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#2343 of 2416 5 transmissions in 5 years! No kidding!
Jan 14, 2013 (5:42 pm)
Here is my tragic story of our Honda Odyssey experience...
Honda Odyssey 2003 was purchased used on 10/31/06. (No mention of a recall)
Jan 22, 2008 The Van began to slip gears. Had it towed to Aamco for transmission repair due to free towing. Charged $3062.06 to rebuild transmission.
April 10, 2009 Van again began to slip gears. Took back to Aamco and needed another rebuilt transmission and 3 mos out of warranty. Charged us $1587.55.
June 22, 2010 Van is packed with the entire family going to our vacation destination in SC in the middle of a down pour, the transmission again begins to slip. Called the local Aamco and they picked up the van. Same story, needed another rebuilt transmission in the amount of $2406.59.
After spending our vacation week with phone calls to Honda Corporate and Aamco to no avail, we had to borrow money from relatives in order to get our family back home.
July 20, 2011 Van is again packed with entire family to travel to NC vacation. 30 minutes outside of our hometown, Louisville, Ky it happened AGAIN! 13 months after last repair. Had to call a relative to pick is up off the side of the highway to return home. Unsure what to do at this point...we had the Van towed to our nearest Aamco dealer. We fortunately were able to borrow a car from a family member and continue with our vacation trying not to despair. The new tab from Aamco is $2835.60.
No assistance from HONDA Corporate nor Aamco Customer Relations. They are very, very hard to speak to. Just leave a message and wait to see if anyone calls you back. This would make it $9891.80 in four years for FOUR transmissions.
Update: 01/11/13 Odyssey transmission fails once again on the way out of town and has been towed back to Aamco since they agreed to give us a 3 yr warranty.!
There is a reason that these transmissions are not lasting. I wouldn't feel right to try to resell this car to another person. This is not right, this is not fair, this is not safe and HONDA should back their products and stop ignoring this issue.
#2344 of 2416 Re: 5 transmissions in 5 years! No kidding! [jcornish1187]
Jan 14, 2013 (5:53 pm)
wow, and i thought i had it bad>
even with much less troubl, i put 5 bibles on top of each other, and swor not to buy honda again,,
you need a ladder to swear
#2345 of 2416 Re: 5 transmissions in 5 years! No kidding! [jcornish1187]
Jan 14, 2013 (8:21 pm)
honestly, the issue seems to be more with AAMCO, not Honda. No idea what the initial issue was, or if you could have gotten consideration from Honda (certainly possible for that new a car)
but once you let AAMCO go at it, Honda wasn't going to do anything.
and after the first time, why let them keep charging you every year, when it must have been obvious they had no clue what they were doing?
#2346 of 2416 Re: 5 transmissions in 5 years! No kidding! [stickguy]
Jan 15, 2013 (5:32 am)
The transmission kept failing right beyond the 1 yr warranty w Aamco. (We have been at 3 different Aamco dealerships) We had no other alternative but to get it fixed. I went after Aamco w Consumer Complaint and finally was given a 3 year warranty which it is finally being fixed 'no charge' this time. Yippee!
Aamco fixes transmissions all the time. WHY won't a transmission work in my 2003 Odyssey!
They have tried to add an exterior fan to keep the transmission fluid cool and obviously that did't work either.
I guess we will try to trade this sucker in once we get it back. Really, who would want it.
#2347 of 2416 Re: 5 transmissions in 5 years! No kidding! [jcornish1187]
Jan 15, 2013 (7:57 am)
Really what you should be happy about is that when AMCO "fixes" it his time you will have a chance to get rid of it. An old used Ody with a 3 year warranty on the tranny should still sell for 4 or 5 thousand.
If I were you I would keep the Honda repair history out of your sales pitch.
Make sure the AMCO warranty is transferable so you can sleep at night with out fear of the new owner driving the old van through your living room window.
#2348 of 2416 Re: 5 transmissions in 5 years! No kidding! [longo2]
Jan 15, 2013 (3:35 pm)
Oh It is NOT transferable....
#2350 of 2416 Re: Defect Investigation and petition [odysseynomore]
Jan 23, 2013 (10:15 pm)
why did they close the list?
#2351 of 2416 Re: Defect Investigation and petition [ramy1995]
Jan 24, 2013 (4:37 pm)
I know the NHTSA closed the investigation about these tranys because according to them they do not represent a hazard.
This is what they say
'“Transmission failure can occur for any number of reasons, such as a defect, wear or improper maintenance,” Ms. Aldana wrote. “While overall transmissions complaints are high, the agency does not see a trend of transmission failures that indicate a continued safety consequence related to the original recall or any new defect.”
Honda, meanwhile, has said that the transmission problems occurred on models built more than five years ago and that “the vast majority of our customers have positive experiences with their vehicles.”
The link I posted is about an investigation that could lead to a class action. I hope they didnt close that one also.
#2352 of 2416 Re: Defect Investigation and petition [odysseynomore]
Jan 25, 2013 (8:01 am)
Interesting, I didn't know there was a new class action possibly in the works. I wonder when they started that....
Did you post that info on this site?