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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,503 miles

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2002 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 022008


  • 105,600 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 65 mph, the engine and tcs warning lights illuminated on the instrument control panel. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the torque converter failed and the transmission needed to be replaced. The technician stated that unless the contact noticed a difference in the gear shifter, the vehicle did not have to be immediately repaired. The technician further stated that because the vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission), the contact may have to pay for the repair costs. Honda stated that they would only cover fifty percent of the repair costs. The failure and current mileages were 105,600.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 192008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
The 5-speed automatic transmission on my 2002 Honda Odyssey failed at 77,000 miles (specific failure is the torque converter). Symptom was gear slippage at slow speed. The transmission was the subject of an 15 Apr 2004 safety recall for second gear inspection (Honda tsb 04-021 dated 29 Oct 2004); dealership ed napleton Honda of St peters, mo claims to have performed work in Oct 2004, though nothing was replaced. I opened a case with Honda, N012008-03-1900809. My vehicle was apparently not covered under the class action warranty extension. Numerous Honda Odyssey owners, model years 1998-2004, report premature transmission failure, as is my case. I'm requesting this issue be investigated by NHTSA to encourage Honda to take remedial action on behalf of Odyssey owners affected.

- Ofallon, MO, USA

problem #5

Jan 292008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Honda Odyssey 2002 model, transmission failed at 65K miles and needs replacement. Searching the web, it appears Honda is aware of the problem and has extended transmission warranty of 1999-2001 models, but not 2002 and later models.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #4

Nov 052007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,200 miles


Took van in for 60,000 mile service at 61,125 miles. The tcs service lit had just come on. Diagnosed with tcc failure needing a new transmission. Vehicle was built in 08/07. Extended warranty only covered through 07/07. In the process of contacting Honda to try to get the repair covered. The transmission slips occasionally from 3rd to 4th. Getting worse as time goes on.

- Garner , NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 252006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,720 miles
: the contact stated while driving at various speeds the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop, a diagnostic test was performed and displayed code P0740, torque converter. A NHTSA recall # 04V176000, was performed on the vehicle concerning the original automatic transmission. However the recall did not remedy the problem. The dealership was not alerted.

- New Eagle, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 102004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Around 50,000 miles our 2002 Honda Odyssey started slipping out of gear while driving or jerks when shifting gears. The dealer says it is because we use synthetic fluids. We only use synthetic oil. The transmission fliud is Honda's. plus our amsoil rep and our mechanic all deny synthetics could cause a transmission to slip out of gear. Our dealer wants us to pay for any repair and replacement costs because of course our warranty is expired!

- Trappe, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 192003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Honda Odyssey torque converter or transmission at 22,000 miles my van developed an annoying vibration at a speed of about 53 M.P.H. and 1,500 R.P.M. on level road only. Dealer first replaced solenoid. Same day I returned the van and transmission and torque converter is to be replaced. Vehicle not returned to me yet.

- Camp Creek, WV, USA

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