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3.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,685 miles

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1998 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 152010

Odyssey

  • 99,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Check engine light came on. Stopped at autozone to have them read the code. The code P0740, indicated a tcc failure. Upon consulting with the Honda dealership on my 1998 Honda Odyssey, and consulting the internet, determined that this was a common problem with 1998 - 2002 Honda Odyssey's. Honda offered no help. The car had less than 100,000 miles on at the time.

- Greenleaf, WI, USA

problem #8

Sep 082008

Odyssey

  • 149,161 miles
The check engine light on my 1998 Honda Odyssey came on while driving vehicle. I took it to a repair shop and they told me that the vehicle registered a problem code of P0740-torque converter clutch circuit malfunction. I researched the problem on the internet and found that this is a common problem for Honda which should be reported to the NHTSA.

- Menlo Park, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 162004

Odyssey

  • 91,005 miles
Transmission replaced at 90K miles. Have read that many '98 Honda Odyssey's had transmission problems and many were replaced instead of simple repair. They replaced mine and refused to recall or assist with repairs.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #6

Apr 242008

(reported on)

Odyssey 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1998 Honda Odyssey with broken motor mount. Consumer stated that he believes the broken motor mount should be recalled. He states that this is a serious defect. Consumer would like this matter to be investigated. The consumer also stated the vehicle shifted rough. The mechanic stated the transmission fluid dipstick was dry.

- Calabash, NC, USA

problem #5

Mar 171999

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states vehicle has been experiencing problems with the transmission, the check engine light has illuminated on several occasions indicating a problem, the transmission has been flushed several times, the torque converter has locked up due to clutch failure.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #4

Mar 171999

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Date: 3/17/99; mileage: 12,264;ngine check light code P0740, transmission system flushed. Date: 11/08/99; mileage: 23,874 enginecheck light on, defective ECU, bulletin 98-033. Date: 12/20/99; mileage: 25,706; engine check light on, replaced ECU and flushed transmission. Date: 7/24/01 engine check light on, code 740 torque converter locked up, transmission flushed. Date: 11/06/01; mileage: 61,115:engine check light on, code PO740, special order PCM (control module) per bulletin. Date: 11/12/01; mileage: 61,281 engine check light on, installed pcu and flushed transmission. Date: 7/12/02; mileage: 70,624; engine check light on, failure code P0740, clutch failure, will need torque converter replaced, est. Cost $1400. As can be seen, this same design flaw has been ongoing since 12,000 miles. The controller was "too sensitive" and replaced, which brings into question the reason for the ultimate clutch failure. Failure of the transmission could lead to serious accident and loss of life, for instance, should this occur during acceleration into busy traffic. Requesting assistance asap. Note: Car was purchased at griffith Honda, baltimore, md, but has always been serviced at O'donnell Honda, ellicott city, md.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 292002

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Diagnostic code P0740 - we are being told entire transmission needs to be replaced (even though it still seems to be working for now). I wanted to report it after seeing lots of complaints on internet forums from Odyssey owners who have had low mileage transmission failures.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 021997

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission sensor inoperative.

- El Toro, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 011998

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed.

- Santa Moni, CA, USA

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