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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

drivetrain problem

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2004 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #130

Feb 122016


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The alternator wires burned up and the transmission slipped, which caused the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000.

- Loxley, AL, USA

problem #129

Jun 272016


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that drive 1, drive 2, drive 3, and the reverse gears failed to work without warning. The contact was able to use drive, neutral, and park, but the failure continued. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V176000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified and provided no solution. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #128

Feb 102016


  • 179,000 miles
Transmission slipping while driving on city street - transmission needs to be replaced

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #127

Mar 012016


  • 169,000 miles


Failed/broken motor mounts. This appears to be a systemic low mileage failure issue on similar Honda Odyssey of this vintage. This is a safety issue.

- Foxboro, MA, USA

problem #126

Feb 032016


  • miles
I stopped at a stop sign, then turned right and pressed the gas to accelerate. The van then shuddered violently and the wheels completely seized up. I could not drive or control the vehicle. The van skidded to a stop in the middle of the road. It was completely locked up and would not go into any gear, including neutral or reverse. I had my family exit the van but had to leave the van in the road. Luckily, the police showed up quickly to make sure that the van wasn't hit. The vehicle had to be winched onto a flat bed tow truck as the tires were completely locked up.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #125

Apr 032015


  • 94,000 miles
Transmission failed at 94K miles.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #124

Sep 282015


  • 113,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 75 mph, the engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle began to decelerate. The contact was able to pull to the roadside to switch off the vehicle. The vehicle was restarted but the failure recurred. The contact mentioned that the vehicle could not accelerate over 15 mph. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the internal transmission had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #123

Aug 102015


  • 160,935 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 04V176000 (power train), but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 160,935.

- West Warwick , RI, USA

problem #122

Jul 202015


  • 196,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate without warning. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence, where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V176000 (power train). The failure mileage was approximately 196,000.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #121

Apr 252015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle from a Honda dealership used 4 years ago with 104K miles on it for $10K. I'd had it inspected by the dealership and it received a clean bill of health. I've driven this car for an additional 40K miles and had the transmission fail with my 3 toddler boys in the car on the way back from a soccer game (quite frightening). I'm now being told that it will cost $5K to repair! and now that I'm looking further into this car, it's clear that there's ongoing transmission issues that Honda has not addressed. Shame on Honda.

- Red Bank, NJ, USA

problem #120

Nov 282014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


I was driving down the highway at about 70 mph when the van suddenly quit pulling. It felt like it had gone into neutral, because the engine would rev but the van kept slowing down. I was lucky enough to have enough momentum to allow me to pull onto the shoulder of the highway. This could have ended very bad. I had 3 young children in the van, as we were going to spend the thanksgiving holiday with family. So we were several hours from home and no way to get to our family or back to our house. It was a scary ordeal for my and my children. When we finally got the van towed home and to a shop, we were told we were going to have to replace the transmission. We were also told this particular make/model/year is notorious for having the transmission go out. I contacted american Honda this afternoon. I was told they could not help me with any cost of a replacement transmission. I was also told my complaint stopped with the customer service rep I was speaking with, but my claim is available to the engineers in case they want to see if my make/model/year has had any customer complaints filed. I asked him how they would even know to look for complaints if they weren't made aware of any complaints. All in all, I have a claim number for a complaint that will go no further than the customer service representative I spoke with over the phone. Very disappointing.

- Sand Springs, OK, USA

problem #119

Feb 262015

Odyssey 4WD 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Engine light and tcs light came on, gears stopped shifting at high rpms. Soon, transmission would not engage at all. Car failed to move on a busy freeway overpass exit. After several minutes with the engine off, I turned it back on and hobbled in first gear off the overpass. Mechanic said it was typical of 2004 Odyssey to have transmissions fail. Cost of repair far exceeds blue book value of car.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #118

Jan 012015


  • miles
Was driving normal then car stalled and started reving very loud and jerking when pushing on gas while the D for drive was lashing even when put ino park the D still flashed blue was reading about problem and it sounds like transmission failure

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #117

Feb 252015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 131,916 miles
I had all major services at Honda dealer ( four wheels alignment at 95000 miles in 2012, timing bell at 100000 miles in 2012, oil transmission service at 109500 miles in 2013, alignment at 121000 in 2013). I bought extended warranty for 7 years or 100000 miles when I bought my car. During that time period and all services at Honda dealer they did not advise any thing. Today I brought my car for air bag recall, alignment and oil transmission service, they told me that I need to replace all three engine mount cost approximately $1380. I was shock because it too expensive. I can not understand why engine mounts easy to break. I went home researching online and surprising to discover that a lot of people had same problem. I think this engine mount defected or design problem cause engine mounts easy to break (normally need to replace over 200000 miles) and Honda needs to address this issue. Please advise me what I suppose to do because if engine mounts broke it going to effect suspension, balancing and alignment system etc... thank you very regard, updated 4/28/16

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #116

Nov 142014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Driving on highway on 11/15/2014 way to work around 65 mph and suddenly felt a jerk as some one hit from behind, looked around and keep driving felt jerk again and speed of vehicle came down pulled car to the side. Stopped the engine for few minutes and started the car again put gear in drive and car is moving very slowly even giving enough gas. End of calling tow truck and towed car to close by dealer. Dealer called me today 11/15/2014 to inform there is a transmission failure and need around $6000 in repairs.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #115

Aug 082014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states vehicle had a transmission failure during a recent trip. Consumer states vehicle lost power(speed) while traveling. The consumer also stated the RPM's increased rapidly and smoke starting emitting from the vehicle. The transmission and oil cooler were replaced.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #114

Aug 072014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Our Honda Odyssey's transmission failed under very scary circumstances---with my wife and disabled son attempting to merge onto a highway. As she tried to accelerate, the van's engine revved, but the transmission did not engage----leaving the van coasting into traffic. Thankfully, she was able to leave the roadway just before a vehicle that was approaching from behind would have made impact. She and my son were very lucky. Prior to this incident, the transmission was not exhibiting any kind of shifting problems. In doing some research, I found that this is a known design flaw problem.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #113

Aug 292014


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the check engine and tcs warning light illuminated intermittently. The dealer diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Lithia, FL, USA

problem #112

Jul 282014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 111,200 miles
As I was driving the car, the engine over revved but the wheels were not moving. I was on city streets making a turn - luckily I was able to coast to the side of the road without any incident but it could have been dangerous as the gears were not engaging. After I navigated to the side of the road, the car wouldn't move forward or backward on being put in gear. There was a smell of burning rubber - later I realized it was probably burning or overheated transmission fluid. On towing the car to the dealer, the dealer ran diagnostics and advised me that my transmission was damaged and needed replacement. For the past couple of days, the 'check engine light" and the "tcs off light" had been coming on and off occasionally. I had also noticed the vehicle not responding to accelerator pedal being pressed in a normal fashion.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #111

Jul 172014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 84,354 miles
The car was in drive and it didn't want go anywhere while it was in motion. Very scared for my family it was unsafe I saw Honda has a recall on the transmission but they told it isn't for my car I want to add my vehicle into that recall its not fair that my vehicle is under that but it say from models 2002-2004 and mine is a 2004 so it should be under that.

- Salem, MA, USA

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