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#637 of 747 Re: Odyssey 2011 Transmission: OK now?? [gene00]
Mar 07, 2011 (7:18 pm)
I think the Nissan Quest looks great, personal taste. However, I agree in that it has a so-so reliability record.
I still maintain the Odyssey is unbeatable -- great steering, perfect ride (firm, very European), smooth transmission, and one of the best engines out there with fuel economy to match -- except for the obvious tranny design fault. How can Honda ignore this? Convince us all they've fixed the tranny and we'll gladly buy (I back ordered my 2002 because they were so highly rated and hard to get). From the ton of available information it seems Honda used substandard clutch pad material that just falls apart and clogs the tranny (check out how many civics, accords, and Odysseys had the same problem between 2001-2003, it's uncanny: http://www.hondaproblems.com/problems/transmission-failure.shtml)
Civic 2001: http://www.carcomplaints.com/Honda/Civic/2001/ (ouch!!)
Accord 2003: http://www.carcomplaints.com/Honda/Accord/2003/
Odyssey 2002: http://www.carcomplaints.com/Honda/Odyssey/2002/
Not so for other models, including the CRV.
Another explanation is you can't clean the internal filter, unless you drop the pan. But I see other recent models have the same setup. strange.
Until Honda shows credible evidence explaining tranny failure I won't even consider the Odyssey; a pity cos it's otherwise the best minivan on the market, and seems to have less cheapo interior than the Sienna!
#638 of 747 Re: 2011 Transmission - Have they fixed their problems? [blackexv6]
Mar 07, 2011 (7:37 pm)
This is sad: the new Odyssey still has tranny problems! One thing I never understood: why do certain owners go through so many replacement trannys, many of which fail earlier than the first? It sounds as something else is malfunctioning outside the tranny. Could it be computer related. Some say the rebuilt tranny has to be fitted with a new computer module. Such things happen: "sluggish" CRVs were recently revitalized with a computer upgrade (TSB 10-077 issued Nov 2010, better late than never: http://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?p=88404). Owners report this transformed the car, with more than adequate power and no hesitations. Just imagine how much damage could be done to a jerky tranny that isn't properly programed.
#639 of 747 new windows in front of sideview mirrors?
Mar 10, 2011 (11:15 am)
I am wondering if anyone has had problems with motion sickness with those new little windows in front of the side view mirrors? I have driven twice the 2011 and find them bothersome...trying to decide if this is something I will get used to or wondering if there are options available to cover them or stick with my older model...
#640 of 747 Re: new windows in front of sideview mirrors? [new13]
Mar 10, 2011 (4:17 pm)
I recently bought 2011 Honda Odyssey EX-L and have also noticed the motion sickness. I am not sure what is causing this. I have noticed more vibrations in the driver seat than in the previous models. I was thinking it may be because of that, but it may be because of those little windows too. It is over 3 weeks now and haven't got fully used to it.
#641 of 747 Re: new windows in front of sideview mirrors? [new13]
Mar 10, 2011 (5:10 pm)
I haven't had any problems with in the close to 5 months I've had it.
#642 of 747 Re: new windows in front of sideview mirrors? [erik_h]
Mar 10, 2011 (6:20 pm)
No problems for me either for the past 4 months
#643 of 747 Re: new windows in front of sideview mirrors? [new13]
Mar 10, 2011 (9:11 pm)
Damn it, now that you said it I'll be fixated looking at them when checking the side view mirrors
#644 of 747 Re: Multiple probelms with 2011 Odyssey [littlerock1]
Mar 16, 2011 (4:10 am)
I took mine in just a few days ago for the same thing. Only owned it 2 weeks but noticed it occasionally (only when I pull out into traffic and have someone coming the other way). I was told that the Odyssey has electronic acceleration. so if you press the gas and brake at the same time or very close to one another there might be some hesitation. Now, I know better than to drive with two feet and don't 99.9% but in heavy city traffic it comes in handy. And that is when it only happens for me, when I really need to pull out quick and there I am waiting, waiting, waiting... and it goes. So I'm learing to drive with one foot 100% of the time now.
#645 of 747 Re: Is Touring / Touring Elite worth the $ over EX-L? [slawenda1]
Mar 16, 2011 (4:34 am)
Hi, We purchased the EX-L W/Nav for the reason that having the entertainment system is nice but we did not want to have it always there for the kids to constantly ask to put it on. For the $2k premium they charge on that system you can buy 4 IPads (now have 2) and that way the kids can play games or a movie during a trip (with headphones). We would of gladly bought the Touring or Touring Elite for all it's extras if it had the option of not having the entertainment system. I think they are slowly going to go away as a mandatory item for the premium packages and might be a resale hinderance like a old style built in GPS. But the other options actually do add up. I bet the extra wheel base, bigger tires, and 6-sp make a noticeable difference.
#646 of 747 Re: Multiple probelms with 2011 Odyssey [cito1]
Mar 16, 2011 (7:52 am)
Thanks for the very helpful reply. This may be the explanation as I always drive using both feet. I will try to refrain and see if that solves the problem.