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CarComplaints.com Notes: The entire 2nd generation Odyssey (1999-2004) is just one giant transmission problem waiting to happen.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,574 miles

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2002 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #10

May 092002

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. When appyling pressure to the brake pedal, the contact heard and felt a loud grinding noise. The dealer changed the brake shoes, but the problem still persists. The vehicle was inspected by two additional professional technicains and they advised her that nothing was wrong with the brake system. On two occasions, the sliding door would spontaneously open, allowing her children to exit the vehicle while in motion. The dealer could not duplicate the failure; however, they greased the rollers on the sliding door, which remedied the failure. Several months later, the vehicle was rear ended directly in the center of the vehicle by another vehicle traveling 35 mph. None of the air bags deployed. There were no warning lights prior to the crash. The dealer was not notified. The cotnact took her vehicle to the dealer for NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train: Automatic transmission). Because there was no discoloration in the transmission fluid, the dealer informed her that the vehicle could not be repaired until it showed signs of failure. The contact called the dealer when she began experiencing failures shifting gears, and they advised her that they would not repair the vehicle under the free remdey outlined in the recall. The dealer refused to provide an explanation. The contact is in the process of having the vehicle repaired. The failure mileage was 20,000 and current mileaege was 80,000. *updated 10/20/08 updated 10/21/08.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #9

Jun 222007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,200 miles
There is popping noise when backing up and stopping. When I exit the highway and brake to slow down there is a sudden jerk as if I stepped on the brake hard. Occasionally, when braking, the indicator lights on the dash will flash on and then back off.

- Midlothian, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 312006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
: the contact stated that prior to having transmission problems a recall letter # 04V176000 was received pertaining to the transmission 2nd gear inspection. The vehicle was taken to the dealers who stated that the recall was on a voluntary basis only and that they would inspect the vehicle. Upon inspection, the dealer determined that transmission only needed to have an additional cooling line run through the transmission and a flushing. After the recall remedy began having problems with the transmission. While driving, there have been several almost accidents due to a malfunction of the transmission stalling. After the most recent incident, the vehicle was towed to the dealer. Upon examination, the dealer determined that the transmission needed to be replaced but they will not replace the transmission under recall. The consumer also experienced brake problems. Updated 09/13/06.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #7

Mar 012006

Odyssey

  • 79,000 miles

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

2002 Honda Odyssey brakes make noise when backing up and stopping. Transmission shifts hard. Mechanic also determined there was a problem with the weld near transmission mount. The consumer was told that the noise created by the rear disc brakes was by design. When the brakes wore out the consumer replaced all four pads and had the rotor turned. After that the noise was no longer present. The consumer noticed that the transmission was shifting hard and occasionally the RPM's would jump between shifts. Around this time the consumer received a recall referencing the automatic transmission. The vehicle was taken tot he dealer and the problem was repaired. After repair the problem worsened with increasingly hard shifts and more frequent slips where the engine revved up the vehicle didn't move. The vehicle was taken tot he dealer who indicated that the transmission needed to be replaced.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 012004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle: 2002 Honda Odyssey, purchased 11/2004. Rear brake makes clunking noise when backing or changing direction. First bring to attentation to sales dealer, norm reeves Honda, mechanic says normal sound on this model. I rebutted with "I own both a Accord and civic, they don't have this sound". that's just this model. Second time, brought to attentation to goudy Honda, service advisor said, that's normal on this model. I gave the same rebuttal. They replied with on next visit, they will grease the brake, the sound will disappear. I did bring it next time for oil change. Service advisor said they greased it, but sound is still there. Third time, call Honda corporate, rep said that's normal. Ask if there're any known problem, rep said no. I ask him to check, he said he's sure there's nothing wrong with car. Just have the dealer replace the brake & pay for it. Went on internet, found many Odyssey owner have same problem. Also found Honda even has a tsb out. Number of failures, too many to mention, it's daily. Why doesn't dealer nor the Honda admit the problem! have not report the following problem to neither dealer nor Honda. The SRS indicator light came on one day, I turn off engine & turn engine back on. The indicator light went away. This reminds me of another strange thing happended a few months back. While driving on freeway. All the sudden, a bunch of indicator lights came on, can't remember which, the lights went off a few seconds later.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 032003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 12,540 miles
Hi. I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey with a "sinking brake" problem. I am being told that the problem is normal per a "1995" Honda service news. The brake pedal moves towards the floor when the van is stopped and feels like a faulty master cylinder. Honda of America has been unresponsive to my concerns. I am told it is common yet no mention is made in the handbook and the repairman at the local dealer where I bought the van had no immediate knowledge of the problem. My biggest concern is that since a brake pedal that sinks is a sign of a failing master cylinder, when do I (or my wife who is the primary driver)get concerned. If we treat the sinking brake pedal as normal and the master cylinder does fail, we could be involved in a rearend accident. Why has not Honda engineered this problem out since 1995? please get Honda of America to answer my concerns. Sincerely, charles B. hendrix.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 182003

(reported on)

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer heard an unusual noise from right rear brake area. Dealership could not duplicate the problem. The noise came from the right wheel area, when the brake was applied.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 162003

(reported on)

Odyssey

  • miles
Consumer heard unusual noise from the right rear brake area. Noise was most noticeable when brakes were applied.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 082003

Odyssey

  • miles
My 2002 Honda Odyssey makes a horrible noise in the rear brakes. This happens whenever I change directions forward or reverse. I called every Honda dealer in san diego and was told this is normal. After they first denied having anyone else complain of this. Finally a service advisor admitted they are trying to fix the non-existing problem. I have owned many Honda's and never had this problem. The solution at this time is to have the brake calipers lubed for the short term but the noise will come back. Honda is apparently trying to redesign the springs on the calipers so until then happy clunking.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 122003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2002 Honda Odyssey has some features I was not told about. Every time you step on the brakes in a new direction, forward or reverse you hear a loud clunking sound as the brakes engage the rotors. I believe this is a hazard as well as an annoyance. I don't believe the brakes are engaging as soon as you step on the peddle. Their P.R. spin says they manufacturer room for heat expansion in the brake pads. I have never ever had a vehicle that exhibits this problem. The second problem is their noisy gas tank sloshing that is very prominent in the vehicle. This one is more of an annoyance.

- Oswego, IL, USA

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