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#2290 of 2392 Re: 2000 Odyssey 4th Transmission [ramy1995]
Sep 20, 2012 (10:53 am)
By the way, the 4th transmission was replaced for free. Apparently, it's a 3yr/36K mile warranty on replacement transmissions. I went to Nanuet Honda in Rockland county, NY. I don't like bringing the car to the dealerships because it never comes back the same. They usually have the worst mechanics.
After I got the car back, I noticed that some screws were missing and things were out of place near the air filter compartment. Also, I can now feel some clicking type sound along the steering column, like something wasn't quite put back right. They had to cut and replace a bar (anti-sway?) to get to the transmission. Apparently the bolts were siezed. Also, after having this transmission for less than a month, I did feel it slip once so far going from 1st to 2nd.
I guess I'll drive this until it dies again and then it's time for a new car. It won't be a new Odyssey because I don't like the fact that the new ones got wider. I liked the 2000 just the way it was. I think it is still the best looking minivan ever. 2nd comes the current Siennas. If I have to buy a wider car, I may look at the Pilot (which is ugly outside) or perhaps the 2013 Pathfinder after I take it for a whirl.
#2291 of 2392 Re: Another one down [01intrigue]
Sep 20, 2012 (11:04 am)
Agreed. Other than the unreliable transmission issue, the Odyssey has been great. The car has held up well after 12 years. The car still handles excellent, still gets good mileage on the highway, can carry loads of junk, and I fill up the back on bi-weekly Costco visits. The interior was Scotchgarded and it remains very clean. Most people can't believe it's a 2000. The paint has held up well with the expected pits from road debris causing nicks all over the front of the car.
#2292 of 2392 Re: 2000 Odyssey 4th Transmission [bg18947]
Sep 20, 2012 (12:31 pm)
most likly you and most others here neve needed transmissin rebuilt, just tran servic,selonoid clean up .. but hey we are ll supposed to support theeconomy somehow
#2293 of 2392 Re: Another one down [bljarv]
Sep 25, 2012 (10:32 am)
I have a 2001 Honda Odyssey. At 89000 miles the transmission failed and was replaced free by Honda. Four years later and and 32000 miles on the second transmission it failed too. I took it to the dealer, who checked with Honda - they would not fix it. I called Honda and they blew me off, saying the decision is final. The Honda Odyssey transmission is a piece of crap, it obviously has serious design flaws, Honda knows it but they do not take responsibility. Will never, ever buy another Honda again. My 1974 Alfa Romeo still has the original transmission and works perfectly. In my 50 years of driving - about a dozen different cars, I've never had a transmission problem until the Odyssey.
#2294 of 2392 Re: Another one down [neglia]
Sep 25, 2012 (11:32 am)
I also had a 2001 Honda Odyssey. Tranny went at 150,000. I was lucky it lasted that long. I have read all these posts over the last 3 years. Unbelievable that they will still not admit a trnny design flaw. The only way to fight it is not to buy a Honda!! I won't. My Toyota has been great.
#2295 of 2392 until you get rid of your honda,
Sep 25, 2012 (8:56 pm)
out of feeling bad to all "bad tranny brethrns" , look up my other posts ,might help you
#2296 of 2392 Re: 2000 Odyssey 4th Transmission [ramy1995]
Sep 30, 2012 (7:11 am)
I called a trans shop and asked if they could clean the linear & shift solenoids. They said yes, but everytime they look at them they are clean already and that isn't the problem? So i guess I am not doing this...
#2297 of 2392 Re: 2000 Odyssey 4th Transmission [hilapat12]
Oct 02, 2012 (4:01 pm)
If Honda were to Man-Up about these POS trannys, they would go back to the drawing board and do the following.
First and foremost, redesign the case to include a removable pan for servicing a decent fluid filter (not a "screen" like they have now)
Engineer a bigger more robust oil pump to handle more volume and pressure and route all the a/t fluid through a heavy duty cooler.
Redesign all the clutch pacs with thicker more durable 'Kevlar' type of material.
Solve the internal drain back problem of the torqe converter. (this one's easy, the after market already has the solution)
Have a servicable external fluid filter to catch any metal and other circulating debris before it gets into the main internals and plugs up the solenoid screens.
This filter would be changed at service intervals just like the other fluids or sooner by any DIY owner. (Also, already solved and available to anyone with $14.00)
Personally, I have always suspected the Z1 Honda fluid as part of the problem, Honda has quietly dropped it after 10 years of telling everyone that if you used anything else, your a/t would melt and you would be stranded forever in a dark world surrounded by Amsoil Sales Zombies.
I'm sure there are more suggestions out there so feel free to add to this list.
#2298 of 2392 2003 Honda Odyssey tranny
Oct 09, 2012 (8:42 am)
I bought my 2003 Odyssey new in 5/03 and am the original owner. It has been a great vehicle for our family and I've taken great care of it. Well, my transmission went out at 141,000 miles on Saturday, 10/06/12. I had the transmission cooler put on in the 2004 recall and the transmission has always been herky jerky at certain speeds, going from 2nd to 3rd gear especially. I talked with a gentleman who has been rebuilding transmissions for 53 years and comes highly recommended by all the mechanic shops I've talked to in the area (Eustis, Mount Dora, and Tavares, FL). He stated that these transmissions are only expected to last 150,000 miles. Some get more, some get less. He said he could rebuild the transmission in it for $2000 and it would/should go for another 150,000 miles (1 year or 12,000 mile warranty). He believes these vehicles to be solid and reliable and that for the most part they are very reputable. They can be costly to maintain when they are older but the engine is a good one (3.5 V6 240hp). I wouldn't take it to Honda for a tranny rebuild. They will charge $4-6k.
With that being said, I am trading it in and getting a Toyota Sienna.
#2299 of 2392 Re: 2003 Honda Odyssey tranny [ctrl_frk]
Oct 09, 2012 (9:50 am)
Oct 6 2012:
Honda Has 'Week From Hell' After Laundry List of Recalls and Investigations
Toyota Sienna's are not all bullet proof either, check out this Consumer Reports site for few, but not all of Toyota Sienna issues. (they also have forum sites just like this one on Honda's Time-Bomb-Transmissions.)
2004-2010 Toyota Sienna: Reliability
In many instances these trouble spots are Technical Service Bulletins posted by the manufacturer, however, we have our own expert looking at additional vehicle problems.
Audio system: The voice activated navigation system may add extra words when responding to the driver's request requiring reprogramming with an updated DVD. (2007)
Brake wear: The front brake pads do not last very long on vehicles subject to severe operation. (2004-08)
Check-engine light: A check engine light, possibly accompanied by drivability concerns, is likely due to a vacuum leak at the intake air control valve on the 3.3L V6 engine. (2004)
Check-engine light: Check engine light may come on due to failure of the air/fuel ratio sensor(s). (2005-06)
Cold-starting problems: Engine may not start in freezing weather due to fuel pump failure requiring replacement of the pump assembly. (2004-05)
Doors: The rear hatch door shudders in cold weather due to possible leak in the gas charged support rod (stay). A redesigned support is available. (2004)
Doors: Extra effort my be required to close the rear or sliding side power doors for which there are improved touch sensors. (2004-07)
Doors: The doors will not stay open because the welds for the door checks break and the company is extending warranty replacement to 5 years/100,000 miles. (2004-06)
Engine misfire: Misfires accompanied by the check engine light may be due to problems with one or more of the ignition coils. (2004)
Oil leak: Fluid may leak past the right side oil seal on the AWD transfer case. (2004-06)
Seat: If the rear seat won't stay stowed, a revised striker offers more positive engagement. (2004)
Steering problems: Steering effort increases as corrosion increases on steering column intermediate shaft due to road salt. (2004-06)
Transmission problems: The transmission gradually gets harder to shift, requiring installation of an improved cable assembly. (2004-05)
Windows: The side windows may rattle or quit working .
This table lists costs of likely repairs for comparison with other vehicles. The dollar amount includes the cost of the part(s) and labor (based on $50 per hour) for the typical repair without extras or add-ons. Like the pricing information, replacement costs can vary widely depending on region. Expect charges at a new-car dealership to be slightly higher.
Item Name Repair Cost
A/C Compressor $1,320
Automatic Transmission or Transaxle $3,460
Clutch, Pressure Plate, Bearing $0
Constant Velocity Joints $1,450
Exhaust System $890
Shocks and/or Struts $2,300
Timing Chain or Belt $830