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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

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2004 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #74

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 #73

Sep 302011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 98,866 miles
The automatic transmission failed completely on the interstate highway while traveling at 60 mph. The vehicle was stranded and had to be towed to the nearest dealership, royal Honda in metairie, la. Royal Honda advised that the entire transmission needed to be replaced at a cost of $5,500. We received estimates from other transmission repair shops and decided to have the vehicle towed from royal Honda to precision transmission exchange, in kenner, la. Precision transmission installed a rebuilt transmission on October 3, 2011 for $2,537.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #72

Jul 272012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Honda Odyssey. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems. The consumer stated on July 27, 2012, the engine light illuminated. The consumer immediately had it checked it out, where they discovered a possible transmission problem. According to three different mechanics, the 2004 model was known to have a defective transmission fan that did not cool down the transmission effectively. The failure was due largely to the transmission fan being too small for the transmission.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #71

Nov 282011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while parked on a slight incline, the vehicle rolled backward and crashed into a tree and three other vehicles. The dealer was contacted and advised the contact, the vehicle was not designed in a manner in which the key could be removed from the ignition without the vehicle being successfully shifted into park. The dealer also advised that a component on the vehicle must have failed in order for the failure to have occurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who inspected the vehicle and advised that the failure was caused by the vehicle being left in gear.the current and the failure mileages were 102,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 07/25/12

- Rexburg, ID, USA

problem #70

Jul 212011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 126,876 miles
Never had any problems with transmission in the past. I was driving on the highway at 70 mph when, without any warning, the transmission failed. The car was undrivable and began to overheat. There was transmission fluid all over. Had the vehicle towed and had transmission rebuilt for $1500. Since the rebuild, the transmission has failed 3 additional times.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #69

Sep 222011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
My 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan experienceing problems with my automatic transmission while iam driving it is unsafe I bought this vehicle for my family I rely on this vehicle I got no help from the dealership I bought it from and the warranties were lousy the customer service as well please help.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #68

Sep 012011


  • 111,111 miles


I have a 2004 Honda Odyssey with 111,111 miles and we currently live overseas in england. My check engine and tcs light came on five days ago and since then it has been down hill. It has trouble getting into reverse and now it is scipping really bad in 2nd and 3rd gear. I took it to the Honda and since it is us spec and has to ship the transmission from the states it will cost 7500 pounds and with the exchange rate it would be about 12000 dollars. We do not have many choices as they are not many shops that will work on american spec cars. We loved the van up until this all staredwe have to make the choice to get rid of the car as it is not worth that much. We are really in a bind as we are a family of six and this is our only transportation. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #67

Aug 212011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 59,436 miles
Check engine light on at 59,526 miles. Took vehicle in for servicing was informed nature of check engine light was transmission not shifting correctly. Repair estimate $3,000.

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #66

May 112010


  • 111,000 miles
Driving with family on busy highway on mother's day 2010. Complete transmission failure on our 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan. Honda refuses to admit a problem even though they issued a recall for one particular year in the early 2000's. luckily we were not involved in an accident and were able to guide the car off the road. Total repairs were well over $3,000. Honda started using a different transmission recently in the Odyssey model. This should be investigated fully as the internet is littered with reports of similar transmission problems.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #65

Jul 232011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
2004 Honda Odyssey has failing transmission at barely over 100,000. This problem may have started at only 80K! this vehicle is only 7 years old and has been maintained per the manufacturer. Upon research and confirmation from the dealer, Honda acknowledges that this model has transmission problems. With this knowledge, they had the responsibility to tell consumers and pay for replacement transmissions to avoid injury or death.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #64

Jun 152011


  • 63,037 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving 50 mph when the vehicle failed to switch gears properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for failure diagnostics where he was also informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 0V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 63,037 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Simivalley, CA, USA

problem #63

Jul 022011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
The van has made strange noises and gotten horrible gas mileage since we purchased as 'certified pre-owned' from Honda dealer. We reported both to dealer and gotten no response but 'oh, well'. we have serviced the vehicle at the same dealership since purchased and followed all recommendations for service. The D light has been flashing at random for over a year, but each service appt they found nothing and just sent us on the way. At the last appt, they finally found a bad sensor that had been causing the light to flash (they said). We had them replace the sensor. We drove across the us to visit family. The tcs and cel came on and we took the car to a shop to have the code read. P0740. We called our dealer in or and they said it would probably make it back to or from al. 20 miles later the tranny died completely. My wife came within 10 feet of being flattened by a big truck due to lack of power or control. My wife and two kids were stranded on the side of the interstate. We had the van towed and Honda dealership said it would be 2800-3K to fix. They called back a couple days later to say it was almost 3600. We have religiously serviced the van and never towed or hauled anything. We have complained for years to our dealer that there was something wrong with the van. We bought an extended warranty that covered everything up to 105K miles. We have complained since we bought the van in 2006 and Honda only drove and said they didn't hear anything. We are now out 3.6K for the new transmission even though we have been calling it out for 5 years. The transmissions in these vehicles are weak and should not become a 4000 repair for consumers. The van has been cared for mechanically and we have done our part, but Honda refuses to do anything. It is hard to believe that a transmission on any vehicle would fail this early. There are hundreds of other people with the same failures. There should be some action from Honda to fix this dangerous condition. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Aloha, OR, USA

problem #62

Mar 302011


  • 173,500 miles
I own Honda Odyssey 2004, 170000 miles. The transmission had the code P0730. When I went to a dealership they gave estimates for repairs or replacement. Calling to Honda usa I found that there was a recall on transmissions in 2004. Also, they told me that recall was done on my vehicle. Talking to other owners, I found that there is no issue with the mileage, 120000 or 150000 we have the same problems with sleeping gears and codes. After talking to Honda case manager, they told me that Honda would not pay for replacement. They would not confirm the conversation or willing to sent any letters of outcome of this case. The van was purchased from the Honda dealer in 2009 for $17,000 and dealer gave one year warranty.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #61

Mar 172011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
I purchased a new 2004 Honda Odyssey in the fall of 2003. About a year later, there was a recall & the transmission was replaced with a new one. In the fall of 2009, the transmission failed & was rebuilt for $2800 through a independent shop. I had contacted the Honda service department, but they would not give me a break on the price which was about 1K more. In March of 2011 the transmission failed again & had to be rebuilt for $2100. Although out of warrenty, the shop gave me a break on the labor charge. I bought a Honda because of the reputation for quality. However, due to this ongoing transmission problem, I will not buy another Honda.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #60

Feb 282011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 136,961 miles
February 29, 2011: I own a 2004 Honda Odyssey with 136,961 miles. I loved loved loved my Honda, until now. Tcs & check engine lights came on. Took to my local repair shop and they got the codes P0700at & P0740tc. They advised I take to the dealer because it was a transmission issue which they don't. dealer said could find nothing wrong with transmission but battery was weak and timing belt & timing belt holder needed replacement. After paying $1200 I picked up the van and drove it home. The next morning the tcs & engine came on again. Took it back to the dealer. They said local repair shop must have erased the transmission coded when they check them and that is why they didn't see them and thought there was nothing wrong with transmission even though I told them there was something wrong with it. They said I will need a new transmission. I called Honda America to file a case. They took my information and then told me there was nothing they could do to assist me. I asked to speak with a supervisor who told me the same thing. I don't know what to do. We are a one income family. I am a stay at home mom who takes care of her 92 year old grandfather who has alzheimers. We bought a Honda because we have always loved how dependable they are and now I don't have a car. With so many cases of transmission problems, I can't believe Honda won't back up their product. I can't afford a new transmission and have no idea how I am going to get my kids and my grandpa to school, doctors appointments, etc.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #59

Feb 182011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 86,780 miles
At less than 87,000 miles, my 2004 Honda Odyssey needs a new transmission. One month ago, the Honda dealer performed a transmission service on the car as routine maintenance and then it started slipping within 3 weeks. I have read that countless other people have had the same issue with 1999-2004 Odyssey and that the warranty was extended on 1999-2001 models. My 2004 had a recall that supposedly fixed the issue, and yet, at this low mileage, I am now faced with a $5,000 repair on a car that has been well-maintained. Honda has also issued many tsbs on these transmissions and knows there is a problem. NHTSA should force them to replace all transmissions in all Odyssey free of charge.

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #58

Dec 042010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
Well... we have a 2004 Honda Odyssey and just hit the 103,000 mile mark and now the transmission problems have started. My husband was driving the car when the check engine light went on and then the car started to hesitate until it just wouldn't drive anymore. Luckily, he broke down in front of a mechanic shop. Code P0740 has come up meaning we need a new tranny. Called Honda 12/10 and again 2/11. We had it towed to the local Honda dealer in hopes of having the vehicle repaired and getting assistance from Honda for the transmission that has very publicly failed. We were offered a highly overpriced rate, ten had it towed to aamco and had it repaired for $1,000 less that the original quote with Honda. The vehicle has been repaired through aamco transmission, with the final bill being $4700.29. We're the 2nd owners on this vehicle and make car payments monthly. Our loan is what's called an upside down loan, owing more in payments than the vehicle is worth. To boot, we've been without our vehicle since Dec. 2010, and don't see any light at the end of the tunnel. We don't have the money to pay for the repairs that have already been, so the vehicle sits as we continue to make car payments. I'm at a loss... I just don't know what to do. We're very disappointed in a vehicle that we truly loved until now. Hopeless in a Honda.

- Bushkll, PA, USA

problem #57

Feb 052011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 112,512 miles
On Saturday February 5, 2011. While my wife was driving from columbia, SC to augusta, ga. Our minivan started acting up our tcs light came on in the vehicle, and my wife stop on the side of the road and a gentleman from dot help her get the van on the road it seemed like the vehicle slowed down to aprox. 20 miles per hour granted my wife is on I-20 westbound, and for no reason what so ever or signal the vehicle stalled. The gentleman was able to get my wife on the road again, but about 20 miles later the vehicle accelerated and my wife was not able to control it, fortunately the vehicle decelerated by itself, but the transmission went out on the vehicle. This vehicle is a 2004 with only 112K miles to me this is absurd. Now I see that Honda has been having problems with this transmissions since 1999. I think Honda should be liable for putting such a crummy product out in the market. Fortunately my wife wasn't hurt but it shook her a bit. Now we are stuck with a bill for $4100, for defective transmission that Honda has knowledge of. Hope some action is taken against Honda since they are putting people at risk on the road.

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

problem #56

Nov 192010


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle would not move forward and in reverse; it was as if the vehicle was shifted into neutral. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who stated that the transmission failed; it was repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the vehicle was not included in recall 04V176000 (power train: Automatic transmission). The failure mileage was approximately 90,000.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #55

Dec 012010


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph when he felt the transmission slip. Later while the contact was parked in the driveway he engaged the accelerator and the vehicle rolled backward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the dealer advised him that there was an internal torque converter failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 59,000.

- Olathe, KS, USA

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