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Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems



  • What ever you do dont go to Honda Dealer , find a good transmission place that has been around it will be half the money and better warranty . Honda is losing alot of customers over this deal . They dont care ....Toyotas from now on......... :lemon:
  • My 2003 Honda has 115K miles on it. I have taken care of it meticulously by doing regular oil changes and major mile services at Honda dealers. I found out that the transmission now needs replacement. The quote from the dealer is for $4600! I am really rethinking whether Hondas are as dependable as we thought. This is our second bad experience with a Honda. The first one was when an alternator went out on our fairly new Accord (just a month past warranty expiration date) and put a hole in our pocket
  • sww2sww2 Posts: 9
    Be sure to tell your stories on facebook and the "new car buying experience? page on this forum to let people know.
  • .....what is the facebook link?
  • mielandthadmielandthad Posts: 1
    edited August 2011

    After a complete service, we started on a three-week loop through the Southwest in late July in our 2000 Odyssey with 127,000 miles on it. On the first leg from the San Francisco Bay Area down to Los Angeles the check engine light came on; a trip to a dealership service department in Anaheim got us the diagnosis of impending transmission failure. $5,200 later we were back on our way with a remanufactured transmission.

    When we got home I called Honda of America and got the old "Gee, we're so sorry, but too bad." If this is what we have to expect from Honda from one of their top vehicles, we'll never buy Honda again. We had an '88 Civic that had 280,000 miles on it and only ended up in the junkyard after the third rear-ending, and so were really sold on Hondas. No longer. Buy at your own peril!
  • phu4phu4 Posts: 3
    My 2003 Odyssey tranny started to slip. Took it to a dealer and got a quote for over 5K. American Honda provided a "goodwill" help for about $1000. We eventually traded it in. I would be very careful buying any Honda big cars with automatic transmission. Smaller Honda cars seem to be doing fine. I still own a manual Civic. It has been doing fine.
  • I have a 2004 honda odyssey with 111,111 miles and we currently live overseas in England. My check engine and TCS light came on five days ago and since then it has been down hill. It has trouble getting into reverse and now it is scipping really bad in 2nd and 3rd gear. I took it to the UK honda and since it is US spec and has to ship the transmission from the states it will cost 7500 pounds and with the exchange rate it would be about 12000 dollars. We do not have many choices as they are not many shops that will work on american spec cars. We loved the van up until this all staredWe have to make the choice to get rid of the car as it is not worth that much. We are really in a bind as we are a family of six and this is our only transportation. I think we will go with a Toyota the next time.
  • get rid of the car now why there is still some value. I went to trade mine in and the first thing they asked mme was "have you had work done to the transmission." It is a well known issue that Honda is wlaking away from unfortunately. Like you, I bought something other than a Honda. I will no longer buy any of their products.
  • idilidil Posts: 2
    We have a 2002 Honda Odyssey, check engine light came on, took it to Braman Honda service center in Palm Beach, Florida . We were told at 59872 miles van nedded a new transmission and computer which would cost about $5000. They tried to sell us a new car. We took the van a AAMCO transmissions service center and get the transmission fixed for $2700. We are so dissapointed with Honda's performance, what an unreliable van...
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    Developed by a friend of mine. Not a do it yourself install but it should cure your overheating problems
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    Here's what my friend Larry who runs an a/t rebuild shop has to add to your post...

    "Sonnax patented the valve, but if Honda is smart, there's more than one way to skin a cat. The TransGo kit does the same thing, but has no provision to avoid converter drainback after sitting overnight. Honda, and any carmaker for that matter, only concerns themselves with things that affect them during the warranty period. It takes a group effort (sometimes a class action suit) of dissatisfied owners for a carmaker to take notice. Clogged screens, clogged filter, and etc. are caused by too much debris in the transmission fluid. Honda did R&D and said the microfinish of the steel plates was too rough and wearing down the clutches. Their fix was mirror-smooth steel plates. Raybestos, agreed, but came up with a different fix: Harder and more durable clutch lining. Either/or... the bottom line is that clutch wear creates debris. It creates the majority of the debris that clogs up filters and screens. Having an inline filter is one of the best investments a Honda owner can do because it filters much finer than the factory filter. The factory filter isn't a filter at all. That's a misnomer. It's a pump suction intake screen. It's 60 microns which is big; the size of the human hair. A true filter, filters down to a size where you can't can't see what gets through.
    Until the MaxiFlush, 15 microns was the best available with the Magnafine, which is 4 times finer than the factory. You can't filter any finer that 15 microns with a full flow filter without restricting flow. It's a combination of not only filtering the ATF much finer than the factory, but also generating less debris in the first place. Fixing what generates debris is part of what fixing the converter fluid flow is all about. The converter generates a lot of debris by the clutch dragging when it's supposed to be off. It also loses flow when hot and melts the aluminum washer in the converter, generating even more debris.
    It's quite a complicated fix making a Honda trans long lasting. There's no one "silver bullet" that solves all problems; I wish there was.

    Lastly, here's what I have to say about Hondas: What use is a long lasting vehicle if the transmission isn't?"

    J. Larry Bloodworth
  • I work for a small Car dealership in Boise, ID. We have had a few of these Odyssey transmissions come up. One bandage that has worked so far for us is to use Trans Tune by Sea Foam. If you put that stuff in your transmission (duct tape and a long tube funnel) and drive for a while it will clean out a lot of the crap in the Tranny. Then after about a week do a transmission drain and fill and use Lucas brand transmission fluid (one bottle) with your transmission fill up. It worked on 2 Odysseys with this problem. One of the owners' wife drove one of these odysseys for at least a year with no problem. It isn't a permanent fix but it definitely works pretty good. I would imagine that doing this process and doing a regular transmission drain and fill will allow it to last quite a while without having to donate a kidney to get your van moving.
  • I recently purchased a used 2002 Odyssey with 75k on it. It works very well and was meticulously maintained by original owner. I did not know about the history of tranny problems until after I made the purchase. In reading the posts here, I see many different recommendations for best practices in taking care of the tranny. I have three questions:

    1. What should I do now to best increase my chances of longevity with this transmission? I've read several things, and maybe missed some...(after-market cooler, in-line filter, DW1 fluid, Sonnax pressure reg. valve) All of this, some, more??

    2. Should I flush or drain the tranny? I get both answers when I research issue.

    3. How often should I flush or drain?

    I should add that this van was part of the recall in 2004 and I have paperwork that shows it had a jet kit of some kind installed in the transmission at 18,000 miles. ) This receipt was buried in a stack of oil-change receipts the seller gave me...I missed it when I was buying the vehicle)

    We just had a Grand Caravan transmission die on us (on our 11th anniversary "date" no less!) and thought we were getting an upgrade in quality. Other than a fear of future problems with transmission, we love this van so far.

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
  • As an owner of a 1999 Odyssey, and my experience as a tech tells me:

    1.) Install a quality after market cooler, and service the transmission using Honda's new synthetic fluid.

    2.)Drain and refill, Flushing is a waste of money and fluid in my opinion.

    3.)Service it now, again in a month, and then annually.

    The oil jet service campaign refers to a fix to keep the second gear cooler. As long as it was done, you should be fine.
  • You best bet is to simply get rid of the van ASAP. I had less than 70000 miles on mine and it failed.
  • Bought this used two years ago, and like most who have done so was not aware of the tranny problem. It just failed at 115,000 with the TCS and EOC lights coming on at the same time. Dealer wants the standard $6,000, local STS shop $5,000, or $4,000 with a rebuild. Gonna try AAMCO as well, I guess. Or donate it in the worst case.
  • has the dealer contacted Honda to see if they will help? They offered me $1k toward the $5,400 cost of replacing mine (i still opted for a new one since the van needed another $3k in repairs).
  • Mine went out on the way back from the east coast in Rochester, NY, in August 2010. I went online on my phone to see who were the most qualified transmission specialists in the Rochester, NY, area. I was drawn to AAMCO due to their warranty and felt that if I had issues I could take it back to them. It is a national warranty!

    I had them do the work and they did it for a fair price. I paid $3000.

    However the warranty was not as easy as they claimed it would be. I've had the shuddering issues between 40-50 mph and have had it back at AAMCO in Kalamazoo multiple times. They cannot find the problem but I can drive it and make it happen.

    Needless to say, the warranty is over and I still have issues.

    In looking back I should have rented a car hauler from U-Haul and towed my car back home and had a local mechanic do it. I would have paid a little more and installed a Jasper transmission. Their's comes with a 100,000 mile warranty.

    I am not pleased at all with AAMCO. I felt they did not live up to their warranty. My some place else.
  • Have you guys tried drain and re fill with better transmission fluids (redline maybe) and change out the gear switches? Acura's (TL especially) have the same issues, heard Pilots have the same transmissions as well and this procedure has kept many transmissions running longer.
  • I have a 2000 honda odyssey my first trans went at 40k my second went at 80k now my third went at 111,000 and now honda said its my problem now! I called honda of north america and no help there! I told them they never fixed the problem to begin with they just replaced it untill they figured the car was old enough to go away! I filed a complaint with NHTSA and still cant believe they didnt recall these trans! I called wabc 7 on yourside hoping they can help! I wrote to the times Christopher Jensen who wrote an article on this problem. Everyone needs to file a report with NHSTA.
  • Tell your story on facebook as well. There are several people who think Honda makes a great product and genualiy cares about their consumers! Nothing could be further from the truth as you and I know. I had a 2001 with only 70000 miles and Honda told me to take a hike as well. I sent several letters and they would call me back and tell me thanks for the letter but we cannot help you. I made a promise to Honda to continually spread the word on their products for many years to come. Please be sure to do the same and pass your message on to as many people as possible.
  • Honda America blew me off until I told them I was posting on Facebook and told them my goal was to reach as many people as I could to tell them what Honda was doing.

    The next day they called and fixed my Odyssey.

    You have to make it painful for them and let them know you will make a stink.

    The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
  • What year is your Honda odyssey and what was the mileage?
  • Following up on my post, I am having my local mechanic (an STS outlet) put a Jasper in my '04 Odyssey. The mechanic made a point that Honda trannies overheat and a rebuild would be a Honda with a high chance of failure. While the car was at Honda, I asked what the trade in value would be for a new Odyssey, and they said $1,000. Made me laugh.
  • phu4phu4 Posts: 3
    Here is the end of the story.

    -Took the car to my mechanics specialized at Honda and Acura for a test drive. The tranny problem got confirmed and got a quote of $3200 with 1 year/12,000 mile warranty.

    Called American Honda and was told to a dealer. Did that and got confirmed and a quote for $52K with 3 year/36,000 miles warranty. American Honda decided to help with $10000.

    I treated it in and bought a RAV4 at a Toyota dealer. I would be very concerned to buy a big Honda car in the future. Honda seems not good at making long lasting transmissions for big cars.
  • To get the same cargo room as an Odysey you would need a Sienna. I belive the Highlander would be a better choice than the RAV4 as the RAV4 has a swing-out door.
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