Last post on Nov 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM
You are in the Honda Odyssey
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Honda Odyssey, Van
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#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?
#1119 of 2416 Violent shakes under gradual acceleration
Aug 05, 2009 (6:16 am)
Your problem sounds almost identical to mine. My 2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L minivan makes forceful violent resonating shakes during gradual acceleration around 40-50 MPH and 1.7-2.5 K RPM. Sometimes, it's just rough engine vibration. The shakes are enough to make my drink jump out of it's glass. Happens on gradual acceleration or moderate uphill slope. Happens about every day, or 4 times/week, within about 11 miles. Appears that gears not yet shifted, but when rough, RPM changes as if engine is fighting itself. ECO light is not lit. I can stop shakes by letting go of acceleration. When just rough, I can stop it after a few seconds of harder acceleration.
Similar to you, problem is exacerbated when going over a slight incline that puts slightly more pressure on the engine/transmission. The shakes would not happen for the dealer service, just the rough vibration. I'm trying to find criteria to reproduce the events for them. I had the transmission oil changed which appeared to solve the problem for a few days. They want to change the fluid again to rule that out. Next, they say I should replace the torque converter. I am the original owner with about 75k miles. It's been happening for 4-6 months now.
I was also researching problems with the EGR (exhaust gas recirculator), but this is supposed to show a engine service code, and is supposed to be shutters while cruising. I think I feel those, but it's hard to rule that apart from bumps in the road. If you get the engine service code, Honda has supposedly extended the warranty to 80k miles.
I am considering a Honda for my wife, but am holding off until my problems are solved. We're also considering Toyota.
Have you had any progress with your problem? Are other people having this problem? Hope this helps you.
#1120 of 2416 How dangerous is the Odyssey transmission problem?
Aug 05, 2009 (9:27 am)
My 2002 Odyssey with 105,000 miles is just starting to have the transmission problems described here. When it started I had a full tranny flush done and the fluid replaced with the good synthetic stuff. In two weeks I'm taking the family on a 1400-mile trip, including basically two 12-hour driving days. It seems that this problem takes a while to develop, sometimes 2-3 years from some posts I have seen. (My van might also be improving -- if the tranny flush helped could it take a couple hundred miles to have an effect?)
MAIN QUESTION: Is it crazy for me to take this car on this trip? When these transmissions go while driving, what actually happens? Thanks.
#1121 of 2416 Re: How dangerous is the Odyssey transmission problem? [kpm1]
Aug 05, 2009 (12:41 pm)
Where did you do the tranny flush, at the dealer?
Honda does not recommend tranny flush, it should be drain n fill x 3 instead of flush.
#1122 of 2416 Re: How dangerous is the Odyssey transmission problem? [bigdadi118]
Aug 05, 2009 (1:01 pm)
Not the dealer. Local Shell. Honestly don't know if they flushed it or just drained it.
#1123 of 2416 Re: How dangerous is the Odyssey transmission problem? [kpm1]
Aug 07, 2009 (5:06 pm)
My 2004 Odyssey had the transmission replaced last week. Now the negotiations regarding who should pay have started. At 92,000 I brought the car to the dealership with the report from my mechanic- dark colored fluid, metal on the magnet, whine, and slipping gears. I took it in 3 times specifically to have the transmission checked, especially when it started to shift roughly (clunking) at stop signs and then the engine would die. Every time they claimed that there was nothing wrong although they did hear the loud whine. They claimed that with no codes or check engine light, they could not determine a problem. Two weeks ago, at just over 106,000, the car died after a rough downshift at a stop light and then would not go into gear. I had it towed to Honda and they determined that the transmission needed to be replaced. There were still no check engine light or codes. So, to answer your question, it has been having symptoms for the past 14,000 miles. It died at a stop light, luckily not at a stop in traffic on the freeway. I have no trust in Honda anymore. I believe they have been lying to me about not qualifying for the recall. Check the NHTSA website for the recall on the 2002-2004 Odyssey transmissions.
#1124 of 2416 Re: How dangerous is the Odyssey transmission problem? [marti3]
Aug 07, 2009 (6:35 pm)
That's very helpful. I have heard about the clunking, but mine just has trouble shifting, usually 2d to 3d. It starts to wind out, RPMs jump, and you have to let off the gas for it to shift, but the eventual shift is (so far) pretty smooth. At highway speeds it's perfectly fine. Thanks for the advice. I'm inclined to take it on this trip rather than rent a car. It has only had symptoms for maybe 1500 miles.
#1125 of 2416 2000 Honda Odyssey / Cash for Clunkers
Aug 09, 2009 (6:01 pm)
WOW! are we getting screwed. Not only is my second transmission on its last leg but now I found out that the 2000 Odyssey does not qualify for cach for clunkers, but the 2001 Odeyssey does? They have the same engine, transmission etc. How can this happen?
#1126 of 2416 Uh oh...
Aug 09, 2009 (7:32 pm)
I'm feeling a little anxious after reading through this thread, We have a 2004 EX-RES with a little over 62K miles on it. Over the past few weeks, I've noticed the 'D' indicator flashing while we're driving. I finally looked through the owner's manual and read where that flashing light may be indicative of a transmission problem I'll be calling the dealer tomorrow to get their take on it. We do have an extended warranty on the vehicle, so if we happen to end up with the worst scenario, I hope they cover it...