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#1797 of 2416 Honda does step up on Tranny issues iff....
Feb 12, 2011 (8:45 am)
I have a 02 EX , at 89K the tranny died...Honda stepped up in 2009 and replaced it. I had the the prior recall/inspection done too ( they drill a hole in the tranny case, attach camera, take picture of a particular gear, if ok, install additional oil gallery line. If gear bad, free transmission. Mine was fine at the time.) I had the tranny fluid changed every 30K miles, about $100 and it gave Honda no way to not take care of it because the same dealer did all service work. Your relationship with the same dealer service department helps tremendously. The same dealers sales department are horrible and I walked away several times before I bought a van 100 miles away for $ 4K cheaper for same exact model. Honda has a customer satisfaction warranty they can use if they want.
In 2010 my daughters 02 accord tranny died at 104K miles, she had it serviced at the same dealer only a couple of times ( starving student for sure) they stepped up on hers too..no charge..known defect..hidden warranty by Honda. $3k Transmission installed for free.
Bottom line ...use the same dealer service dept for tranny service every 30Kmiles and Honda will step up.
Because they took care of my daughters car too, we are buying another Odyssey very soon.
Toyota told me to pack sand on a recall for my Tacoma because it was over 36K miles, even with toyota extra care warranty( recalls not covered )I had my Toyotas serviced their for 25 years. never buying another Toyota. I have owned Camry, Cressida, Previa, Van, and 2 Trucks,
they tossed me to the curb! This Odyssey was our first Honda, but not our last, only because of the service department.
#1799 of 2416 2002 odyssey transmission out
Feb 13, 2011 (10:01 am)
Another sob story regarding the poor engineering of the odyssey transmisssion. Almost no notice, and the engine light comes on and the TCS light comes on and the thing slips everywhere while on the highway. certainly dangerous to say the least. I wish Honda wouyld just do the right thing and re-engineer and replace all of these. I hope we as customers do not have to go to congress to get their attention and place govt demands upon them as toyota has been pressured with. I think if honda doesn't want to replace it for me, I will go to the BBB, my senator, and then call in to talk radio shows like limbaugh and others in the media to get attention on this situation. I see where honda has mistreated many people who aren't willing to be firm with them.
#1801 of 2416 Re: 2002 odyssey transmission out [papist1]
Feb 13, 2011 (10:28 am)
I had to replace my transmission last year for $4800. I wrote to the CEO of Honda Japan last year. He referred the case to Honda America. They reached out to me and offered me $500. I declined to take that offer. The manager who spoke to me at Honda America was very rude. When I pointed out this site about the issue, he said he does not care about what people post on the internet and said it was unreliable. They need to be taught a lesson. May be we should do a facebook campaingn to bring Honda to Justice.
#1802 of 2416 Bought Two '03 Odysseys - BOTH have had tranny failures
Feb 13, 2011 (10:59 pm)
Last year, the 2003 EX my wife and I bought for my in laws had the transmission go out at 84,000 miles. Honda "helped" a great deal, and the replacement only cost me $1,000.
Last week, at 89,000 miles, we lost the one in our 2003 EX-L. Thus far, Honda is offering to pay for half (net $2,700) of the replacement cost.
Both of these cases seem pretty good compared to what other people are experiencing, however, NEITHER, obviously, should have happened. Honda should have engineered a better unit; and when they realized what they had, they should have been stand up about it. They have not been. Regardless of how my particular case turns out, I have bought my last Honda. Any corporation willing to treat its customers this way, for THIS long, does not deserve MY business.
#1803 of 2416 Re: 2002 odyssey transmission out [pinewood]
Feb 14, 2011 (5:40 pm)
I think we should call on our senators to take this issue up as they did with toyota last year. make them get the ceo of japan and america and put them through the wringer on t.v. in front of congress, and then regulate them big time over these safety issues. I have an in law who is a lobbyist.
#1804 of 2416 Re: Bought Two '03 Odysseys - BOTH have had tranny failures [101a]
Feb 15, 2011 (7:12 am)
I'm sure many of us have made similar decision - No more business to HONDA and of course that passes on to generations to come.....
#1805 of 2416 Re: Bought Two '03 Odysseys - BOTH have had tranny failures [ghar88]
Feb 15, 2011 (5:30 pm)
Over the years my wife and I have had many Honda cars. We have always trusted the brand and the dependability of it. Today we own a 2001 Honda Odyssey and for the most part it has been a very reliable car. My wife drives it and uses it mostly around town to take our kids to and from their schools and sports. On November 9, 2010 the check engine light came on while my wife was driving my youngest daughter home from an outing. She had to pull off the 405 freeway heading southbound on Fairview in Costa Mesa. The car began to jerk back and forth and would not go past 45 miles per hour. She barely made it off the freeway when the car would not drive any longer. She called AAA and they towed her to Ray Fladeboe Honda in Irvine. The cost for the tow was $54.00. I spoke with the Service Manager Paul the next day. He offered a 15% discount off the $5,700.00 bill for a new transmission. That brought it down a small amount to $4,200.00. I told him we had already had a transmission put in February 2009. Just 26,358 miles later it failed. I thought it would still be under warranty since the usual warranty for a new transmission is 3 years or 36,000 miles. After many phone calls back and forth for three days I was told there was nothing they could do for me at Honda. I did some shopping around since I have 3 children and a wife to support and just donít have the extra cash laying around. $4,200.00 is not easy to come by. I found a transmission shop which was willing to replace it for $2,324.00 with no towing fee. A significant savings and a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty. I decided to go with them for the savings and the better warranty. I had to rent a car and it cost me $112.44. I find it strange that your warranty on the original transmission was 107,000 and it only made it to 98,749 TWO TRANSMISSIONS LATER! Donít you see a pattern here? I think this is a major problem and should be addressed. It seems as though you are still installing faulty transmissions. I really do like Honda cars but am seriously going to look at Toyota when the need arises for another car. I felt I did not get what I deserved, especially on a defective transmission which only lasted 26,358 miles. Be aware I know many families with Honda Odysseyís and will be letting them know to watch out, they may just have the same problem I had!
I have always been happy paying a little more at the dealership to have piece of mind on the service and warranty, but now I am forced to go to outside mechanics because I am afraid of something like this happening again.
#1806 of 2416 Re: Another Ody Tranny DOA [2005honda]
Feb 16, 2011 (11:08 am)
We had our engine mounts replaced when the A-pipe was replaced for the droning defect noise.
Our car never shuddered with the bad engine mounts. I know for a fact that our torque converter needs to be replaced. I'm unwilling to spend the money on a car that was meticulously maintained and pampered.
I have a 2001 Toyota Celica with 218k miles that never had any major problems. It even has the original clutch! My neighbor has a 1997 Toyota Camry with 268k miles all original - only brakes, tires, & oil change needed.
My history with Honda has not been that great. 2000 Odyssey two failed transmissions, 2003 Accord EX-V6 failed transmission at 59k, and now 2006 Odyssey bad torque converter.