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 3 of 24)

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problem #426

Dec 182010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 98,182 miles


2002 Honda Odyssey transmission 3rd gear failed at 98,182 miles. Consumer complaint research shows that the 2002 Honda Odyssey transmission 3rd gear fails after 90,000 miles. A transmission failure at highway speed could result in a catastrophic crash. While driving in an urban area, I backed up and there was a loud clunk and the transmission slipped. When I shifted to forward, the transmission slipped again and would not shift into 3rd gear. I was able to immediately drive to the local Honda dealership and was told 3rd gear is out and the transmission would need to be replaced. The transmission had the 2004 recall performed at 24,269 miles (2nd gear inspection and oil kit injector installed), and was service at a Honda dealership for transmission service at 55,823 miles, 58,395 miles and 75,659 miles. The Odyssey had a few rough shifts 58,395 miles, which prompted another transmission service (fluid replacement).

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #425

May 012010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Transmission failure on 2002 Honda Odyssey with 97,000 miles.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #424

Nov 232010


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving approximately 10 mph when the vehicle failed to accelerate into second gear. The contact removed his foot from the accelerator pedal and when reapplying pressure, the vehicle became responsive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the transmission would need replacing. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission) and stated that the recall was previously performed on his vehicle but to no avail. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that they would assist with partial repair costs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 73,000 and the current mileage was 73,500.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #423

May 042010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 89,502 miles


Upon accelerating the car, all of a sudden the engine started racing and the car drastically slowed down with no warning at all. Fortunately there was no one close behind at the time. Prior to this incident the tranny had been noticeably less smooth then normal but no warning lights. Upon inspection by the dealer (where car was purchased) dealer said new tranny needed. Mileage 89,502. Dealership installed a Honda rebuilt tranny. Note that car has been maintained only by Honda dealerships.

- East Northport, NY, USA

problem #422

Sep 012010


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving 20 mph, the gear shift selector was stuck. The contact called the dealer who offered to repair the vehicle with a discounted price. The contact called the manufacturer and was awaiting a response. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 104,000. The failure mileage was approximately 102,000.

- Bloomingdale, NJ, USA

problem #421

Nov 012010


  • 99,000 miles
Transmission issues. At 99,000 miles the transmission started going bad. We took the vehicle into the Honda dealer where Honda goodwill replaced the transmission. Now 90,000 miles later, the same issue is happening again. This is very dangerous in the fact that you do not know when the transmission will go. Could happen while pulling out on the main road and can get possibly T-boned. This is a common problem on 2002 Honda oddyssey's. this should be recalled.

- Discovery Bay, CA, USA

problem #420

Oct 012010


  • 64,000 miles


Transmission started failing at 64,000 miles. Will not shift from 2nd to 3rd. While making a turn from one highway to another, transmission slipped and would not move the car for several minutes. We eventually had to stop the car (on the highway). After stopping, we were able to eventually get the transmission to "kick in" and the car started moving again. The transmission continues to slip from second to third. Took it to the dealer. Dealer states that it needs a new transmission.

- Stoughton, WI, USA

problem #419

Oct 052010


  • 113,958 miles
We own a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The transmission went out on it at 70000 miles and was replaced by Honda. The transmission has gone out again at 114000 miles. All regular maintenance has been done on the vehicle. Honda says there is no warranty on "good will" replacements. This is a defect in the automobile and must be addressed and labeled as such.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #418

May 152010


  • 82,000 miles
Purchased 2002 Honda Odyssey from a local dealership in May 2010 at approx. 82,000 miles. A few days after the purchase we noticed the transmission was slipping between 2nd and 3rd gear. Check engine lights have come on and problem is becoming more frequent. After researching we found out a transmission lock-up due to this issue can result in a crash. I am very concerned since we purchased the vehicle to Transport our family of 3 small kids all under 3 years of age. We contacted Honda and found out there was a recall on the transmission, but since we are not the original owners Honda refuses to pay for anything. We can not afford a new transmission for this vehicle and no one is willing to help us resolve the issue.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #417

Oct 232010


  • 96,000 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan. I am writing this letter of complaint because in only 9 years the van is now needing a third transmission. The original transmission was replaced with another "rebuilt" transmission by a Honda dealership on 01/26/05 when the car only ha 31499 miles. It seized up suddenly after a regular service and was rendered damaged and had to be replaced. Now, 5 years and 60K miles later, the same transmission needs to be replaced. We were driving on the highway when the wheel base started making a grinding noise. We did make it home safely. I am concerned about the failure of this transmission and feel that it is unsafe to drive a vehicle that has such a transmission problem.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #416

Jun 102010


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving 15 mph, the contact attempted to accelerate but the vehicle would not increase in speed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the ECU and transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not beenr repaired. The current mileage was approximately 71,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 68,000.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #415

Oct 142010


  • 188,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving with the cruise control set to 55 mph when the vehicle began to jerk violently. The contact could see white smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the contact was advised that the transmission would need replacing. The mechanic stated that the transmission had burned out. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously inspected under NHTSA campaign id number: 04V176000 (power train: Automatic transmission) but not repaired. The vehicle was not repaired for the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 188,000.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #414

Apr 082009


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving approximately 50 mph when the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred approximately one week later. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where they were again, unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle began to experience trouble accelerating while driving at any speed so it was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that the failure involved the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 119,000.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #413

Dec 012006


  • 75,000 miles
I am a 2nd owner of a 2002 Honda Odyssey and shortly after owning it I felt the transmission was not as clean in shifting as it should be. I have had dealerships perform extra trans flushes as extra precautionary efforts but now it looks like the trans is on its way out. I feel that Honda has not investigated the trans problem thoroughly and now I could be held paying the bill once it is replaced. The trans constantly sticks between 2nd & 3rd gear and often will go through a mild to major shudder (like driving over rumble strips). To this date nothing has been done to correct this problem. I've been told all is normal to replace the trans by varying dealerships.

- Sorrento, 00, USA

problem #412

Aug 102005


  • 60,000 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey needed new transmission well before it should have. Dealer did replace at no cost due to extended warranty however I've seen other issues with transmissions on 2002 Odyssey so wanted to document this issue with mine.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #411

Sep 102010


  • 90,434 miles
Own a 2002 Honda Odyssey. Vehicle slips in and out of transmission gear. Shifts somewhat hard when placed into reverse and then into drive. Was told when the transmission was recalled somewhere in '04 or '05 that this was normal. Took vehicle to dealership to have problem looked at and was told today that the transmission needs to be replaced. Looked on internet and there appears to be a number of individuals experiencing similar issues with the '02 Odyssey. My vehicle has just over 90,000 miles on it. Other issue with transmission is when vehicle is at approximately 1500 RPM and being driven at approx. 55 mph...feel a vibration. If I go faster or slower than approx. 55 mph, don't feel it. It's always when the RPM is at approx. 1500 and I have foot on accelerator. Honda dealership (ebersole in lebanon, pa) stated they can not do anything about the cost and stated warranty is no longer valid. Believe the problem was never resolved from earlier Odyssey version which Honda extended the warranty on.

- Myerstown, PA, USA

problem #410

Aug 152010


  • 113,000 miles
Transmission "internal failure" as stated by Honda dealer. Symptoms: Hard shifting between 1 and 2 gears. Pronounced stutter/stall when accelerating from 30 mph to highway speeds - safety concern when entering highway and car stalls/stutters.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #409

Aug 152010


  • 100,651 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey transmission failure at 100,650 miles. While driving at moderate speed transmission "clunked" into gear while shifting. When I stopped the vehicle there was transmission fluid underneath the vehicle. I took the vehicle to hendrick Honda of woodbridge, va and they determined the transmission must be replaced or it could suddenly cease, potentially causing an accident or injury. The dealership and subsequently, Honda of America, said they would offer no assistance repairing the transmission - I paid them $4300 to have it repaired. Because the Odyssey is known to have an unusually high rate of transmission failure I expected for Honda to pay 50% of the cost. I talked to the maintenance manager at the dealership, hendrick automotive group customer service and Honda of America customer service and was dissatisfied with their responses. Less than a month ago I purchased a new Honda from this dealership and was treated very poorly by all parties I talked with. I have bought Honda vehicles for 20 years and have never experienced such poor customer service.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #408

Oct 132009


  • 97,000 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey. While accelerating onto the road/highway, the transmission fails to engage the next gear (3rd) and 'slips' - freewheels as if in neutral! multiple times this has happened, even when accelerating up a hill, and is very dangerous because we can't get into the traffic stream! Honda has refused to acknowledge the design flaw with their transmissions and keeps replacing them with 'broken' ones!! the Honda dealer says the transmission needs to be replaced, but as you can see on, that transmission will have the exact same problem in about 30-40K miles!!

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #407

Aug 102010


  • 107,550 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey. It has transmission slipping problem since last year (before 107550 miles). Now the malfunction light is on, the diagnosis from the dealer showed transmission failure. The dealer is not helpful. Honda America is not willing to provide any relief, and told me my Odyssey is not under the extended warranty. This is my first Honda. I purchased Honda because its quality, but seems to be fooled. Based on so many complains found from the web (many might not post at all), and also based on so called extended warranty for Honda Odyssey transmission, it is very obvious that Honda know there is a problem on their transmission, but do not want to admit and take its responsibility.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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