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#1414 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey Transmission and other issues [srican]
Mar 10, 2010 (11:04 am)
I don't know the answer; but you could send an emial to Convsumers Reports and see what they say. The Pilot and MDX use the same charris engines and tranny as the Odyssey, except that the MDX gets a 6-speed in 2010. These 2 have no transmission problems since 2003; probably becuase they are 4 week/all-wheel drive. With Toyota's problems what could you buy in the same size. GM, Ford & Nissan do longer produce minivans. From what I read the Chryslers have their thanny problems too; but are not recommended by Consumers Reports. VW minivan is really a Chrysler. Maybe a customize full size van is the answer. I once had a 1982 Ford one.
1963 Austin Mini
1965 Morris 1100
1967 Plymount Valiant
1972 Datsun 510
1979 Mercury Zephyr
1982 Ford E150 Customized
1992 Ford Taurus
2002 Honda Odyssey EX
#1415 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey Transmission and other issues [srican]
Mar 10, 2010 (11:13 am)
I would recommend not getting a Honda Oddessy. 1 1/2 years ago they put a rebuilt transmission in it under warranty and it has failed about 2 weeks ago but Honda is paying for 50%. A transmission should not fail in a 1 1/2 years!
#1416 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey Transmission and other issues [srican]
Mar 10, 2010 (11:21 am)
Please remember, you are obviously going to see more problems listed here because the vast majority of people don't have significant issues and they have no reason to come to forums and talk about it. With that said, Yes, there are issues with certain model years. We have both a 1999 and a 2010 Odyssey. Yes, the 1999 has had its transmission issues - we're on #3 now (replaced at 60K and 136K miles). And yes, the engine mounts are expensive and wear out. However, I believe the Odyssey was revamped in 2007 with the heavier duty powertrain from the Ridgeline. From what I've seen the 2009/2010's are proving to be very reliable, with one notable exception: the Touring model. That model has a few issues, from its special engine mounts, to the variable cylinder management, to the outlandishly expensive run-flat tires with monitoring (you're talking $500-600 per tire). Anyway, we're very happy with the 2010 and the improvements over prior series. Regards.
#1419 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey Transmission and other issues [srican]
Mar 10, 2010 (11:59 am)
I can't urge you enough not to buy one. As you can read from website with litereally thousands and thousands of postings from as early back as 1999 with the same transmission and master cylinder problems. This is not a new issue nor has it been fixed in the newer models. Honda need to recall \fix these vans plain and simple. My 2007 started having this issue at 28,000 miles. First they tried the computer software upgrade then the Torque converter. Finally the replaced the whole transmission The master cylinder also had to be replaced along with MANY others. This issue is being reported with the 2009's already... Steer clear from the Odyssey.....N
#1420 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey Transmission and other issues [srican]
Mar 10, 2010 (3:28 pm)
The newest models don't seem to have a problem. But it's hard to figure out if that's the real case since we thought the vans won't have a problem way back in 2003.
#1421 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey Transmission and other issues [srican]
Mar 10, 2010 (6:05 pm)
I have a 2007 Odyssey EX. My First Honda, bought new. Our third mini-van. The last one was a 2000 Montana. My wife wishes she had her Montana back. I like the Odyssey, but we have had our problems. New steering pump, and transmission problems. It is still under warranty. They replaced the torque converter and then it still had issues, they reprogrammed the trans. Shifting is still strange and the torque converter at 55-60 can't make up it's mind what it wants to do. Down shifting is rough. Honda tested it, and admits it shifts strange, but is within tolerances. So, it is all mine. I have forgotten how it is suppose to shift and feel. At 65 and over, it does fine. Fuel mileage is not very good. Is comfortable and roomy. Easy to drive. A/C compressor stays on year round and I was told that is the design. So, good luck. Mine still goes forward and backward in reverse....I would not buy another one. Not as impressive as I expected a Honda to be.
#1422 of 2416 Torque Converter Shudder
Mar 10, 2010 (7:27 pm)
First, thanks for this forum! I thought I was alone with our transmission problem on our 2008 Odyssey. Same dealer response - nothing wrong. We have the same shudder at 30-40mph, really just under 40 going up a slight incline, just when you need to apply more accelerator. Same as that posted in message 1093 of this forum.
I am pulling together printouts of this forum to march into the dealer and get the torque converter. Thank goodness I am within the drivetrain warranty (38k). This isn't anything like our '90 civic that lasted to 282,000 before being given to a recent high school student, or the CRX that went to something like 300k+ miles.
Sure, this is a great van and it works great 99% of the time. I just hate the attitude of the dealer. The do not in any way believe the customer and their 'test' techniques only favor the dealership. Our van pulled violently to the left since new, but the dealer said that it went straight at 35mph for 7 seconds - within spec. I forced them to align it, they were aghast that I might know something better than them. Ahhhh - the alignment report said that, in fact, it was terribly out of spec, but I still had to pay the 79.95 for the alignment.
Wish me luck on getting a converter. My only hope is to bury them in a paper trail so that when the trans fails out of the warranty period, they have a clear record of the problems.
#1423 of 2416 Re: 2007 Odyssey Torque Converter problem [jet_tester]
Mar 10, 2010 (7:33 pm)
I am not alone!!!! Same problem, same conditions. Trying to get them to listen seems to be terribly time wasting. I hate to be driven to threats, but it seems that is the only strategy that works with Honda anymore.
My Chevy dealer bends over backwards to help. My Mercedes dealer bends over backwards and jumps through hoops. Honda treats me like an idiot. Time for them to be knocked off the pedestal!