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10.0

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

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2001 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 9 of 10)

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problem #31

Feb 202004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When the consumer attempted to apply the accelerator, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the consumer that the transmission needed to be replaced.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #30

Aug 182004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
At 53,000 miles/2 years, gear shifts were suddenly delayed, sudden, not happening resulting in unreliable performance and driving hazards but not accident happened prior to taking to dealership. First transmission replaced under extented warranty (7yr/100,00 miles) issued by Honda due to recognized workmanship problems with the transmissions. At 81,000 miles/3 yrs the second transmission experienced same problem. Second transmission replaced under same extended warranty. The extended warranty will likely be exceeded when/if I have the same problem a third time as I put approximately 25-30,000 miles annually. I see from reading other complaints that this seems to be a widespread problem and I don't want to be paying for any replacement transmissions in the future. Can something be done so that each replacement transmission must carry a new 7yr/100,000 mile warranty?

- Harwinton, CT, USA

problem #29

Oct 172001

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The automatic transmission failed while driving. Upon replacing the transmission the first time, the same failure recurred 30,000 miles later. The transmission was replaced for the second time and again the transmission failed and was replaced. Now after the third replacement, the transmission has failed for the fourth time.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #28

Aug 182004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

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

Transmission shifting incorrectly. On acceleration, will slip then suddenly catch producing a shock and spinning wheels. On deceleration, will downshift and grab abruptly, producing a shock or shaking the vehicle at low speeds. Dealer lute reiley Honda refused to fix in June, 2004. Severe shocks from transmission failure have now caused engine mounts to fail.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #27

Aug 212003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32 miles
Manufacturer refuses to repair parts damaged by dealer. Dealer changed transmission-problems started after, dealer and manufacturer refused to warranty or repair !

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #26

May 142004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,200 miles
The transmissionis failing on my 3-year-old Honda Odyssey at 65,500 miles. Honda admits they have a problem. The transmission needs to be replaced and they will not do it under warranty because they say the vehicle is a "gray market" car. It was produced in Canada like all other 2001 Odyssey's and "imported" to the usa one-year-old with 18,000 miles. I bought it used. Honda says they won't cover it under their newly announced extended warranty on defective transmissions because it was intended to be driven in Canada. I did not realize that Canadian roads were so different from those in Minnesota. I asked if that meant that they were implying that I did something illegal. They said "oh no, but "brokers" bring these cars in from Canada because there is a shortage in the usa and the prices are less in Canada." Somehow it is my fault that Honda usa price fixing creates a gray market" does the vehicle not say Honda all over it? was it not made on the same line in the same plant with the same parts as all of the other 2001 Odyssey's? is corporate divisional infighting putting me the consumer in the middle? they make a defective tranny and now they won't stand behind it. Honda had a sterling reputation until this transmission issue started to surface. A qualified transmission shop researched the problem and told me it is a saftey hazzard and could lock-up at highway speeds causing a catastrophic failure. Do they really think if someone is killed by this they won't be held responsible in court" they should be ashamed of themselves. There is no excuse for poor product quality. They are trying to get me to go away and leave me high and dry with a $5,000 fix-it bill (dealer quote) on a 3-year-old vehicle I paid big bucks for. Seems fraudulent to me! this is a disaster in the making and must be stopped before an innocent life is lost.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #25

Jan 302001

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

I own a 2001 Honda odessey. 2 weeks ago while driving the van began shifting hard up and down. It was very frightening. My children were in the car with me and I went to turn left and pushed the gas pedal down to go before a car came and the car would not move forward!! then the car suddenly shifted sending us forward unexpectedly. I did not want to chance anything happening and took it right into a transmission place. They told me the transmission would need to be rebuilt or replaced. I was surprised because it was such a new car and was supposed to be "reliable". also, I had another car where the transmission failed and the effects were not so sudden and freightening! I was very disappointed when I began to research my problem and found out that there were many problems with this transmission. I was even more upset when I contacted Honda and they told me that there was no recall, only a "goodwill" warranty. Then they told me that I could not take advantage of this warranty because my car was initally purchaced in Canada and they will not honor the warranty. She proceded to tell me that they will only fix the car if the NHTSA tells them they have to issue a recall. I thought a Honda was a Honda. I am even more frustrated in reading other accounts where replaced and rebuilt transmissions did not fix the problem.

- Draper, UT, USA

problem #24

Feb 042004

(reported on)

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer noticed that transmission was acting different when starting. Dealership said that transmission needs to be replaced. Manufacturer doesn't want to honor warranty because it was made outside of the U.S.

- Bandon, OR, USA

problem #23

Dec 012003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 22,100 miles
I almost had an accident when my Honda 2001 Odyssey suddenly downshifted while doing about 50 mph. The shifting was crazy and highly erratic. It has been fixed by the dealer but has to begged for a loaner car from the manufacturer.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #22

Dec 052003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Honda is not honoring the extended warranty that they have on the transmissions of the 2001 Honda Odyssey. I purchased a Honda recently and it turns out the seller did not disclose that the transmission is going out. I found out 5 days after bringing it home from a Honda dealer. I also found out Honda has an extended warranty on this but will not cover it because the car came from Canada which was also not disclosed. Both Honda us and Honda Canada have extended warranties on this but will not cover it because it is a Canadian Honda (although it was sold by a us dealer in the us to the party I bought it from) and because I am a us citizen. I read an article in usa today that said Honda had so many complaints on their transmissions that were extending the warranty on this year of Honda Odyssey and other vehicles they make to 100,00 miles or 7 years due to consumer complaints made to the NHTSA because NHTSA was getting ready to issue a recall. Honda has refused to honor the warranty on the Honda I purchased and it only has 40,000 miles on it and is a 2001. I did not know anything about as Honda terms gray market cars. As far as I am concerned most of the Honda's are made in Canada that come into the pacific northwest, some are alloted for Canada and some for the us as I have found out. But me as the average consumer knew nothing about this and Honda does not want to honor this extended warranty because of that. Honda made this automobile, they are having problems with the transmissions. They have extended warranties on it in both countries. This is a safety issue, I am scared to drive this vehicle now as I do not want to risk my childrens safety or mine if the transmission should fail completely, say on the freeway. Honda knows of the problem and has an extended warranty on this and has refused to honor the warranty on this vehicle. Can you please help me?

- Bandon, OR, USA

problem #21

Sep 282003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles

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

A few days ago we had to take our 01 Odyssey to the Honda dealer to replace the transmission for the third time. Like clockwork every 15000 to 20000 miles this car needs a new transmission. Is there anything we all can do to eliminate this annoying problem forever. Any help would be appreciated.

- Harvard, MA, USA

problem #20

Aug 272003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60 miles
Transmission problems on 2001 Odyssey's aren't limited to us models. We purchased a Canadian model, and are on the 3rd transmission, and none of our local dealerships will assist us because it's a Canadian model. Dealer was informed that the vehicle was Canadian model, and that we didn't know what the warranty coverage was. Dealer informed us that 2nd transmission was covered under warranty, and then sued us because they couldn't collect from american or Canadian Honda. We have been a loyal Honda product consumer, but the treatment we've received for such has been a severe disappointment. We won't be purchasing Honda in the future.

- Germantown, TN, USA

problem #19

Jul 072003

(reported on)

Odyssey

  • 70,000 miles
Consumer states that the engine light, and traction light illuminated and vehicle began to slip and pull. Vehicle is on its third transmission.

- Rocklidge, FL, USA

problem #18

Jun 202003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,905 miles
Transmission failed while traveling up a heavily traveled two-lane mountain road (state highway 330 to running springs, ca). Vehicle blocked traffic until it could be pushed into the ditch on the shoulder resulting in damage to paint. Vehicle has 19,905 miles; slipping problem had been reported to dealer on two occasions; in both instances dealer denied knowledge of any problem.

- Altadena, CA, USA

problem #17

Jun 202003

(reported on)

Odyssey

  • miles
Problems with vehicle dome lights dimming briefly. The purge control solenoid cycled off and on repeatedly, the A/C blower motor speed decreased and various dash/dome lights dimmed for approximately 10 seconds then revert back to its high speed setting and original brightness. There was a grinding noise that had come from the transmission which was repaired.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #16

May 192003

Odyssey

  • miles
While driving 35 mph the transmission shifted to a different low gear. The consumer stopped the vehicle but when it was restarted it went backwards.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #15

May 252001

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,064 miles
The vehicle experienced the following: Out of alignment, loud bang/ticking, shaking, engine hesitation, inoperative A/C, a contaminated filter with metal shavings, A/C drain tube was rubbing and draining on the steering rack boot, coolant reservoir was empty and the right front seal on the body was damaged due to it being improperly placed, A/C knob was broken, the A/C airflow automatically changed, when the A/C blower motor speed decreased, various dash lights would dim, the hood latch was defective, static shock problem, there was a coolant smell, due to the reservoir fluid level, the sliding door was inoperative, the transmission was defective, the crankshaft pulley and the steering wheel vibrated, the right door seal had come apart, the splash shield clip was missing, the idle speed fluctuated from 750 to 2000 RPM with the vehicle in park/neutral, and immediately after, the mil light had come on. The repairs are as followed: Wheels aligned, A/C condenser and compressor evaporation dryer, intake manifold, reinstalled rear evaporator/heater unit, installed a drain tube in the retainer bracket, hood latch was replaced, PCM replaced to solve the transmission problem, removed the broken bolt from the block, the crankshaft pulley vibration is still unresolved, and the slash shield clip has been replaced. Scc

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #14

Oct 152002

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states power sliding door is inoperative. The sliding door had gotten stuck, and trapped the kids in the vehicle. Ph the seat belts had unbolted from the interior. The sliding doors have been repaired on four occasions and remain inoperative. When the power is off, the doors cannot be opened manually and the transmission failed. Scc

- Medfield, MA, USA

problem #13

Jan 082003

Odyssey

  • miles
Consumer stated the transmission will not shift from park to drive. Please fill in additional information dealer is aware of the problem.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #12

Nov 222002

Odyssey

  • miles
Second transmission failure. Two months ago, had unexpected down shift from 4th to 2nd on highway (luckily devoid of traffic). Honda repaired transmission by replacing solenoid switch, not replacing transmission. Again, while driving (this time accelerating) transmission slipped, unexpectedly allowing no power to drive wheels during acceleration. Luckily was on a deserted road, no other traffic. If I was pulling out into highway (as we have to do to leave our neighborhood) results could have been catastrophic, as unexpected inability to accelerate/move into traffic flow would most cause trucks barelling down hill to hit us. Lucky this happened 2 minutes and 1/4 mile earlier than that. Others may not be so lucky.

- Huntingdon, PA, USA

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