Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The entire 2nd generation Odyssey (1999-2004) is just one giant transmission problem waiting to happen.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2002 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states problems with vehicle transmission and other problems the consumer stated the vehicle would jerk and sputter on acceleration. The dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. Three months later, the vehicle was exhibiting the same problems. The dealer then found metal shavings in the transmission, which was replaced under warranty. One month later, the vehicle was still shuttering, but the problem could not be duplicated. The van was back at the dealer due to the engine light illuminating and the jerking and shuttering was still present upon acceleration. The egr valve, timing belt, motor mounts and PCM were replaced. The transmission was replaced again.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 162009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that there was a strong sweet smell coming from the engine. The dealer found trash in the blower motor and stated that the engine head was cracked. While removing the head of the engine, the thread came out with the bolt since nothing was holding the engine in place and that also caused the head gasket to blow. The contact is concerned about the safety risk since the engine can come apart while driving. The current mileage was 69,700 and the failure mileage was 68,000. Updated 12/09/09 updated 12/10/09. The consumer stated the egr valve began malfunctioning just after the vehicle was serviced at the dealership. Updated 09/13/10

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 032004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
When driving 55 mph or more vehicle hesitates. Dealer states the egr valve fails to open.

- Norcross, GA, USA

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