hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,432 miles

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2001 Honda Odyssey drivetrain problems

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2001 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #73

Aug 132012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 163,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the cruise control disengaged and the vehicle speed suddenly decreases without any warnings. The contact mentioned that she was unable to continue driving. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 163,000. Updated 10/25/2012

- Daniel Island , SC, USA

problem #72

Aug 162012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Second transmission needs replacment. First one replaced in 2006 at approx. 44,000 miles by dealer. Confirmed that this transmission needs to be replaced as well. Car only worth $5,000 to $6,000; new transmission costs $5,000 (as per dealer). Called Honda, they will not contribute. (they did pay for 2006 replacement).

- Larchmont, NY, USA

problem #71

Aug 112012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
Transmission had been jerking when shifting around 5-15 mph. Then about 3 months later it just wouldn't shift at all after about 5 mph.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #70

Aug 102012


  • 16,500 miles


Transmission slips at the start after every stop. Tcs light is on with transmission gear indicator D4 is flashing. Can not shift to other D3, 2, 1 gears.

- Laveen, AZ, USA

problem #69

Aug 022012


  • 149,345 miles
Transmission was replaced at 75K miles by Honda, lasted 36K miles and failed again. Replaced at 145K miles and failed again after less than one year.

- Naples , FL, USA

problem #68

Jul 112012


  • 146,000 miles
When my daughter discovered the transmission in the indicated vehicle could fail at any time she elected to stop driving the vehicle. This model was one of many by Honda that was subject to undisclosed failure type but it can be assumed that failure could include lockup, loss of power to the wheels, etc.. Honda elected to extend the warranty but Honda usa and the dealer (Honda of middletown, NY) state there was no recall as this is not a safety issue. We beg to differ in that having your wheels lock up at normal driving speeds, especially in traffic including interstate highways constitutes a serious safety issue as does loss of power in congested traffic at highway speeds. A class action suit was won by consumers in a class action suit and notices were sent to owners of these vehicles. The dealer did not notify my daughter, son-in-law or myself when we purchased this vehicle in 2007. The dealership and Honda are refusing to fix this issue as the vehicle is past the extended warranty and again both claim this is not a safety issue. Internet research suggests there was an attempt to "cover up" this issue to prevent harm to the Honda reputation, multiple examples of the transmission failing and of course the denial that a transmission failure represents a safety issue, under any circumstance. We are in the process of attempting to get the car fixed as they have 3 young children, an income just above poverty level for the family size and no resources to pay for this expensive repair that must be made to make their vehicle roadworthy.

- Kerhonkson, NY, USA

problem #67

Jun 182012


  • 150,620 miles


Car displayed check engine light. Subsequently, the car was being driven on surface streets in orange county, California when the transmission suddenly failed. The vehicle would not move. It was ultimately towed to an orange county Honda dealer where the service managed indicated the transmission replaced by Honda under the terms class action suit covering 2001 Odyssey mini-vans had failed and that a new transmission would be required. The service manager at the dealership indicated that this problem would be ongoing, and that we could expect to replace the transmission every three years.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #66

Jul 062012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
My wife was driving our 2001 Honda Odyssey 2 hours from home on 07/06/2012 at 9pm at approximately 55 mph when the transmission (torque converter) stopped working and forced my wife to barely get off a major highway without avoiding an accident. She was forced to call 911 and request SC highway patrol to assist her in getting her van off the road safely. This is our 3rd, yes 3rd transmission that has failed. Honda knows they have an unsafe and known defect and continue to do nothing to help remedy the problem. The NHTSA needs to hold Honda accountable for this safety hazard.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #65

Jul 062012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 94,483 miles
Transmission started slipping. Should last longer than 15236 miles. No warranty.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #64

Jun 092012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 160,456 miles
While driving down a main street at approximately 45 mph, the engine revved up and the car felt like it had stalled, but with the engine running... I was able to continue for a short distance at increasingly slower speeds. Once at the traffic light, I cut the car off and back on, it helped me to move forward up to about 30 mph for about 2 minutes, turned on and off at every chance until I was able to make it back into my neighborhood, than I tried to cut off and see if reverse would work and it did nothing, I cut off one last time and back on and was able to finally pull the car into the driveway.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #63

May 252012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


My 20 year old son was driving home alone when suddenly engine was revving but car would not shift. Since then we cannot take car over 30mph and as soon as it has been driving for more than a few minutes the transmission seems to overheat. The check engine and traction control lights come on and the gear indicator D4 starts flashing red. Although Honda put an extended warranty on the transmission for 7 yrs or 100,000 miles when I called them I was told too bad, the car is too old.

- River Vale, NJ, USA

problem #62

May 252012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
Transmission blew without warning on remote stretch of Arizona highway where there isn't even cell phone coverage. This is the second transmission this car has had. It is a minivan and does not tow or even have a tow hitch. A transmission should last longer than this, either one of them, and not leave me and my family stranded this way. We do all the regular transmission maintenance. Even Honda admits it's just a problem for this part, but they don't care to do anything about it.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #61

May 182012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 152,100 miles
We were going from nyc to nc and the engine started racing but the vehicle was not going anywhere... we started seeing smoke in the rear view and started smelling transmission fluid... we pulled off and was able to continue going to the destination but could go no further after that.. we had to get a rental back home and the car is still in nc... and this is the rebuilt transmission that the dealer install after the recall....

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #60

May 262012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
While driving on the belt parkway in brooklyn, New York, suddenly the car started to be less responsive and became very slow. A minute later, I got check engine light on. I got off the nearest exit after being very nervous and scared by the slow speed of the car. I stopped by the nearest service station. I did computer diagnosis and turned to be transmission problem (codes: P0730, P0740). Now my car is at the shop for the second day getting the transmission rebuilt.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #59

Sep 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
At around 120K our Odyssey would occasionally have a "funny" shift where it clunked a bit. This happened only occasionally. The symptoms would mysteriously go away when the car was at the dealer or in the shop. With 149K, while driving at 65mph the transmission abruptly downshifted into second gear causing the speed to be quickly reduced without the breaks being applied, creating an unsafe and inoperable vehicle. The biggest problem is that it happens without warning. You are driving normally, then out of nowhere your car's transmission downshifts to a low gear.

- Aptos, CA, USA

problem #58

Apr 022012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 166,401 miles
The Honda Odyssey & Prelude transmissions have experienced many early (and late) failures due to higher than normal problems due to defects in material or workmanship. (higher than normal defects due to workmanship in material... are exactly the words used in the warranty extension noticed I received a few years ago. The warranty was extended to 7 years or 100,000 miles however many customers like me are conservative drivers, not pushing their vehicles to extremes, so failures often occur after the extended warranty. I called Honda to ask for assistance (discount or whatever) however they have declined. Case numbers [xxx] & [xxx]. I would like to file a complaint and ask for assistance getting Honda to own up to the issue beyond a simple warranty extension and assist with repair expenses at a Honda dealership. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Prior Lake, MN, USA

problem #57

May 202003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,531 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey automatic transmission failure on 3 separate occasions as follows: First transmission failure on 20 May 2003 at 37,531 miles. Second transmission failure on 14 May 2007 at 119,849 miles. Third transmission failure on 23 April 2012 at 193,820 miles. These failures are due to a defect in the material or workmanship of the transmission for this vehicle as acknowledged by the american Honda motor company in their letter titled "automatic transmission N warranty extension" in the winter of 2002. The transmission was replaced with Honda financial assistance for the first and second transmission failures; however Honda will no longer provide assistance in the case of the third transmission failure. The failure of this transmission on the open road will cause the vehicle to come to a stop. The latter condition is hazardous on roads with heavy traffic and high road speeds. Your assistance is requested to encourage Honda to fix this defective transmission.

- Virginia Beac, VA, USA

problem #56

Mar 032012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 144,616 miles
Error code po74Q transmission stopped working while driving on highway transmission fluid sprayed all over engine, lots of smoke but no fire.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #55

Mar 222010


  • 118,000 miles
My husband and I bought a used 2001 Odyssey with 104,000 miles. Within a month the transmission began to slip. We looked on line and saw that the transmission for this year was on recall. We took it to the dealership who informed us that we had exceeded the recall limit by 3000 miles (we were then at 118,000). We could have a rebuilt transmission installed for $4000. We told them that was insane considering it was only a 3000 mile discrepancy for the recall.....they shrugged. We took it to aamco, who rebuilt it for $2600, a substantial savings. However, here we are, two years later and it goes again....suddenly! I was driving in tampa rush hour traffic with my two children in the car, when my tcs light comes on, and my D4 starts flashing. I felt the transmission drop when I pulled to a stop at the light. When I began to go again, it barely crawled, though registering 2500 RPM. I stopped at an auto parts store, whose computer read various codes: Driveshaft, O2 sensor, solenoid, and two others which he said were transmission related. So I begin to drive the car to aamco which is 1 mile away. I had to make a U-turn, and two lefts with the car barely moving with both of my children in the car. I get to aamco, and he tells me that I passed my warranty with him 7000 miles ago and I'm out of luck. So I dangerously chug this thing and my children home, hoping we make it. We did, but now what?

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #54

Dec 292011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 83,300 miles
I purchased our 2001 Odyssey van in November of 2000. I used the van only in the city with low mileage about 83,300 miles. Recently, I had my check engine light go on, and sometimes the tcs light to go on and D4 light flashing. I felt the van was slipping in/out of gear and not under control. I had my local mechanic checked the van and told me that is the problem with the transmissions and probably need a whole new transmission. After researching Honda complaints for 2001 Odyssey there is definitely a design problem with transmissions.

- North Potomac, MD, USA

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