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 4 of 24)

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problem #406

Aug 052010


  • 107,550 miles


2002 Honda Odyssey has transmission failure.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #405

Aug 092010


  • 140,000 miles
I have owned a 2002 Honda Odyssey exl since new. At 140,000 miles the transmission started to slip between 2nd and 3rd gear. It became progressively worse in a short period of time. With my wife driving the engine light, tcs light, and the drive light came on with bucking and high rpms of the engine making the car undriveable. Dealer said it needed new transmission and control unit at a $5000 cost. Honda of America would not provide any help even though recall 04V176000 was done on vehicle. NHTSA needs to recall these entire transmissions and provide owners with relief from these costly repairs. Honda will not help even though they know they equipped this vehicle with a transmission that would not last.

- Tolland, CT, USA

problem #404

Aug 122010


  • 160,000 miles
I was driving my 2002 Honda Odyssey down the highway when the rpms started accelerating and smoke starting coming from the car. By the time I got to the first exit, my car was only able to go about 30 miles and hour. I was lucky that there was a gas station within.5miles that I made it to safely with my two young boys. We live in Alabama and temperatures have been in the high 90's. I was lucky that I was able to get to a gas station, otherwise, it would have been very dangerous temperatures to be stuck in the car or outside. The Honda dealer says our transmission needs to be replaced. The car has 160,000 miles on it but we just had the transmission replaced at 120,000 miles. I have never had this kind of trouble with any other car that we have owned. We do not tow with the minivan. I certainly feel there is a defect and that Honda should admit to the defect.

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #403

Aug 062010


  • 154,000 miles


I was merging into traffic at an on-ramp onto I-80 in my 2002 Honda Odyssey. As I accelerated to match the speed of traffic the vehicle started bucking violently and the engine revved rather than shifting. The vehicle that I was merging in front of needed to swerve into the next lane to avoid hitting me. Other vehicles coming up behind me, including a large truck, needed to slow and change lanes to avoid hitting me. I brought vehicle to the dealer, who reported that the transmission needed replacement. The vehicle has approx. 150,000 miles on it. I had first noticed rough shifting at approx. 65,000, but never so bad as happened in this incident.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #402

Jul 252010


  • 87,236 miles
Transmission stops working(slips) while driving down road.(2002 Honda Odyssey with 87K miles.(thankful we were not on interstate at a higher speed).

- Dawsonville, GA, USA

problem #401

Jun 142008


  • 90,000 miles
Check engine light came on, took van to local Honda dealer and was told the code was for transmission failure, it started at 90000 miles and has become worst, dealer wants $ 4600 to replace the transmission, and everybody I've met with a 2002 Honda Odyssey has the same problem.the van just sets now, the transmission slips to much to drive, Honda knows these vans have transmission problems.and no one is doing anything about it. And im still making payments on the van. One thing I noticed was during the cold months the transmission rarely slipped, but when it's warm or hot outside then it slips, and if you disconnect and reconnect the battery the check engine will go out for a while, and if the drive light starts to flash, you can shut engine off while moving or sitting still and the drive light stops flashing, and it will drive a little better for a little while, also if your driving and it won't shift, I have to coast and let the RPM drop down and ease on the gas and it will clunk and shift hard into gear. I shouldn't have to do this to drive my family or me safely on the highway. I'll never buy a Honda again!!!!!!

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #400

May 062009


  • 140,000 miles


2002 Honda Odyssey transmission failures. Bought vehicle new, recall replaced the transmission at 58,000. New transmission failed at 140,000.

- San Jacinto, CA, USA

problem #399

Jul 272010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that he noticed a slight shifting problem while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they informed him that the transmission would need to be replaced at the owner's expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was awaiting a response from the manufacturer in regards to the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 155,000. Updated 10/26/10. The transmission and torque converter were replaced. Updated 10/26/10

- Monroe , CT, USA

problem #398

Jul 202010


  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While the contact was driving approximately 55 mph, smoke emitted from underneath the hood. The vehicle was driven to the side of the road with caution. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they detected failure with the transmission. In addition, the vehicle was towed to an auto transmission shop for further diagnosis. The technician informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired for the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 101,000.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #397

Jul 292010


  • 113,000 miles
Under normal city & highway driving conditions, 2002 Honda Odyssey exl-res transmission began hard-shifting, disconnecting and slipping gears. Dealer claims repairs must include replacement of transmission control computer. All transmission specialty shops do not understand and cannot provide explanation as to why that would be required. Failure is constant while driving. Repair/rebuild/replace transmission is the only recourse.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #396

Jul 232010


  • 159,000 miles


2002 Honda Odyssey. Transmission recall in 2004. The vehicle was carried in for the recall and the dealership took pictures of the trans and sent into the Honda company. We were told the recall was performed. At 159,000 miles the transmission began slipping and also began locking up. The locking up of the transmission was as if my wife was slamming on brakes. This occurred while she was on the interstate with tractor trailer rigs. Honda has refused any assistance. While I do feel that Honda should cover the transmission, I am more concerned about the safety issues with a car suddenly locking up and causing a major accident. There is no warning when this happens and no way to prevent the issue from happening.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #395

Jun 212010


  • 72,000 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey with 72,000 miles. Has many electrical problems and no transmission problem. I follow the oil changes and the maintenance. Please do something with the Honda. They sell [xxx] for gold. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Garfield, NJ, USA

problem #394

Nov 282009


  • 165,000 miles
Transmission failure with my Honda 2003 Odyssey.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #393

Jul 212010


  • 68,900 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey LX salvage title 68905mi, 2nd and 3rd erratically shifting between 25-40 mph brought it to Honda says needs new transmission and would not replace or fix due to salvage title, I believe there is a recall back on spring/summer of 2004 and it is a recurring problem to this day with the transmission. Contacted american Honda and no help from them, I believe its a safety recall because of transmission could lock up and cause an accident.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #392

Jul 212010


  • 167,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that this was the second time that the transmission failed on the vehicle. In 2005 the transmission replaced at 70,000 miles. The first transmission was repaired under recall campaign number 04V176000 for the power train. The recent failure occurred while driving 40 mph when the transmission started slipping and smoking. The contact had to stop the vehicle and noticed that there was transmission fluid leaking out of the vehicle. A diagnostic test was being performed by a transmission specialist; however, had not been inspected when the complaint was filed. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 167000.

- Fletcher, NC, USA

problem #391

Jul 162010


  • 100,050 miles
2002 Odyssey - ck engine light came on at 100K miles. Took it to the dealer and they pulled a P0740 code. Dealer stated cost would be $5500, but would reduce it to $3000. This includes a new transmission and computer. They said that both need to be replaced to actually correct the problem. The problem would come back if transmission was only rebuilt. Next, I took the van to a 3rd party shop and confirmed code and problem. They want $3000 to rebuild it, replace the known bad parts and several other valves and solenoids, but no new computer. 3rd party shop said this is a known problem that Honda should have taken care of for all Odyssey's. van now hesitates when hot and looses power. Going back to dealer to take up their offer and see what financing they have.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #390

Jul 042010


  • 126,500 miles
We own a 2002 Honda Odyssey and have 12600 miles on it, we are the original owner and have done all services and it is in great condition. But recently we are having transmission problems and were told by the Honda service center that transmission needs to be replace for about $4000 (the vehicle is probably just worth that much). Effectively we will need to throw away the van. I have seen many people with complaints of transmission for 1999-2002 Honda's. I think Honda should pay for these repairs and take responsibility for these problems.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #389

Jul 052010


  • 180,000 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey. On Monday, July 5, 2010, the transmission went out of it. This is the 2nd transmission that has needed replaced on this vehicle. The vehicle has 180,000 miles and the original was replaced at 90,000. Reading many blogs seems to indicate that this is a broad problem and needs attention from an outside Agency.

- Hurricane, WV, USA

problem #388

Jun 012009


  • 85,000 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey began displaying symptoms of failing transmission (I.e., erratic shifting) at approximately 52,000 miles. Honda's bandaid fixes cost over $800 and did not improve the situation. Transmission finally died at 85,000 miles. Vehicle was exceptionally well maintained, to include transmission maintenance (I.e., fluid changes) well in excess of Honda's specifications.

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #387

Jun 202010


  • 78,000 miles
June 21, 2010 (12:55pm): We are driving our 2002 Honda Odyssey and there is a bit of incline where the transmission suddenly gave away, RPM went up from 2K to 4K and then immediately everything was back to normal we barely made it, otherwise the SUV behind us would have rear ended into us. But the check engine came on and has remained on since that incident (code P0730). The van has 78000 miles on it and has never been taken for a rough ride. The van does not seem to have any trouble afterwards, but the check engine will not go away. My wife uses it to ferry children, and this is our only car. June 21, 2010: Took it to Honda dealer, who says that Honda will cover a part of it. He says that out of goodwill, his manager will speak to district parts and service manager to get a better quote. Honda knows about this problem, but will not recall it.

- Centennial, CO, USA

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