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#1898 of 2416 Re: I sued Honda in Small Claims Court and Won [ignorisbliss]
Jun 20, 2011 (7:11 pm)
You say you sued Honda in Small Claims Court and won, are you still driving the Honda Odyssey 2003? Did they pay for you to get it fixed???? What do I need to do to get started with this same claim? I am also having transmission problems with my Trans. I have been to my dealer with all my Maintenance needs. Never told of an extended Warranty that covered this problem. My light went on and was told Po740 code only. Now they tell me that I need a rebuilt Trans for $5,600.00 and a new computer board to connect it to. Wow what problems this Honda is giving me, I will never buy a HONDA again.
#1899 of 2416 2004 Odyssey Transmission Problem
Jun 21, 2011 (5:58 am)
I've been reading the horrific posts here, and I'm ready to ad my story now and seek advice. Our van has 90000 miles on it, however the transmission was replaced with "new" at 26000 when we bought it at the dealer in 2006. Admittedly, I have never changed the transmission fluid, my bad, never thought to. Coming home from the beach three days ago, with cruise control set and about to go up a slight highway incline, the engine raced to 5k rpms and oil coated the back window. We got the car home, determined it to be transmission fluid and are currently weighing our options. Point #1, the fluid level (albeit dirty and smelling burnt) is not lower, and is not leaking where I can see. Also, the van is performing, shifting, and running just fine. Am I playing with fire by just changing the fluid? How can fluid blow out but stop leaking? I'm thinking of trading it in for a 2008 or newer. Any help is appreciated!
#1900 of 2416 Re: I sued Honda in Small Claims Court and Won [defush2003odys]
Jun 21, 2011 (9:01 am)
$5600 is too much for a transmission. I agree with an earlier post (longo2?)that you should go to a shop that will totally rebuild the transmission themselves. My Ody needed a transmission last year after 9 yrs and 103,000 miles. (Not that bad, in my opinion.) Anyway, I got an estimate from one shop for over $4000. They also charged me $800 for flushing, changing selenoids, "diagnosis," etc! Finally got the name of a good mechanic who sent me to a great transmission shop. For the transmission, torque converter, and two engine mounts, I paid $2300, parts, labor, and tax.
#1901 of 2416 Re: 2004 Odyssey Transmission Problem [chrismichelle]
Jun 21, 2011 (2:46 pm)
Have you been checking the fluid level? I'm asking because when we bought our van several years ago it had WAY too much fluid in it. Too much fluid can cause cavitation problems and burn up the pump. Have the transmission serviced, and have the tech trace the leak too it's source. You probably popped a hose off the cooler, and it needs to be fixed. You may be experiencing symptoms of a failing torque converter. These transmissions are actually pretty stout, and will regular servicing and a decent cooler they will live long, happy lives.
#1902 of 2416 Re: THE ANSWER! BAD AC RELAY! Re: 2009 Honda Odyssey Engine smoking [jdmars02]
Jun 22, 2011 (3:18 pm)
We are currently having this same problem with our Odyssey. We took it in once and they thought it was just low on freon.
They adjusted those levels.
It was fine for a few weeks, and then the battery was dead again. Once started, it made the same hissing and let off the same steam. I took it in once more and they diagnosed that the whole ac compressor would need to be replaced for $1000.
I am supposed to take it in tomorrow for the compressor to be replaced, but I'd much prefer to just replace a relay.
They look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them I think that the battery and the a/c problems correlate.
Was there any better terminology that would help me explain things to them so that we can properly diagnose this?
#1903 of 2416 Transmission Fluid Replacement Frequency?
Jun 24, 2011 (11:49 am)
Our 2010 Odyssey that we bought new in 2009 just clicked over 42,000 miles and the warning signal came on indicating that tranny fluid needs to be replaced. Have been driving various models of cars for 45 years and have never had to replace it that quickly. Honda service mgr says typical replacement time is every 38-40,000 miles.
After ready many of the horror stories on this forum, it's starting to sound true but still ridiculous. I researched Odyssey vs. many other minivan models before we bought the Odyssey and don't remember seeing the tranny problem discussed much. Just hope it isn't an indication of tranny replacement in the near future.
Anyone else seeing tranny fluid replacement warnings at the 40,000 mile range? Does $155 to replace the fluid seem like gouging?
#1904 of 2416 Re: Transmission Fluid Replacement Frequency? [robardsky]
Jun 24, 2011 (6:52 pm)
$155 sounds high. might depend onwhere you are. About $95 at my NJ honda dealer.
and I consider it cheap insurance. 60K would be the most I would consider reasonable on one of these, and I do every 30K on my 2005.
#1905 of 2416 Re: Transmission Fluid Replacement Frequency? [robardsky]
Jun 25, 2011 (2:14 pm)
It's so expensive because they flush the transmission with 12 quarts of fluid. That's 3 gallons, kids. Just drain and fill, then do it again in a month or so. The new fluid is about $6 a quart.
#1906 of 2416 Re: Transmission Fluid Replacement Frequency? [pgnagel]
Jun 25, 2011 (4:01 pm)
DO NOT flush the transmission. Honda says to drain it. Make sure the paperwork that you get from the company does not have the word flush on it. The place who drained my transmission fluid had the word "flush" on the papaerwork because that is how they have it in their system. My transmission blew at 85k miles and even after having it confirmed that they only drained and refilled the fluids, Honda pretty much told me I should be happy that i got "all those miles" out of the transmission when I went to them, despite information all over the internet about the transmission problems. This is my last Honda. I did replace the transmission with a non-Honda transmission because I read those who had the problem and just replced it with the Honda tranny had the same problems.
#1907 of 2416 Re: Transmission Fluid Replacement Frequency? [robardsky]
Jun 26, 2011 (6:06 pm)
I have 2005 ody. I replaced trans fluid at around 50k. Now at around 70k it asked to replace it again. I took the car to get an oil change and they are telling me that transmission is leaking oil and is almost empty. I was really shocked. I had several cars in the past but no such issue with transmission.
They filled the oil and asked me to check it if keeps loosing. I will have to now get it diagnosed ($150) and then who knows how much will it cost. Reading about previous models transmission issues makes me nervous.