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#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.
#1807 of 2416 is anyone a second owner and had hondas help?
Feb 18, 2011 (1:50 pm)
Is anyone in here a second owner and received hondas help on this issue?
#1808 of 2416 Re: Another Ody Tranny DOA [blackexv6]
Feb 18, 2011 (3:09 pm)
The 1997 Toyota Camry has the original clutch; therefore it's a manual transmittion and manuals are not probmactic as am automoatic. Honda is not the only manufacture with problems. Some Edmunds boards show problems with the Toyota Camry automatics where the they had to be replaced. It seems Honda gets the most NEWS.
I have 270,000 kms on my 2002 Odyssey and had a transmission replaced with the supports at 170.000 kms. I had a warranty of 30,000 kms.
#1809 of 2416 Re: Another Ody Tranny DOA [autowrite]
Feb 20, 2011 (4:19 pm)
Does Toyota have any class action lawsuits for transmission failures? Not to my knowledge.
Is it coincidence that 3 of my V6 Honda cars had transmission failures? All under 100K miles.
#1810 of 2416 Re: 2003 Honda Ody EX-L [papist1]
Feb 21, 2011 (1:01 pm)
Reading all these posts have been quite disturbing I guess I've been lucky to have made it to 107 thousand miles before experiencing transmission problems on my '02 Odyssey. But after doing all this reading it doesn't look like I have a chance in hell for any corporation from Honda. This sucks. 'Specially, since I just bought a '05 civic hybrid last week for one of my kids. Maybe I sure turn around and sell it.
#1811 of 2416 Re: 2003 Honda Ody EX-L [rita26]
Feb 21, 2011 (2:07 pm)
I have a 2002 (bought Feb 2002) as well & had to replace the transmission at 180,600 kms ( or 110.047 miles). I put an aftermarket transmisison oil cooler in this past August (Honda recommended over theirs). I do not tow. I just started to replace the tranny oil with Honda's synthenic (the only one they use since Apr 2011). I will keep replaceing it every 6,000 kms with 3 litres until I reach the capacity quantity); then every 24,000 kms. I currently have 271,000 kms on it. That's 165,000 miles. I got half my money back from Honda on the replacement or $2,100. I will drive it till it's over-the-hill. Then I will buy a used Odyssey or CR-V or maybe a CVT-Quest. I am a senior who will not be able to spend money like water.
Although I put alot of kms on each year I do not treat it like a racing machine and I let the transmission decide when to change gears. I cannot believe how hot the transmssion can get if you floor it from a stop until it reaches 119,000 kms/hour on the 401.
#1812 of 2416 GOING BACK!!!
Feb 25, 2011 (9:54 am)
I was a previous owner of a 2000 Honda Odyssey, Van and had the transmission replaced 3 times by Honda but when it went out in Oct. 2010 for the 4th time Honda refused. Mindful, all work including oil changes were done by the Honda dealership where I purchased the van and was told it would cost $5,000.00 to replace it again and I would have to pay for it this time myself. What happened to standing by your product especially when I've done everything I was advised to do to keep my van in very good running condition. The reason I turned to a foreign auto was I thought for good workmanship and country that stood behind their product. The year before I had just spent $1,700.00 on it for normal wear of things. Honda knew they had a problem with the trans and acknowledged it. Then I'm put in a catch 22 situation where if I drove my van off the lot I wouldn't be offered the $1,500.00 they gave me to put down on another car. Well, I needed a car but could not afford a new one at this time so I had to settle for a 2008 CR-V. My Service Tech in the dealership couldn't believe Honda wouldn't honor my request for a new transmissionfor my van and was as upset as I was. The only reason I purchased another car from Honda and that dealership was because of my Service Tech there and the trust I have in him. Shawn Carr is his name and the dealership is in Lansing, Illinois. But, after thinking about this grave disappointment I'm going to trade this vehicle in and go back to an Amercian made car or van real soon!!! I AM A VERY UPSET AND DISSATISFIED CUSTOMER and yes Congress should call Honda (Japan) company out and put them on the spot to compensate us and be responisible for this faulty transmission.
#1813 of 2416 I sued Honda in Small Claims Court and Won
Mar 01, 2011 (6:47 pm)
The third transmission in my 2000 Odyssey EX came with a 3yr/36k mile warranty. It was starting to show signs of failure within the warranty period, so I brought it back to the dealer for a warranty replacement. They said that there were 2 error codes (PO401 for the EGR valve and P1739 for the 3rd pressure switch) that were the cause of my shifting problems, but that they could not find anything wrong with the transmission itself. So, they charged me $1200 and sent me on my way. Well, a couple of months later, and by then 1900 miles past the 36k mile warranty, the transmission suffered a complete failure. Smoke was pouring out from under the hood and it wouldn’t shift into any gear. I had it towed to the closest dealership, and surprise… because it failed “out of warranty”, they wanted to charge me $5000 for a new transmission. So what should have been a free warranty transmission replacement a few months earlier was now going to end up costing me $6200?
I filed a claim with American Honda, but it got denied. I called multiple times to petition the denied claim, but each time was told there was nothing they could do for me. I wrote a letter to the president of American Honda (although I doubt it ever got anywhere close to him), and that too got denied. I filed a claim through the Bureau of Automotive Repair, and once again, Honda denied it. When I realized that Honda was never going to budge on this, I filed a small claims suit against them. It ended up being a pretty easy win. The judge ordered them to pay me $5000 for the cost of a new transmission and to reimburse me for the $1200 I spent on the dealership’s mis-diagnosis.
I’m not sure if the Honda representative they sent to court was told to lie, just didn’t know his facts, or was a complete idiot. One of the questions the judge asked him was if there was a known problem with the transmissions in this model and year. The judge said that he knows Honda keeps statistics on stuff like this and would know if these transmissions had a higher than normal failure rate. The Honda rep replied “Within American Honda, we don’t acknowledge that there is a known problem with these transmissions.” I then presented the judge with the warranty extension, the class action suit, a Honda press release and thousands of Internet posts. Really? Honda has no idea there’s a problem? This isn’t what ended up winning the case for me, but I thought this was an interesting interaction that everyone here would get a kick out of.
Mar 01, 2011 (7:18 pm)
You done good! What was Honda Corp. thinking? At least you got all your $ back but nothing for the aggravation? That's not right as stuff like this takes up your time & patience with something that could've been avoided if they just did the right thing in the beginning. You should've gotten something extra for the nonsense they caused in your life. Sometimes life just ain't fair!!!
#1815 of 2416 Re: I sued Honda in Small Claims Court and Won [boo_honda]
Mar 01, 2011 (7:58 pm)
Well done. You spoke of a class action. Can you please give more information on the class action that you know of? I hope it addresses not only the transmission, but the torque converters, the engine mounts/eco vibrations, and programming/updates problems. Thank you from all of us.