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#2176 of 2416 2008 Odyssey Transmission Problem
Feb 27, 2012 (1:21 pm)
I have a 2008 Honda Odyssey. I took it in to dealer in 2010 for recall "transmission judder" issue. They fixed it with a "program update". The same problem has returned. Now they say it needs a new torque converter and they think I should pay $1800. I think not - since it is a recurring recall issue. I think the "program update" bought them time - so that my car could go out of warranty and now they say "your car is out of warranty". I think - if it was a known design defect - they are liable. I've read all the forums about Honda's atrocious handling of this issue - and I have just begun to fight. One step is to post/share on these forums. I plan to contact: BBB, attorney general, class action lawyer, NHTSA, and my Senator. Any other advise?
#2178 of 2416 Re: 2008 Odyssey Transmission Problem [joyce33]
Feb 27, 2012 (5:36 pm)
Thanks for the info and so sorry for all your troubles. I'm being offered a lifetime warranty on the drive train. We keep our cars a long time so that was attractive to me. Do you think it's worth it? I've compared it extensively to the other mini vans and love the Odyssey otherwise.
#2179 of 2416 Re: 2008 Odyssey Transmission Problem [dd09]
Feb 29, 2012 (6:59 am)
No warranty is any good if they won't admit there is a problem. My 2012 Odyssey Touring has been in the shop 4 times since October. They originally said they had to wait for an update, they knew there was a problem. Since the update it is still lugging, shuddering and I feel is unsafe to drive. They say they can't duplicate anything except a "slight" hesitation which is normal for the car since because of the new emissions requirements. The mechanic that rode around with me said that Honda warned them that the 2012 Odyssey's would have more vibration and less power on acceleration because of these requirements. I still think that I should have enough power to accelerate and merge safely with traffic which, depending on how my transmission is acting each day, sometimes I don't. If I were you I would not purchase this van. They have my van right now, if they do fix it and I find that I am no longer having a problem, I will let you know. I did ask the mechanic if they had anyone else complaining about the 2012 models and he said yes, there were others.
Feb 29, 2012 (2:45 pm)
My 2001 Odyssey transmission was replaced by the dealer in June 2008. It now needs replacement again. This is after 55,000 miles and 3.5 years. Honda refuses to help. They quoted a price of $4200. It is not worth it to pay this much considering the value of the car.
Honda does not stand by their transmissions or work. A transmission should last longer. The company does not stand by their products.
I will not be buying an Odyssey. I would recommended that people buy a Toyota instead. My 1995 Corolla is still going strong.
#2181 of 2416 Re: 2008 Odyssey Transmission Problem [frustrated59]
Feb 29, 2012 (7:36 pm)
Thank you soooo much!!! I feel like I dodged a bullet. I can't imagine your frustration. I'm not that keen on the Sienna so I thought I'd look into the Town & Country. Thanks again.
#2182 of 2416 No urban myth, odys trannys are bad
Mar 04, 2012 (3:35 pm)
Odysseys tranny issues started in 1999 and 13 years later we are still complaining about their quality . I dont think, maybe im mistaken, that there is any other brand at this point in time with soooo many complaints about transmissions, and when you consider how many odyys are out there you can't denny that this is a big issue. Yes there have been lucky owners of oddys, but many of us have realized that this is not an urban myth...Odys do have transmission problems, more than any other car and in the age of the internet we the costumers can share our bad experience with this crappy van. My new honda tranny has not even 30K on it and you can already feel it cant take the heat. Maybe the frame of the car can las a very long time, but your tranny will most likely go somewhere before 150000Km, which by todays standards is a very low mileage for well maintained trannys.
#2183 of 2416 2006 Odyssey Transmission issue?
Mar 07, 2012 (11:11 pm)
I am having a couple of issues with my 2006 Honda Odyssey that has 156K miles and I sure could use some good advice on what the problem(s) may be.
1. I believe I am having a transmisison issue as when I take off in the morning my van has a difficult time switching into the next gear. Sometimes it will shift with just a little jump and sometimes it has a harder time and I have to push the accelerator more to get the van to go. I have had the ATV fluid changed several times but never flushed and I have never changed the ATV filter.
Recently I have noticed some ATV fluid leaking from underneath the van and I am unable to tell where it is coming from. I thought it might be the drain plug but that area is clean. I had a new alternator put on a few months ago and the mechanic indicated that a couple of my motor mounts were bad.
I would appreciate any comments or suggestions to help me get this vehicle running right again.
#2184 of 2416 Re: 2006 Odyssey Transmission issue? [remaxmike]
Mar 08, 2012 (3:27 am)
Having the ATV fluid changed or flushed doesn't help this problem in my opinion...my 2002 van has had the switching gears problem for around 3 years. I now have to start in second gear whenever accelerating, and if I don't go over 30 mph--I stay in second gear. To go over 30 mph...I get past 30 mph and then switch it to 3rd and then drive at the same time. The acceleration is tricky after this process, and then when I get past 40 mph--it is usually fine (for now). I don't take the van far, and I have my new transmission place information with me so I can have it towed there when it dies. Our vehicle has over 189,000 miles which they say we are lucky...Good luck!
#2185 of 2416 Re: 2006 Odyssey Transmission issue? [remaxmike]
Mar 08, 2012 (10:38 pm)
You might want your dealer to look at a device that controls the accelerator pedal. I had to have something like this replaced on my 2002. I would push the pedal down only to find it 1st stuck at top than suddenly went down. It happen after I had parked it for a week on a slant in a friend's driveway while I was on a bus trip.
Just before the bus trip I had to replace my engine seals. My dealer suggest I do this.
These items were done back in 2005 at 180,000 kilometers. I currently have just under 300,000 kilometers.
At 184,000 I had to replace my transmission at a cost of $cdn 2100. Two years ago I added an after-market transmission cooler.