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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,487 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #10

May 292014


  • 54,277 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey equipped with Michelin tire line: M+S all season tires, size: P225/60/R16 tires. The contact stated that while his vehicle was being serviced, it was advised that the tread was cracked and separating on the outside of the tire. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,277 and the current mileage was 69,780.

- Towson, MD, USA

problem #9

Jun 302012


  • miles
2002 Honda Odyssey was experiencing some vibration in March on trip to Chicago which mechanic attributed to engine mounts as it occurred at 60-80 mph. On June 30 while driving highway 400 North of atlanta on way to wedding the vibrations became unmanageable. So, I pulled over to see if I had a flat to find the uniroyal tiger paw of a year old coming apart. It seems the steel belt broke and the tire tread started shredding. I still have the same tire on the front drivers side; should I be concerned it will happen again" anyway, I had to replace at local store on a Sunday to return home to huntsville, al. Took the bad tire to big ten tire where purchased to be told this was road hazard and they'd sell me a new tire for $70. I disagreed and decided to see if uniroyal has a problem" tire was purchased at $106.

- Alabama, AL, USA

problem #8

Dec 252008


  • 120,000 miles
Cooper lifeliner tires 225/60R-16 installed on a 2002 Honda Odyssey. Mixed front/rear usage but failures happened while installed on rear. Tires purchased 6/04 and failed with approx 60K miles, but considerable tread remaining. First occurrence 8/08 with vehicle at 70 mph on straight road. With no warning other than a slight rhythmic noise and with no prior visual indication of distress, the tire suffered a near complete tread separation and sudden blowout. Resulted in damage to wheel well and door panel, but no accident. Four months later, the other rear tire had a similar event, this one preceded by some vibration, but no visual distress (stopped vehicle to check). Again, event was a blowout, this time with partial tread separation. Vehicle was on a straight road at 65 mph at time of event. Tire pressures were correct prior to failures. Photos of tire from 2nd event available upon request.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 102008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The independent dealer stated that the vehicle was in very good condition at the time of purchase. The contact stated that the vehicle began pulling to the left. The tires were replaced and an alignment was performed. She also observed a massive oil leak coming from the vehicle. The dealer stated that nothing could be done because she was outside of the 30-day used car warranty. An independent mechanic discovered that the vehicle was involved in a previous crash, in which the crankshaft was sealed as well as the origin of the massive oil leak. The mechanic found that the sealant previously used on the crankshaft and the tires were beginning to loosen. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were less than 105,000. Updated 12/15/08 the vehicle needed a new crank seal, water pump and timing belt. Updated 12/16/08.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #6

Jun 092008


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 75 mph, the transmission locked. As a result, the front wheels locked and the vehicle skidded to a halt without warning. The vehicle was repaired by the dealer according to NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). The transmission, driveshaft, and front tires are currently being replaced. The current and failure mileages were 105,000.

- Tuscon, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jul 022008


  • 100,594 miles
While driving at 70mph on interstate 65 near montgomery, Alabama there was a sudden transmission failure in our 2002 Honda Odyssey resulting in the front wheels locking up and the vehicle skidding to a halt. The vehicle came to rest in the left lane of the interstate. We exited the vehicle quickly and called 911. A couple of squad cars responded within a few minutes. We could not disengage the transmission so were unable to push the vehicle to a safe place. There were some close calls but no accidents from other vehicles trying to avoid our stranded minivan. Eventually got the vehicle towed to a Honda dealership in montgomery (mcconnell) where we were told that the transmission was indeed locked up and would need to be replaced along with both drive shafts and both front tires. We contacted american Honda to see if they would cover the cost of repairs because (in our view) this is a defective transmission. Was initially told no because our mileage of 100594 was outside the warranty and our 2002 model year was not covered under the extended transmission warranty give to model years ending in 2001. After a week of haggling american Honda did not admit to this being a defect but did agree to cover 80% of the repair cost through goodwill. Our final bill was $1301.71 for a remanufactured transmission, 2 new drive shafts and 2 new tires.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 292007


  • miles


Second tire blowout in a few weeks (see complaint # 101968210).

- Solon, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 082007


  • miles
Two tire blowouts at highway speeds.

- Solon, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 102007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
- the contact stated that while driving her 2002 Honda Odyssey at 30 mph (failure mileage 30000), the rear passenger tire exploded without any warning. The contact purchased all new tires from cosco and was informed that the original tires were not appropriate for the vehicle and were of poor quality. Updated 02/27/07.

- N. Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 022006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated that while driving down the highway at 65 mph, on normal road conditions the tire.

- Mexia, TX, USA

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