw . . . I had to "fight" for 50% cost reduction on my replacement (total cost before reduction was about $5,500). I'm actually impressed that they offered that to you right away. Were your "repairs" just from a recall notice or was it a replacement?
  • hogan773hogan773 Posts: 255
    I think you'd need to really know someone within Honda who might have access to the data.

    Just reading "posts" you're going to have a very small sample size (what number of the million Odyssey owners out there are actively posting....100? 200?)

    Plus you have the negative bias I mentioned (much more likely that someone who HAS a tranny problem ends up on this board after they Google "Honda Odyssey Transmission Problem" - then they proceed to beeyotch about it - than it is likely that all the soccer moms with perfectly working Odysseys happen to take the time to find the Edmunds board just to say "I love my Odyssey!"

    I'd bet money that the incidence is much lower than 5% failure rate.
  • lgodfreylgodfrey Posts: 5
    Yes you are absolutely right I am getting in contact with someone who is with Honda of America I will send you the information when and if I get it. Thanks
  • steamed1steamed1 Posts: 1
    Lost motor mounts at 40,000 miles.

    Lost transmission at 64,000 miles.

    Struts on rear hatch failed at 60,000 miles..

    Is there any recourse besides signing up with class action?

    Why do all the rating services give this van such a high rating?
  • hogan773hogan773 Posts: 255
    What other minivan is better?

    And by the way, a "failed strut on rear hatch" is pretty inconsequential........transmission I agree, and motor mount, yes I guess, although that is more of a wear item.

    Your 2002 was how old when these things happened? 7 or 8 years?
  • sricansrican Posts: 12
    We are in the market for an Odyssey EX and we like the trim except for the road noise and tight steering. I see several threads on transmission issues and are making me think twice.

    Some other reader also quoted why is this rated so high if the Odyssey has so much problems.

    Thoughts and tips are welcome.
  • rfreitasrfreitas Posts: 63
    What year are you considering?

    I have a 2002,
    replaced the transmission almost 2 years ago $3000
    Then a couple weeks later bad solenoid $250
    Today it happens to be in the shop for new motor mounts $680
    and new struts $550

    The service guy told me the motor mounts are bad in the Odyssey, but the new redesigned ones are better. He didn't say what year they started putting in the new design.
  • sricansrican Posts: 12
    We are looking at the new model 2009 version, but I am doubtful due to the large number of issues reported over the past years. Is there a point in time they did a redesign on the transmission and these issues are no longer reported.

    Thanks for your response.
  • autowriteautowrite Posts: 226
    I don't know the answer; but you could send an emial to Convsumers Reports and see what they say. The Pilot and MDX use the same charris engines and tranny as the Odyssey, except that the MDX gets a 6-speed in 2010. These 2 have no transmission problems since 2003; probably becuase they are 4 week/all-wheel drive. With Toyota's problems what could you buy in the same size. GM, Ford & Nissan do longer produce minivans. From what I read the Chryslers have their thanny problems too; but are not recommended by Consumers Reports. VW minivan is really a Chrysler. Maybe a customize full size van is the answer. I once had a 1982 Ford one.
    1963 Austin Mini
    1965 Morris 1100
    1967 Plymount Valiant
    1972 Datsun 510
    1979 Mercury Zephyr
    1982 Ford E150 Customized
    1992 Ford Taurus
    2002 Honda Odyssey EX
  • lgodfreylgodfrey Posts: 5
    I would recommend not getting a Honda Oddessy. 1 1/2 years ago they put a rebuilt transmission in it under warranty and it has failed about 2 weeks ago but Honda is paying for 50%. A transmission should not fail in a 1 1/2 years!
  • nedlyjnedlyj Posts: 89
    Please remember, you are obviously going to see more problems listed here because the vast majority of people don't have significant issues and they have no reason to come to forums and talk about it. With that said, Yes, there are issues with certain model years. We have both a 1999 and a 2010 Odyssey. Yes, the 1999 has had its transmission issues - we're on #3 now (replaced at 60K and 136K miles). And yes, the engine mounts are expensive and wear out. However, I believe the Odyssey was revamped in 2007 with the heavier duty powertrain from the Ridgeline. From what I've seen the 2009/2010's are proving to be very reliable, with one notable exception: the Touring model. That model has a few issues, from its special engine mounts, to the variable cylinder management, to the outlandishly expensive run-flat tires with monitoring (you're talking $500-600 per tire). Anyway, we're very happy with the 2010 and the improvements over prior series. Regards.
  • rfreitasrfreitas Posts: 63
    2009 transmission issues are starting to trickle in now:
  • rfreitasrfreitas Posts: 63
    2007 transmission problems are also starting to be reported:
  • odysy07odysy07 Posts: 2
    I can't urge you enough not to buy one. As you can read from website with litereally thousands and thousands of postings from as early back as 1999 with the same transmission and master cylinder problems. This is not a new issue nor has it been fixed in the newer models. Honda need to recall \fix these vans plain and simple. My 2007 started having this issue at 28,000 miles. First they tried the computer software upgrade then the Torque converter. Finally the replaced the whole transmission The master cylinder also had to be replaced along with MANY others. This issue is being reported with the 2009's already... Steer clear from the Odyssey.....N
  • slantinslantin Posts: 4
    The newest models don't seem to have a problem. But it's hard to figure out if that's the real case since we thought the vans won't have a problem way back in 2003.
  • paul157paul157 Posts: 4
    I have a 2007 Odyssey EX. My First Honda, bought new. Our third mini-van. The last one was a 2000 Montana. My wife wishes she had her Montana back. I like the Odyssey, but we have had our problems. New steering pump, and transmission problems. It is still under warranty. They replaced the torque converter and then it still had issues, they reprogrammed the trans. Shifting is still strange and the torque converter at 55-60 can't make up it's mind what it wants to do. Down shifting is rough. Honda tested it, and admits it shifts strange, but is within tolerances. So, it is all mine. I have forgotten how it is suppose to shift and feel. At 65 and over, it does fine. Fuel mileage is not very good. Is comfortable and roomy. Easy to drive. A/C compressor stays on year round and I was told that is the design. So, good luck. Mine still goes forward and backward in reverse....I would not buy another one. Not as impressive as I expected a Honda to be.
  • First, thanks for this forum! I thought I was alone with our transmission problem on our 2008 Odyssey. Same dealer response - nothing wrong. We have the same shudder at 30-40mph, really just under 40 going up a slight incline, just when you need to apply more accelerator. Same as that posted in message 1093 of this forum.

    I am pulling together printouts of this forum to march into the dealer and get the torque converter. Thank goodness I am within the drivetrain warranty (38k). This isn't anything like our '90 civic that lasted to 282,000 before being given to a recent high school student, or the CRX that went to something like 300k+ miles.

    Sure, this is a great van and it works great 99% of the time. I just hate the attitude of the dealer. The do not in any way believe the customer and their 'test' techniques only favor the dealership. Our van pulled violently to the left since new, but the dealer said that it went straight at 35mph for 7 seconds - within spec. I forced them to align it, they were aghast that I might know something better than them. Ahhhh - the alignment report said that, in fact, it was terribly out of spec, but I still had to pay the 79.95 for the alignment.

    Wish me luck on getting a converter. My only hope is to bury them in a paper trail so that when the trans fails out of the warranty period, they have a clear record of the problems.
  • I am not alone!!!! Same problem, same conditions. Trying to get them to listen seems to be terribly time wasting. I hate to be driven to threats, but it seems that is the only strategy that works with Honda anymore.

    My Chevy dealer bends over backwards to help. My Mercedes dealer bends over backwards and jumps through hoops. Honda treats me like an idiot. Time for them to be knocked off the pedestal!
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    Many of these "car ratings" are highly over rated when listing the "better" or "best buy" vehicles. All makes and models have their pluses and minuses. I have a 2006 Dodge Caravan, base model that was purchased brand new in Sept. 2006. Paid $15,900 on the road. Only non-routine maintenance has been replacing the serpentine belt twice because of glazing. Cost $50 each time. Front pads replaced at 32k miles and rear are still original. I have close to 50k miles on the van. Consumers Reports always pans the Chrysler vans.
  • rudy23rudy23 Posts: 1
    Did American honda send out the additional warranty extension notices after it extended the warranty on the Odyssey transmission to 93 months and 109,000 miles? Did anyone get this notice? The only one I got was the 7 yr 100k mileage warranty. I dont think the additional warranty was sent.
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    edited March 2010
    It just shows you how different your outcome can be. We had a '97 Grand Caravan Sport. In 3 years of leasing we went thru a steering rack and pump, had much of the evaporative emissions system (tank pressure leakage) replaced, had tranny issues, and a seized brake caliper that wiped out a rotor. We were more than happy to give that van back. Next was an '00 Windstar. Better, but it still ate a tranny when only a few weeks old. It took Ford almost 12 weeks to get the van back on the road, because of a severe tranny shortage (apparently we were one of many thousand failures that year, and they couldn't rebuild them fast enough!). After weeks of screaming, we were shipped a brand new unit for installation.

    By comparison, the '02 Ody (120k) has been relatively good. The tranny was replaced at 35k miles, and it sometimes performs a bit odd. Unfortunately, I think that this is a universal issue with 4000-4300 lb vehicles that are often loaded to well over 5000 lbs. They essentially use modified passenger car parts, yet are called upon to haul loads that rival my old Ford F-150 truck!
  • Seems like I'm on the same track as you. Just bought my 2007 odyssey and with the quick test drive didn't feel the problems. From 1st to 2nd gear and 2nd to 3rd gear has a very hard downshift. It feels like I'm in the car teaching a 15 year old how to drive a manual 5 speed. My van also does random surges in rpm's which is so annoying. I have had the van for 3 weeks and each Saturday since I have purchased it have had it at Honda. First, they did the program update (which caused the rpm surges) and second they just installed the torque converter with absolutely no difference. I would love any suggestions! Was there a difference when you replaced the whole transmission and master cylinder. I don't know what to do. Love the car but can't drive it like this!

  • phlion79phlion79 Posts: 11
    >> My van also does random surges in rpm's which is so annoying.

    I've got a 2007 also. At first I thought this was a real issue, but after watching the behavior for the last 6 months, I'm convinced, at least in my case, it is a symptom of Honda's drive by wire accelerator software just being too sensitive. What I was seeing were small jumps in the tach while I was steady driving -- would not see under acceleration or while slowing down. Well, after watching things closely, I think the software in the honda is programmed such that *any* downward movement of the accelerator pad, if at a constant speed, is deemed to be a request for power, and hence the bump of the tach. In other words, you can replicate the bump of the tach by barely depressing the accelerator pad. In sum, in real world driving conditions, the accelerator pad is never completely still -- it's always moving a little bit up and down as you go over bumps, etc., -- and the software is just too sensitive. I drove a prius recently (drive by wire accelerator again) and saw very similar behavior. I think this is just an artifact of drive by wire accelerators.
  • phlion79phlion79 Posts: 11
    Regarding your other issues, this is just the honda transmission -- get used to it. I talked w/ an independent transmission repair shop here before buying my ody, and he said you'll feel the downshifts -- just the way it is; it's not the smoothest tranny in the world. At least in my case, I'm the only one that seems to notice (I haven't pointed out to my wife lest she start complaining about it).
  • lgodfreylgodfrey Posts: 5
    Hi I have the rpm surge's far as I know that is normal. I don't have the hard down shift. Mine started to act funny when shifting from first to second then a week later the transmission went out. The new transmission acts about the same and I also love my
    Oddessy but my advice to you is to sell it or trade it in on something else!
  • venky_bnvenky_bn Posts: 1
    The dealer replaced our transmission at 70K that was covered by warranty. The transmission gave up again at 140K. This car was serviced by the dealer each time. Now Honda is refusing to pay for a new transmission claiming the 140K is too much - although the new transmission has only 70K miles.
  • hogan773hogan773 Posts: 255
    your car is 10 yrs you expect that Honda should do a free warranty for as long as you choose to own a car?
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