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#1494 of 2416 Re: 2002 Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems [cgrammer]
Jun 04, 2010 (5:57 pm)
Someone please tell me what I can do about this can I sue?????
If the car was sold "as is" you can't sue. If it came with some type of warranty, say 3 months, and you have documented proof you took it and they ignored the problem... then yeah, I'd say you have a good case. The revving problem, while in park and while stepping on brake, doesn't sound like a transmission problem to me though.
I would probably take their offer if you car didn't come with a warranty.
Jun 04, 2010 (6:48 pm)
I agree with jip. you can complain more, and start a case with american honda, but it is entirely up to them if they want to do anything.
but, if you can get it done for $1,700 and it comes with a 3 year warranty, worth getting it done.
then if you want to fight, sue, etc. at least you have your car.
One thing to keep in mind is if you reject the offer, they will rescind it, and you may not get another one. And you will still have a 4,500# lawn ornament.
#1496 of 2416 Odyssey and Pilot transmissions the same???
Jun 05, 2010 (8:00 am)
Are the Odyssey and Pilot transmissions the same? I see from the Pilot forums that Pilot transmissions also seem to fail. Thank you.
#1497 of 2416 Re: Odyssey and Pilot transmissions the same??? [minimommy]
Jun 05, 2010 (2:39 pm)
I've read that they are, as are the transmissions in the Ridgeline pickup. I can't recall where I saw it; it was probably earlier in this forum, but I'm fairly sure that it is true. Enough to keep checking on it, anyway. If I find otherwise, I'll post it.
#1498 of 2416 Another flashing 'D' problem
Jun 05, 2010 (4:55 pm)
My Honda Odyssey '04 model has flashing 'D' problem and requires replacing 4th gear switch. The vehicle has run less than 70K miles. Should we expect this to be treated as part of warranty? We never received any recall notice on transmission problems and were shocked (and embarrassed for not knowing earlier) to see all these postings on transmission problems. Any suggestions on how I should approach this problem? Is it safe to drive the car until it is fixed? Thanks.
#1499 of 2416 Re: Another flashing 'D' problem [mira1]
Jun 05, 2010 (5:21 pm)
On further research I found the following. I bought the van after recall date and hence no recall notice, I believe. They should have fixed any problem before selling it to me.
RECALL: 2002 - 2004 Honda Odyssey
NHTSA Campaign Number: 04V176000 www.nhtsa.dot.gov
Manufacturer AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.
Recall Date: 04/15/2004
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 1099796
Description POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Summary ON SOME MINI VANS, SPORT UTILITY AND PASSENGER VEHICLES, CERTAIN OPERATING CONDITIONS CAN RESULT IN HEAT BUILD-UP BETWEEN THE COUNTERSHAFT AND SECONDARY SHAFT SECOND GEARS IN THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, EVENTUALLY LEADING TO GEAR TOOTH CHIPPING OR GEAR BREAKAGE.
Consequence GEAR FAILURE COULD RESULT IN TRANSMISSION LOCKUP, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Remedy ON VEHICLES WITH 15,000 MILES OR LESS, THE DEALER WILL UPDATE THE TRANSMISSION WITH A SIMPLE REVISION TO THE OIL COOLER RETURN LINE TO INCREASE LUBRICATION TO THE SECOND GEAR. ON VEHICLES WITH MORE THAN 15,000 MILES, THE DEALER WILL INSPECT THE TRANSMISSION TO IDENTIFY GEARS THAT HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED DISCOLORATION DUE TO OVERHEATING. IF DISCOLORATION EXISTS, THE TRANSMISSION WILL BE REPLACED IF DISCOLORATION IS NOT PRESENT, THE DEALER WILL PERFORM THE REVISION TO THE OIL COOLER RETURN LINE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 21, 2004, FOR PILOT, ODYSSEY, AND MDX OWNERS. OWNERS OF THE ACCORD VEHICLES WILL START RECEIVING LETTERS ON JUNE 28, 2004, AND ON JUNE 29, 2004, FOR OWNERS OF THE TL AND CL VEHICLES. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009 OR ACURA AT 1-800-382-2238.
Jun 05, 2010 (5:41 pm)
It'a a bummer that people have had transmission issues. I must say that I LOVE my 2000 Odyssey. I was annoyed when we had to replace the transmission too. However, I must so that we had 174,000 miles on it. The serviceman who typically works on our car from Honda assured us that there were no other problems with the car and that it would be worth it...and yes, it was.
That was 3 yrs ago and we literally got 241,000 miles on the car today. I trust the car fully and would take it on a road trip with no hesitation. We have some friends who also have the Odyssey (couple of yrs younger) and they have been very pleased too.
Service it regularly and I am sure it's cheaper than a new car note.
#1501 of 2416 POST YOUR STORIES ON FACEBOOK
Jun 10, 2010 (6:32 am)
Folks who have been screwed by Honda: realize few people read this site. We can commiseruate with each other how Honda has screwed us, but I suggest you let future Honda customers know how Honda screws their customers. There is a Honda Odyssey site on Facebook. Post your stories there.
In my case, we spent $4000 to fix our transmission, it didn't last 300 miles. Took it back to Honda of Bowie, MD, who did the original fix and now they can't "replicated it."
We'd been complaining about this for years and guess what, Honda of Bowie could never replicate the problem while it was under warranty. The moment it went out of warranty, they found it!
This time, same thing. They can't find it. No attempt to disassemble the transmission and find the problem.
Contacted Honda Corporate and they told me "not our problem."
#1502 of 2416 Re: Only Older Models have tranny problems [sham1]
Jun 10, 2010 (7:56 am)
Post on your stories on FACEBOOK. Facebook has an Odyssey page and a Honda page. Facebook will give this more exposure. You want FUTURE customers to understand this is an issue to. Not just us poor saps that Honda is blowing off.
#1503 of 2416 Do other Hondas have the transmission problem?
Jun 10, 2010 (8:51 am)
My 2000 Odyssey went to 185,000 miles before needing a new transmission. It is now at 221,000 and doing well. I feel lucky.
I would like to know what other models/years have a transmission problem or other serious defect before I buy another Honda. If not Honda, Toyota, then who do we buy from at this point?