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#2233 of 2416 Re: Honda ody trans issue... [car_buyer12]
Jul 02, 2012 (3:26 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."
#2234 of 2416 Re: Honda ody trans issue... [car_buyer12]
Jul 05, 2012 (10:57 am)
I've owned two Odyssseys - 2000 and 2005. Here is my transmission experience:
Drove the first Odyssey for about 120,000 miles before we sold the van. About half of the miles were highway- the rest in town. Van was frequently heavily loaded with passengers and cargo. Had the transmission serviced at about 60 -70,000 miles (dealer service). We never had any transmission performance or reliability problems. I would describe our transmission experience as "excellent".
The 2005 Odyssey now has 145,000 miles. These miles are probably 2/3 highway and 1/3 in town. We moved to Arizona just after we bought this van and the temperature is frequently >110 degrees for most of the summer and >120 is not uncommon. Because the nearest dealer is more than 70 miles away, I have had the vehicles serviced by a trusted local mechanic. I had the transmission flushed and serviced at 60,000 and 130,000 miles. The mechanic described the transmission to be in very good condition (and he services many transmissions of all makes.) We have never had any performance or reliability problems with this transmission either.
The service reliability of these two cars (as good or better than any other cars we have ever owned) has my wife insistent that only an Odyssey will do when we decide to replace it. I kind of like the Sienna a bit more, but our experience with our other Toyotas has made us both gun-shy.
Is there something specific about the current Odysseys that make it apparent that they should be avoided? In particular, is the newer 6-speed automatic a problem child?
#2235 of 2416 Re: Honda ody trans issue... [castironguitar]
Jul 05, 2012 (11:18 am)
it seems that they have made a lot of improvements to the later models, but not sure how much of it (at least with the 5 speed0 was tweaks to try and cover for design issues.
though hopefully the newer 9dual shaft?) design they adopted in ~ 2007 truly fixes the root cause.
the more recent problems seem to be with the torque converter, and that seems to also be computer (controls) related.
honda certainly had plenty of time (and bad experience to review) since 2000 to fix the issues for real, not just bandaid the old pig!
#2236 of 2416 possesed tranny
Jul 05, 2012 (8:22 pm)
anyone has possesed tranny like mine, first,
first, 2 yrs ago, tranny ill shift properly, kick, spit, disengage, but moves..
now, wont shift past 3gear, but goes like gunho.. somtimes, slips, but mostly goes..
no transmission monkey was able to pin point , thats when they say, u need new tranny. bad tranny , but bad tranny wont move at all ...
anyone went thru this? any input>
#2237 of 2416 transmission service on Honda Odyssey
Jul 07, 2012 (2:40 pm)
Have a '03 model and is time for scheduled transmission fluid service. I was suggested to "flush" it instead of just replacing the fluid. is it advisable? The manual states "replace" though.
#2238 of 2416 Re: possesed tranny [ramy1995]
Jul 07, 2012 (2:53 pm)
I had a '99 that behaved similarly for a while and eventually stopped moving... The only caution would be safety, I guess, when the car begins to show signs of possibly stopping in the middle of the road or any unpredictable changes of speeds.
Jul 07, 2012 (3:01 pm)
Just got a notice today that the warranty on my 2005 was extended through 8 years/105K for torque converter shudder. Have to keep a close eye on that, though not sure I want to risk the software update! They may just do it anyway next time it is in for an oil change.
#2240 of 2416 Re: transmission service on Honda Odyssey [tlw6]
Jul 07, 2012 (5:06 pm)
We have an '03 Ody that shuddered at low RPMs for years (at least 3). We took it to the Honda dealer and they blamed it on the EGR valve. The dealer also replaced the transmission fluid. Last year, I took it to a recommended local mechanic and was able to replicate the problem with him in the vehicle. I was concerned that it would cost thousands to repair. He recommended a power flush (~$150) and it KNOCKED OUT the transmission issues period. I can't tell you how much time I spent on the internet researching the issue...to no avail. Many thanks to the mechanic. I will never simply replace the transmission fluid again on my Ody.
#2241 of 2416 Re: Honda ody trans issue... [longo2]
Jul 07, 2012 (8:14 pm)
See my message #2015. just spend $150 on an aftermarket transmission cooler. Your return lines will all be looked after.
Replaced transmssion once at 184k kms; currently at 306k kms on my 2002.
#2242 of 2416 Re: Honda ody trans issue... [stickguy]
Jul 08, 2012 (6:37 am)
That is just it. the later years are no better....this is from Motor Trend.....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."
Honda has done nothing to fix the problem in the past or even now. Mine went out at 68000 miles and Honda told me too bad so sad. You are on your own. I did the service, no towing, etc.