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#1574 of 2416 No help from Honda
Aug 11, 2010 (12:36 pm)
I just returned home from being stranded for 4 days 250 miles from home with my 2001 Odyssey. On my way, the check engine light came on. I took it to a Honda dealer and was told that I needed a new transmission at a cost of $5500. This Honda has less than 65,000 miles on it and purchased new by me. I called Honda and was told in rather unfriendly terms that the warranty had already been extended and mine was past warranty. Therefore nothing would be done by Honda and the only suggestion given was to go back to the dealer and ask them to do it for cheaper. As others have said the main reason I have only purchased Hondas for the last 30 years was so I wouldn't have to worry about these type of issues and if something did happen I believed that Honda would be more helful than others. Very frustrated!!
#1575 of 2416 133,000 Miles (And Not Going Strong)
Aug 13, 2010 (8:02 pm)
Yesterday I was about 80 miles from home, and at highway speeds...all was well w/ my 2003 Odyssey. But after I slowed at a tollbooth, the car went haywire. It wasn't shifting properly, the "D" started flashing, and the TCS and Check Engine lights came on. If I didn't have kids in the car, I might have tried to make it home. Instead, I slowly and nervously made my way to the nearest Honda dealer. It was near closing time, and I was in a bind. I had to get home, but didn't think my car would make it (and they said it wasn't safe). I agreed to leave the car, pay a $106 diagnostic fee, and rent a car from their onsite rental company. I hated to do it, but hey...my choices were limited. Today the service advisor called and said I had a 'hydraulic failure' and it would cost $5,300 to fix. Yikes, are they crazy?! In the same sentence, he said he could have a salesman contact me about some great oppportunities in case I opted to buy a new car instead. No thanks. Then he offered to check with American Honda to see if they'd 'help'. He later said they'd pay $1,000...Still - no thanks (I wonder if he even called American Honda...). I spent the day - ironically, Friday the 13th - calling repair shops, and got more confused with each call. Each mechanic told me what I wanted to hear, that they were sure it would be 'much less' and that dealers "always quote high on transmissions." So now, time is money. I still have the rental car, and my car's at the dealership, untouched. Tomorrow we'll endure the hassle of paying Honda for absolutely nothing (although the service advisor was kind and I DID end up getting home safely....). We're towing it to another repair shop (just add it to the tab..sigh...), and I'm hoping for the best... But what a headache! Hearing all these other complaints about the same issue makes me seriously question Honda's reliability - and their service.
#1576 of 2416 Re: 133,000 Miles (And Not Going Strong) [writestuff]
Aug 14, 2010 (4:14 am)
Jasper sells rebuilt transmissions for the Honda. A replacement for my 1999 Odyssey would cost $2,790, and includes a transmission fluid coller, which is really a must for these gearboxes. The rebuilt unit has a 3 year, 100,000 mile warranty. My mechanic can do the transmission swap for around $1,000 more, but any other shop should be about the same. Expensive? Of course. Transmissions are expensive, even more expensive than an engine. Fix the van, drive it for 50,000 miles, then sell it.
#1577 of 2416 Re: 133,000 Miles (And Not Going Strong) [writestuff]
Aug 14, 2010 (4:30 am)
>We're towing it to another repair shop (just add it to the tab..sigh...),
Do you have AAA? Road hazard on your car insurance.
Check to see if they may pay for the tow to get the car repaired at a shop.
Aug 14, 2010 (5:09 am)
Also take into consideration how the rest of the van is holding up...is this going to be the start of a huge money pit where it just might be worth it to just trade it in or sell it privately? You need to figure out at what point do y'all cut your losses and just move on to another vehicle. 133k miles is pertty good in this day & age for a minivan with a tranny that's just not up to par. Only you guys know how much more $ you want to spend on the ole rig.
Personally, I'd probably look for something else as y'all have gotten your $ out of your Ody. Good luck and let us know what happens.
#1579 of 2416 Re: problem with shifting out of Park [smat5]
Aug 14, 2010 (2:23 pm)
This is the first post I've seen about this problem. It's exactly what has happened to our van. Usually if we put the emergency break on first before we put it in park then we don't have this problem when we start it the next time. However, that's not a guarantee all the time.
Aug 15, 2010 (12:03 pm)
I have 260,000 kms on my Odyssey. A replacement was done at 180,000 kms. (converstion to miles x .609344). I am planning to professionally install an after-market transmission cooler. I am not planning to tow. The Honda dealer says a cooler will help in stop & go traffic; and it would not hurt.
#1581 of 2416 Re: Coolers [autowrite]
Aug 15, 2010 (12:12 pm)
A cooler is always a good idea. The Honda version is something of a joke, and it's well known that heat kills transmissions. Also, consider installing an in-line filter (I use Magnefine) if you don't already have one.
I have the transmission out of our van and on the bench. I should have it open by tomorrow.
#1582 of 2416 99 Transmission issues no more
Aug 15, 2010 (12:45 pm)
Unfortunately, our run with our 99 Ody EX has come to an end. While it was on its 3rd tranny (with 165,000 miles) it has been excellent otherwise - until its recent and sudden encounter with a whole bunch of trees.
No longer a 2 Ody family (also have a 2010 EX). At least we can't say it was the transmission that made us get rid of it.
Aug 15, 2010 (2:22 pm)
I have a 2004 Odyssey with 142k miles, and it "shudders" at low speeds but stops when I take my foot off the gas. I have been reading some of these related posts, but would like to know if this is a chronic "nuisance" and/or will the transmission eventually fail on me? I am taking it to a transmission specialist this week to get his diagnosis. Should I just bite the bullet and get the tranny rebuilt?