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#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?
#1110 of 2416 Tranny Reimbursement
Jul 25, 2009 (6:37 pm)
I am a 2nd owner of a 2002 Honda Odyssey and had to replace the tranny at about 105,000, around March of 2008.
I did not realize that Honda America was helping with the reimbursement at the time I replaced the tranny (my bad, I know I should have consulted this group).
Is there any chance I can get some of the monies for my past expenses? If so, what is the best way to go about requesting the reimbursement?
#1111 of 2416 Re: 1999 Honda Odyssey is it worth it to have transmission repaired? [zolta
Jul 25, 2009 (7:57 pm)
Zoltaro: run, do not walk, away from any Ody that is in the date ranges of '99 to probably today. The'99 you speak of will likely have another tranny failure in a few thousand miles or so, and then will have another, and probably another. 135K miles on the first transmission is a miracle, and the rebuild will take away whatever magic it had originally. I'm on my fourth tranny on the Ody that I bought new and treated like it was made of glass. The first two were replaced under the lawsuit extended warranty and the third one was by the grace of a helpful service manager. That one cose me labor at $600, and I did it only to get the 36K mile warranty. This van is the love of my automotive life, but in a year or so, it will be gone.....best of luck...G3guy
#1112 of 2416 ODY transmission problems
Jul 26, 2009 (12:05 pm)
How long did your transmissions last after you had them repaired? I am having a problem, but I am at 150,000 miles now. Trying to decide to repair or buy something else.
#1113 of 2416 Re: ODY transmission problems [tgwg]
Jul 26, 2009 (1:30 pm)
I my 2002 transmission replaced at 180,605 kms and the van is currently at 233,000 kma. I am planning to keep till the van dies or it's too expensive to keep it.
Although with today's high prices for vehicles I will try to keep forever. I am retired on a fixed income.
I also life the design!
#1114 of 2416 Re: ODY transmission problems [tgwg]
Jul 27, 2009 (9:16 pm)
Check with www.kbb.com (Kelly Blue Book) to see how much your van is worth in your local market. Then calculate what else will be needed to get another 20,000 miles or so out of it (transmission repair, timing belt, brakes, and so on). You'll have to estimate the trend line for the value in the next couple of years to determine the probable values at points during that time. When the cost gets close to the value, sell it (as P.T. Barnum said, "there's a sucker born every minute", and its worth more now than it will ever be), trade it in, or donate it to charity, but in some way get rid of it. Don't give it to anyone you care for, or anyone whom you want to keep as a friend. Good luck. In my case, the first transmission (factory, in the new vehicle), lasted about 6 months, then I fought Honda for a year before they admitted that there was something wrong with it. The second one lasted two years, but died quickly, and was replaced by Honda as a result of the class-action lawsuit. The third one is going strong at 6 months and about 3000 miles, but the vehicle will be traded before the 3-year of 36K mile warranty is over. What a shame, as I really love this van.
#1115 of 2416 01 odyssey 2nd trans going bad what now?
Jul 29, 2009 (5:01 pm)
first trans replaced at around 50k miles. 103k miles now and this trans is beginning to slip. am I expected to replace these every 50k miles or so? does anyone have any advice on getting Honda to replace or cover at least cover some of the cost?
#1116 of 2416 Re: 01 odyssey 2nd trans going bad what now? [jpatrickinc]
Jul 29, 2009 (5:26 pm)
Sorry about yout transmission! Just about everyone on this forum has had the same problem - more or less mileage or kilometers. What I fail to understand is why are you asking about getting advice when if you use the search tools in this forum the question you are asking has already been asked and many people have answered. If you are not sure how- enter your make, then model, then go. Then enter keyword(s) within this particular forum (i.e. 'getting Honda to replace').
Most replacements are the transmissions.
#1117 of 2416 Re: 01 odyssey 2nd trans going bad what now? [jpatrickinc]
Jul 29, 2009 (5:35 pm)
Your best bet is to call Honda Cust. Service 800-999-1009 and explain your situation. Have your vin # ready because Honda cust service will ask for it. My 02 Odyssey transmission went bad with only 42k miles and incurred a $3200 bill from AAMCO Transmission. I called Honda and they reimburse me $1000 for the problem . Honda acknowledge that there is a major problem with the transmissions for the 1999-2004 Odyssey. They are handling problems on a case by case basis.
Since your van has 103k miles, your best bet is to repair it at AAMCO and purchase the additional 3 yr/36000 miles warranty or even a lifetime warranty, if you plan to keep the van for awhile.
It is just unfortunate that us Honda Odyssey owners of 1999-2004 have to deal with this transmission problem.
#1118 of 2416 Re: 01 odyssey 2nd trans going bad what now? [tmock13]
Jul 31, 2009 (9:46 am)
I called Honda America, and they seemed to ignore the transmission problem (that was fixed by me about 1 year ago, at 92,000 miles).
I am thinking of contacting a lawyer or going to a small business court for past reimbursement. Any thoughts?