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 9 of 24)

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problem #306

Jul 052009


  • 107,000 miles


Driving my 2002 Honda Odyssey 107,000 miles on a family vacation when the transmission starts to slip, we were stuck on a steep hill, narrow road on a dangerous curve. Towed car to closest Honda dealer in cleveland, tn was notice that the transmission and main car computer need to be replaced. All and I mean all scheduled maintenance has been completed by a Honda mechanic. I am a fanatic about my cars and have owned ever 15 Honda. Car are very expensive these day and this is a serious problem that many of other Odyssey owner have had.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #305

Jul 012009


  • 104,400 miles
Transmission error code P0740 (torque converter clutch circuit) on Honda Odyssey 2002. Unknown cause. After researching we have seen that this is a very common problem with the 2001-2002 Honda and very expensive to repair. It was suggested we report to you.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #304

Jul 012009


  • 48,765 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey with 48,000 miles has an overheated transmission and needs replacement. The mechanic states that alot of these vehicles have had this problem. He advised me to contact Honda service for warranty service. Honda service at plaza Honda told me there is no warranty for my transmission. Web blogs have shown many Honda owners trying to participate in a class action suit against Honda to be responsible for these repairs.

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #303

Mar 102009


  • 77,000 miles


Shifting problems from defective cooling system.

- Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

problem #302

Jun 262009


  • 54,000 miles
Driving on freeway, tried to accelerate (from about 60mph) and transmission slipped into neutral. Was very dangerous; car slowed down immediately, large semi behind almost hit us. Looked at dashboard, car was still in D (drive) but the engine RPM was almost redlined. After a few seconds, had to manually shift to N then back to D to engage transmission. This morning, took the car to the dealer and was told that the transmission needs to be replaced. This is a 2002 Honda Odyssey with roughly 54,000 miles- ridiculous to need a new transmission, and there was no warning of the failure.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #301

Jun 232009


  • 91,000 miles
Transmission failed on 2002 Honda Odyssey with only 91,000 miles. Transmission is slipping when shifting in lower gears. Clunking sound when vehicle comes to a full stop. Vehicle is unsafe to drive. This vehicle is part of the second generation Odyssey that are well known for early transmission failures.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #300

Jun 222009


  • 69,000 miles


Honda Odyssey transmission failed on the highway. Vehicle would only go about 20 miles per hour maximum. Prior to full failure there was a hitch in the shifting at low gears.

- Culver City, CA, USA

problem #299

Dec 202008


  • 101,000 miles
Transmission on 2002 Honda Odyssey ex failed. Dealer indicated it would need to be replaced at cost of $5,700. They indicated that current transmission recall was not valid and I did not qualify.

- Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA

problem #298

Apr 012009


  • 66,884 miles
I am the original and only owner of a 2002 Honda Odyssey. At approximately 66,000 miles, I began to feel the vehicle jarring when accelerated. After a week, it began to shake(twice). A few days later, when accelerating the car, it remained in a neutral state while the RPM was going wild, it did that for a full minute as I was merging into the highway, it did that again as I was changing lanes in which a vehicle had to swerve out of the way to avoid a disaster. I brought the vehicle in to findlay Honda of henderson on April 30, 2009. The service advisor, john, drove the vehicle (while I accompanied) to see if he could duplicate the problem. After a mile or so on the highway he was not able to do we went back to the shop where I waited. About an hour later, john advised me that it may take longer and asked if they could keep the vehicle until 3 that afternoon, no problem. At approximately 3pm that same day, I received a phone call stating that my vehicle was ready to pick up, the vehicle showed no signs of trouble. I asked that he keep it overnight and test drive it again in the morning, it was a safety hazard to keep it on the road. I received a phone call the next morning from john who proceeded to tell me that the transmission needed to be replaced. I was in disbelief, after only 66-67,000 miles. I was quoted approximately $4,500. For the repair. After a bit of bantering and arguing with everyone from the service advisor john, to the service manager jesse, to the district manager shawn, to the representative from american Honda, I was offered a 50% discount. A 'remanufactured' Honda transmission was put in place of the faulty one.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #297

May 172009


  • 107,000 miles
Our 2002 Honda Odyssey while driving at 40 or 60 miles per hour severely jerked forward and then backwards with the same effect on the passengers as hitting an object, very scary> I took it to the Honda dealer and he said the problem was broken motor mounts which were replaced at a cost of $600. Three days after leaving the dealer the problem returned intermittently and was observed by the dealer technician and now identified as a transmission problem recommending transmission and transmission control module replacement at $4800, with no guarantee that this would correct the problem. This is not why we buy Honda. We do not expect transmissions to go bad at 103,000 miles. Now after a little research, I discover that a long list of Honda owners are suffering with this design defect with no or little help from Honda. As a owner of three Honda vehicles an incident like this will turn me to another manufacturer if Honda does not own up to its responsibilities to build a safe reliable vehicle.

- Fairburn, GA, USA

problem #296

Apr 172009


  • 79,500 miles


The car slips from 2nd to 3rd gear. The failure occurs often, at least 3 times a day. The consequence of the failure is that the care is not engaged in a gear so we have to pull off the road to try to reengage the transmission. I took the car to the Honda dealer, they said I will have to pay $2,500 for the new transmission. This is not acceptable since it is Honda's fault, a bad transmission in the 2002-2004 Odyssey.

- Olney, MD, USA

problem #295

Mar 182009


  • 98,000 miles
Transmission failure on 2002 Honda Odyssey. There was a recall that did an inspection or a replacement transmission. My vehicle was inspected and later the transmission failed. Honda offered $1,000 to correct the problem. Cost for repair from Honda was $5,500. I took it to another repair shop and corrected the problem at a cost of $2,400.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #294

May 162009


  • 106,000 miles
Honda Odyssey transmission failing at 106,000 miles. Shifts very hard. Scary to drive. Not reliable family vehicle any longer. Is a known design flaw, but Honda will not do anything. Many people report exact same issue on same year vehicle. Many have had transmission replaced 3 or 4 times. A transmission should not fail at 100K miles. Dealer recommends to replace transmission and computer for $5K.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #293

May 092009


  • 106,017 miles
1. "check engine" light came on about more than 1 yr ago, one week after a regular maintenance at the dealers. I brought it back to the dealer, and the service adviser drove it around, and said he will just reset the light. 2. while driving on the freeway on 5/9/2009, I accelerated trying to pass a car, and the car jerked very badly (the service adviser called it "slipped gear"), and later, same symptom happened while city driving (between 2nd gear and 3rd gear). 3. I took it to the dealer, and the service technician drove it around with me, and identified it as a "transmission problem". my 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan has 106017 miles on it. I am the original owner, and there are many many customers currently experiencing the same problem with the automatic transmission. The class action lawsuit against Honda for Odyssey automatic transmission problem covers up to 2001 model, but the problem I have is exactly the same as the description in the class action lawsuit. It was very scary on the freeway when it slipped felt like the car was in 'neutral' for a little while until it jerked into the gear.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #292

May 082002


  • 90,000 miles
My transmission slips in low gears causing the car to rev extremely high (4,000 RPM) with no power. This has happened twice in the past month. Each time I have been able to pull over to avoid crashing with my children in the car. In an attempt to diagnose the problem my mechanic has replaced the transmission fluid. The fluid was discolored and contained metallic fragments. The van was serviced as part of the recall in 2004 at the dealer where I bought it in 2002. The oil jet was installed but obviously did not remedy the problem. The van is at 90,000 miles. This is (I now realize) a well documented problem and I would expect Honda to cover the cost of a new transmission.

- Winchester, MA, USA

problem #291

Apr 222009


  • miles
I step on the gas pedal, the RPM is go up to 4-5, but the van is not moving.

- Sanata Ana, CA, USA

problem #290

Apr 102009


  • 72,000 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey with 72,000 miles. Regular maintenance done, yet 1 week ago it transmission began slipping and missing shifts, between 1 and 2, 3 and 4. dealer examined it, said new transmission needed, quoted $3500, claiming that included $3500 "goodwill" from Honda. Now car is disabled until I fix it.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #289

Apr 122009


  • 98,000 miles
2002 Honda Odyssey, 98K miles. While driving on highway at 60 mph, transmission began to slip out of gear causing the vehicle to lurch violently back and forth. Once off the highway, the tcs light and engine malfunction light came on. Also lost reverse. Had vehicle towed 15 miles to closest dealership. They say the transmission needs to be replaced. This vehicle is not safe.

- Morgan Hill, CA, USA

problem #288

Apr 062009


  • 66,000 miles
I'm an original owner of a Honda Odyssey 2002, with 66K miles on it as of 4/6/2009. The transmission starts slipping at approximately 30-45 mph on the highway. It would shift back and forth between neutral to drive gear. Sometimes, it harshly jerks between gears. The check-engine and tcs lights turned on most of the time. We don't feel safe using this vehicle for fear its transmission could stop any time while on highway.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #287

Apr 012009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving between 30-40 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle experienced gear shift failure and excessive hesitation. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing, but the technician was unable to duplicate the failure. In 2004, the contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). The recall remedy was performed and consisted of installing an oil jet kit. The recall repair was insufficient and has not corrected the failure. The failure and current mileages were 91,000. Updated 05/27/09 at 91,000 miles, the vehicle exhibited intermittent gear shift failure and excessive hesitation in low gears around 30 mph. The check engine light illuminated at 92, 623 and stayed on. Diagnostics codes revealed a transmission problem and incorrect gear ratio gear. Updated 06/01/09.

- Round Rock , TX, USA

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