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.


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 2 of 24)

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problem #446

Feb 132011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving 35 mph when the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the electronic cable wires and the transmission needed replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 600,000. Updated 07/26/11 updatted 07/29/11

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #445

Sep 282009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 21,477 miles
Transmission failure. Complaint to dealership in 2003. Dealer suggested it was other issues. Had problems continuously and visited dealership in 2004, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009. Only after the mileage was over 100,000 miles and confirmed by another mechanic the dealer finally agreed it was transmission issue. Must request Honda replace the transmission free of change because the first instance was only one year after gotten the car.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #444

May 242011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
Honda Odyssey automatic transmission defect. Our transmission failed after 120,000 miles and now requires replacement.

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #443

Jan 252011


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that when driving 20 mph and up and attempting to accelerate, the gear shifter would shift independently into neutral. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they advised him that he needed to replace the transmission. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered to assist with fifty percent of the repair costs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #442

May 152011


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated while driving 55 mph, the vehicle began to jerk and respond as if it was going to stall. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the mechanic stated the transmission was defective and would most likely have to be rebuilt. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the vehicle was repaired according to recall 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 150,000.

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

problem #441

May 022011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states problem with vehicle transmission the consumer discovered a recall regarding the transmission and is requesting reimbursement for the transmission replacement on her vehicle.

- Susanville, CA, USA

problem #440

Apr 292011


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the vehicle would not shift into any gears and would not reverse. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 04V176000 (power train: Automatic transmission) and the vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs. The contact stated that the repairs did not correct the failure. The drive warning indicator was illuminated and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer who performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the transmission and computer assembly. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer would not assist with the repair because of the vehicle age and mileage. The failure and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Raymond , NE, USA

problem #439

Apr 152011


  • 102,000 miles
Failure of Honda Odyssey 2002 transmission. While driving, the van randomly stops responding to acceleration and slows down, creating very unsafe driving conditions on the highway. It seems, the Honda Odyssey transmission recall work done in 2004 was a temporary fix and it delayed the failure rather than fixing it.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #438

Apr 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 85,800 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey that has experienced a transmission failure. I have almost been rearended a couple of times because the car would not accelerate in traffic or while entering onto the highway. I bought the car as a certified preowned vehicle and have maintained it through the dealer over the years. After arguing with american Honda Consumer Affairs, the most my case manager [xxx] will offer is half the repair. As I have researched this problem, I am finding case after case of Honda transmission failure at much lower than expected mileage. Even after a class action lawsuit involving previous year models, the problem remains. From a safety standpoint, this should be unacceptable. Most people bought an Odyssey as a family vehicle and are transporting children. Honda needs to acknowledge the fact that they are installing faulty transmissions in certain models of their vehicles and they should be required to fix them. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #437

Apr 092011


  • 101,000 miles
The transmission starts slipping, the car cannot be accelerated further, this creates dangerous situations on the road and can lead to serious accidents. Its happening almost every day.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #436

Sep 062010


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the vehicle would jerk violently while driving 20 mph and above with the illumination of the tcs and check engine warning lights. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they advised her that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 73,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #435

Apr 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 99,720 miles
On April 1, 2011, our Honda Odyssey (model yr. 2002) experienced significant jerking / thumping motion upon acceleration after driving for about 30 minutes. It felt as if the van was hit form behind by another vehicle, which was not the case. We pulled into a parking lot to rest the van, and to try and regain our confidence and courage to continue driving it again. Once on the road the same jerking sensation occurred once more. It truly felt unsafe to drive from then on. The Honda Odyssey was purchased from a local Honda dealer and maintained 100% by the dealer. On Monday April 4, 2011, the dealer diagnosed the problem as "complete transmission failure┐. based on internet research and automobile forums, apparently transmission failures are quite common for these models. The dealer quoted us a price of five thousand dollars ($5,000.) to repair our van which has 99,720 miles logged. Honda is not standing by their product. We┐re not sure what to do or where to turn next, but I┐M not giving the dealer another dime. This is bad news from a manufacturer that boasts about quality & reliability in their marketing. I guess those days are gone. Bad news┐

- Jamison, PA, USA

problem #434

May 012004


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate to accelerate when he was changing gears. The failure occurred most often when shifting from second to third gear. The vehicle was included in the recall 04V176000 (power train: Automatic transmission). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told that the vehicle did not need to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was 18,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Moirmo, SC, USA

problem #433

Feb 082011


  • 80,000 miles
We inherited a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The van began having very frightening transmission problems at about 80,000 miles. It will slip out of gear. This has happened while on the highway with my 5 kids in the van with me. It is very dangerous, and scary for your van to suddenly disengage at 65 miles per hour. We had a solenoid replaced but are now being told that we need a new transmission on a van with only 84,000 miles. Honda has not been very helpful at all. I am scared to drive the van.

- Garfield Hts, OH, USA

problem #432

Mar 222011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Transmission failure on 2002 Honda Odyssey.

- Hiltopn Head Island, SC, USA

problem #431

Mar 192011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
"transmission failure" on a 2002 Honda Odyssey ex.

- Mundelein, IL, USA

problem #430

Feb 042011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey transmission failure at 70,000 miles.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #429

Sep 212009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 82,289 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey (single owner, purchased new from dealership in 2002) with 82,829 miles. Clutch came apart, causing transmission to fail. This is a known problem with 1999-2010 models. The transmission had to be replaced by aamco, at a cost of $3,524.39. The Honda dealership was unwilling to compromise on the cost and there has been a record of poor service associated with the dealership.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #428

Nov 102010


  • miles
2002 Honda Odyssey has transmission slip problem at 105,000 miles.

- Warren, NJ, USA

problem #427

Nov 232010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 89,648 miles
I was driving my young children to school, when in the middle of a busy intersection, my 2002 Honda Odyssey (89,000 mi) lost power. If was as if it shifted out of gear, into neutral. After a few seconds it shifted back. I prayed the rest of the way to school. After dropping the girls off at school, there were a couple of other instances where it shifted out of gear on the 2 mile drive to the transmission shop. Prior to this day, there was absolutely no warning that there was a transmission problem. (we had had it properly serviced according to the recommendations - Aug 2010 tranny fluid changed). In fact, our bags were packed and we were planning to leave right after school that day for a 300 mile trip to grandparents. The trip had to be cancelled. We are so thankful it didn't happen on the highway. From the thousands of other stories I have read online, many others weren't so fortunate. Honda offered us $450 on the $3,300 repair. Now, we are aware of how well known and documented this transmission issue is on the Odyssey. Does someone have to die before Honda does something to protect owners from this sudden, dangerous failure of the transmissions? we bought a Honda because of its safety rating. That was a huge, expensive mistake! with all of the reports of second and third transmissions failing on these vehicles, I will never feel safe in it again with my family! we plan to sell it, if we are able. Please make Honda accountable for these defects and make them do something to make these vehicles safer. Thank you

- Des Moines, IA, USA

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