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#1529 of 2416 Re: Looking at buying a 2003 Odessey. [fillthebarman]
Jul 07, 2010 (9:03 am)
How many miles does your daughter's 2000 have on it? I ask because our 2000 Odyssey is currently undrivable, sitting in our driveway due to it's transmission problems, and it has only 75K mi. We purchased it new and serviced it regularly. We have been buying Hondas since 1988, and were always impressed with their reliability, etc. Now, we are being punished for having low mileage because the Honda dealer we purchased it from says it has been too long since our warranty expired and the warranty extension that Honda America issued a few years ago. We had a 100K mi warranty that we purchased when we bought the car. In virtually all other respects, this Odyssey has been a great car for us. Now, we are reluctant to buy another Honda because they are not honoring their product. Honda is making a big mistake on this issue. Whatever it takes to repair/replace the transmission on our Odyssey, we intend to sue Honda and the dealer for cost + whatever grief they've caused due to their irresponsible behavior...
Jul 07, 2010 (9:42 am)
just had the trans fluid changed today on my 2005 (at just about 60K). 2nd time for this, since I decided (based on all the reported problems) to go with a 30K change interval, on the better safe than sorry schedule!
well that, and if something does happen prematurely, no way Honda will be able to argue that I did not take care of the van, since they are the only ones that have touched it (other than for tires), and I am going way beyond what is required.
also, for the 75K 2000 model, that one you have a reasonable chance of getting assistance, and even if they split the cost, it probably makes sense to spend the 2-3K on it, since it has so little value as it sits, and should be good for a lot longer if you get it fixed (especially compared to what else you could get for the value of a dead van + repair costs!)
I would not touch a 140K one, unless it was super cheap, and had a replacement tranny already installed not too many miles before.
#1531 of 2416 Re: Looking at buying a 2003 Odessey. [samspade1]
Jul 07, 2010 (11:29 am)
I guess it's hard to say where they have to draw the line. 75,000 isn't very many miles but ten years is a long time.
You might want to take this to the next level and be sure to stress the fact you bought en extended warranty and took good care of the car.
#1532 of 2416 Re: preventive [stickguy]
Jul 07, 2010 (11:29 am)
I change the trans fluid iour Hondas every 30,000 miles and I have always done this in all of our cars. 60,000 miles just seems like a long time.
Jul 07, 2010 (11:39 am)
well, 60K isn't even the recommended interval. That is, I think, 105K or 120K!
Of course, that was decided upon by the same dim bulbs that think it is a good idea to only change the filter at every other oil change. But, I guess if you are desperate to save $5, it might be a good idea!
#1534 of 2416 Re: interval [stickguy]
Jul 07, 2010 (12:21 pm)
I'm too lazy to pull out an Owner's Manual but I believe it's 60K on trans services.
The bean counters and the engineers argue all of the time. some prospective buyers are more concerned with how little money they will have to spend on maintenance that they stretch change intervals as long as they possible can.
People need to remember that these are MINIMUM service reccomendations.
Some people like to take better care of theri cars than that.
#1536 of 2416 Re: 2005 Odyssey Trans Shudder [2005_exl_owner]
by j orb
Jul 08, 2010 (7:44 am)
Having the same issue with my '05 Odyssey at 69K miles and it's at the dealership right now. At light throttle around 35 mi/hr, the car will shudder if going up an incline at about the time the transmission is about to shift into a lower gear. It seems to happen more often when cold. I too have the Honda extended warranty and it will be interesting if I will need to argue the point to get the torque converter replaced. The service writer was also talking about a software update on newer models but of course that would not be covered by the extended warranty. Very surprising how the "bumper to bumper" extended warranty that was sold to me seems to cover nothing.
#1537 of 2416 Re: 2005 Odyssey Trans Shudder [2005_exl_owner]
Jul 10, 2010 (3:13 pm)
Following up with the final outcome from Honda. They replaced the entire transmission with remanufactured one. Shudder problem is gone at least for now. The bill which was at a discounted rate came to $4004.00 but the warranty covered it and had no deductible. If it was on my dime Honda told me it would be approximately $4500.00
Honda exaggerated the issues (added things like trans slipping etc.) on the form they provided to the warranty company to get a replacement transmission and not just a new torque converter. I guess they figured replacing the entire tranny would assure that it wouldn't be coming back again for the same issue. Whatever the reason I'm satisfied.
To date my 1500.00 extended warranty has covered 5700.00 in repairs, glad I got it but never expected to use it. To date had to replace the CD changer due to skipping (500.00), replaced the power steering pump due to whining after long trips (750.00), replaced the catalytic converter because it was getting clogged and triggered a code (450.00), and finally the transmission which was (4004.00) all in the first 5 years.
While I still love my Honda and I'm happy with the outcome of this last event, I'll probably lean towards Toyota or Nissan for my next car purchase.
Good luck everyone!
#1538 of 2416 Re: 2005 Odyssey Trans Shudder [j orb]
Jul 10, 2010 (3:21 pm)
I asked about a software update hoping that it could be a quick and easy solution but Honda told me that there were no software update solutions for the 2005 models. Apparently that is not available until the 2008 and later models. By the way they also told me that in 2008 they started using the Ridgeline transmission in the Odyssey. Ironically they too suffer from the shudder issue although can be fixed via software update.
Good luck with yours, I hope you get full satisfaction. Don't let them bully you into accepting anything less than full replacement if possible.