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#1546 of 2416 Re: Looking at buying a 2003 Odessey. [compal55]
Jul 13, 2010 (11:52 pm)
Thank you for your response to my message to someone else regarding their question...Well, I'm in California, too, and the dealer I bought my odyssey from was the first Honda dealer in the US. We paid a premium >MSRP since it was in big demand at the time '99-'00 because it was considered to be the best mini-van in the market according to practically all of the auto/consumer publications. I've got too many issues going on right now, but I'm crafting a letter that will be sent to everyone who matters at Honda in America and Japan, as well as the dealer. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter how long you've had your Odyssey, if the transmission fails within 100K mi it's their responsibility. Otherwise, it penalizes everyone who has low mileage, like my wife who had a short commute to work. If I don't get satisfaction from any of them, I'm going to sue all of them...Seriously!
#1547 of 2416 HELP: 'Drive' indicator light starting to blink
Jul 25, 2010 (11:33 am)
I'm away on a trip (from IL to Snead Ferry/Wilmington NC area) and my green drive indicator light in the instrument panel started to blink. So far my Odyssey is driving okay and I can't detect/feel anything yet although I haven't actually driven anywhere here except for around the block to turn the van around.
In hind sight, I thought I felt some hesitation or slip/miss-shifting when I made slow residential street 90º turns back in IL for the last month or so but I couldn't be sure whether it always did that or even it actually did something at all. It just felt a bit odd but then... not really kinda thing. On the way here going thru some descents in WV & Virginia I thought it felt a bit strange as if the car wasn't accelerating right at certain steep descending sections but then I'm not used to descend like that all that much so I couldn't be sure.
I'm in an unfamiliar area away from home. What should I do? Should I just attempt to drive back home to IL? I'm not sure whether it'll be okay driving extended steep incline through VA, WV, Ohio or not. Any advise would be appreciated. If I were to bring in to a Honda dealer, which one and how do I approach this, etc etc. TIA.
#1548 of 2416 Re: Don't do it! [odsytranny]
Jul 26, 2010 (12:29 pm)
"Honda did assist me - it only cost me $3,000 to replace the transmission "
ONLY $3000? They made money off you while claiming they were assisting. Honda is laughing at those of us who bought their defective product at a premium price (could have bought Chrysler/Dodge at least 10k less) and when it fails they make money due to their own bad design.
#1550 of 2416 Re: HELP: 'Drive' indicator light starting to blink [autohowzer]
Jul 27, 2010 (5:49 am)
Well here is the follow up report of sorts. I turned my Odyssey on and drove around. Now the 'drive' light doesn't blink and seems to drive okay... I think. I called a Honda dealer/service and Honda America.
They asked my VIN# and told me my transmission has been ALREADY SERVICED FOR A RECALL IN 2004 so they cannot help me!!!! Well I followed up and called the Honda dealer in IL and they told me it was a minor recall to take care of a transmission noise issue. To be exact it was a very simple procedure that took only few minutes: they either installed and changed out an injector spray for the 2nd gear(?) or some such thing to get more tranny fruid to the area/gear to reduce noise and has nothing to do with current tranny issue (he seemed to hint that they are aware of without actually admitting). I've feeling Honda is using the 2004 recall as one of the their first line of defense against less-willful meek claimants saying that since they've already worked on the transmission once and therefore they won't take any more transmission recall claim from you.
Well I'll see if I can make it back to IL without this problem blowing up on me and stranding me in the middle of West Virginia Mountains. Well wish me luck. I'm going to call the dealer that did the tranny recall work in 2004 and have them call the Honda America to clarify and make note under my VIN# record that the recall work that was done in 2004 has nothing to with any transmission issue that develop due the design flaw... and if I can I'm trading it in ASAP.
#1551 of 2416 Re: Don't do it! [vanwaanabe]
Jul 28, 2010 (2:41 pm)
Vanwaanabe, I have never posted on facebook but after viewing that link I might have to. Can you say valium pumping shills? Did Honda fix their transmissions for free in exchange for happy posts? Honda really does SUCK, I gave them until today to contact me, they did not. War starts tomorrow.
#1552 of 2416 WOW MY 03 ODDEY IS GREAT !
Jul 28, 2010 (4:25 pm)
I AM REALLY AMAZED AT ALL THE BASHING OF HONDA HERE, I HAVE 109000 ON MY 03 I MUST BE VERY LUCKY IT IS RUNNING LIKE A DREAM. HAS ANY BODY NOTICED THE AMOUNT OF ODDEYS ON THE ROAD? LOOKS LIKE A HUGE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE DRIVE THEM. PLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE EVERY THING YOU READ HERE, HAVE HAD MINE 8 YEARS OF GREAT SERVICE
#1553 of 2416 Re: WOW MY 03 ODDEY IS GREAT ! [johnboy18]
Jul 28, 2010 (6:43 pm)
johnboy18, so do you think all of us with transmission failure are lying? What would be the point of spending as much time as we do other than Honda SCREWED US and we're damn mad about it.
#1554 of 2416 Re: WOW MY 03 ODDEY IS GREAT ! [johnboy18]
Jul 29, 2010 (5:59 am)
johnboy18, you must work for Honda? My Odyssey is piece of junk. I have to replace the transmission, struts, motor mounts, a couple solenoids, and now my replacement transmission is starting to act up. Don't by Odyssey's!!!
#1555 of 2416 Re: WOW MY 03 ODDEY IS GREAT ! [farmdog1]
Jul 29, 2010 (10:21 am)
Well, obviously the reality for the vast majority of people is somewhere in between both extremes. If you feel like you had a lemon and Honda did nothing to help you out then of course you feel screwed and would never buy a Honda (or at least an Odyssey) again. If you've never had a problem, then you feel great and suspect that only a few people are whining.
But reality says that most people have some level of problem and that for most of them it was either taken care of to their satisfaction, or they simply and quietly are resolved to having to fix the problem themselves.
In my case, I have a 99 Odyssey that is on its 3rd transmission (replaced at 60K and 124K). Currently has 170K so, yes, I'm not too optimistic about it never needing another. But Honda replaced the first one at their cost, and paid for most of my 2nd (I paid $1K). So for the transmission issues, I am relatively happy but ONLY because Honda treated me fairly in my mind. But I also ALWAYS had it serviced at Honda and had developed a good relationship with my service manager, which I do believe helps in the end.
Now, with that said, over the last 6 months I've also replaced $2K worth of items (struts, engine mounts, sway bar, bushings, tie rod, ignition switch, master relay, etc.) which at 11 years and 175K were quite frankly worn out. Should they have been made more durable? Maybe. Probably. But I can say now that the van drives exceptionally well - and what I thought was a POS 9 months ago is something we can happily drive until the transmission craps out again or we decide to get rid of it becasue we want to not because we need to.
So, yeah, I'm one of those in the middle - but still happy enough overall with Honda and the Odyssey that we purchased a 2010 Odyssey in December (Yeah , I currently have 2 vans) because we thought the 99 was on its last legs and needed a reliable family transport.
Unfortunately (or maybe it's fortunately) everyone's situation is different. And some people have every right to be upset without being accused of being "bashers" while others have the right to be happy without being labeled "employees" or "fanboys". I hope that those who are getting the run around can get some level of satisfaction.