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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

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 21 of 24)

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problem #66

Sep 012004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

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

As reported by many other Honda Odyssey 2002 owners, the automatic transmission would pop out of 2nd or 3rd gear and into neutral. Engine would rev up when given gas but with zero acceleration. About 6 times this happened over a 2 month period. By manually switching to a low gear and then back into automatic drive the transmission behaved properly. A few days ago the engine check light lit up, as well as the maintenance light. We took into dealer and were told an error code of P0730, incorrect gear ratio, was being reported by the vehicle's diagnostic circuitry. This is a very dangerous failure. Dealer said a new transmission was needed, for some $4,500. After complaining that it is not acceptable for a 2-year old car's transmission to fail, even if our mileage was over the 36,000 mile warranty, dealer called Honda and offered us a reconstructed transmission if we would pay $1,028 for the labor only. We accepted before reading all these similar complaints on the internet. We were also told that the onboard computer had to be replaced, since that is always done when the transmission is replaced. A reconstructed transmission, was explained to us, is replacing all internal mechanisms of the transmission but keeping the same exterior casing we had. We were told this was unrelated to the 2nd gear overheating problem. We are grateful to the dealer and Honda for lowering our repair costs, but now feel that this is a known problem and a recall should be done before someone gets killed because of it. Therefore we will ask Honda for our $1,028 back before pursuing the matter legally.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #65

Aug 252004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
I purchased a model year 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan in late November 2001. I recevied a recall alert from american Honda back in 4/04 regarding the transmission recall. I arranged to have my vehicle "repaired" at my dealership of purchase in 5/04 per the recall instructions. They installed an oil jet kit which according to the american Honda website was supposed to have been a permanent fix. On this website they also claimed that there have been documented transmission failures with this measure. In mid August I began to notice that my transmission was slipping in 2nd gear and several near stalls while driving. I took the vehicle back to my dealer at which time they informed me that my transmission had failed completey and needed to be replaced entirely. This was done at no cost to me as it was related to the recall according to the dealer. My vehicle was then re-equipped with a remanufactured (not new) transmission. I contacted american Honda customer service by mail to voice my concerns regarding my transmission. They subsequently insisted that the transmission failure was not related to the recent recall however I find that hard to believe given the fact the when my transmission was inspected at the dealer they told me that the 2nd gear had failed and that the recall in question did affect the 2nd gear. I requested an extended warranty on my transmission which they eventually did provide me after much negotiations. In any case, I feel that the american Honda has not been truthful to its customers regarding their claim that there have been no documented transmission failures related to their recall.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #64

Jun 222004

Odyssey

  • 42,267 miles
Prior to receiving the recall the consumer noticed that the vehicle jerked when changing from one gear to another. The dealer claimed that the performed the oil jet kit recall but the vehicle continued to drive the same and sometimes it even cut off.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #63

Sep 012004

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

After the recall repairs were made the consumer continued to have problems with the vehicle's transmission. There was an installation of the oil jet kit which was intended to repair or prevent the problem. Recall# 04V176000.

- Manati, PR, USA

problem #62

Feb 012004

Odyssey

  • miles
While driving the vehicle became sluggish and shuttered. The vehicle would not accelerate between 45-60 mph. The consumer found other consumers with the same problems he was experiencing on the internet.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #61

Jul 072004

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After an initial check-up and diagnosis the dealer determined that the vehicle needed a new transmission. Honda decided not to change the transmission but to install an oil jet kit.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #60

Oct 042004

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,400 miles

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

The consumer stated three weeks after the recall for the transmission interlock was performed the transmission failed completely.

- Norwalk, OH, USA

problem #59

Oct 062004

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
While driving transmission slips and hesitates before accelerating. The dealer states the part needs to be replaced.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #58

Jun 152004

Odyssey

  • 40,000 miles
After automatic transmission recall 04V176000 rewpairs were peformed transmission slipped, and needed to be replaced.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #57

Sep 252004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,763 miles
After the dealership performed automatic transmission recall 04V176000 repairs vehicle was still experiencing transmission failure. Vehicle will suddenly stop accelerating while driving. Dealership was unable to correct the failure.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #56

Oct 182003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

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

My 2002 Honda Odyssey also had the transmission slipping from high to low gear when it's about 34000 miles. We were driving on a highway and suddenly felt the jolts and then the tcs and check engine light went on. I had to make an exit and called aaa for it to be towed. The transmission was replaced but it seems the slipping is happening again at speeds between 35-55 mph. Honda should at least extend the transmission warranty on 02-03's like what they did on the 99-01's.

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

problem #55

Sep 042004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,793 miles
My transmission started to make a whining noise when shifting into 3rd gear. I brought it to my dealer at 28,793 miles - they replaced the transmission at no charge rebuilt transmission serial # [xxx]. at 35,856 miles the transmission starting to whine again, this time in 5th gear - a dealer mechanic rode with me and verified the noise and they replaced the transmission again with serial#[xxx]. a few months later my neighbor had her 2002 Honda Odyssey lock up as she was driving at 50 mph on a country road. The front tires stopped turning and she came to rest in the oncoming traffic lane. She started the engine and the car would not move. She had about 64,000 miles at the time - the dealer finally got Honda to replace the transmission and front tires at no cost! her Honda VIN# is[xxx] so you can check the transmission serial# and find out what happened to the transmission. In talking to my dealer, he told me the same transmission is in the Pilot, Odyssey, and V-6 Accord and the similar accura models with V-6 engines. This makes the problem widespread!!! I am about to take a 3,000 mile trip and called Honda's at 1-800-999-1009 to tell them about my neighbors car - I was told that they have not had a lock up on any car with mileage under 60,000 miles - but there is always a first time!!! I have instructed my daughter to contact our attorney should we have a crash on the trip!!! the government must investigate this Honda/accura transmission problem before someone gets killed. My neighbor was lucky she was on a lightly traveled 2-lane country road with her two sons. Updated 07/25/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #54

Aug 252004

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Consumer was driving on a steep highway and transmission failed. Consumer took vehicle to dealer. After a couple of days dealer advised consumer that they could not duplicate the problem. Vehicle is currently under an extended warranty.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #53

Aug 312004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Consumer received recall notice 04 V176000 for replacement of transmission. Consumer contacted the dealer after recall repairs were performed by the dealer. The problem had not been resolved, and the transmission failed while shifting into second and third gears.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #52

Feb 282003

(reported on)

Odyssey

  • miles
Nar 02/28/2003 transmission defect on 2002 Honda Odyssey.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #51

Jun 152004

Odyssey

  • miles
On June 14, 2004 I brought my 2002 Honda Odyssey to curry Honda in chamblee, Georgia for the transmission recall (NHTSA campaign id number : 04V176000 ). at the time the Odyssey had 45,841. On June 15, the service technician, called and told me their was discoloration on the transmission and the transmission would have to be replaced under the recall. Curry Honda then placed an order for a replacement transmission. Later in the day I was called back by and was told that Honda had looked at pictures of the transmission and said that the transmission did not need to be replaced and they were to only install the oil jet kit. I called american Honda and was told that they would open a case and I would be called back soon. After over a month I was still not contacted so I faxed the details of my incident to Honda. One month later I was finally contacted. Honda said that even though the dealer thought the transmission needed to be replaced that they would not do anything to help me. They said the technician may have been inexperienced and gave me faulty information. This feels very much like a doctor telling me I needed an operation and the insurance company, without seeing me, claiming everything is ok. Additionally they have been very poor at responding to my issue.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #50

Aug 172004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
We noticed our 2002 Honda Odyssey's transmission started to slip from second to third gear around 36,000 miles. Coincidentally the second gear recall was received one week later. We brought our Odyssey in for the transmission problem and recall. They performed the recall work but said the transmission slipping problem could not be duplicated. They said that if there were a problem with the transmission, the engine light would illuminate. After driving the vehicle for 3,000 more miles, the transmission slipping has occurred approximately 10 times. Sometimes it is not as noticeable with the engine getting up to 3,500 to 4,000 RPM, but a couple times it has reached over 5,000 RPM with a huge jerk when the vehicle finally shifted. We finally could not stand the "defect" and called the dealership for service. Their first response was the vehicle we out of warranty. After some discussion/negotiation they decided to fix the problem by replacing the egr valve and the shift solenoid. The vehicle seemed to operate appropriately from the dealership to home. The next day, my wife was driving my three daughters to a friend's house and the dash board lights came on (D, tcs, and malfunction indicator lights) with the transmission not allowing the vehicle to coast. The vehicle slowed down very quickly. She turned the car off and restarted with the malfunction indicator light on. She decided to turn around and drive home (1 mile). The transmission did not seem to be operating appropriately as the vehicle was not accelerating and in one violent jerk the vehicle made a loud screeching sound. My family is home safe, but we do not feel safe driving our $30,000 supposedly reliable Honda Odyssey. We have called the dealership and are waiting for their cal. Although, we are hopeful they will resolve this problem under warranty, we are more hopefully that a recall will be made for all 2002 Honda Odyssey transmissions as others have posted very similar experiences.

- Olmsted Twp, OH, USA

problem #49

Jul 012004

Odyssey

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,000 miles
Dealership is unable to perform automatic transmission recall 04V176000 repairs within a reasonable time. The earliest appointment date is November 2004.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #48

Jul 222004

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
Consumer took vehicle to dealer for recall repairs concerning transmission, and was told the parts were not in. When driving the vehicle stalled. Dealer was not making appointments.

- Mayaguez, PR, USA

problem #47

May 192004

Odyssey

  • 25,000 miles
While driving transmission slipped gears and vehicle was unable to accelerate. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Centreville, VA, USA

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