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really awful
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 1 of 10)

problem #191

Aug 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2001 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states problem with vehicle transmission the consumer was informed by the dealer, it would cost $3,500 to replace the transmission.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #190

Aug 012008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
At approx. 70,000 miles transmission went out. Was still under warranty at the time and was replaced. Now at approx. 105,000 transmission has gone out again. Honda refuses to acknowledge the problem or to help rectify a potential defect in transmission because the warranty has expired.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #189

May 252011


  • 180,000 miles
I am on my 3rd failed transmission from Honda with my 2001 Odyssey. It seems they go out every 60,000-80,000 miles. The first two were replaced with a fight all the way, but nevertheless replaced. Now they absolutely wont replace it because they go by the cars mileage and years, not the transmissions. I'm so frustrated and definitely would like to be a part of a class action suit if it ever comes to be. I have 3 children and thought this would be a wonderful family car, and assumed reliable since it's Honda, but I have been hugely disappointed. I want to know if there is anything I can actually do. It's not fair for a large corporation to make the consumer who believed in their product suffer and have to deal with this. I have been out of a car with 3 children, including an infant, for 9 mo now. Very sad this can happen with no repercussions. I want to do something about this, not just for myself, but to not let them get away with this.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #188

Dec 012003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


TL- the contact owns a 2001 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate to accelerate when pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be repaired. The torque converter was replaced instead of replacing the transmission as it was recommended by the mechanic, but Honda motor co had the final word. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The contact also stated that the vehicle intermittently stalled while driving at various speeds. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle was once involved in a crash in which the air bags did not deploy. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V260000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module). The failure mileage was 75,000. Kmj...update 01/20/12 updated 02/07/12 the consumer stated on August 8, 2008 he was involved in an accident, and the air bags failed to deploy. The consumer stated he never received a recall regarding a problem with the air bags. Updated 03/26/12

- Pittsburgh, CA, USA

problem #187

Nov 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Honda Odyssey. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems the consumer stated the vehicle would slam into gear and slip out of gear. Honda repaired it in late 2009 under warranty. However, less than two years later, the problem has returned. The consumer stated the replacement transmission was also defective.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #186

Sep 262011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 142,824 miles
Honda dealership (hoen Honda/ poway Honda) knowingly installed defective rebuilt transmissions (3 times) on my Honda Odyssey 2001. The transmission failed all three times!! these transmissions are defective and it is not a matter of if it is a matter of when they fail. Recently, my wife was stranded in rush hour traffic with her elderly parents. Luckily, she got out of car and redirected traffic. Honda charged me $4700 to replace their defective rebuilt transmission. Honda and their dealerships are very aware of the defective transmissions they install and are not willing to stand-by their products. I would like NHTSA to kindly investigate the safety of the the defective rebuilt transmission that are being installed by Honda.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #185

Oct 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2001 Honda Odyssey. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems the consumer stated while driving, the tcs and check engine light illuminated. A diagnosis revealed torque converter failure. The dealer reset the light. However, about 100 miles later, the light illuminated again. Soon after, the D4 indicator light started flashing and there was an extremely slow gear engagement causing the vehicle to downshift. Also, the water pump, timing belt and tensioner were replaced.

- Mount Prospect, IL, USA

problem #184

Mar 072009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 72,046 miles
(2001 Odyssey-one owner)-tcs and check engine light came on while driving at 35 mph at 72,000 miles/7 yrs & 5 months on the road. Van stalled/hard shifting and was driven to nearby auto repair shop. Diagnosis was transmission failure. Towed to the Honda dealership. Honda replaced the transmission under warranty, however suggested replacing the timing belt and water pump as well. Power steering cable also found to be corroded. $850 total. Tcs and check engine light came on again on 9-2011 with 102,000 miles with some hesitation and a grinding noise heard. Diagnoses was transmission again (po-740 code ). called Honda dealership who said it was about $4000 for a "Honda" replacement transmission, or the dealer could do it themselves for about $2600.

- Northwood, OH, USA

problem #183

Aug 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
The transmission in our 2001 Odyssey went out for the second time after just 45,000 miles. It was originally "repaired" by Honda under terms of their settlement of a class action lawsuit. But according to the transmission shop we took it to, the "repair" did not fix the underlying design flaw. It is well known that Honda Odyssey and other Honda transmissions have a design flaw. Ours went out on a busy highway as we were traveling a busy highway at about 10 pm. Luckily the car briefly recovered and we were able to continue driving but it could have been a very hazardous situation.

- Murphy, TX, USA

problem #182

Dec 122010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 115,493 miles
My 2001 Odyssey transmission first showed signs of failure in Sept 2009 (105K mi) while I was traveling through North Dakota. I took the van to a Honda dealer in minot nd after the check engine light came on. They reset the warning light and said they did not think it was serious but it should be checked when I got home. After returning home I had the transmission fluid changed and was told the problem could be due to a loose gas cap. The check engine light came on several times after that but I did not sense any slippage until Sept 2010. I knew it was going but continued driving it until one cold evening when I could barely get the van moving, I had the sense that the trans would not shift to a low gear and was attempting to start out in 3rd gear (115K mi). Honda quoted $7500 to replace the transmission. A local transmission shop rebuilt the transmission for $3200. I was told that corroded terminals on the vehicle computer may have been partially to blame for the transmission failure in that the transmission was not getting the proper signals as to when to shift.

- Waunakee, WI, USA

problem #181

Aug 182008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 35 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled. The failure occurred three times at different speeds and was also towed to the dealer each time. The technicians replaced the transmission the first time and second time; however, the failure continued to occur. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000. Updated 9/16/11 updated 10/11/11

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #180

Jun 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey transmission failure.

- Hudson, WI, USA

problem #179

Jul 282011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey with 79K miles and the transmission went. I am the original owner and performed every scheduled maintenance Honda recommended. Now I have a van with a blue book value of 7,600 and it needs a new transmission for $5,000. Honda will not help with the repair and I am out a vehicle. They do not stand by their vehicles at all.

- Tarrytown, NY, USA

problem #178

Jul 182011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey needing 2nd transmission replacement at 118,000 miles after check engine and tcs lights came on while driving. Dealership examined car and pulled the code P0740 meaning transmission failure. First transmission replacement at 63,000 miles under extended warranty from Honda due to known transmission failure. Information regarding extended warranty on first transmission replacement came from a friend with the same problem, not from Honda. Honda did not notify us of this problem. Now, 3 1/2 years and 55,000 miles later transmission is failing again. American Honda has refused to provide any financial assistance with their representative stating, "to be frank, Honda has had so many claims on this extended warranty and this has affected so many people that Honda has no assistance left for this problem."

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #177

Feb 012011


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall intermittently and the check engine warning light would illuminate. The dealer diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The transmission was replaced for the same failure on another occasion, but the failure recurred. The failure and current mileage was 118,000.

- San Fransico, CA, USA

problem #176

Dec 122010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey LX w/towing package transmission failure at 115000mi. Honda dealer quoted $7500 to replace, independent transmission repair shop quoted $3000 to rebuild. Other than the trans, the only other problem with this van is the digital clock light that went out after 6 years. I was hoping to keep it for another 10 years. What are the chances a rebuilt Honda transmission will last 50K miles?

- Waunakee, WI, USA

problem #175

Dec 172010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I bought a 2001 Honda Odyssey and within 5 months of owning it I broke down on the highway. I was driving and all of a sudden the rps went up and down and the van stopped within 60 seconds. I am the second owner and since buying the car this has never happened. I had the car towed to my house and then to a dealer. I was told that it needed a new transmission which would cost between 2100 and $2500.

- Coventry, CT, USA

problem #174

Jun 042011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 101,500 miles
We have a 2001 Honda Odyssey ex. At 67,000 miles, while still under warranty, I noticed that it seemed to be slow at shifting gears after slowing down. I took it to the dealer and he said that this was normal. Now at 101,000, the engine light came on and the slow shifting suddenly got dramatically worse, with the engine revving up before jerking the car as the transmission finally shifts gears. Now when we took it to the dealer, out of warranty, we were told that the transmission would need to be replaced because of a "transmission torque converter clutch sys. Malfunction" and the replacement would cost $5000. I'm upset because Honda knows that this is a problem with the 2001 model and should dealt with it honestly when we brought the car in under warranty rather than telling me that it was normal and waiting until after 100,000 miles to inform me that the transmission needs replace. We are trying to decide if it is worth the money to replace the transmission.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #173

Jun 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 108,660 miles
Both check engine light and tcs are on. When I pressed accelerator, engine is raising but transmission is slipping - gears are slipping. I took my vehicle to dealer. They asked me $3800 for new transmission + $1200 for labour + tax. I have only 108K miles. Still under 109K miles warranty. Since it is beyond the 93 months warranty, american Honda or dealer are not willing to do any help even though the miles are still under the warranty.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #172

May 292011


  • 110,000 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey mini van. I am the 2nd owner of the minivan. The tcs light came on and the D started blinking. I lost power and it was like in a high gear and would not take off. I about got hit by another vehicle and it would have hurt me and my children. I called Honda. They said there was a warranty extension but no recall. I do not know why they would extend the warranty if there was no problem. This is how people get hurt and have accidents. It is terrible that America would allow these vehicles to be on the roads. I paid good money for a "dependable" vehicle, that is not dependable and the problems are widely known. I just wish I would have found some info out about these vehicles before I bout it. The vehicle barely has 100K.

- Kenova, WV, USA

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