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#1100 of 2416 2002 Odyssey Transmission problems
Jul 09, 2009 (8:46 pm)
I purchased the 02 Odyssey new and have faithfully followed the maintenance scheduled as outlined in the manual. But guess what, with only 41200 miles, the check engine light came up. I had it diagnosed at two repair shops and both had the code P0730 "incorrect gear ratio". The auto technicians explain to me that this code involves the transmission. For the years 1999-2004, the technicians informed to me that they have seen quite a few problems involving the transmissions of Honda Odysseys. I called up American Honda and they informed me that there is no such extended warranty on the transmissions for 2002-2004 Odyssey The extended warranty applies to only 1999-2001 Odyssey. I question why this is the case since the transmission used is basically the same for this generation of Odysseys. Their response to me was that there was a recall for 2002 Transmissions and that an oil jet fuel kit would be installed to fix the transmission problems. I did have the oil jet fuel kit installed back in 2004 and the transmission today is having problems. Dealer told me that it will cost me $5000 to $6000 for another transmission. I chose to go to AAMCO and have it fix and it will cost me $3100 with a 1yr/12000 miles warranty. For a known defect as posted by so many people, Honda should take care of their loyal fan base. Just google Honda Transmission problems for 1999-2004 Odysseys and you'll see there are many owners in my dilemma. Also, Consumer Reports also showed many owners complaining about tranny problems for this generation of Odyssey.
I will never buy HONDA again and will jump ship to Toyota. The Toyota Sienna is beginning to look quite attractive.
To all Odyssey owners with transmission problems, is there a lawsuit out there that covers 2002-2004? I am aware of one for 1999-2001 odysseys. Also, what are other Odyssey owners doing about this problem? The thought of having only 41200 miles and having the transmission fixed out of pocket just infuriates me!! Hope to hear back from you all. Thanks...
#1101 of 2416 2003 Odyssey Transmission Failure
Jul 11, 2009 (1:32 pm)
I too just suffered the all too painful experience of replacing the transmission on my 2003 Honda Odyssey which broke down on the highway while we were out of town. It cost $4100 to replace. So frustrating to find out this problem is widespread. I have owned three Hondas and this will be my last. I do hope there is some sort of class action lawsuit.
#1102 of 2416 Re: 2003 Odyssey Transmission Failure [shultfam]
Jul 12, 2009 (3:00 am)
Here is some consolation news, call American Honda Cust. Service 800- 999-1009 and report your problem like I did. They will take your info and assign you a case number. A case manager will call you within the next two days and work things out with you. My case manager acknowledged to me that there are numerous problems and complaints regarding the 1999-2004 transmissions on the Odysseys. Honda has the extended warranty till 100K on only the 1999-2001 models. For the 2002 to 2004 models, Honda is handling on a case by case basis. After paying $3100 to AAMCO, I was told to fax the receipt showing it was paid for and a partial reimbursement will be made. The case manager refer to this as the "Good Will Gesture" since my Odyssey has only 41000 miles and my vin # was clean with no known history when they checked it out. I will be getting back a $1000 from Honda for my loss. I am still a bit upset that I still had to spend an unnecessary $2100 but it is what it is.
#1103 of 2416 Re: 2003 Odyssey Transmission Failure [tmock13]
Jul 12, 2009 (6:11 am)
This Honda infamous tranny problem is like when Honda cut one of your leg off and pay you to install fake leg and even want to find excuses not to during the complaint process?
The cause is Honda prematured tranny failure made you $2,100 pocket lighter and Honda does not take full responsibility only reimbursed you $1,000. Think also the inconvenience, the other protential problems that the failed tranny leads to.
I got a lemon from Chrysler's Turismo in 1986 and I swore Chrysler won't get my business any more. The only way Chrysler will get my business is there's no other brand except Chrysler in this world.
#1104 of 2416 Re: 2003 Odyssey Transmission Failure [tmock13]
Jul 12, 2009 (6:12 am)
thank you...I will do that. I don't know if they will do anything for me since I had so many miles on my car when it happened (120,000)....but it is worth the call. Appreciate the info!
#1105 of 2416 2001 Trans. Nightmare
Jul 12, 2009 (12:57 pm)
HOnda did pay 50% of my new transmission, but it was anightmare! It tooks two weeks of haggling with them, going over my story over andover.. they lost my case once and made me reopen it. ALL because they put in a faulty product. I paid top dollar for my 2001 Odyssey ( I was on a wait list they were so popular), but I expected stellar reliability and great customer service. Got neither! Very disappointed in Honda!
#1106 of 2416 Re: 2002 Odyssey Transmission problems [tmock13]
Jul 13, 2009 (12:44 pm)
Can you tell me about the law suit for the 1999-2001 odyssey? We have 1999 odyeesey and it has 71, 532 miles on it and we were told that it is not under warranty. Our 10 years will be August 27, 2009. Any information would be great. We took it to the dealers today, and was told the replacement of the transmission would be about 4K. which is too much for me...
#1107 of 2416 Re: 2002 Odyssey Transmission problems [birch1999]
Jul 13, 2009 (5:58 pm)
For the 1999-2001 models, call Honda Cust. Service 1-800-999-1009 and explain your situation. They may be able to let you know how the 10 year/100000 miles warranty would apply to your situation. Also, asked the cust. rep, to provide you a case number and that you wish to be contacted by a case manager. You will get a response within 48 hours. The case manager will tell you exactly what you should do and how much they will cover on your repairs.
Also check out this link and provide your vin# to see if your vehicle was part of the lawsuit settlement against Honda for the faulty transmissions on the 1999-2001 Odyssey models.
Hope this helps you.
#1108 of 2416 Re: 2007 Odyssey Torque Converter problem [jet_tester]
Jul 21, 2009 (5:39 pm)
I have a eary similar transmission problem with my 2002 odyssey. Dealer tells me the computer is not registering a code. I have take 2 technicians out for ride with me to experience the shudder at 35 to 40 mph. You can also feel it around 20 and 60 but it is very short and mild. I would like to know what test your technician ran and how he recorded the problem. Although I have told Honda dealer and Honda Care what I thought it was they tell me without a code, there is nothing wrong.
Thanks for your help
#1109 of 2416 1999 Honda Odyssey is it worth it to have transmission repaired?
Jul 25, 2009 (10:21 am)
I am aware of the transmission issues on the 99-03 Odysseys. I once owned a '01 that I had to replace the transmission on and then about 10K later it was making a clunking sound when putting it in reverse so I traded it in. My question is this:
I am once again in need of a mini van and I have some very good friends who are offering to sell me their 1999 Odyssey. BUT it is in need of a new transmission (no surprise). My friends got a quote of $1800-2200 from a local shop (not dealer) to rebuild the transmission that's in there now. The van has about 135,000 miles on it and is in otherwise excellent shape. These friends are the original owners and have taken excellent care of the van. I have no doubt about that. If they get it fixed they'll sell it to us for about $3900 (and they're willing to take payments!). I want to know if it would be wise for us to buy this van? What are the chances that the rebuilt tranny will go out again in another 10K miles? Does it make a difference if the old one is rebuilt as opposed to a new one being put in? And when "new" ones are put in aren't they also remanufactured? If we could get a 100K out of it that would be OK, but not 10K. What do you all think?