Last post on Nov 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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#2332 of 2416 Re: How long should a Honda transmisison last? [autowrite]
Dec 01, 2012 (10:17 am)
You now have about 80,000 miles on your re-built. I assume it's now well out of your re-builders warranty, so you are now driving on borrowed time......
If I were you I would be getting rid of it NOW while it's still working. Another re-build would cost as much (or more) than the van's worth as a trade in.
(I hear good things about the new Chrysler a/t's in the newer Caravans and Town and Country.) It's only taken them 25 years to figure it out..hopefully.
I still have my old 1992 Dodge Mini Van ( worst a/t's ever built) that we use with the back seats out for nasty hauling and bad winter weather. It's AWD 3.3 V-6 ES with a set of 4 winter tires. Would like to retire it but it just keeps on starting and going when everything else is stuck in the yard or dead in the ditch.
Our 2003 Honda Odyssey EX-L (bought new) sulks in the garage as I'm afraid to trust it to go anywhere, that van has no soul, never has.
#2333 of 2416 Re: How long should a Honda transmisison last? [autowrite]
Dec 01, 2012 (4:57 pm)
They SHOULD last about 250,000 miles with nothing more than routine maintenance. But they don't.
#2334 of 2416 Re: 2003 Honda Odyssey transmission problem Prpoper Fix [rfreitas]
Dec 04, 2012 (1:10 pm)
I live in a size-able city wherein there are 2 well known transmission shops that are held in high esteem as they have established an outstanding reputation over the past 30+ years.
I had a good talk with one of the top 30 year veterans from one of these shops after having a transmission failure in my 03 Honda Odyssey. Here is what he told me.
" Pursue the lawsuit if you must, but to get your tranny fixed properly, do not go to the dealership for the rebuild. Here's why: Honda is doing a repair not a rebuild. This means that if third gear has gone out, they will repair that one gear, throw it back together and call it a rebuild. No wonder people are having to take their tranny's back two and three times.
Honda is using a very different clutch plate. It has a soft material that wears off quickly and gets slippery smooth. There is nothing else like it and yet the after market clutch plates are hard like they should be."
He further told me that he had rebuilt hundreds of these with no failures or returns. So the key here is to NOT use factory clutch discs/plates, but quality after market discs. He also mentioned that the spline going down through the center of the tranny has a bushing in it that must hold air. He said most of the time Honda and others will not fix this. He spreads that bushing out till it holds air and he said that will last forever. If this leaks air, it can cause pressure problems in the tranny which results in shifting problems and possible slippage and failure. I asked if this was just a cheap under rated tranny for this vehicle prone to failure and that after having it fixed if he thought I should sell the van and move on to something different / better? He said NO! Honda makes a great vehicle and the motors in these vans is of the best in the industry. Once the tranny is fixed right, it will be worth keeping till you run it in the ground.
I hope this helps and that you have good success in your future rebuilds.
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#2335 of 2416 Re: 2003 Honda Odyssey transmission problem Prpoper Fix [foxfire1]
Dec 04, 2012 (2:05 pm)
Interesting... You should post that information on this Ody Trans website too:
I think they would find that info useful...
#2336 of 2416 Re: 2003 Honda Odyssey transmission problem Prpoper Fix [foxfire1]
Dec 05, 2012 (3:16 am)
This is what the trans shop Hardshift's told me that they do...Have put new trans on Odyssey's with 300,000 miles.
Thanks for the coffee tip!
#2337 of 2416 Re: 2003 Honda Odyssey transmission problem Prpoper Fix [hilapat12]
Dec 06, 2012 (9:19 am)
Is HARDSHIFT under a franshise? I checked google for Guelph, Ontario, Canada and could not see this name.
#2338 of 2416 Re: 2003 Honda Odyssey transmission problem Prpoper Fix [autowrite]
Dec 06, 2012 (4:57 pm)
No it isn't. It is a local shop in Johnstown Ohio. Maybe they could recommend another shop closer your way? Good luck!
#2339 of 2416 Re: 2003 Honda Odyssey transmission problem Prpoper Fix [hilapat12]
Dec 06, 2012 (11:20 pm)
Thanks, but since this is an independant shop I cannot use him. I would need to travel back to his place of business if anything went wrong.
There was talk on this forum a few years back about using National Transmissions which are in both the United States and Canada.
#2340 of 2416 Re: 2003 Honda Odyssey transmission problem Prpoper Fix [foxfire1]
Jan 13, 2013 (8:52 pm)
Can you elaborate more on what your mechanic used for rebuilt transmission? Do you have any model #'s to provide so I could give them to my mechanic to make sure I get the right parts?
#2341 of 2416 story of my tranny
Jan 13, 2013 (9:50 pm)
ody, 156k miles
tranny started acting up around 130k , acting on tip here, i cleaned 2 sellooids, went fine for few thousands miles, back worse, did it again, second time did not improve much better, with total replacemnt of fluid everytime. third time, replaced fluid, cleaned selloids , were dirty, and this time installed inline filter.
this time, it drove much better, but still have problem shifting from 2 to 3 if car under 40 miles per hour. so, u shift to 2 gear, getcar over 40 n go back to D, no problem.
if this does not amuse u, here is the kick, it has been driving like this without any change for last 5k miles.
i am sure every other white guy would v changed the tranny long ago, but i cant afford it, so it is working now , hahaha