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#2224 of 2394 Re: Honda Tranny Possible Fix [vger]
Apr 27, 2012 (6:07 pm)
The problem is that the Honda tranny for the ODY was engineered poorly and no matter what you do it is bound to fail. It started in 2000 and continues today. Honda knows it and does not care. They have replaced entire transmissions for owners because of a class actoin lawsuit they lost. They too fail shortly after installed. The new ones are no better than the old. The only fix is to simply rid your self of the van, live and learn and stay away from Honda.
#2225 of 2394 from auto trany to manual : merical of honda
Apr 27, 2012 (11:59 pm)
after 2 years of lugging and kikking, the 2000 oddy i have owned for the last 3 years is becoming manual tran. van.
now, at take off no problem, second gear will not engage , grrrrrrr, 3000 rpm and no second gear, now what? you move to N , then to D again and second shift is engages, sluggish but it is there. you move on, and third ang fourth again slow but engage. on highway at 70 miles per hour, and 2000 rpm, you can not believe it has any problem. the killer is when you are in traffic , then you want to get your head out of car and curse honda in his grave. but again, everytime you stop you have to bring it to N, then D/ < it will move without doing that, but very sluggish, taking off at high gear feels like. and one more, for a while, the reverse gear will engage only for first time, if you need it again , you have to turn engin off, and on and reverse, voilea.. but now, reverse works fine, no prblm anyone wants to buy my van??? dan
#2226 of 2394 Re: 2008 Odyssey Transmission Problem [joyce33]
Jun 06, 2012 (1:19 am)
There is a class action lawsuit against Honda regarding the Odyssey transmission problem. You can search for more details.
#2227 of 2394 Re: 2008 Odyssey Transmission Problem [unhappyowner07]
Jun 06, 2012 (7:46 am)
What years does the class action lawsuit include?
I saw the one for the 2005-2007 (I think).
Do you have a link?
#2228 of 2394 2006 Odyssey Trans Failure
Jun 06, 2012 (7:29 pm)
My transmission just failed in my 2006 and was replaced by a local transmission shop. Approximately 9K miles prior (currently have 120K), the transmission would shudder on the highway as if it couldn't decide which gear to stay in. This happened only a few times. We took the vehicle to our local honda dealership, St. Louis Honda and asked that they open a case with Honda. The standard playbook for the dealerships is to deny the problem and then require a transmission software update and fluid change. After paying for that service, the transmission seems to be fine for a while but what is really happening is the valve body that supplies the torque converter is temporarily freed. As you have probably read, this fix typically lasts 9 - 10K miles before reappearing. When it reappears, some people are able to get by with a replacement torque converter but others, such as myself, require a complete rebuild.
I was so fed up with Honda's denial and delay tactics. Once you have problems and bring you vehicle to the dealership, you are COMPLETELY at their mercy since they have to remove your transmission and disassemble it before they can tell you what is wrong and how much it costs. At this point, you can't take your vehicle and go elsewhere, so you are stuck pleading your case. Many on the internet claim Honda covers 25% if you had the vehicle serviced and do not have high mileage. Many with lower mileage claim 100% reimbursement.
My bill from a reputable transmission shop totaled $4400. That price included a transmission cooler which Honda highly recommends (despite the fact your vehicle didn't orginally include it). My bill may have been less through the dealership with a 25% courtesy reimbursement but the gamble is high AND the Honda rebuilt transmissions do not include the aftermarket rebuilt valve bodies (designed to prevent torque converter fluid starvation causing this problem).
I also have a Honda Accord and see that Honda has the same problem for that vehicle. A friend at work is on his 4th courtesy rebuilt transmission in his Acura.
I no longer consider the Honda brand to represent quality!
#2229 of 2394 Honda ody trans issue...
Jul 01, 2012 (4:31 pm)
I just met a honda owner,he owns the following Honda vechicles.
2002 Accord Ex 238,000.
2005 Odyssey EXL 188,00.
2008 Accord with 166400.
He never had any trans issues.(He is sales guy almost 16hrs on road)
His secrets, oil change 3500 to 4000.
Transmission oil change every 25,000.
did anybody did anything similer ,any comments welcome....
#2230 of 2394 Re: Honda ody trans issue... [car_buyer12]
Jul 01, 2012 (4:39 pm)
nothing like that mileage, but on our 2005 Odyssey I had the dealer change the trans fluid every 30K as a precaution.
I do have a 2000 Acura Tl with about 163K miles. I think that was probably changed around 100K (was my sister's car), and I did it again at about 160, but that was it for that one.
#2231 of 2394 Re: Honda ody trans issue... [car_buyer12]
Jul 01, 2012 (5:25 pm)
"Transmission oil change every 25,000."
Here's the thing about that statement.....
A"transmission oil change" could be all the fluid...(put in 3 1/2 quarts, run it through all the gears, dump it out and do it again , and then again)
Or, what some people call a transmission oil change is..do this once.
It's a big difference, if you 'do it once', like I do, then do it on every second engine oil change. Call me paranoid.
I also added a Magnefine inline filter to the return line under the air breather box in my 2003 Ody EXL. This keeps the clutch debris and the metal filings from circulating through the a/t and plugging up the screens, destroying gears, valves and bearings.
That special filter gets changed once a year, need it or not.
I ease it off the line and don't stand on the throttle during the 2-3 gear changes. Will any of this keep it running longer...don't know, but it's all I can do to keep it out of the hands of the Honda $ervice $enter.
Oh, and one more thing..could be very important too...get that original Honda Z1 a/t fluid out of there ASAP, put in the new Honda DW1 syn. or your choice of quality synth a/t fluid...contrary to what the owners manual says...the world will not suddenly end if you do and your tranny will thank you for it.
#2232 of 2394 Re: Honda ody trans issue... [car_buyer12]
Jul 02, 2012 (3:55 am)
no...just the oil changes at 7500 miles. I had a place change the trans fluid and it did nothing to help my problem...I think I am going to just drive it til it dies. 194,000+...it is annoying shifting from second to drive especially on hills.
#2233 of 2394 Re: Honda ody trans issue... [car_buyer12]
Jul 02, 2012 (4:26 pm)
The Honda ODY from years 2000 to present have a engieering design flaw. There are too many people with too many tranny issues to think otherwise. In addition, Honda lost a class action lawsuit ($90 million) already on the early models and there are ongoing class actions for the newer models. Parents driving around town and the hwy when all of sudden the tranny seizes or smokes, etc leading to abrupt braking to prevent an accidents. I would never every buy another Honda based on my experience. I have contacted them on numerour occassions and they do not want to address.
Even this, February 2012 Motor Trend Long Test Article 2011 Odyssey Touring Elite, 6 months old, 14999 miles "...we'll have the technicians look at the transmission as well. Over time, shifting has become rough, and occasionally upon acceleration between first and second gears, the transmission seems to be shuddering."