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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:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,718 miles

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2002 Honda Odyssey drivetrain problems

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #116

Aug 032016

Odyssey

  • 165,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. After parking and exiting the vehicle, it rolled forward without warning and crashed into the preceding vehicle. The contact noticed that the vehicle was in the drive position. Since the contact was able to remove the starter key and exit the vehicle that the vehicle, she believed the vehicle was in park. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 165,000.

- Crump, TN, USA

problem #115

Jun 172016

Odyssey

  • 93,000 miles
It happened before but I didn't pay much attention to it. The recent times it occurred were on last Friday. Pressing gas paddle won't speed up the vehicle, but just runs the engine like crazy when I drove after a stop sign and left the gas station. Both time I was manage to get my vehicle back to normal speed. After doing research online, found lots same cases, I am afraid that this is the sign the transmission is going to fail !!!

- Vestal, NY, USA

problem #114

May 222016

Odyssey

  • 143,622 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving at any speed, the vehicle would switch into neutral. The contact had to turn the engine off and back on to resume driving. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V176000 (power train). In addition, the contact stated that the air bag light remained illuminated while driving. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 143,622.

- Toccoa, GA, USA

problem #113

Apr 232016

Odyssey

  • 159,000 miles

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

Van has 159000 miles on it. While driving, transmission slips while shifting. Shudders and jerks while shifting. A road hazard, concerned it may cause being rear ended by other vehicles.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #112

Apr 042016

Odyssey

  • miles
The 2nd and 3rd gear slips..... speedometer is off the clock

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #111

Apr 082016

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
I took my van to Honda and was advised that the transmission needs to be replaced. It will not shift into 2nd gear 99% of the time. My van only has 111,000 miles on it and I am concerned as to why it was not included in the recall of the transmission on this year/make/model. I am still making payments on it and was told a new transmission from Honda would be $4500. There is no reason a transmission should go out at 111,000 miles when it has been well maintained through Honda over the years. My car will not go above 20 miles an hour on most occasions. If I rev the engine high and get it over 30, then it will change to 2nd gear. It is a safety hazard when trying to merge onto interstates and I have been almost hit a few times. I cannot accelerate to a safe, merging speed. My drive light continuously flashes and my tcs will come on from having to rev the engine. I have 3 kids and I do not feel safe driving this with them in it. Can this be included in the recall? please let me know. Thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Minburn, IA, USA

problem #110

Apr 012006

Odyssey

  • 60,000 miles

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

Transmission shudders and slips. Check engine and SRS lights on all the time even after resets. "D" light flashes occasionally. Slips and sometimes just stays in neutral when cold. Has been ongoing for about 15,000 to 20,000 miles now steadily. I am 2nd owner and first occurred back in 2006 / 2007 when first obtained vehicle. Has fluid line recall done. Honda stated no problems found whenever I brought in and asked them to check out. I have driven car carefully since first occurrence but now warning lights always on. Rebuilt tranny about $3500 to $4000. Love the vehicle but deciding whether to keep or get something else. Honda has not been too good or upfront with support.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #109

Apr 172014

Odyssey

  • 100,000 miles
The van jerks as I speed it up. It seems like a transmission problem.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #108

Sep 242015

Odyssey

  • 150,000 miles
Slipping in 2nd gear as im coming onto highway wont shift over 20mph has happened numerous times couldve got me and my children seriously hurt they need to fix all transmissions with this problem very dangerous when driving on the highway. Good thing my dad doesnt live far. I was too scared to drive all the way home. What if there is not a next time because the person behind me isnt paying attention when my tranny slips and theres a crash and maybe even a death. My kids were beyond scared. Mommy are we going to die? I shouldn't have to answer that question ever to my children.

- Laconia, NH, USA

problem #107

Jun 242015

Odyssey

  • 149,600 miles
My power trained messed up in the middle of driving in a bunch of traffic couldn't go over 20mph

- Laconia, NH, USA

problem #106

Aug 092015

Odyssey

  • 162,000 miles

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

When I drive at normal speed the transmission slips and I feel an erratic jerking motion causing me to push against the seat belt. No engine or warning light comes on at any time. I checked with my mechanic and he diagnosed this as a transmission issue where the transmission is slipping between 2nd & 3rd and 3rd & 4th gear. I called Honda hotline and they refuse to acknowledge that there is a problem. I checked online and see that several owners are complaining about their 2002 Honda Odyssey with transmission slipping.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #105

Aug 092015

Odyssey

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the air conditioning turned off and the engine lost power. All the warning indicators illuminated. The contact discovered that the alternator bracket was fractured. The failure occurred three other times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #104

Jul 282015

Odyssey

  • 99,600 miles
I purchased the Honda Odyssey 2002 on tues July 28th 930pm and was driving home. I lived 1 hour away from the Honda dealership. Upon driving for first 40 minutes of highway around 1020pm as I entered jersey city, NJ the van stalled at very 1st traffic into the city. It came up with 2 indicators: Tcs and malfunction indicator lamp. The engine indicator is still on. I tried to drive the van from traffic light and it wouldn't go over 20mph while RPM would move to 4-5. I pullled over and waited 5 minutes, turned off the van and restarted. I drove/made it home slowly with my heart pumping very fast. Please let me know what Honda is going to do to take care of these problems. The van had gone through multi point inspection and we were aware of known issues but these transmission issue was in the clear and happens on my drive home. And thank god it happen in the city while standing at the traffic light vs highway as well as the very same day vs a month later where I would of have been out of luck. But time will tell now who makes what effort to resolve my issue. Feel free to call me at 212-435-6625 or 347-899-6778.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #103

May 162012

Odyssey

  • 89,400 miles
The transmission slips between 2nd and 3rd gear only. Happens unpredictably, when first starting out and trans. Has not heated up yet or after having driven for quite a while. No other symptoms, no clunking or vibration, just seems to go into neutral while driving. Doesn't happen during every outing. Seems to correct if I downshift and then shift back up to D. but poses a danger when it happens as I am pulling out into traffic. Dealer said a recall service was done by previous owner, some kind of oil pump or cooler, but the problem persists.

- Corryton, TN, USA

problem #102

May 012015

Odyssey

  • 205,220 miles
Hi I was driving on the West bound of russel pkwy. Once I stopped at the traffic light then pushed accelerator which started back van on the road again and within two minute, car died there and I was trying to start engine still did not work. I kept trying multiple times but did not work. I called 911 and I got help and we pulled van to the parking area. Then I tried again and my van back to normal again. So, I was lucky to happen on the local road within slow speed and back vehicle with was distant. If happened on the highway, then it would be disasters. I looked on the web site and seems like ignition switch problem. There was recall on it but it was not on this VIN vehicle. So, I am going to check vehicle by authorized dealers. I will update you asap.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #101

Feb 172015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
I bought a 2002 Honda Odyssey with 130,000 miles on it. The transmission was replace at 80,000 miles. I experienced slipping out of gear up hill at around 134,000 miles. This exact thing happened to my previous Honda Odyssey a 2001 model. It's transmission went out. So, I am fairly confident this transmission is about to go out as well.

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

problem #100

Dec 052014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 169,507 miles
I purchased Honda Odyssey at dealer "the auto center" 3110 petaluma blvd. North petaluma ca 94952 and was not told that there was a transmission recall on these vans (recall #04V176000). I have not been able to drive comfortably and at long distance. My mechanic told me that the transmission is wearing off thus contaminating the transmission oil increasing the chances of extreme heat on this part. He recommends having the transmission replaced.

- Woodland, CA, USA

problem #99

Nov 072014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
I am the original owner of a 2002 Honda Odyssey van. On 11/07/2014, van failed to accelerate and the malfunction indicator was on. I had van towed to the local Honda dealership. The service dept. At dealership said ecl code was P0730 & the transmission needs to be replaced. The approx failure mileage on van was 62,000 miles. I had to pay $3500 for having the Honda dealership rebuilt the transmission. The dealership told me that 3rd gear had heat discoloration & is burned up along with the clutches. I have the photos & also the damaged parts that were replaced by the dealership. Since I had low mileage I contacted Honda but they refused any help saying warranty period on van had expired. I also contacted Honda's recall dept, since I felt that the burnt 3rd gear was related to transmission overheating problem per 2004 Honda recall for 2001 to 2004 vans. Honda said that recall was for 2nd gear & my discoloration was on 3rd gear. This is like splitting hair; since internal damage to transmission was due to the root cause of transmission overheating. I feel with single owner & low mileage of van & with the heat discoloration of transmission parts, Honda is responsible for the premature failure of transmission due to heat buildup. Therefore, Honda should pay me for my cost to rebuild the transmission. The 2004 recall letter clearly states "if heat discoloration exists, the dealer will replace transmission". that letter further states "this work will be done free of charge." I feel Honda is refusing to honor the intent of the 2004 recall letter.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #98

Nov 072014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 62,064 miles
I am the original owner of a 2002 Honda Odyssey van. On 11/07/2014, van failed to accelerate and the malfunction indicator was on. I had van towed to the local Honda dealership. The service dept at the dealership said the ecl code was P0730. They said transmission needs to be replaced. The approximate failure mileage on van was 62000. I had to pay around $3500 for having the dealer rebuilt the transmission. I had the service advisor take photos of the damaged transmission. The service advisor told me that the 3rd gear has heat discoloration & is burned up. In addition he said, clutches were burnt up. I have the photos of the 3rd gear discoloration & also have the damaged parts that were replaced by the dealership. Since my van has low mileage, I contacted Honda but they refused any help saying warranty period on van had expired. I also contacted Honda's recall dept, since I felt that the burnt 3rd gear was related to transmission overheating per 2004 Honda recall related to 2001 to 2004 vans. Honda said that recall was for 2nd gear & my discoloration was on 3rd gear. This was like splitting hairs; since internal damage to transmission was due to the root cause of transmission overheating. Honda refused to take any ownership of transmission failure & refused my plea for any assistance with the $3500 I had to pay Honda dealership for rebuilding the transmission. I still feel, with the low mileage on my van & with the heat discoloration of parts inside the transmission, Honda is responsible for the premature failure of transmission & the cost to the rebuilt the transmission. The 2004 recall letter clearly states "if heat discoloration exists, the dealer will replace transmission". the letter further states that "this work will be done free of charge". I truly feel Honda is refusing to honor the intent of the 2004 recall letter.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #97

Oct 152014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 105,612 miles
Transmission began to shift roughly and D light begin to blink tcs light has been on and off and transmission is now slipping. Our entire family was in the car 3 kids my wife and when the incident occurred and it is a safety issue for us to drive as the trans will shift roughly or not shift and remain in a lower gear when we are trying to accelerate.

- Johns Island , SC, USA

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