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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 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,478 miles

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2002 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 13 of 24)

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problem #226

Aug 152008

Odyssey

  • 60,000 miles

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

While driving under normal conditions, the transmission began slipping causing the car to coast until it "slammed" back into gear. The car has approximately 60K miles and is taken to the dealer on a regular basis for service. This transmission slippage occurs on a regular basis making the vehicle unsafe while driving under any circumstances, especially when it slips while merging into freeway traffic. I took the van to the dealer and explained the problem. They claim that they did not find any problems with the transmission. As soon as I drove the van off the lot, it began slipping again. The 1999 - 2001 Odyssey transmissions with similar issues were recalled, but the defect was not corrected for the 2002 model year, therefore the 2002 should be also be recalled.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #225

Aug 112008

Odyssey

  • 112,000 miles
The transmission went out in my 2002 Honda Odyssey van. Dealer says transmission needs to be replaced along with computer.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #224

Aug 142008

Odyssey

  • 75,000 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey transmission problems code P700, slipping out of 2nd gear and high acceleration. Took it to a transmission place and they said it would cost $800 - $4000 and they also referenced the bulletin on Honda Odyssey's. will take it in for a 2nd opinion.

- Oakdale, MN, USA

problem #223

Jul 162008

Odyssey

  • 102,000 miles

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

2002 Honda Odyssey - transmission drive light blinks intermittently. Resets upon restarting vehicle. Vehicle hesitates/bucks on occasion at approximately 35 mph. Mileage at 102,000 miles. Vehicle has had transmission fluid changed as directed. Honda recall on transmission problem invoked within several months of initial recall notice. I am hearing and reading that Odyssey transmissions have a long track record of failures, beginning with the recall notice. It's a known and dangerous problem that Honda needs to address.

- Brooklyn, CT, USA

problem #222

Jun 092008

Odyssey

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 75 mph, the transmission locked. As a result, the front wheels locked and the vehicle skidded to a halt without warning. The vehicle was repaired by the dealer according to NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). The transmission, driveshaft, and front tires are currently being replaced. The current and failure mileages were 105,000.

- Tuscon, AZ, USA

problem #221

Jul 102008

Odyssey

  • 102,000 miles
This is the second transmission failure on this vehicle. The first at 37800 miles the second at 102,000 miles or 64,000 miles on second transmission. Not ours but some of these trans. Failures lock up vehicle so that it has to be drug on to the tow truck, blocking traffic and causing hazards.

- Winnetka, CA, USA

problem #220

Jun 152004

Odyssey

  • 37,800 miles

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

2002 Honda Odyssey transmission failed leaving us stranded on 118 fwy. This was with only 37800 miles on vehicle. This is a dangerous situation these Honda automatic transmissions fail at very low mileages often locking up with the car being immobile in traffic. Honda selling dealer replaced trans. At no cost even though it was over warranty.(they know they have a faulty product) the second trans. Went for 64000 miles before it quit with howling noises and oil leaking out of the output left shaft seal. Honda is trying to cover this up with treating case individually and trying to get each customer to foot the repair bill unless persuaded to something about it.

- Winnetka, CA, USA

problem #219

Jul 012008

Odyssey

  • 60,000 miles
Transmission failed at 60,000 miles. Required complete rebuild at cost of $2,800. According to transmission shop, Honda is aware that there is a problem with these transmissions yet isn't recalling them. From what I was told, some transmissions are locking up, which makes them a un-safe. A few years ago, there was a recall from Honda attempting to address this problem by adding a transmission cooler. I had the car serviced under the recall at the time, but it appears to have been ineffective.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #218

Aug 072008

Odyssey

  • 79,000 miles
Transmission failure 2002 Honda Odyssey. Transmission slips and is periodically unable to properly change gears. Honda dealer reports that transmission needs replacing. Only 79,000 miles. This appears to be a wide spread problem. The transmission recall (NHTSA campaign id number :04V176000) was previously performed by dealer. Followed regular recommended maintenance with the transmission fluid change twice in the last four years.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #217

Jul 242008

Odyssey

  • 77,535 miles
The automatic transmission on my 2002 Honda Odyssey ex-L failed on 7/24/08. It had done 77.5K miles. Honda refused to replace it without any cost to me. I ended up paying $2K for a remanufactured transmission.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #216

Aug 012008

Odyssey

  • 140,000 miles

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

Transmission slipping on Honda Odyssey 2002 model, looks like major defect with Honda minivans from years 99-03.

- Mayfield, KY, USA

problem #215

Jul 172008

Odyssey

  • 53,319 miles
My 2002 Honda Odyssey ex # (mi 53,519) has failed to accelerate properly, transmission is failing to engage. The van then functions as if in neutral gear. This is extremely dangerous because it is occurring when driving in traffic. I took it to the Honda dealer and he informed me that I need a new transmission. He also informed me that Honda will not offer any assistance in the cost of this repair. This is unacceptable for a vehicle with such low mileage. Add to that I have discovered that this problem and Honda's response is not unique but is somewhat common.

- Chespapeake, VA, USA

problem #214

Jul 122008

Odyssey

  • miles
2002 Honda Odyssey failure of transmission. Check engine light came on which led to failure of transmission on minivan with 49,000 miles. Honda paid to replace transmission and gave another warranty for 36,000. On about 7/12/2008, transmission failed again with additional 55,000 miles. Vehicle was being serviced for check engine light and technicians discovered that transmission went bad again. Honda only covered 80% of repair costs.

- Telford, PA, USA

problem #213

Jul 022008

Odyssey

  • 100,594 miles
While driving at 70mph on interstate 65 near montgomery, Alabama there was a sudden transmission failure in our 2002 Honda Odyssey resulting in the front wheels locking up and the vehicle skidding to a halt. The vehicle came to rest in the left lane of the interstate. We exited the vehicle quickly and called 911. A couple of squad cars responded within a few minutes. We could not disengage the transmission so were unable to push the vehicle to a safe place. There were some close calls but no accidents from other vehicles trying to avoid our stranded minivan. Eventually got the vehicle towed to a Honda dealership in montgomery (mcconnell) where we were told that the transmission was indeed locked up and would need to be replaced along with both drive shafts and both front tires. We contacted american Honda to see if they would cover the cost of repairs because (in our view) this is a defective transmission. Was initially told no because our mileage of 100594 was outside the warranty and our 2002 model year was not covered under the extended transmission warranty give to model years ending in 2001. After a week of haggling american Honda did not admit to this being a defect but did agree to cover 80% of the repair cost through goodwill. Our final bill was $1301.71 for a remanufactured transmission, 2 new drive shafts and 2 new tires.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #212

Jul 102005

Odyssey

  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. In 2005, the transmission failed and the contact had the vehicle repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). Three years later, she noticed that the engine warning light was illuminated on the instrument control panel. The dealer stated that her transmission failed and would cost $5,400 to repair. A representative from the dealer stated that they would only assume financial responsibility for $1,675 worth of repair costs. The technician did not state what caused the transmission to fail. The manufacturer was unable to provide any assistance. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 51,000 and current mileage was 118,000.

- Arcola, VA, USA

problem #211

Jul 272008

Odyssey

  • 76,000 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey LX with catastrophic transmission failure on highway. Dramatic and sudden reduction in speed. Could have resulted in an accident.

- Larchmont, NY, USA

problem #210

Jun 012008

Odyssey

  • 64,000 miles
Took car in the first two years experience high RPM when automatic mini van was trying to shift gears. Continued maintenance and the problems which they claimed were nothing. Now my transmission at 65,000 needs to be replaced. A recall fix that was made they told me would fix this problem for a very long time. They want to charge full price on my transmission that I brought to them several times before warranty was up to get fixed and they told me there wasn't a problem. Now, no warranty and they want to repair it.

- Morris Plains, NJ, USA

problem #209

Jul 182008

Odyssey

  • 87,519 miles
I purchased my new 2002 Odyssey ex in late December of 2001 and as of July 21 the car has 87,520 miles. Sometime last week, the engine check light was on. I took the car to capital Honda for repair on Friday July 18, 2002. Service advisor, angelo pinillos called me back and told me that my car has the failure code of P0730, which means need to replace the transmission and PCM. He told me that "Honda dpsm offered one time good will assistance cp 25% ah 75% and customer would pay $2979.25 valid for 30 days." I feel that this is a design flaw and Honda knows about this problem since 1999 Odyssey and Honda should pay for entire repair. Dealer said I can take the car home and so I did. I called Honda motor (800-999-1009, case manager's ext 118047) and they have opened a case for me and the case still under review. He asked me to send him prove of changing the transmissionfluid but I told him that I may not be able to find it. He seems to imply that Honda would not able to help me much if I don't have the maintenance record. I first noticed the problem about 2 months ago, the RPM went up for no reason and the car has no power but it went away after release the gas paddle. It happens about once a week at first and the frequency has been up to like 3 times a week and then the engine check light went on. I don't remembered when but their record shows that my car have been service one for the transmission recall by other dealer which I have been there for oil change once or twice. Honda should provide fix this transmission problem free of charge to it customer just like they did for Odyssey 1999-2001.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #208

Jul 162008

Odyssey

  • 90,000 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey purchased new. 2nd gear is failing at 90,000 miles. We complained about 2nd gear prior to 2004 recall. Took car in for recall 2004, oil cooler installed despite our complaints of 2nd gear problem already occurring. 2nd gear improved for a year and then steadily got worse. Now have to replace. Honda paying for trans but not labor after much arguing. We believe car was dangerous before and after oil cooler installed with many scary occurrences...dealer always said it was fine but finely told us to replace trans last week. Would not have driven car if I had been fully aware of the real danger. Believe many Odyssey sare being driven in unsafe condition without owners being fully aware of danger and Honda not showing concern for their consumers who have misplaced their trust in the manufacturer.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #207

Jul 102008

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,002 miles
My 2002 Honda Odyssey with about 50K miles needs transmission replaced. Based on my research on the web and a recent consumer reports issue I believe this model year van needs to either have the warranty extended for the transmission or a recall issued to provide new transmissions. I know the warranty was extended for models up to 2001 because of transmissions problems. Although the dealer has agreed to pay half the cost I'm still not satisfied because of the possibility that the transmission will go out again. There are countless accounts on the web of others that have had more then one transmission replaced in the same van. This is also a big safety issue since the van sometimes doesn't shift gear while in motion. Somebody can easily bang you from behind.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

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