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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,624 miles

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2004 Honda Odyssey drivetrain problems

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2004 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 6 of 7)

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problem #30

Feb 152012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 152,000 miles


Drove the car in the morning and parked back in the car and drove it and noticed the shifter was loose. I change the atf every 30,000 miles as recommended by Honda and used Honda atf. Drained and replaced; not flushed. Took the car to an atra certified shop to diagnose the problem with the shifter. The shop said that either the spring on the detent ball or the pin holding the rooster comb onto the manual shaft is broken. Recommended that I stop driving the car because of safety concern. Recommended replacement with rebuilt transmission.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #29

Feb 062012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
My 2004 Honda Odyssey experienced an automatic transmission failure in 2007 where the transmission would downshift while driving down the street at speed which would cause a dangerous situation if vehicle were behind you or if you were driving down a slick or snow covered roadway. The transmission was replaced at no cost to me by Honda. On Feb 6th the transmission failed again while driving down the road at 35mph. The transmission downshifted to first gear and would not up shift. The van was not able to go above 20 mph and there were vehicles behind our vehicle which created a dangerous situation due to the vehicle rapidly decelerating.

- South Elgin, IL, USA

problem #28

May 102011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 73,400 miles
At low speeds, approx. 20 to 40 mph, the vehicle has a shudder/rumble sensation thru the steering wheel and you can feel it whether you are driving or a passenger. This is an intermittent problem and does not do it all the time. I have never had the problem at speeds over 45 to 50 mph. I took it to a local Honda dealer and of course they could not duplicate the problem and told me a transmission fluid change was needed. I paid $225. For an oil change and tranny fluid change and a 'diagnostic test drive' it didn't fix the problem. Since that time of that repair, I have just lived with the problem and hoped for the best. It wasn't until I started reading online about how many other people are having the same problem with Odyssey minivans. I hope you can help me get this problem satisfactorily repaired from Honda. They are very well aware of this problem and apparently there was a recall on these minivans to fix this problem. I bought this minivan used from van's Honda in green bay, wi in April of 2007 and I am unaware if my van was recalled. It wasn't recalled as long as I have owned it.

- Marquette, MI, USA

problem #27

Feb 042012


  • 103,093 miles


This is the 2nd transmission that is failed, Honda has refuse to pay anything. They claim that there transmission has no problem but after google I find that they have a class action regarding this problem. I want assistance in this problem I will not afford another $ 3000 to fix it. The first transmission failed at only $79000 miles now this one failed only 103093 miles.

- Morrisville, PA, USA

problem #26

Jan 312012


  • 115,000 miles
Total transmission failure. No warning signs. One second moving just fine, next nothing. No power.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #25

Jan 192012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
Transmission quit working, no power, mechanic states that it is totaly shot & needs replacement, or rebuild.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #24

Dec 292011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 123,106 miles


While returning from Texas to Arkansas, my transmission had a complete failure on I-20 South of dallas. There was no warning, no indicator lights, no sounds. The engine tach redlined and I was able to cross 2 lanes of traffic with no power whatsoever. The car began smoking from hot transmission fluid. When I stopped, I noticed fluid covering the inside of the front wheel wells. I had it towed to a nearby Honda dealer and was told I had a total transmission failure. There were no computer codes recorded by the vans computer. My bill to have it replaced was $4,200. I also had to pay for a tow, a rental car to return to little rock and an airline ticket to return to dallas to recover my van. This car was purchased new by me and has always been serviced by Honda.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #23

Dec 202011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
The transmission is completely shot on this 2004 Honda Odyssey. No warning signs at all. $3000+ worth of repairs. There was a recall on 2004 Odyssey transmissions for 1.1 million of them, but my VIN doesn't happen to fall in that category...

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #22

Dec 162011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
While driving 35mph on a city bridge, the engine lost power, then revved. The symptoms repeated the next day. My wife was unable to control the van when the problems occurred. We took the van to our Honda dealership and were informed the transmission had failed. Our 2004 Odyssey has had all required factory maintenance performed by the dealership we purchased it from. At 95,000 miles we had the recommended 105,000 mile service to include a transmission flush and inspection. There were no problems prior to the service and the service showed our van was in excellent condition. Honda warranty had expired, I was told by Honda of America that transmission service life was approximately 100,000 miles. Nothing in the owners manual indicates that. After paying $1000 for the service we are now faced with a $6300 bill for a new transmission. Given the price of the van and routine service, this is unacceptable, as is the safety concerns for a transmission catastrophically failing just after a service and inspection produced nothing but a van in excellent condition.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #21

Dec 172011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 81,500 miles
My transmission went out. I have had my transmission looked at 3 times since may of 2011. I knew it was going but Honda would not find anything wrong until my warranty was up. I feel that a transmission should last more then 80,000 miles.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #20

Dec 192011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 116,500 miles


Transmission failed on car. Lost power to wheels. Had to pull car off to shoulder of road and get it towed to mechanic.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #19

Sep 212011


  • 110,000 miles
Transmission failed causing me to on a side road with no pull off area. I could not get the van to move forward so I started drifting backwards. Had to have van towed to shop. I am oversea for the government and to get a new transmission from the Honda dealer was 5000 pound and at the current exchange rate that is $8000 on a van worth $7000. We had all scheduled maintenance done on the van. We took it to a local shop and they replace the transmission for $3000. We need the van until we get back to the states then we will be taking it in on a Toyota. Not a happy Honda owner!!!!!

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #18

Oct 012010


  • 200,000 miles
Driving on the highway Florida to Illinois at apx 65-70mph, without warning vehicle looses power, almost to a crawl, smoke bellowing out behind the car. Diagnosed as transmission failure. Honda dealership states vehicle is not cover by warranty or recall. Dealership could replace tranny at a cost over $5K. Opted to install another Odyssey trans independently. This failed in less than 1K miles. Opted to then have original transmission independently rebuilt with genuine Honda's oem parts and specification with Honda dealership consult. Worked fine for appx 26K miles then torque converter burned out again. Replaced and repaired torque even solenoid but less than 8K mi tranny failed again. All these happened in less than one year and 30K miles. Bill kay Honda dealership still saying car is not involve in recall/suit and out of warranty. Previously I complained at planet Honda about a jerk/thump when increasing speed between 10-40 and dealership states they 'could not duplicate the problem'. vehicle is still down and Honda and their dealerships are still screwing it's customers. Ps: had 2002 Odyssey that was on its way out with similar problems but it crashed. Also, have a 2001 civic with same transmission failure sitting for the least 3 years with only about 100K on it! shame on you Honda!!!

- Pembroke Twp, IL, USA

problem #17

Nov 252011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
My wife was driving home late at night when all of a sudden the check engine light and tcs light come on in her 2004 Honda Odyssey. The van begins to slow down until it will go no faster than 5 mph. Pulling to the side of the road, she turned off the van then restarted it. She was able to get the last few miles back to our house luckily, and we brought the vehicle to a shop just up the street since it could not make it much further. It turns out the transmission needs to be replaced. The shop called Honda, knowing there had been a recall on the 2004 Odyssey transmissions, but Honda claimed that it did the work for the recall and had no further responsibility. I am extremely dissatisfied with this. To know there is a problem with a transmission, "fix" it with a recall, and still have problems with it on a vehicle with under 100,000 miles is unacceptable. I've owned Honda in the past and never had a problem like this. Matter of fact, I've never had a problem like this with any car I've owned, no matter the manufacturer. My wife and I purchased a Honda minivan because it is supposed to be safe. But to have the vehicle stop working with no warning due to a transmission that Honda is aware is faulty is as far from safe as you can get. I'm just thankful she wasn't on the highway when it went out.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #16

Nov 222011


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that after stopping at an intersection and then attempting to accelerate, the vehicle would respond. After restarting the vehicle and waiting a while, the vehicle resumed normal function. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they advised the contact that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised her that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 83,000.

- Lutherville, MD, USA

problem #15

Nov 192011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 77,325 miles
My 2004 Odyssey, with 77000 miles, experienced a transmission failure while driving on highway with no warning & no early indications of malfunction (slippage, engagement, etc), noticed tachometer revving higher than normal then lost of drivetrain power with engine still operating. Manage to exit highway and onto offramp before transmission disengaged from engine. The frightening thing was we coasted to a stop in a blind turn with vegetation hiding our position from other exiting vehicles ( sb I280 ocean ave exit, next to city college of san francisco). Serramonte Honda service dept told me transmission no longer under original 60000 mile power train warranty & that he does not know of any transmission problems in the Odyssey model. Internet search reveals transmission failures very common with many Odyssey owners having to go through multiple power trains with no admission of design flaws for such premature transmission failures by Honda.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #14

Sep 072011


  • 100,000 miles
I have a 2004 Honda Odyssey, original owners, and we have maintained this vehicle immaculately. I noticed the transmission lagging and not going into gear immediately. I took it to our local dealer and was told that my transmission needs to be replaced. The mechanic said that this was a "young transmission", meaning it shouldn't have gone out so soon. After researching this on the internet, I have found so many articles related to faulty transmissions with the Honda Odyssey and can't believe that Honda hasn't owned up and stood behind their vehicles. I can honestly say that Honda is no longer on my list of reputable companies.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #13

Oct 112011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 67,630 miles
There is an epidemic of Honda transmission failures. We bought a 2004 Honda Odyssey. Almost immediately after buying the car, with just 34K miles on it - it developed a periodic shudder in the lower gears. We did not recognize this as a potentially big issue until many miles later we could no longer manually downshift the transmission. When we took it in the hondanorth - at 67K miles young - for, the list began with the need for new engine mounts, new heat shields for the catalytic converter and ended with a new torque converter. So much for that Honda quality. Since then, with a second review, hondaamerica has continued to refuse assistance for the torque converter that will cost $2325, this despite a government recall of 2004 Odyssey the NHTSA, has some 570 transmission complaints from owners of 2003 4 Honda Accord. There are just over 700 transmission complaints from owners of 2002 4 Odyssey. According to the executive director of the center for auto safety, [xxx], of the 267 transmission complaints the center received in the second half of 2010 alone, 169 were from Honda or Acura owners. A number of the complaints filed with NHTSA recount mechanical failure that created very serious danger for the families involved. A year ago, we all witnessed the long failure of Toyota to come clean about the accelerator issues. Now there is an epidemic of Honda transmission failures. When will Honda and our government officials pay attention? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #12

Nov 052011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
Wife was taking kids to an air show. While merging into traffic on I95 the car would not shift out of gear at 40 miles per hour. The car began to shake, shudder and produce loud noises. My wife had to pull the car out the traffic onto the side of the road. She was able to safely exit I95 at the next exit. Since then the car has been diagnosed with complete transmission failure.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #11

Oct 312011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
The transmission failed completely. A day earlier the tcs light lit up and the check engine light lit up. The very next day, while driving at about 40 miles there was a slipping sensation and then within few minutes the car started slowing down and pressing gas pedal had no effect in moving the car forward. With two kids in the car, thank god, I wasn't traveling on the highway. I couldn't imagine if this would have happened on the highway at 70 miles per hour with bunch of cars and trucks behind me. I was traveling in the local roads while this happened. I had called Honda customer service, and they mentioned that there isn't any recall or extended warranty for my VIN. They also indicated that they are not aware of any transmission problems with those vehicle and requested me to take it to the dealer. I had it towed to a mechanic and the he took a look at it and said it is a transmission failure - pure and simple. Honda has indicated that this is a simple wear and tear issue and that they cannot help any further. Other than opening up a case [xxx] Honda customer service hasn't helped much. Looking at various auto forums, the transmission problem seems to be the number 1 problem for the 2nd generation (and even some 3rd generation) Odyssey with engine mount problem tailing close as the number 2 problem. Despite all this, it is surprising that Honda seems to be unwilling to do anything about. It. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Frisco, TX, USA

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