Last post on Sep 09, 2009 at 2:31 PM
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#26 of 35 Re: 2007 Odyssey Touring-Variable Cylinder Mgmt [pcruciani]
Jan 15, 2008 (12:46 pm)
My new '08 Odyssey Touring does the same thing- hesitation/bucking/uneveness. To me it relates to the VCM. I have not had it evaluated by a dealer. That concern plus what seems to be a "heavy" steering feel are the two things I have found (2300 miles).
#27 of 35 Re: 2007 Odyssey Touring-Variable Cylinder Mgmt [pcruciani]
Dec 07, 2008 (11:37 am)
I too am having problems with our 2007 Odyssey V-6 with VCM, 29,000 miles. At about 65-70 MPH there is a significant shifting/surging/hesitation going on. It happens nearly every time we drive the van and just started about two months ago. The dealer is also trying to tell me that this is a "normal functioning feature of the VCM system." Our dealer has had our car for over a week now- all computer analysis have been normal. I should mention, when we first took it in for this problem, the rear motor mount was found to be collapsed- that being replaced Honda thought would fix the hesitaiton problem- NO SUCH LUCK. Tomorrow the factory rep is coming to drive with us, along with the service manager. This is VERY frustrating and entirely unacceptable that this significant surging (both driver and passenger lurch forward when it occurs) could be played off as "normal." If we don't get satisfaction, this Honda Family, (we own 2 Accords, NSX, and had a Civic before) will be moving on to another car maker.
Has anyone gotten an answer for this problem?
#28 of 35 Re: 2007 Odyssey Touring-Variable Cylinder Mgmt [bretjack]
Dec 07, 2008 (1:27 pm)
Suggest you visit the Odyssey owners' club website where there's more activity.
#29 of 35 Re: 2007 Odyssey Touring-Variable Cylinder Mgmt [cccompson]
Dec 08, 2008 (7:24 am)
Thanks, checked it out but not seeing much in the way of what we are experiencing. Have found much more on Edmund's website. I did, however, post a note on the Odyssey owner's page, hoping to get a reply soon.
#30 of 35 Re: 2007 Odyssey Touring-Variable Cylinder Mgmt [bretjack]
Jan 02, 2009 (11:28 am)
I have a new 2008 honda odyssey ex (so no VCM)... it has the same problem with "lurching" when coasting/decelerating. I don't know if it makes it unsafe but it really lends to a feeling of not being in full control while driving. I didn't notice it during the test drive but did on the drive home.
So I am not sure these problems are related to the VCM, and will report back once I get a chance to take it into the dealer.
#31 of 35 Re: 2007 Odyssey Touring-Variable Cylinder Mgmt [aggienick02]
Jan 26, 2009 (6:57 am)
I had a similar lurching problem with my 2007 Odyssey Touring edition with about 34,000 miles. Engine surging at a steady speed or at slight acceleration between about 30 and 45 mph. It did not appear to be related to the VCM even though the engine has VCM. First time I brought it to the dealer, I was advised that this was normal. I knew it wasn't normal as the vehicle didn't operate this way the first two years I owned it. I returned to the dealer Gwinnett Place Honda in Duluth, GA a second time and insisted they keep the vehicle until it was fixed. The mechanics and techs spent a great deal of time and effort, and worked with their headquarters and ultimately decided the torque converter was not working properly and replaced it under warranty. Not an easy fix as it requires removal of the transmission. They also replaced the two motor mounts as they were showing some wear. I've driven the van about 50 miles so far and I gotta believe it's fixed-I've not felt the surging at all whereas before, it was very noticeable.
#32 of 35 Re: Resonance, vibration [artas]
Mar 06, 2009 (6:55 am)
Since this is a known issue with Ody's with VCM, if you speak real nice to the Honda Zone Rep., they will make an adjustment for the rear engine mount. Otherwise, it's 650 bucks plus installation. You will think you're driving a new car. Good Luck.
#33 of 35 Re: 2007 Odyssey Touring-Variable Cylinder Mgmt [bretjack]
Apr 02, 2009 (11:27 am)
I took my 07 Touring to the dealer in Jan for routine maintenance. When I got it back, I noticed the transmission slipping/bucking/hesitation sensation was much worse, more exaggerated than before. I scheduled a follow up appointment and took the shop foreman for a test drive. He noticed the sensation as well (I find it most noticeable while driving at a steady speed between 55 - 65 MPH, with our without cruise control on. His initial comment was that it could be a motor mount. They kept it for a day and ran several tests. The service rep said they hooked it to a scanning device that took "snapshots" while driving the van. The initial diagnosis was that there was a problem with the torque converter but they had to send the "snapshots" to Honda to confirm/verify. Just my luck, the data file was corrupted so I had to bring the van in again for the tests. The second round of tests (i.e. "snapshots") didn't reveal anything so I told them to keep the van another day and run more tests (they agreed there was a problem). They finally got snapshots identifying the problem and Honda confirmed/verified it was the torque converter. The van is still in the shop and I have my fingers crossed that replacing th torque converter will fix the problem. Stay tuned....
#34 of 35 Re: 2007 Odyssey Touring-Variable Cylinder Mgmt [pcruciani]
Aug 14, 2009 (12:00 pm)
Did you get this fixed? Mine is having the same problem. There is a service bulletin issued July 14, 2009 that says to update the PCM and if that doesn't work, replace the torque converter. Mine is being replaced as I type. Wondering if your issues were rectified by the replacement? I
#35 of 35 Re: 2007 Odyssey Touring-Variable Cylinder Mgmt [jennybecky]
Sep 09, 2009 (2:31 pm)
Still seems to do the same thing. I am wondering if the torque converter was actually replaced. Do you have more details about the technical service bulletin? I would like to see what it says.