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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,456 miles

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2004 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #34

Sep 012009


  • miles


Upon acceleration, when the vehicle reaches 1500 RPM a shudder is felt. I am experiencing this every day now while driving. After numerous road tests with servicemen, diagnosis has been made that there is a problem with the automatic transmission. The transmission fluid is discolored.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #33

Mar 102010


  • 82,331 miles
2004 Honda Odyssey, original owner, 82,331 mileage, heading towards transmission failure.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #32

Mar 062010


  • 85,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) the tcs light and the gear selection "D" light began to blink on my Honda 2004 Odyssey. The transmission started to slip. In a matter of a day the transmission failed as I was on the highway. The tachometer spiked and the transmission would not engage. Then the engine light came on. I could not get the car to accelerate. It was total transmission failure. I had to coast the vehicle off of the highway. The van has 85,000 miles. When I called american Honda motor Corp about recall NHTSA 04V176000 they said I was not covered. [xxx] was not included in the recall so I had to go to my local Honda dealer to have them evaluate it and then they could possibly negotiate some type of assistance from Honda motor Corp. I called my local Honda dealership he stated since we were not the original owner of the vehicle that Honda motor Corp would not help. He estimated that the cost to fix the transmission would be at least $3,200. I took the van to a transmission shop. It cost me $2300 to have the transmission rebuilt and an external cooler put on. Furthermore the engine and transmission mounts had to be replaced. They said the main problem is that there is a manufacture defect that is allowing the transmissions to overheat. Once they overheat they send off flakes that get caught in the filter screens in the transmission that causes more overheating and eventually failure of transmission.

- Melissa, TX, USA

problem #31

Mar 072010


  • 122,000 miles


During the week of March 1-5, 2010, my Honda Odyssey was showing signs of slippage when going from one gear to other, however the problem was transient. I was on vacation at deep creek lake, Maryland in the weekend of March 5-7 and was driving back from there on March 7 afternoon. I was on cruise at 55 miles per hour on us 219N, when coming over a small hill, the car suddenly violently shook and was revving up (RPM very high) trying to maintain speed of 55 mph and was unable to do so. I braked and got the car under control and without knowing much merged on I-70E headed towards home at baltimore, md. Driving for about 100 miles, I took exit at hagerstown, md to take gas. After taking gas, I wanted to head back to the highway but unable to continue that much further. The car would not move pressing on the gas pedal and finally had to call aaa towing to tow the car. Anyway, it is with hagerstown Honda and the diagnosis is transmission failure and I need to shell out 3500K from my pocket. Transmission failure for a 2004 Odyssey at 122K miles is absolutely unacceptable and american Honda refusing to do anything to help me out. This car is apparently also not included in the recall list the Honda had earlier this decade on some the Odyssey models for the transmission problem. I think this needs to be investigated and recall expanded.

- Woodstock, MD, USA

problem #30

Sep 042009


  • 85,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) unintended acceleration of my Honda Odyssey- I was slowly pulling into a parking space in front of a store front and the car started accelerating, jumped the curb, hit a post, and went through a store front window. This is the first time this has ever happened. I was the only one injured. I reported the incident to american Honda corporation ON11-13-09. The case number is [xxx]. I tried to brake, but the brake would not stop the vehicle.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #29

Apr 052009


  • 97,500 miles
We kept getting a vibration at about 30 miles an hour, and often in the same place on the roads in town. Because we live about 45 minutes from a Honda dealer and our Odyssey is out of warranty, we took the car to our local repair shop, where they tried several fixes. After several months of this, we finally took it to Honda and they said the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle only had 97,000 miles on it.

- Northfield, MN, USA

problem #28

Jan 102010


  • 150,000 miles


Complete transmission failure with 150,000 miles.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #27

Jan 312010


  • 101,000 miles
Automatic transmission failed, requiring replacement at 101,000 miles and only six years old.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #26

Jan 182010


  • 78,201 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. Whenever the contact drove the vehicle he noticed that the engine and transmission light appeared on the dashboard while driving 35 mph. The dealer informed the contact that the failure could not be reproduced. There were no prior warnings. The failure and current mileages were 78201.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #25

Nov 112009


  • 84,305 miles
Defective engine and transmission mount, will result in severe vibration and transaxle misalignment defective transmission at 84,000 miles. Dealership require to replace transmission and all engine and transmission mounts.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #24

Dec 182009


  • 106,347 miles


Transmission failure.

- Damascus, MD, USA

problem #23

Dec 082009


  • 83,800 miles
Transmission failure and gear lockup.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #22

Sep 272009


  • 89,600 miles
2004 Honda Odyssey ex L with 89,684 miles. It is currently running fine, except that the check engine light is lit. Two days ago while driving at highway speeds, both the traction control light and the check engine light came on. After 5 minutes the tcs light went off but the check engine light remained. Took car for diagnostic and code P0740 is present. Service manual says to replace entire automatic transmission. Car is shifting properly when driven. Car has had every regular maintenance taken care of including replacing atf fluid at 35,454 and 66,942 miles

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #21

Jul 242009


  • 106,800 miles
Transmission at 92,000 had dark fluid, metal on the magnet, loud whine, slipping gears. Over next 14,000 miles (while Honda said there was not problem) progresses to rough shifting to the point of killing the engine. Finally refused to go into gear and was towed to dealership. Honda replaced with refurb transmission.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #20

Jul 042009


  • 153,000 miles
See NHTSA campaign id number : 04V176000 outlining recall for transmission problems. We followed all recall instructions, serviced the vehicle regularly only through a certified Honda dealer and now the transmission has totally failed, costing $4,800.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #19

Nov 152008


  • 88,000 miles
Trans shutters at 30-40 miles per hour dealer said that because no trouble codes were showing up they could not do a repair. I was instructed to drive the car and return when the check light came on the van has 88,000 miles and this problem has occurred several times but no ck eng light.

- Satsuma, FL, USA

problem #18

Apr 252009


  • 54,800 miles
Transmission failure at 55,000 miles 2004 Honda Odyssey.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #17

Mar 292009


  • 79,000 miles
Normal functionality driving on trip during mild weather on 29 March 2009 from sacramento area to los angeles. After driving over 5 hours, the car suddenly lost power and the vehicle was smoking due to the rapid ejection of transmission fluid from the transmission (breather valve?) which resulted in sudden and catastrophic transmission failure in 2004 Honda Odyssey. The transmission required replacement at 79000 miles and was serviced at a Honda dealership during scheduled transmission service.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #16

May 112006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. On several occasions, the transmission slipped while driving between 20-40 mph. The vehicle hesitated while driving uphill several times as well. The dealer could not duplicate the failure because it was a random occurrence. The dealer informed the contact to wait until the failure worsened or until the check engine light illuminated. The contact was also informed that her VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). The current mileage was 58,000 and failure mileage was 56,000.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #15

Jan 082007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,200 miles
I had a long wait at a pharmacy drive up window so with the engine running, I put the shift in park and set the foot brake. On an attempt to move forward I put my foot on the brake pedal, released the emergency brake and attempted to move the shift lever from park but it was locked in the park position and would not move. I quickly looked in the owners manual and read the instructions on page 185-6 which described removal of a trap access door and inserting the ignition key to unlock the park condition. If I would have been in traffic and would not have had a pen knife I would never have been able to correct the condition. The trap door was almost indiscernible designed into the top of the dash above the steering wheel and difficult to even get the sharp blade of a pen knife in the crack to pry open. The service personnel checked my brake lights to see if they were working and they were ok. Apparently there is a relationship to the park condition. I ask what a woman is supposed to do if that were to happen and they had no suggestion. Why can't the controls be designed so all you have to do is remove the key from the ignition and restart the engine to unlock the locked condition. I can see this condition as a disaster on a jammed freeway. Putting a remedy in the drivers manual is not the answer to this rather perplexing situation, especially for non mechanical drivers with poor perception skills and in emergency situations.

- Whittier, CA, USA

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