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 7 of 7)

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problem #13

Jul 152009


  • 85,000 miles


The van at times seemed to be sluggish when changing gears. Also the engine check light came on and so I had it tested by auto zone and they indicated it was transmission failure. This occurred at about 85,000 miles. I had the readout checked again by a certified Honda mechanic and he said yes the transmission is failing. Early on I had been told about Honda Odyssey's and their transmission failures and so I changed the transmission fluid every 30,000 miles. I kept driving the van and at about 98,000 miles the engine light was coming on more often. This was in 2010 at the time the government program "cash for clunkers". so I thought I would cut my losses and get at least $4500 for the van which I did on a trade in for a civic. To my surprise the dealership put the van on the lot and sold it for about $6,500 maybe more. So now some poor buyer is going to have to put a replacement transmission which will cost 4,000 to 6,000. Just out of curiosity I looked at reports from 2001 through 2006 on mycarstats.com and have discovered that Honda still hasn't corrected their transmission problems.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #12

Jun 302009


  • 95,000 miles
Honda Odyssey with 4 failed transmissions in less than 95,000 miles. Honda paid for the first 2 replacements but required us to pay 50% of the cost of the 4th transmission despite the car's history. I have read that under the terms of the class-action settlement, Honda should have covered this up to 109,000 miles. Their customer service personnel are highly trained to avoid paying anything. They routinely won't return calls, are rude and obnoxious in the hopes that customers won't bother them. This is by design and Honda should be held accountable for this. They are not acting in accordance with the terms of the settlement.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 100,440 miles
We purchased the 2001 Honda Odyssey with 70,382 miles on the odometer in May 2007 from a dealer. All of the service has been performed at Honda dealers except for a couple of oil changes done at jiffy lube. It is difficult for us to accept that the transmission in the Honda Odyssey would fail after 4 years and 30,000 miles. The car is driven by two retired people that are in their early 70S. The Odyssey has never been used for towing, driven hard or at excessive high speed. It is mainly used to go to the grocery store, going out to eat or visit friends. We have never blown a transmission or engine in any of the other cars that we have owned during the past 50 years.

- Graham, WA, USA

problem #10

Oct 012009


  • 112,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the vehicle would not shift into park or reverse. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the transmission banner kit, filter, fluid, black pressure switch and the torque converter was reconditioned to no avail. The failure mileage was 112,000 and the current mileage was 136,000.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #9

May 172011


  • miles
On 6/30/08 I replaced the transmission in my 2001 Honda Odyssey, and today 5/17/11 I'm having the same problem again. The dealership advised me that since my first replacement was covered by my extended warranty, I have no kind of manufacturer warranty on the defective transmission. They advised me that if I would have paid for the first one and not claimed it under my warranty I would still be covered by the manufacturer. They gave me a faulty transmission and now want nothing to do with the situation. They knew about the issues with the Odyssey transmission and failed to tell me that they were putting another crappy transmission in my vehicle. This should be unlawful.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #8

May 082011


  • 85,000 miles
I purchased the Odyssey new and am still the owner. The transmission started to fail under normal use in the range of 60,000 miles and failed completely at 85,000. This was very common and problem that resulted in a lawsuit and free replacement by Honda of defective transmissions. However, I am told that my vehicle is too old, regardless of the mileage for Honda to offer any help with the cost of the repairs. My complaint is that it is well established that the transmission in these early Odyssey was mechanically defective and it should be replaced by Honda, at least a substantial portion of the cost of repairs should be shared by Honda.

- New Berlin, Wi, NE, USA

problem #7

Nov 132010


  • 107,000 miles


My first transmission failed just at 40K miles. The service engine light came one. Was in the hov lane. Managed to get off the nearby exit ramp and called the Honda dealer. I was able to drive it back home. The dealer said it was under warranty and replaced it. Once again at 107K miles the service engine light came on. I had just got the service done and a transmission fluid replaced. It happened within 2 weeks of this service. Stalled in the center lane in front of the kids school during peak drop off time. Had to call aaa to get it towed to the dealer. It would not move in any gear except reverse. The dealer said it was a transmission failure. Also had a oxygen sensor recalled on this one. Thank god it was me who was dropping off and was about to leave for office. I get scared even to think if my wife and kids were alone in this one. American Honda was the worst. They would not listen. They say we cant do anything. They keep repeating it like a broken record. Reading of a script. I have purchased a Honda twice. The first time and the last time. Stay away from it.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #6

Nov 252010


  • 140,000 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey. 2 bad transmission, this time the transmission started slipping from Chicago to cleveland over thanksgiving holidays. Took it to Honda and confirmed the 2nd transmission is bad as well with 70K miles on it. They want $5400 to change tranny, yet its their problem. They never fixed the problem originally just replaced a bad tranny with the same bad tranny hoping the car would be scrapped before it falls apart. Honda dealerships extremely rude and want nothing to do with it. We were stuck on the toll road until my 64 year old cancer patient father came to get the wife and grandkids off the side of the road. If my wife was driving she would of freaked out driving and who knows what she would of done. Anyways completely unacceptable by Honda.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 052010


  • 53,000 miles
I own a 2001 Honda Odyssey VIN [xxx]. it has 53,000 miles. Recently, on June 5th, 2010, I have found out that the vehicle is having some transmission issues. As is evident, I have driven only 53,000 miles in the past 9 years, which is much below the average of 12,000 miles driven per year. This car was driven primarily for doing groceries and dropping off and picking up my kids from school. This is our family car; we drive it with utmost care and get it serviced regularly per the requirements. I have called american Honda motor co., ltd. 1-800-999-1009 and spoke with the manager Mr. Darrell harville. He mentioned that is a known defect and Honda had issued a recall for this year and model of Honda. Honda also issued an extended warranty for the period of 7 years and 9 month or 109,000 whichever comes first. I checked on Honda's website and found that my VIN# is in the recall list. I validated my VIN# [xxx] on www.hondatransmissionsettlement.com/php/login.php website and got the following message: "this vehicle is covered under the settlement. To find out more about the settlement, please read the notice of proposed settlement of class action." However, I have not received any letters or emails regarding this defect and recall. Since my car is 9 years old I am late and would have to fix transmission at my own expense. I have inquired with a few Honda dealers and was told that, it would cost me more than $4000 to fix this defect (to fix transmission with factory rebuilt one). The $4000 cost to fix the transmission is almost half the current price of my car based on current estimates. I am requesting Honda motor co. To bear the cost of this defect, as this is clearly a factory build/ design issue which can be classified as a pre-existing condition. Honda motor co. Needs to take ownership of this issue, as I paid full price for a brand new car with transmission defects. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 252009


  • miles
Was driving a 2001 Odyssey van on 11/24/2000 and at 8:00 pm on 321 North to blowing rock, North Carolina and the transmission failed completely. We were barely able to get the van off the road and were fortunate it occurred where it did because part of that highway has no easy pull-off area. Original transmission had been replaced under extended warranty by Honda in late 2006.....this transmission that failed was only about 3 years old, had about 60,000 miles on it, and was serviced according to Honda guidelines. Honda refused to take any responsibility.....I believe the evidence is clear that Honda has had transmission defect issues with this vehicle and there is a major safety issue. We have filed an official complaint with better business and with american Honda....case number for Honda is NO12009-11-3--1138.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

Oct 102009


  • 141,000 miles


We own a 2001 Honda Odyssey. We bought it because we wanted a safe vehicle for driving. In 2006, we drove our van from Massachusetts to Florida. We took route 81. While driving we began to experience an odd pulling when putting pressing the gas. Eventually, the car would barely move. We were being watched by an angel. We were fortunately able to get off the main highway and find a place to look at the car. We were told that the transmission was in need of repair. We were within a few miles of a Honda dealer in staunton, va. Honda gave us a rental car and we proceeded on our trip to Florida, while the car was being repaired. I felt safe. I felt that the issue was taken care of and that the Honda would be okay. Our van is now at 140,000 miles. We have been planning to drive the car another 30,000 miles and then entertain that idea of another van. Today I took my children on a family outing. We were enjoying the fall colors on a 2 lane mountain road. Our car began to pull a bit and the next thing I know the car is beginning to not move. By the grace of god, I was able to get the car around the bend of a winding road, but I had to leave it on the highway. I put on the flashers, got my kids out of the car as quick as I could and then quickly crossed the road with them and went to the scenic lookout that was a bit off of this 2 lane road. I did not want to be near my van that completely died on a 2 loan winding mountain road!!!!!!!! thank god I did not have any cars behind me at the time!!!!!!!!!!! I called the police for help. They sent a tow truck right away and then the car was towed to a Honda dealer. I do not feel safe in there vehicle. I do not know what to do. I had planned to drive this for at least another year. I am going to look into possibly going against Honda legally. I am very upset about this. We could have been involved in a very serious and deadly accident. Also, there was no warning light or sound to warn of this problem.

- Wilbraham, MA, USA

problem #2

Dec 202008


  • 114,000 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey with severe transmission problems. Had a new transmission put in at 56,000 miles and now at 114,000 it needs another new transmission. We got stuck 1 1/2 hours from home as the car suddenly would not run - noo warning at all. We keep up with all maintenance. We are in the process of waiting for american Honda to call us to see how we can help. Because of their winter holiday, we have now had to wait 17 days without the car.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 152008


  • 78,000 miles
The transmission will not shift out of park and the brake lights don't work from what I believe to be a faulty switch. I have to pump the brakes at least 5-10 times before I can shift out of park, and the brake lights don't always come on when driving a braking. I did a little research online and have found many people with similar problems with their Honda Odyssey vans and Honda Accord of approximately the same year.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

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