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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,478 miles

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2002 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 16 of 24)

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problem #166

Dec 192007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey and the transmission is going on the car. I had it at the dealership. They inspected it and said I had to pay $1,400. I told them I could not afford it at that time and I picked up my car. I have since contacted them and asked to do the service although I feel it should be a warranty item. They rescinded their offer to repair the car for $1400. I feel it should not be any cost to me the car has less then 100,000 miles.

- Sayville, NY, USA

problem #165

Jan 262008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving 10 mph, the transmission skipped when shifting into second gear. The dealer stated that a new transmission was needed at the approximate cost of $1,300. There were no prior warnings before the failure. The manufacturer has not yet been notified. The dealer stated that they did not want to make the replacement, even though the warranty and mileage were covered under NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). The failure mileage was 100,000 and current mileage was 110,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #164

Jan 222008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey. I had the transmission serviced in August 2007. In December 2007, I took it in due to rough shifting. I was told it needed new engine mounts. Two weeks later, I took my family to the mountains on a getaway. It was slipping out of gear on nearly every other hill. When we got home, Honda agreed to cover 1/2 the replacement cost. My half was $1600. I read posting online where Honda had paid the entire repair cost for some customers. Why the disparity? my guess is that these transmissions are failing at ridiculously high rates, and they are trying to minimize their losses.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #163

Dec 012007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,175 miles


Honda Odyssey 2002 LX transmission slips on 2 and 3rd gears transmission slipped while making a turn almost got rear-ended found out there was a recall but Honda refused to accept my van was included and only offered to pay half for transmission replacement.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #162

Oct 242007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,862 miles
I own a 2002 Honda Odyssey and its transmission has to be replace by a new one due to a failure on the third clutch. They said it is normal but a made some research and a lot of people ( Honda owners forum) experience the same problems like mine. Wikipedia and identifix on their articles describe this problems as defects not corrected on this vehicles. On 1999 they made a huge recall regarding transmission issues and they still have it. The quotation for the repair is around $3,500. I'm not the only one. Thanks

- Bayamon, PR, USA

problem #161

Nov 252007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
Failed transmission on my Honda Odyssey (2002) at 76,000 miles. Honda paid 75 percent of the total cost and I paid the remainder (about $1,000).

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #160

Nov 222007

Odyssey 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,500 miles


I was driving the car and it started to slow down. I pushed on the gas pedal, the engine rev up but the car couldn't accelerate, like driving in neutral gear. Took it to a dealership and they told me the transmission gear was damaged and needed to be replaced. It cost me $3,500 part+labor to make it done. Wasn't aware of this common failure until today. I called american Honda and was told to submit all related documents for reimbursement review.

- Mount Prospect, IL, USA

problem #159

Nov 102007

Odyssey 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,500 miles
Transmission fluid forced out of breather tube and flowed all over engine compartment leading to smoke and obscured vision. Car towed to the dealer where they stated that the transmission required replacement.

- Templeton, CA, USA

problem #158

Nov 292007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
Transmission failed.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #157

Nov 052007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Honda Odyssey transmission slipping and chattering. Consumer states that he found a recall and when he went to the dealership they told him his VIN number was not included. He had to pay to have the transmission replaced.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #156

Oct 292007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Sporadically when shifting into 3rd gear, the transmission seems to completely disengage, the engine RPM increases rapidly, and the car loses power. After letting off of the gas, the transmission will shift.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #155

Sep 242007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
My 2002 Honda Odyssey had a second transmission failure a few days ago. I was not able to reliably get the car to engage into gear. The transmission first failed in June of 2004 and was part of a recall campaign by Honda.

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #154

Sep 172007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,990 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey transmission slips and shudders shifting from 3rd to 4th gear. Initial transmission recall service for 2nd gear oil jet performed on June 10, 2004 at 34672 miles. Vehicle taken to Honda dealer for transmission check after calling Honda North America and opening complaint case. Service department manager stated that transmission and PCM (control module) needed to be replaced after checking vehicle. Service manager stated repairs would cost $3200 total with american Honda agreeing to pay $1600. Transmission is an ongoing and known (by Honda as noted by the service manager) problem in the 2002 Odyssey.

- Fort Huachuca, AZ, USA

problem #153

Aug 312002

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 35 mph, the transmission slips, makes a loud noise, and the vehicle surges forward while in second gear. The dealer stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The contact stated that the oil jet was placed into the transmission in 2004. The dealer stated that the vehicle needed a new transmission. The current and failure mileages were 106,000. Updated 01-15-08. Updated

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #152

Apr 052007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving between 25 and 45 mph, the engine revs but the vehicle does not move when the accelerator pedal is depressed. The dealer was notified and stated that a new transmission was needed. The current mileage was 96,300 and failure mileage was 88,000. Updated 01-14-08. Updated the consumer paid for the labor only. Updated 12/12/07.

- Windsor Locks , CT, USA

problem #151

Aug 012007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Honda Odyssey with transmission failure customer states that Honda knows about this problem and he wants to reimbursed for repair** the consumer stated a tenet spring in the automatic transmission snapped. The consumer stated there was a recall for this vehicle but his vehicle identification number was not included in the recall or extended warranty. The dealer stated driver's rear door doesn't open from the inside.

- South Windsor, CT, USA

problem #150

Aug 072007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,000 miles
Previous recall NHTSA campaign id number : 04V176000 " fix" performed 2004 as part of recall was to install an oiling jet. Problem with the was an at failure at " high mileage". I did not have " alternative transmission " put in my vehicle at the time of the 2004 - they determined " fix " was adequate now that I am high mileage I have had a failure of my transmission with a near lock up. Honda America has offered a nominal reduction in cost but cost to me will be $1900 + $250 to make diagnosis. I believe Honda did not repair my vehicle correctly in 2004 and now I am paying the consequence of their failure to provide a correct repair. I am requesting more adequate financial coverage for replacement of failed defective at which is known to fail in this scenario - my current scenario - of high miles as the alternative procedure they did perform in 2004 - to add lubrication line - failed to meet the level of a reasonable correction of defective part. The regional Honda service representative says he has no way to find the images taken during the 2004 inspection evaluation used to determine that the at did not require replacement at that time due to criteria of wear. Lack of this documentation as required by the Honda tsb protocol required as part of the NHTSA mandated recall is a failure to meet the standard set as part of the agreed and mandated safety recall NHTSA campaign id number : 04V1760000.

- Hihgland, MD, USA

problem #149

Aug 062007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,390 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving 35 mph the vehicle speed decreased when he depressed the accelerator pedal. The dealer stated they would pay for a new transmission but not the labor. The current mileage was 80,400 and failure mileage was 80,390.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #148

Jul 162007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the transmission slipped periodically and the engine raced, but the vehicle failed to move. He had to remove his foot from the accelerator pedal and allow the engine to slow down. This would temporarily correct the failure. Initially, it began as an intermittent failure, but later occurred everytime the vehicle was driven. The dealer stated that a recall repair was previously performed at approximately 21,000 miles. Honda advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnosis. The dealer found an internal defect in the transmission that needed to be replaced. The purchase date, failure speed, and recall number were unknown. The current mileage was 69,333 and failure mileage was 69,000.

- Ellicott City , MD, USA

problem #147

Jun 222007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,200 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving 20 mph, the transmission slipped before shifting. The vehicle would not accelerate over 35 mph. The contact stated that the failure began when she picked up the vehicle from the dealer after it was serviced for recall number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). The current mileage was 33,426 and failure mileage was 33,200.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

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