Last post on Nov 04, 2011 at 6:15 PM
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Honda Odyssey, Car Buying, Transmission, Van
#3 of 6 Re: Advice Appreciated - 2003 Odyssey [blackexv6]
Oct 30, 2011 (9:27 am)
Absoultly not true! They don't ALL have major trnasmission problems.
I will say that a lot of them did have trouble which is uncharastic for Honda but the majority of owners didn't excperience this.
It has to be remembered that many Odysseys get subjected to extreme use. People over load them, install Class 3 hitches, pull things they shouldn't be pulling and never bother changing the transmission fluid.
This is true of any minivan and if you compare Odyssey transmission problems to say, Chrysler you wold know what I mean.
Forums attract people with problems and the horror stories will abound.
Now, that I'm retired, I really don't care. I'm just telling it like it is.
That said, 130,000 is a lot of miles and that seller has a car that won't be easy to sell. I would insist on seeing service records and I would definatly take it to a dealer or a good independant for a look over and I would tell them to pay special attention to how the transmission is operating.
If you can buy it for a cheap price, it could be a good buy.
#4 of 6 Re: Advice Appreciated - 2003 Odyssey [isellhondas]
Oct 30, 2011 (10:22 am)
We bought a 2003 w/~98,000m and it has served us well as a 3rd vehicle. The original owner had motor mount issues and had them replaced. Also serviced it per Honda's maintenance schedule. We paid $8900 for it ~2.5yrs ago and now have ~110,000m. Luckily the original owner had Honda's oem transmission cooler installed at purchase and knock on wood no issues yet. This Forum scares the beejesus out of me but I appreciate everyone sharing their experience. With so many trans issues I have a concern that Honda, which had a pretty decent rep, has not stayed in the front and been a better company. Will make me think twice next time I go to replace a vehicle. Technology is out there to build a transmission which will not give problems. Shame on Honda for not doing so.
#5 of 6 Re: Advice Appreciated - 2003 Odyssey [surfsalterpath]
Oct 30, 2011 (11:26 am)
To Honda's credit, they stepped up and replaced transmissions that were WAY out of warranty. People tend to forget that.
Also, of all of the cars we would take as trade in's minivans were usually in the worst shape. People TRASH them and use them as rolling restaurants.
There is no such thing as a car that will never break. Technology is NOT out there that will do that.
If you "google" millionmilejoe you can watch an interesting clip just released of
a 1990 Accord that just turned ONE MILLION miles!
Don't let these foruns scare you. Change your trans fluid on a regular basis, don't overload your Odyssey or use it to tow something it shouldn't and you should be OK. Just know that EVERY automatic transmission will eventually fail at some point given enought time and miles.
#6 of 6 Re: Advice Appreciated - 2003 Odyssey [pscan3130]
Nov 04, 2011 (6:15 pm)
Don't buy the 2003. We have one and had tranny replaced at 80k. We never were rough on the car.
Check consumers digest for the 2003 and you will see that many people have reported problems with the tranny.
Also, timing belt must be changed at around 100k, that is $1000.