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#1471 of 2416 another odyssey transmission bites the dust
May 15, 2010 (10:54 am)
Yep, we're another "only dealer serviced, babied" 2003 Odyssey owner with a tranny failure at 108k miles. The dealer is quoting us $5400 for a new one. They and Honda America are agreeing to pay $50% as they agree there are problems with Odyssey transmission from that model year. Um, if they acknowledge manufacturer error, why are WE required to pay anything?
We will be trading in our 2008 Honda Civic, and getting rid of the Odyssey as well. We will never buy another Honda.
Our dilemma at this point is do we have to pay the almost $3k to fix this thing, just to trade it in? Seeing as how many people on are on their 2nd and 3rd trannies, we have no faith that even getting a new one will guarantee us safety and reliability and a return on our investment.
Wonder why the class action suit of the earlier models has not extended to the '03 and '04?
May 15, 2010 (1:23 pm)
I purchased this oddy in feb and had no problems with it until yesterday when I was leaving to go to the grocery store. I put the van in reverse and backed up with no problems, then I put it into drive and noticed it took about 1 sec longer for the van to engage into drive. It feels like it slips into gear and the van jolts forward just a little. I took it to the dealer where I purchased it and he told me it sounds like the tranny needs to be flushed and filled. Anyone out there have any suggestions that could help me get this fixed?
#1473 of 2416 Honda Odyssey
May 16, 2010 (11:49 am)
I have Honda Odyssey 2000 with 66000 miles.
So far i have no issues and very happy with it.
I have a few questions?
1. Am I just lucky?
2. Should I sell it before I have problems?
3. If i will have transmission problem will Honda will pay? Up do how many miles?
4. Do most owners get the transmission problems?
#1474 of 2416 2000 Ody
May 16, 2010 (5:41 pm)
Udiar14: 1. you are lucky beyond your dreams. 2. yes, dump it while you can, and stay away from the Pilot and Odessey in your next purchase. The transmissions were built for sedans, not vans and SUVs.. 3. Honda will likely not pay at all, or will charge you an exorbitant amount for labor and part of the cost of the transmission. 4. Yes, most owners, particularly of older Ody's have had or will have problems with the torque converter or transmission proper. Even the new vans have trouble like this. When will Honda learn? You probably don't drive the van very much, so haven't had trouble yet. But, if the "check engine" light comes on, that's the cue that trouble is on the way. I'm on the fourth transmission on my 2000, but my van's trouble started under warranty, so all of my trannys have been under warranty. I'll dump it before my current coverage ends next spring. Best wishes....G3guy
#1475 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey [udiar14]
May 19, 2010 (5:59 am)
#1476 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey [svandre21224]
May 19, 2010 (6:32 am)
Are you confident that "most owners" of Honda Odyssey's have transmission problems?
I ask because I will probably be in the market within the week (catastrophic damage to '08 Pilot) for a used Odyssey and had my eye on a number of CPO 08s in my area. I had assumed that they were bulletproof, but after reading this thread in this forum, I am starting to question whether it is worth the hassle. I guess I will need all of the service records to confirm whether a transmission has already been replaced on any used Odyssey (most in my area have between 30k and 45k miles).
Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Not sure where else to turn if the Odyssey is not in the running. We are a Honda family, never owned a Toyota, and when I read about other competitors on CarSpace they seem to have just as many problems as an Odyssey (although may be not transmission problems).
#1477 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey [dfwhonda]
May 19, 2010 (6:34 am)
> I guess I will need all of the service records to confirm whether a transmission has already been replaced on any used Odyssey (most in my area have between 30k and 45k miles).
The sad thing is it appears even if the transmission had been replaced at some point (early) in time, the replacement is as prone to failure as the original. So replacement means nothing.
#1478 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey [udiar14]
May 19, 2010 (6:59 am)
Just sold a 2002 Ody with 167k miles on it... NEVER had any issues with that van... no transmission problems, no torque converter problem, nothing, absolutely nothing... we drove it around town and on long trips. It was a dream and we thought Honda was rock solid. Only sold it because wanted the side curtain air bags on newer models.... thought we'd get a 2010 Ody or 2011... but after reading all these forums and problems with tranny on Ody...(and Pilot), we're leaning toward the Toyota Sienna as our replacement instead. Perhaps we were just lucky with ours... or perhaps the tranny problem is only on a relatively small percentage of the Ody....hard to tell... but all the posts here and the reliability report on 2010 Ody on USN&World Report site being a 5 out of 10 (Sienna is 10 out of 10), we're probably going with Sienna. Perhaps there is no such thing as a great reliable van out there anymore... hopefully Toyota and Honda 2011s will prove that wrong.
#1479 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey [minimommy]
May 19, 2010 (8:37 am)
2011 Odyssey is suppost to have a 6-speed automatic, the same as in the 2010 Acura MDX
Base model on the 2011 Sienna is a 4-cylinder.
My 2002 is current in for small body job (tree pushed over on it by another vehicle). The rental is a 2010 Sienna. You sure can feed the hard road and the air-conditioner is noisey and there are a few rattles.
I'm told that the Elysion (our Odyssey) built in Japan has no transmission problems.
#1480 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey [minimommy]
May 20, 2010 (10:16 am)
I noticed on Consumer Reports that the 08 Siennas had excellent reliability history. I know that CR accumulates data from people who have subscriptions and complete surveys, but 08 Odyssey reliability history is not nearly as clean as Toyota. And I don't see any transmission problems for used Siennas here on CarSpace forums - I can live with other minor problems, but do not want to worry about family getting stranded by a bad transmission. It's a shame because I prefer the Odyssey to the Sienna from an exterior looks and interior configuration perspective, but those differences are not enough to outweigh reliability in performance.