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#1444 of 2416 Just became a member of the HOT prob club
Mar 22, 2010 (11:37 am)
95k miles and one week after the Honda Care warranty expired based on time (6 years), BAM! This is my fifth Honda, but my first Odyssey. I was told in 2004 that the AT trans problem was solved by the use of a oil jet for the 2nd gear, still got the warranty. Honda has known for years that the transmission used with V6 in all Honda and Acura cars, minivans, and MDXs was too wimpy for the HP and torque of that motor. Current models get the transmission from the Ridgeline truck. Wonder if my local T-shop can retrofit a Ridgeline trans to my 04?
BTW, got the "not our problem" answer from American Honda and the "Oh, tough luck" response from Honda Care, a sister company that Amer. Honda says is "not us".
My independent AT shop, that has been around for 50 years, will get the same Honda remanufactured trans from the Honda facility in Ohio through a distributor and install it for less (~$2K less) with a 3 year/100,000 miles warranty. Must have been a slow day in the repair department at the dealer for them to come up with $5900.00
#1445 of 2416 Odyssey Droning or Humming Noise
Mar 27, 2010 (9:20 am)
I have a 2007 EX with 33000 miles on it. I have had the humming or droning noise, sounding like it is coming from the back because it was quieter with people in the back than when empty except for my wide and I. I even replaced the tires because they need it, but also with the hope that new tires would quiet down the noise as per other posts about old, worn tires were noisy. No go.
Then, I recently was exiting an expressway at a higher than normal speed (this is my wife's van and we drive a little differently). I noticed that the noise increased as I went around the ramp and went back to normal on a straightaway.
An "aha" moment arose...wheel bearings. Took it to my Honda dealer, out of warranty of course due to more than 36 mos. They replaced the left rear wheelbearing and the sound went away.
Maybe this will work for some of you. Service mgr. said they hadn't had many of this problem come in and had not thought to try this before as most people, myself included thought it was a vibration of tranny, A-pipe,left front bearings, etc.
#1446 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey Transmission and other issues [newodyprob]
Mar 29, 2010 (7:16 am)
Here is the recent update about my car. Took it in again to Honda and the service tech ran some diagonistic test and used a camera to take snap-shots of what was happening. They told me they can see the problem and were going to put in a new transmission. Well then someone at Honda warranty center put a stop to that. They told my local tech that they know about the problem and a new tranny will not fix the problem. It is a computer "bug" that they do not have a fix for. They had the tech clear out the "memory" and suggested that sometimes fixes the problem. Well of course it didn't. So basically I have a car with 29k miles on it that is completely under warranty that they have evidence of a problem but can not fix it. As a consumer --were do you go from here! So FYI for all of you that your Honda techs are telling you it is just the car...it is not. They know about all these problems but have no fix for them. After 4 weeks of owning my car I'm about to trade it in but that just means the poor old soul who buys it will have to deal with it and I will be out thousands of dollars.
#1447 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey Transmission and other issues [newodyprob]
Mar 29, 2010 (7:28 am)
They just want to wait till you are out of warranty, so you will have to pay for it... What year is it?
#1448 of 2416 2007 Odyssey EX-L RES
Mar 30, 2010 (6:37 am)
I've been monitoring this discussion ever since my van started to shutter which was around 36K miles. I was also noticing the rpm's would jump slightly around 1400-1500. I took it to the dealer right away and they performed the software upgrade. That didn't help one bit. The van was still doing the same thing the day I picked it up from the dealership. I took the van back in this past Saturday. The van currently has around 43K miles on it and the service advisor informed me that the torque converter is bad and will need to be replaced. The part is on order and should be in any day now. I'm hoping this will fix this annoying issue. Our lease is up in June and we're definitely looking to get another van but we're not sure it will be an Odyssey. I asked the service guy if they have seen any problems with the 2010 models and he said they haven't yet. Has anyone heard of this problem in the '10 models?
#1449 of 2416 Re: Just became a member of the HOT prob club [svandre21224]
Mar 30, 2010 (6:44 am)
After repeated calls to my American Honda "case worker" and no response, I decided to fight the battle after the repair and had the AT replaced by my local, well respected transmission shop. Total cost for installation of a Honda remanufactured AT for my 04 Odyssey V6 with a 3yr/100000 mile warranty was $2,750.00 (AT, fluids, labor, and taxes). A little more than 1/2 price. Honda insisted on installing a control module, but the T-shop said they don't because they have never needed to replace one on that model Odyssey. Honda dealer's argument was that the module is matched to the transmission, so when the transmission breaks you need a new module. I asked the dealer's service rep what happens when the module breaks, do I need a new transmission? That sent him away muttering, as I lip read him calling me a part of the human anatomy.
#1450 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey Transmission and other issues [rfreitas]
Mar 30, 2010 (12:01 pm)
That is what I keep thinking---it is a 2007. However, I now have evidence from the service tech that something is wrong with it now with 29k miles. The tranny is under warranty until 60k and I think the dealership realizes I'm not going away. I'm supposed to get a call after the tech calls Honda tech line today. Seems that my local tech is just as annoyed as I am. Tech line is having the local tech run in circles because ultimately there is no fix. I will continue to push but at some point I think I need to call a lemon, a lemon and ditch the car. Funny thing is the local dealer wants nothing to do with my car---a perfect condition, low miles, 2007 Odyssey!!!
#1451 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey Transmission and other issues [newodyprob]
Mar 31, 2010 (5:13 am)
Have you seen the 2007's issues reported here:
This site has transmission issue reported on just about every year since 1999. I don't see any 2010's yet, but they probably don't have enough miles on it yet...
#1453 of 2416 2005 Odyssey Transmission- please contact NHTSA
Apr 15, 2010 (8:55 am)
Good afternoon all,
I recently spoke with the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration (Part of Dept of Transportation that investigates recall issues) after Honda USA in Torrance CA refused to help out replacing the transmission/torque converter on a 2005 Odyssey Touring with 90K miles. I have owned 6 Honda's in the past 20 years and they still did not offer me any assistance.
Honda refused to extend any goodwill and replace the torque. Repair estimate is $2150 from dealership ... and they said they have done hundreds of torque converter replacements.
Class Action Suit or gov't issue recall is only thing Honda will respond too.
Please call the NHTSA hotline 1-888-327-4236 and lodge a formal complaint. You can search # of complaints here:
Honda knows there is a problem but will not do anything unless critical mass is reached and enough people complain to proper channel. There are 20 complaints on file under Powertrain: Automatic Transmission.
Everyone has the same problem of whole van shuddering between
20-45 mph. Please get the word out too, more people who reach out to the NHTSA better chance action will be taken. Pass along the phone and or URL above.
- A former long time Honda owner.