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#2298 of 2416 2003 Honda Odyssey tranny
Oct 09, 2012 (7:42 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 2416 Re: 2003 Honda Odyssey tranny [ctrl_frk]
Oct 09, 2012 (8:50 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
#2300 of 2416 Re: 2000 Odyssey 4th Transmission [bg18947]
Oct 09, 2012 (7:47 pm)
I am very disappointed with Honda, I bought this 2000 Honda Odyssey brand new thinking that I was buying a very reliable vehicle that was one of the biggest reasons I bought this car over Toyota. Had I known I was going to have three transmissions fail on me I would have never bought this car! My first transmission went on me at just 40,000 miles while I was with my three kids in my car and in the middle of an intersection! I took my car to Bay Ridge Honda and just started finding out that Honda had a transmission problem! Honda replaced my transmission only to have it fail at 80,000 mile this time I was with my family on Vacation in Pennsylvania 130 miles away from my home with three kids and my wife! I had to have the car towed to a Honda dealer in Pennsylvania where it stood for a week. Mean while I had to have someone come all the way out to P.A. to bring me and my family home! The Honda dealer in P.A. replaced the transmission telling me this time that Honda has a MAJOR problem with these transmissions! (I had to go all the way back out to P.A. just to pick my car up!) Now at 111,000 miles my transmission failed once again!! But this time I called Honda of North America and spoke with Darell Harville and he told me now it’s my problem!!! I told him the transmission problem was never fixed and if I knew that Honda was going to treat me this way after buying their product I would have never bought this car. I was willing to understand that things happen and as long as Honda was willing to stand by their product and take care of this I wouldn't have a problem with Honda, but they make a defective product and are not willing to stand by it! I had to pay $1900 hundred to have my transmission replaced because Honda wouldn’t stand by this problem that they have!!
#2301 of 2416 I WILL NEVER BUY A HONDA AGAIN
Oct 09, 2012 (8:20 pm)
Honda of North America and Darell Harville didn't stick by me, and I hope no one sticks by Honda BUY FROM SOMEONE ELSE !!! you only know how good a company is and that's when things go wrong !!!!!
#2302 of 2416 Why wasn't their a recall !!
Oct 09, 2012 (8:49 pm)
If this was an AMERICAN CAR COMPANY this would have been all over the news and a MAJOR RECALL !!!! Honda lost a class action lawsuit on this matter !! I contacted NTHSA no response I contacted my local news stations no response that's because it wasn't an AMERICAN CAR COMPANY !! but I told all my friends, family, car forums. it might have cost me but it will cost HONDA !! they replaced hundreds of thousands of transmissions between Honda's and ACURA"S 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
#2303 of 2416 Re: Why wasn't their a recall !! [pisciotta]
Oct 10, 2012 (6:01 pm)
3 posts in a row, you are upset your 12 year old van has a problem. We get it, and it is "why wasn't THERE a recall?" There was a settlement that extended the warranty to over 100,000 miles, but you received 2 trannys to get beyond that extension.
#2305 of 2416 HONDA BROKE MY HEART. DON'T EVERY BUY A HONDA!!
Oct 21, 2012 (10:58 am)
I bought a 2001 Honda Odyssey and had a defective transmission replaced by Honda at 102,000 miles. the 2nd transmission lasted only 58,000 miles! and the amazing thing is my Odyssey had an expensive towing package, which meant that i had a transmission cooler. The transmission burned up anyway. i live in Minnesota which has no hills, so my van was never subjected to uphill pulling, and i never added the trailer hitch. The mechanic said there was no reason my transmission burned up except that it had to be defective. i told Honda i was a lifelong Honda buyer and loyal Honda customer: My first new car was a 1987 Honda Accord that got 200,000 miles on the original transmission. I current have a classic 1985 Honda CRX Si with 89,000 miles on it and the original transmission. I also currently own a Honda Gold Wing motorcyle with 85,000 miles on it and the original transmission. So what did Honda do for me? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Sumnary: Honda gave me a defective transmission in the Odyssey, and then they replaced it with another defective transmission! And they offered me nothing.
The dealership offered me a 10% discount on a 3rd transmission, so the price would be $4800 instead of $5300... big deal!! My mechanic gave me the same thing for $2600.
Nobody should every buy a Honda again. up until a few years ago, they were handling these problems consistently and somewhat fairly. Then they made a decision to stop helping their customers because of the cost. They have destroyed their reputation for reliability and quality by treating each customer differently and having no consistency in their decisions. by not admitting to defective transmissions and doing a recall, they have forever lost my trust.
American Honda Motor Company broke my heart. i welcome anyone who wants to hear more or discuss this with me, to give me a call.
Oct 21, 2012 (2:53 pm)
i have 2000 ody, and yes, join the club< zo, i fivgured out the problem , sort of, at first sign of trans heart attach, i took selonoids apart, clean them, put them back, worked for almost 10k miles, funny, it did it again, and i just did it thisvery afternoon. did not find out yet if it worked again or not, did not drive it long engouh. if you v same problem, let me know.
#2307 of 2416 Flushing transmission
Oct 25, 2012 (11:01 am)
I have an 2002 with 132,000 miles and just had an oil change and was told it was very low on transmission fluid and what was in there was black. They informed me of the problems the vans have with transmissions and recommend that we check for a leak and flush the tranny about $180 and see how it goes. We've decided anyways we're going to trade it in as my van days are over but was wondering if anyone has had any lucky with flushing the tranny.