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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
15 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,268 miles

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2001 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

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2001 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 10)

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problem #171

May 272011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles


2001 Odyssey developed transmission problems a few weeks ago at 155,000 mi. Repairs are now offered by dealer after analysis of $4,500 for a totally new transmission. Extended warranty offer received from Honda in 2006 was beyond our then current mileage. We have found from internet postings this recall apparently did not solve the Honda Odyssey transmission failure issue. After calls to Honda they were unable to offer any support for us. We are original owners.

- Hudson, WI, USA

problem #170

Mar 262011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
I bought a used 2001 Honda Odyssey in 2010, suddenly at 132,000 miles it will not shift from 1st to second, bypasses 2nd goes into 3rd with the rpms racing, then settles to 1500 rpms, with steady speed repeatedly races up the rpms then settles back, computer readout was possible 2nd clutch pressure switch failure which was replaced, did no good, now looking at 3000 plus tranny replacement. Car was serviced regularly by 1st owner at Honda dealer, and she was never informed about a possible tranny problem. I am the second owner, called dealer, was told too bad and goodbye, I have owned 4 new Honda and am shopping for a new car for my son, I have always bought Honda, but now no way, they have had too many Odyssey tranny problems and know it is there poor design. All my other Honda I never had a tranny replaced, I have a corolla 95 with 25000 miles and runs like a top. Another I sold to a friend some years back and he has had no my Odyssey was cruising down the highway 8 weeks ago and at 50 miles an hour felt like someone slams into the rear end, it locked up and ran off the side of the road, my wife suffered neck pain that is getting worse, should have had her taken to hospital that instant but she thought it was just a sprain, a few weeks L later it is determined a possible herniation, she is a paraplegic from the waist down due to an old injury, and now is getting numbness in her hands, and possible surgery, all because Honda decided to sweep the problems with this dangerous vehicle under the rug, if Honda of America thinks this is over, they have another thing coming.

- Paisley, FL, USA

problem #169

Apr 212011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Transmission on 2001 Honda ody started leaking one day last week. I took the vehicle to a repair shop today and they told me Honda has had issues with the transmission in this year of Odyssey. In my case the transmission is leaking so bad between the two halves of the transmission returning it inoperable and unsafe to drive. I only have 70,000 miles on the vehicle.

- Ks, KS, USA

problem #168

Apr 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 80,020 miles


Honda Odyssey 2001. Check engine and tc lights came on while on driving back from work. No specific incident led to issues. Took in to have check engine light diagnosed. Dealer service dept says transmission is bad and needs to be replaced. Found several websites documenting this same problem. Honda refused to provide any financial assistance on repair. Told me it will cost $5000. I ended up going to local transmission shop and rebuilt for $2000. Honda is doing pritality for some customer. If you have you vehicle serviced in Honda dealer then they consider giving some discount. What came out of this is, other shop like Firestone, mineky, merlin people are not professional. If that is true, then those shops should be closed. When we buy car, Honda does not tell us to do service only to their shop.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #167

Apr 022011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 93,200 miles
Honda Odyssey 2001. Check engine and tc lights came on while on highway driving back from vacation. No specific incident led to issues. Took in to have check engine light diagnosed. Dealer service dept says transmission is bad and needs to be replaced. Found several websites documenting this same problem. Honda refused to provide any financial assistance on repair.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #166

Apr 162011


  • 105,000 miles
I bought my used 2001 Honda Odyssey two years ago. I am still making payments on this van. I have now noticed when I try to pick up speed around 40 mph it starts slipping. Honda is doing nothing about this. Honda's are known for there long lasting transmissions, I have five kids and now I am stuck ! I have researched this on the internet and it is a known problem. Who is here to help us victims"?"

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #165

Mar 192011


  • 107,000 miles


Transmission failed at 107,000 miles and was not covered under recall since the recall was limited to less than 100,000. Transmission replaced for $3400 in fall, 2007 with a Honda-rebuilt transmission. March 2011, second transmission failed after 73, 000 with repairs costing $3150. Unable to enter VIN: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Olney, MD, USA

problem #164

Jan 132010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey transmission failure at about 100,000 miles of routine driving on a vehicle that was held to a better than average maintenance schedule. Honda issued a recall, but did not inform me of its existence, despite the fact that I regularly visited a certified Honda dealer for service, and now the vehicle is out of the recalls time/mileage parameters.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #163

Feb 252011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Honda Odyssey LX - 2001 model year I had a check engine and a tcs indicator light that came on. Took it to an Honda authorized mechanic and he said it needs a new transmission. I called Honda America customer service and was told that they cannot help. Eventhough there is recall with this issue and Honda has offered to pay for repair (limited by 7 yrs 9 months or 109K miles). Internet search with edmunds and other consume sites indicates this problem is a widespread manufacturing defect and Honda is refusing to help pay for repair even if its limited.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #162

Dec 072009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I have transmission problem with a Honda Odyssey was rebuilt now broke again.

- Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #161

Apr 092005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


We purchased a new 2001 Honda Odyssey ex-navi from shockley Honda in frederick, md. We had transmission related issues and as a result of a voluntary recall by american Honda motor company, our transmission was replaced with a rebuilt unit in April 2005. The vehicle had approximately 78,000 miles at the time of replacement. We now have 202,000 miles and the vehicle is exhibiting the same shifting problems as before. I called the original dealer and they told me that Honda is not offering any "goodwill" with respect to replacing the transmissions. My concern is that Honda replaced my transmission in 2005 with a rebuilt, unmodified (not redesigned) transmission. I have read on internet forums that numerous buyers of this vehicle have had 2,3 even 4 replacements. What is being done by NHTSA to address this problem" what is NHTSA doing to hold Honda accountable for just replacing failed units with rebuilt, defective transmissions instead of replacing failed transmissions with new, redesigned units"

- Adamstown, MD, USA

problem #160

Jan 142011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Honda Odyssey 2001 transmission failure which needs to be replaced for the 2nd time. It has been 54 thousand miles since it was first replaced.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #159

Dec 232010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 171,407 miles
I own a 2001 Honda Odyssey. In June ┐06, my tranny had to be replaced at 100K miles. At the time, american Honda(ah) replaced it free of charge under an extended warranty program as I was advised by lancaster Honda. In a matter of few short minutes & couple of miles the tranny on my van burnt up & I nearly lost my father in a senseless situation caused by ah's misrepresentation of fact & careless disregard for human life. My father was driving nb hwy 14 in santa clarita valley returning home when he began to experience trouble with the van. The van's cruise control was set @ 65 mph & he was driving in the # 3 lane. As he approached the grade he noticed the tcs and malfunction lights on the dash. He attempted to merge to the right to pull off to the shoulder but was hampered by a truck-N-trailer in the lane to his right. Next, the engine began to make a screaming noise. As he still tried to move to the shoulder without any success, the screaming noise continued, so he turned off the cruise control, the noise stopped but at this point he noticed smoking billowing up the back of the van from the rear window. By now, he had reached the top of the hill, within moments of turning off the cruise control the van had lost power ┐ he could not accelerate. Without power & riding on downhill momentum with heavy traffic speeding past my father @ speeds over 65 mph he is still trying to get to the shoulder. Finally, the truck-N-trailer has passed my father & he proceeds to merge right & gets to the shoulder & he parks so. Of aqua dulce canyon road. Then he is nearly hit by a corvette driving on the shoulder racing a mustang @ 100 mph. My father called for a tow to lancaster Honda (LH) where it still sits. LH wants $6K to replace something that was supposed to already be fixed. The ┐new┐ tranny in ┐06 should last at least another 100K miles not only 70K. My story is like one of thousands of consumers who own Honda Odyssey. They put families lives in danger. Bad trannys.

- North Edwards, CA, USA

problem #158

Jan 032011


  • 95,000 miles
I own a 2001 Honda Odyssey. I had transmission problems in 2006 that ended in the dealership replacing the transmission. I had 53,000 miles on it. Last week (1/3/11), the 2nd transmission failed. I was driving home from work accelerating up a hill when I lost all forward gears. I pulled over to the side of the road and placed the vehicle in park. All of my forward gears were gone. I was able to drive thru remainder of the way in reverse. I have 95,000 on the vehicle. American Honda corporation will take no responsibility for the problem. I feel the vehicle could have caused a major wreck if I had been attempting a merge onto the highway. I am very upset with this and want NHTSA to take action against Honda. The class action lawsuit of 2006 did not fix the problem.

- New Cumberland, PA, USA

problem #157

Dec 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states problem with transmission the consumer stated according to the Honda owner link website there is an automatic transmission recall for the Odyssey minivans. When the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and mentioned the recall, they didn't respond. They just diagnosed the problems as a slipping transmission, a new ECU was needed, the front and rear mounts were broken and the right front and left rear struts needed to be replaced. The consumer took the vehicle to an independent shop and they concluded the transmission was indeed failing. The recommendation was replacement or a complete overhaul.

- Derby, CT, USA

problem #156

Dec 012010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states there is a recurring transmission problem. The consumer stated the transmission was first replaced back in 2004 with only 45,000 miles on the vehicle. Now 60,00 miles later the transmission needs to be replaced again. The dealer informed the consumer the transmission had a cracked seal.

- Tinton Falls, NJ, USA

problem #155

Dec 132010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
The transmission on my 2001 Honda Odyssey started to fail. On one drive, I noticed it "slipping" a little. On the next day, the next time I drove the vehicle, it almost totally went out on me. I was trying to enter into a major mile street, pushed on the accelerator, with only a slight response from the transmission. One car had to swerve to avoid me, but there was no accident. Upon researching this, I've discovered that the 2001 Honda Odyssey has a big history of transmission problems. There was even a class action lawsuit settled which extended the warranty to 109,000 miles. Unfortunately, my vehicle has 121,000 miles. I am an original owner and was never notified by Honda that there was an issue with this vehicle. I have no idea why this hasn't been recalled, it's a huge safety issue. American Honda says there is nothing they can do for me, that I will have to pay the full price the dealership is asking to replace the transmission.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #154

Dec 112010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
Second 2001 Honda Odyssey transmission failure. 1) driving to pick up husband at denver airport. No unusual driving situations. 2) 1st transmission failed at 120000 miles; rebuilt transmission failed at 168000 miles. 3) replaced first transmission with rebuilt one. Honda knows that the Odyssey transmission fails. They are asking for $5000 to replace it. We cannot buy a new transmission; only rebuilt transmissions. With Honda only providing rebuilt transmissions, they are guaranteeing that we will have to replace the transmission every 3-4 years. Always just out of the warranty period.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #153

Dec 022010


  • 215,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Odyssey. While driving 40 mph, the transmission began making noises and kicking into different gears. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced again; it was previously replaced September 2008. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop for repairs. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 215,000.

- Warwick, NY, USA

problem #152

Nov 272010


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Odyssey. The contact attempted to accelerate from a stop but the vehicle would only travel 2 mph before it jerked into gear and began accelerating further. During the failure, the check engine and traction control lights illuminated. The contact turned the vehicle off and restarted; after the restart, the vehicle performed normally. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the failure was common. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 138,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

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