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#501 of 2416 Re: Should I buy it? [woodsykris]
Mar 01, 2008 (1:52 pm)
This is the old Odyssey not sure the transmission problems apply. I sold my 1996 with about 160,000 for 3,500 two years ago. Mine had the ABS & Airbag light on which usually means you have an issue. The ABS cost anywhere from $300-$600 to repair when I had it priced out. I would think you could get them under 4000 but my cousin is still driving the one I sold him and he likes the vehicle. Look for rust on the back when the Honda name plate sits. We were very happy in general (the ABS and Air Bags never were require repairs) the vehicle is much smaller than the new Odyssey so we wanted more space with 4 children. When the ABS system is broke it should revert to regular brakes. Good luck with your decision.
#502 of 2416 2003 Honda Odyssey Transmiission problem
Mar 02, 2008 (2:01 am)
You probably have been seen my postings regarding my 03 Odyssey transmission failure. After a long fought battle with American Honda and my dealer end of 07 and beginning of January this year. I finally got a rebuilt transmission with 3 year /36,000m miles warranty on January 10, 2008 only paying for labor charges of $924.
When I drove my car for the last time, I saw the tcs and engine lights on the dashboard after only having this new tranny for less than 2 months with less than 2,000 miles. The lights went off after driving for 15 miles. I called my dealer and they said it might not be the new tranny. I had to bring the car for a diagnostic on Monday.
I do not want to go through the whole ordeal again dealing with the dealer and American Honda on the tranny. We suspect we might have to battle it every few weeks. We have completely lost faith in Honda and we don't want them to rip us off for another penny. We decided to trade both our Odyssey and Accord in yesterday. We are now happy owners of a Dodge Nitros and a Chrysler Sebring.
Dodge and Chrysler have excellent warranty with life time powertrain for as long as you own the car. The sales personnel in Livermore, California was terrific and we did not have to do the back and forth negotiation game. We bought two cars from them.
We are celebrating our new cars and are very happy that Honda is no longer in our lives.
#503 of 2416 Transmission issues
Mar 02, 2008 (10:25 am)
We bought our 2003 Odyssey brand new and purchased an extended warranty.
The warranty was for 7 years/ 100,000 miles and our van has 93,500 mile on it now.
Our transmission is having some of the same problems as many others on this site!
It was unaware of the transmission problems with the Odyssey's until I got on this site.
In reading others entry did anyone purchase an extended warranty at time of purchase and did that help getting your transmission fixed or replaced?
We’re planning on using our Odyssey for a trip over spring break but now I’m questioning using it.
#504 of 2416 Re: Transmission issues [billcat1]
Mar 02, 2008 (1:21 pm)
I would not take the chance to go on long trip with it. When I traded in my Odyssey yesterday, Dodge was unwilling to take an Odyssey especially with miles closer to 100,000 because when sell it to central, they would not take into account that this car even has a transmission. Your transmission could suddenly die without warning which could result in a deadly crash
#505 of 2416 Re: Transmission issues [billcat1]
Mar 03, 2008 (9:56 am)
If you have the Honda Care warranty, as long as you are below the 100K mileage, there should not be a question about helping replace or fix the transmission. They should just do it fully covered. If you have an aftermarket warranty, I don't know how those work. We bought the 8 / 120K Honda Care warranty through Bernardi as soon as we bought the van. I've got the 2007 EX with the three new transmissions. If you have made it to 93K without having a new one, you are about due.
Good luck, let us know how it turns out.
#506 of 2416 Re: Transmission issues [gavanmom]
Mar 03, 2008 (2:31 pm)
It is the Honda Care Warranty that we purchased, so hopefully they will fix it at no cost!
We're taking it to the dealer on Wednesday, I'll have more for you later this week.
#507 of 2416 Re: Transmission issues [billcat1]
Mar 04, 2008 (12:06 pm)
Make sure you let your dealer know that you know about this recall and take a copy of it with you if your van has not already had this service. It might get you a little more time on your warranty and make sure that Honda pays for all of the repairs. From what I've heard from others, Honda is bad about saying your van isn't covered or has already had the recall work done....make them PROVE it to you by showing records or concrete verification first.
look on their website for more.
Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
ACURA / 3.2CL 2001-2003
ACURA / 3.2TL 2000-2004
ACURA / MDX 2001-2002
HONDA / ACCORD 2003-2004
HONDA / ODYSSEY 2002-2004
HONDA / PILOT 2003-2004
Recall Number: 04V176000
ON SOME MINI VANS, SPORT UTILITY AND PASSENGER VEHICLES, CERTAIN OPERATING CONDITIONS CAN RESULT IN HEAT BUILD-UP BETWEEN THE COUNTERSHAFT AND SECONDARY SHAFT SECOND GEARS IN THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, EVENTUALLY LEADING TO GEAR TOOTH CHIPPING OR GEAR BREAKAGE.
GEAR FAILURE COULD RESULT IN TRANSMISSION LOCKUP, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
ON VEHICLES WITH 15,000 MILES OR LESS, THE DEALER WILL UPDATE THE TRANSMISSION WITH A SIMPLE REVISION TO THE OIL COOLER RETURN LINE TO INCREASE LUBRICATION TO THE SECOND GEAR. ON VEHICLES WITH MORE THAN 15,000 MILES, THE DEALER WILL INSPECT THE TRANSMISSION TO IDENTIFY GEARS THAT HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED DISCOLORATION DUE TO OVERHEATING. IF DISCOLORATION EXISTS, THE TRANSMISSION WILL BE REPLACED IF DISCOLORATION IS NOT PRESENT, THE DEALER WILL PERFORM THE REVISION TO THE OIL COOLER RETURN LINE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 21, 2004, FOR PILOT, ODYSSEY, AND MDX OWNERS. OWNERS OF THE ACCORD VEHICLES WILL START RECEIVING LETTERS ON JUNE 28, 2004, AND ON JUNE 29, 2004, FOR OWNERS OF THE TL AND CL VEHICLES. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009 OR ACURA AT 1-800-382-2238.
HONDA RECALL NOS. P30 (ODYSSEY AND PILOT), P31 (MDX), P38 (ACCORD) AND P39 (ACURA). CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
#508 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey 2002 Transmission [soupapess]
Mar 04, 2008 (8:41 pm)
Have you heard anything more from Honda, I have a 2003 with 65k on it and just found out today my transmission is done. I called American Honda they gave me a case # , but I do not expect they will do anything.
#510 of 2416 Re: Honda Odyssey 2002 Transmission [oddsseysuck]
Mar 05, 2008 (10:03 am)
You should expect a call from your case manager in a few day. He will offer you some assistance. He will ask you to take the care to a Honda dealership for a diagnostic. With my experience with Honda dealership, if I were you I would do my own diagnostic with a reputable transmission shop because your dealership may fool you around and rip you off. However, you still have to bring to your car to Honda dealership if you want any assistance.
Your dealership will tell you the amount of assistance. If you are not happy with the offer, you should call your case manager to ask for more. You should prepare yourself to battle with him by reading the postings here. He is going to get you really mad but you should stay calm. Do not turn down their offer because they would have no mercy but to retract their offer. He is likely to tell you his offer is final and he has no supervisor. If this is the case, call the 800 number again and ask another person to take a look at your case to increase their offer. It did work for me because I only paid for the labor charge of $924 for a rebuilt transmission with 3 years/36,000 miles.
I got my car back from my dealership on January10, 2008 with the above transmission. It started to shift rough after about 500 miles. The tcs/engine lights both came on on March1, 2008 after 1,500 miles. With my experience with Honda, I know the warranty is useless because they would make you pay for another rebuilt by saying your car has other problems based on their diagnostic. I did not want to handle th e transmission every couple of months. The light was off after driving it for about 20 miles. We took the opportunity to trade the car in for a Dodge Nitro and my brother also traded his Accord with a Chrysler Sebring.
Our family has given up on Honda because of their attitude. Dodge/Chrysler has excellent warranty. Their cars now come with powertrain warranty for as long as you own your car. If you pay an extra $2,000, you can upgrade your warranty to bumper to bumper warranty. The dealership in Dublin, California is excellent. We enjoyed the most pleasant car buying experience there. Please be prepared that your trade will be low because of Honda's well-known transmission problem.
I suppose Honda can only produce transmission for motorcycles and smaller cars. They still have no clue how to manufacture a transmission for bigger cars.