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Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems



  • pbug56pbug56 Posts: 9
    Why would you think that making a transmission more complex, with more equipment in too small a space, would improve its quality? Just curious.
  • Ditto, Anything with electronics is problematic. That being said, some of those control units do hold up pretty well. The big issue with the Honda tranny's are the clutch plates. See my previous post.
    A good preventive is a add on filter and changing your filter and fluid every year. Again, as was advised to me... do not use Honda for this service.
  • hirockhirock Posts: 1
    After checking with dealer apparently my VIN # just was outside of recalled vehicles that needed to have oil jet kit installed. No help from American Honda and here I sit with 130,000 miles and repairs of $4,300 +. Honda needs to step up and assume some responsibility. I wasn't asking for a free transmission just something would have kept me as a repeat customer but that will not be happening based on this experience.
  • autowriteautowrite Posts: 226
    I had to have Honda dealer in Canada replace my transmission at 184,000 kms for $4,200. I wrote the President of Honda Canada and got a cheque for $2,100. Currently I have just over 330,000 kms. 2 years after it was replaced I added a transmission cooler from a reptable camping trailer place as my Honda dealer did not recommend Honda coolers.
  • pbug56pbug56 Posts: 9
    All Ody's from 99 forward to around 2008 have had variations on these self destructing trannies from what I've read. They eventually started using the Pilot's trannie. But I've heard of some of those having problems when you drive the car off the dealers lot for the first time.

    Reminder - don't make my mistake and get a Honda rebuilt trannie. Find someone who knows what they are doing or get a Jasper rebuilt. And add a cooler and filter.
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    Looks like you are going for some high mileage numbers on the old Ody..good for you.

    I have done one more thing to my 03' a/t intensive care system. Get all that old original Z1 fluid out of there and change over to the new Honda
    DW 1. It's back compatible for your year and is a much better synthetic fluid so will take more of the heat without burning black.

    If you read the warning in the owners book not to use anything but the Z1 or the world will come to an end, just ignore it and get that dishwater out of there.

    (Honda parts don't stock the old Z1 stuff anymore anyway that should tell you something)
  • How long do YOU expect a transmission to last honda seller ? If a vehicle is not used for towing the transmission should last as long as the engine. What does a mini van have to do with anything ? Just the weight of the passengers puts too much strain on the tranny ? LMAO A POS is a POS !
  • viqsviqs Posts: 1
    I have a Honda Odyssey - 91000 miles - when the transmission issues started. Check Engine and TCS lights came on and D4 light blinking. Called HONDA and was told that the car was outside the warranty period, but within the 100,000 miles. HONDA had recalled this model and extended the warranty to 7 years, which means they did put faulty transmissions in these models. But now they are NOT honoring their warranty. WHY limit the warranty by time. There are many families that do not use the car to do 100,000 miles in 7 years. Transmissions issues are based on use so WHY limit the warranty to time of 7-years. It should be limited by mileage. Very very disappointed by HONDA. Will never buy a HONDA again and have advised my friends to do the same.
  • which year is yours?
    honda does not do years because they can
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347

    You have an excellent point. Our new 2003 EX-L Ody has only 72,000 miles on it but it's now 10 years old.
    I have done everything I possibly can to help the transmission along, I have changed over to the new DW1 fluid, and installed a Magnefine filter on the return line from the cooler. Changed the a/t fluid at 30,000 miles and again at 50,000, and 70,000 and I don't stand on the throttle when it's changing gears.

    Will all this help? Probably some, but I still expect the tranny to crater anyway, our $34,000 van is now worth less than the cost of a good a/t repair bill, but the Honda engine will probably still be running great as the van gets towed to the crusher.
  • Our 2003 Odyssey has been a dog since almost the beginning. Within a few hours of the warranty expiration, all of the electronic windows suddenly failed. Hundreds of dollars to repair those. This was followed in short order by failure of the electronic doors. Several hundred more. Two days ago the transmission suddenly gave out while I was on the entrance ramp to a busy highway. A new transmission will cost us around $5,000. This morning the service technician called and rattled off a number of other existing or imminent failures. The total repairs will cost in excess of $10,000, more than twice the vehicle's current blue-book value.

    My next car will be a Toyota again. We've owned four, and all have been excellent. Good-bye, Honda, and good riddance.
  • Welcome to the Disappointed Odyssey Owners Club....

    Did you post your info here yet?
  • you are entitled to be the president of the Honda Screwed Up Customers
  • Bought mine used a little over a year ago. It's 1999 with 120k on it. It had 103k when I bought it for $3400. I have friends who owned Civics that lasted well past 200k and thought Honda was a good brand. I started looking around when I got the check engine light. Mine's well out of warranty and my wife likes it too much to junk it. I found a rebuilt tranny on ebay for $1200 from a seller with not a great user rating. I'm wondering how my miles I can milk out of the current transmission and what bandaids I can use to help it along? Honda really needs to make this right. Is there anybody trying to start up a new class action suit?
  • Bought my 2002 Odyssey new.
    I had to replace my transmission at 184,000 kms. I put in a transmission cooler that was installed by a travel trailer company for $125 at 260,000 kms (Honda recommend the trailer company, said not to use Honda ones). I currently have 336,000 kms. 2 years ago I replaced my air condioner at Honda for a rebuilt one. We love this van. Will keep it until it drops and probably buy a used 2014 in a few years.
  • I bought my Odyssey 2002 brand new.On today I make 401,000 miles.
    Run on third transmission. First makes 85,000 Miles, second - 200,000.
    Newer have any problem with engine.
  • That's what the tranny re-build place said....his brother in law has one with over 300,000 miles. I didn't get the rebuilt tranny until almost 200K, but it needed it far before that with the problems I was having with 2nd gear. I couldn't be on a hill and shift into 3rd gear. Mine is a 2002 as well.
  • "(Honda recommend the trailer company, said not to use Honda ones)."

    Can you let us know which trailer company installed the cooler?
  • web address for the trailer company -
  • tlw6tlw6 Posts: 16

    the check engine codes for my Odyssey (2003) indicate some tranny issues and possible causes include faulty speed sensor. Would anyone be able to advise how could I tell? I could see that the rpm goes up & down as I accelerate and decelerate. is this sufficient to determine that the sensor is working? Thanks.

  • We had a 2004. At first we would have issues getting it into Park. Soon after, transmission went completely bad. Just over 100k and Honda wouldn't do anything. Probably will never buy a Honda with automatic transmission again.

  • peacetpeacet Posts: 1

    I was a loyal Honda owner for 20 years having two Accords before buying my current Odyssey. I have a 2004 Odyssey bought new. Transmission failed in 2011 at 99,000 miles and had to replace it, but the dealership I brought it to did not mention the recall or problems and gave me a $5,500 estimate to replace. I had it towed to a transmission shop that replaced it for $2,500 with a rebuilt transmission. I recently found a website that suggests steps to take if you have had these problems; it is I never received any recall notices for this issue, but have received others in the past for different issues. I am now completing the "5 steps you should do" suggested on the Odyssey Transmission website. Whether I ever buy another Honda depends on how or if Honda handles my complaint. I'll let you know what happens.

  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,333

    I've had two Odys and one transmission problem which was fixed instantly including a loaner and cost me not a dime.

    If you have the slightest bit of trouble with your dealer call Honda corporate. They are better than any automotive customer service experience I've ever had.

    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • It is 2014 and my 2000 Honda Odyssey is having tranny problems for the first time. The D indicator keeps flashing and my TCS, STM, and Check Engine lamps are all on. I only have experience with repairing my Ford Escort 1999 by the way, which is odd that it has the TCS and CE lamps on also, my 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan (transmission failed to shift from 2 to higher gears) and my 2001 Dodge Caravan (same tranny problem and engine failure...rebuilt it, get a good education on this helps), so I don't want to try and rebuild a Honda myself...I only have experience with American vehicles, no foreign ones. Am I the only one with this mass problem or has the same thing happening to other Odysseys this badly?

  • And I need to replace the headlamp cases because the previous owner had the parts, but lost the facility they were in as well as a new bumper for the van.

  • That's foreclosure for you. Pain in the tailpipe...

  • If you are going to get a new van, Grand Caravan's the way to go. My family has a few (relatives, grandparents, etc.), and the leather interior is fantastic. I also found UConnect to be very intuitive for me also and the USB port helps out greatly for when I want to really pump the bass on the way to a party. Sounds odd, but it works.

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