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#1618 of 2392 2001 Odyssey - Failing transmission
Sep 03, 2010 (9:23 pm)
Have a 2001 Ody with 85,000 miles. Today when i first started driving it, the check engine light came on, along with the TCS light. The D4 light was also blinking. I took it to the dealership and they ran the codes and, you got it - the transmission is going to need replaced. I have been able to drive it the rest of the day, but it could go at any time.
Since I knew about the problems here with the Odyssey, I called Honda of America and talked to someone there. They said they couldn't help because though I was far below the mileage for the extended warranty, I was passed the allowable time. I said I wasn't satisfied and wanted to talk to a manager. Manager said the same thing and told me to talk to the dealership to see if I can get a discount from them, but Honda of America couldn't/wouldn't help out. The dealer was suprised by that and said he'd make some calls, but I haven't heard back yet today.
Couple questions for others that have been through this -
1. when the tranny first started having problems, how long did it last before it completely failed?
2. anyone have luck working with Honda of America to get some help paying for this if they were past the mileage or time warranty deadline like I am?
3. if honda of America won't help, anyone have luck working with the dealership to get a discount?
4. if I have to get a new tranny from a non-Honda shop (because it would be cheaper than the dealership), what's a reasonable price?
5. anyone have their tranny replaced with a Honda remanufactured one and have it last for a while? the dealership worker said he hasn't seen one come back as Honda has made changes to the tranny and it's not just replacing it with the same faulty one.
#1619 of 2392 Re: Looking at buying a 2003 Odessey. [compal55]
Sep 07, 2010 (10:24 am)
Hi Sam- Do you know of anywhere online where there is documentation for the extended warranty settlement? Links that I go to are no longer active, I've searched everywhere. we have a 2005 EX with 94K and the transmission did this WEIRD STRONG shuddering/vibration last week like I was going over train tracks! the whole steering wheel shook. also it seems to be making a weird hum/slip sound at 45 mph lately. i am bring it to the original dealership (i am 2nd owner) tomorrow afternoon to have them diagnose issue, which i am assuming is going be VERY BAD NEWS. so i want to know i can find ANY documentation online about if it's covered under the ext warranty?? help? anyone? thanks so much... this is our 2nd honda.... might switch to toyota next,
#1620 of 2392 Re: Looking at buying a 2003 Odessey. [wackywanda]
Sep 07, 2010 (10:45 am)
I had the same issue but I owned the 2005 Odyssey since the start. It always shuddered shifting gears around 40MPH when accelarating slowly. I complained about it for years and they said they could not see any issues and updated the software twice, which ultimately made it worse. I took out the car for a drive with the dealership technician and I was able to replicate the issue.
They finally replaced the torque converter (although not the trannmission which is odd/probably bad) and it seems to be better. I had a 5 year/100k warrantee and they honored even though I was a little over because I reported the issue during the coverage period. The engine/tranny still is not silky smooth for such a new car so I wonder if something else down the line is looming...
#1621 of 2392 Re: Looking at buying a 2003 Odessey. [wackywanda]
Sep 07, 2010 (11:52 am)
The extended warranty was only for 1999-2001 models. The rest of us are screwed until someone starts a new class action lawsuit...
#1622 of 2392 02 Honda Odyssey Transmission failure
Sep 07, 2010 (5:05 pm)
I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey with 71,000 miles, purchased Dec 2001, that
recently ran out of the extended warranty period:
On Aug 27th while travelling on I10 10 miles east
of Indio, Ca the van lost all power, the engine RPM went to redline, and
smoke was pouring out of the engine compartment. After coasting to the
shoulder, I noted transmission fluid all over the engine compartment and
transmission fluid all over the ground. After an hour hike in the
desert and another hour waiting for the tow truck, the van was towed.
02 Odyssey at 71K needed a new transmission. Have a call into Honda
to see what can be done.
#1623 of 2392 Re: Looking at buying a 2003 Odessey. [wackywanda]
Sep 08, 2010 (6:19 am)
Our 2004 Odyssey did the same shuddering, sounding like we were going over RR tracks. I dismissed it at first, but after dismissing it for almost two years, I took it in to a Honda dealership. All they told me was that I needed to replace the transmission, and they would do it for $4,800! I took it to a transmission specialist, who put in a rebuilt tranny for $3,200, and guaranteed it for 3 years. It runs great now, we just got back from a vacation in the Smokies, and had NO problems. Just like new. It's a shame that we didn't see this coming, because everything else on the Odyssey works great.
#1624 of 2392 Re: Looking at buying a 2003 Odessey. [lbrees]
Sep 08, 2010 (6:26 am)
That shudder usually comes from the torque converter, not the transmission itself. But, to get to the torque converter you have to drop the transmission. By the time you do that it's not a great deal more money to rebuilt the tranny itself.
#1625 of 2392 Re: Looking at buying a 2003 Odessey. [lbrees]
Sep 08, 2010 (7:20 am)
It is too bad that the transmission is faulty because everything else it terrific on the odyssey. I am in complete aggreance with you. What I do not understand is that you can bring the van to a transmission dealer and replace it for approx.$3200.- with a 3 year warranty, but when taken to a Honda dealer the price is $4500.- to $4800.- Why such a dramatic difference in price?? Seems that the dealer is just trying to make some extra money even though it is their product with the faulty tranny.
Something seems amiss on both parts!!
Maybe a Honda rep can get on this blog and explain the reasons why people are getting hosed twice by the same company!!
#1626 of 2392 2002 Honda Odyssey tranmission failure at 70k...
Sep 09, 2010 (11:35 am)
Soooo, here I sit with so many of you. My wife told me that our check engine light came on on our cherished 02' Odyssey. I took it in to get checked out, only to find out that the unimaginable has happened - P0740 & P1730. For those that are new here those little codes mean I get to decide to pay for a new transmission, or I can trade it in for another vehicle.
I really can't believe this. We actually reported tranny issues at approx 62K, but the dealership assured us it was nothing, so we pressed on. Now, the beast is basically dead. Amazing... I would of never guessed this would happen with a Honda, but I - and many of you would be wrong, because it appears to actually be happening to most of us...
Well I do have a Honda case number, but from the sounds of it here I would have better luck asking for them to buy me a new van than a new transmission. Heck, maybe I should of asked them to just give me directions to the nearest Toyota dealership... Darn shame too, considering the 2011 Odyssey looks pretty good.
Good luck to all of you in the same boat as me...
#1627 of 2392 Re: '01 w/ torque converter lockup issues [pgnagel]
Sep 09, 2010 (1:41 pm)
Question to pgnagel and others,
In regard to transmission cooler and in-line filter that you suggest to add on, what will be cost roughly? and where can we get this done normally? I think I have to get my trany re-built soon, and am just wondering if it's worth to install both you have suggested, should this be done separately or should be done altogether. But I'm not sure the shop who will re-build my trany know how to install transmission cooler and in-line filter. I guess those things should help with new re-built trany in long run.