really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
126,701 miles
Total Complaints:
52 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (35 reports)
  2. not sure (12 reports)
  3. repair transmission, replace torque converter (5 reports)
2001 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

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2001 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #32

Apr 022013

Odyssey EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,001 miles


In 2001 when I bought my Odyssey. It was right off the truck with only 6 miles on it. Previously, I had had a Ford Taurus and after 2 factory installed engines (under warrenty) with only 69,000 miles on the car, I vowed never to purchase a ford again and went with a brand spanking new Honda Odysee right off of the truck. As a single mother, I knew absolutely nothing about cars and had heard nothing but excellent things about Honda and Toyota . I could have bought a used car a few years old but I didn't want to inherit some one else's headaches so I decided to buy and pay cash for the Honda Odysee ($ Over 28,000). In the beginning everything was great but after 3 months I was having problems with the automatic passenger door opening while driving. Took the care back 3 times and on the 3rd time I was given a brand new van but also had to pay $1,200 so I bit the bullet and paid it. After that, no problems. I only drove my van to and from work and an occassional road trips to Indiana. After 12 years and a little over 106,000 miles the transmission was dying. On April 2, 2013, while taking my son to an orthodistist appointment, my engine light and Traction Control light came. I tried turning off the TC light but I could'nt. While still on the road, I called my husband and told him what was going on. He told me to take it to the dealer when I got off work. I argued a little saying that the dealer was going to charge me an arm and a leg for a diagnostic test and told him I would rather take it to Firestone but he was insistant that I take it to the Zimbrick Honda-West where I'd initially bought the car 12 years ago after work, so I did. They charged me $90 to tell me that I had about 2 weeks on the transmission before it would completely died. I was floored. How could that be? I'd done all the right things. I'd just put in a new battery the week before and two weeks prior to that I'd gotten the oil changed and purchased 4 new Firestone tires for a cost of over $500.00. Not wanting to spend that kind of money, my husband and I decided to trade in the Odysee and buy me a brand new car. Zimbrick only wanted to give me $500.00, which in our opinion was worth more than that. We plan on fixing the transmission and giving it to our daughter. However, I ended up buying another Honda (2013 CR-V EX) I picked the car up yesterday and this morning, after talking to a co-worker she asked me if I'd had my transmission replaced by Honda, free of charge, due to a recall on the transmission. That was the first and only time I've heard about a recall onthe honda transmission. Had I known this I never would have purchased another Honda. I've had this new car for less than 24 hours and I am not a happy camper. I called Zimbrick about the recall and I'm still waiting to hear from them.....Its been 2 hours and counting and I still havent heard from Zimbrick! I'm PO'd, to say the least!!!!

- , Madison, WI, USA

problem #31

Oct 282012

Odyssey EX 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles

We suffered transmission failure in the middle of Kansas on way back to Oklahoma. The van wouldn't move at all.

- , Lawton, OK, USA

problem #30

Feb 012013

Odyssey LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

This is my SECOND bad transmission from Honda. First transmission went at 70,000 miles and the replacement transmission had only 50,000 miles on it.

This car has always been a money pit, in one year I put close to $6,000 in repairs (only 70,000 and that didn't include the transmission, they only covered 90%)

NEVER again with HONDA

- , Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #29

Nov 202012

Odyssey LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,893 miles


We bought our Honda Odyssey used in August 2009. Everything was great until December 2009 and the transmission went out. We were past the extended warranty (although within the 109K miles) and so we had to fork out $3500 to fix the transmission. Honda would not help cover any cost.

Now under 3 years later, Nov 20, 2012, the transmission went out again. We couldn't believe it. This time we were within the 3 year warranty but over the 36K mile warranty by less than 4K miles. I called Honda mad as can be and they were terrible. They wouldn't do anything. After explaining how disappointed I was and that I thought Honda should back their product better the customer service rep actually said to me " and what would you like us to do about it" Of course I said, fix my transmission and he casually said. That won't happen.

I've tried to call back but I just get the run around about how the case manager is going to call me. But doesn't. Honda sucks. This is the worst car we've ever purchased. Oh, the new transmission cost? $5500. My 2001 isn't even worth $5500 when it's perfectly running.

- , Natick, MA, USA

problem #28

Nov 162012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

Bought this 2001 Honda Odyssey as a Certified Honda through Vann York Honda in High Point. No problems with the vehicle through the 100,000 mile warranty. Around 125,000 miles, we had to have the transmission replaced. I wasn't happy but I didn't want to buy a new car either so I had it replaced. I thought that would take care of us for a while. 50,000 miles later, the transmission has gone out again. We're outside of the 36,000 mile warranty so Honda is not going to do anything about it. When you look online you see that the 2001 Honda Odyssey transmission issue was awful and they won't help me out. I have had other vehicles and none of them needed a transmission after 50,000 miles. If you are in the market for a used Honda Odyssey, even though I know it's a very old van, STAY AWAY FROM HONDA ODYSSEY. I can't speak for future years, but I know I'm not going to give them my business ever again.

- , Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #27

Aug 102011

Odyssey ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

After replacing transmission at 96,00 right after I bought (under warranty). then 30,00miles later i had to replace it again at amco 4000. then at 160,000 it needed a new transmission at another 4000. Every 30000 i needed to put in a new transmission,This Odyssey has been a nightmare. all kinds of problems. My first used car . NIGHTMARE!! Everyone in accords work great , My husbands honda accord went to 250,000 miles to with no major repairs >until the body parts starting flying off while driving. I do not buy Odyssey's from 1999-2008.

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #26

Jun 152012

Odyssey LX 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,423 miles


Transmission was "replaced" by a Honda dealership under transmission recall a few years ago. Still had to pay 30% of the cost. Transmission was NOT replaced instead they gave me the run around and just changed the trans fluid. This was all done at roughly 60,000 miles. Car hit 86,000 miles and the transmission gave up. Now I don't know what to do with this. Of course Honda is trying to deny everything and leaving the customer in the dark. After owning numerous numbers of Hondas over the past 30 years, I sad to say this will be my last.

- , Richmond Hill, NY, USA

problem #25

May 192012

Odyssey 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I was lucky I thought to get a transmission replaced before 100K, or so I thought... heading from NYC to Greensboro NC.. I was lucky to make it to my friends driveway... the car smoked and looked like it leaked transmission fluid.. I replaced and drove... then, I was lucky to make it to the top of the hill and coast down to their driveway... I now have to rent a car to NYC... honda sucks... I always treasure a car with a good engine and tranny.. to me nothing else matters unless it can drive... there goes my tranny and there I go to MCU to get a loan for a nissan maxima..

- , Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #24

Jan 022012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,084 miles

2001 Honda Odyssey transmission failed March 19, 2007 at 80,726 miles for the first time. Replaced by Honda under class-action lawsuit warranty. The replacement unit failed at 137,084 miles on January 02, 2012. Thus the warranty replacement unit lasted only 56,358 miles which is substantially less than the original unit.

Called Honda January 05, 2012 and asked if they could pay for the transmission and I’d pay for the labor and shop supplies. Honda rejected the request and said they were unable to assist.

I’m sure it was never the intention of the Court in finalizing the class action law suit that failure of the replacement units would follow in such short order. It’s unreasonable to expect that a warranty replacement unit should last less that the 109,000 miles the Court agreed to.

Refer to New York Times on-line report dated 01/08/2011 - http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/08/honda-transmission-problems-seem-to-persist/

Honda Customer Care Reference Number 012-012-0500412.

- , Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #23

Sep 052011

Odyssey ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 204,000 miles

We bought the van and 184 miles later the tranny went out. Thats correct, 184 miles. Because we hadn't bought the expensive extended warrenty they didn't want to fix the problem. After threatening them with the BBB they finally relented and fixed the tranny. Little did we know what we were in for.

My wife and 4 of my kids were traveling thru Ohio at 4 am when the TCS light comes on ant the tranny dies AGAIN with less than 35,000 miles on the now 2nd one. Luckily I was able to fax a copy of the work order to the shop and they replaced it. Of course Honda replaced it with another JUNK tranny because, oops!!! it died again 2 nites ago at midnight in Wisconsin about 50 miles from my home.

So the 3rd transmission in less than 95,000 miles.

Honda in their words has told us that all warrenties have expired and that they aren't going to help in any way. We are a family that has mostly only driven Hondas. NEVER AGAIN!!!!! What a scam this company has pulled over on the American public. Frankly I'm at a loss as to what to do. Any ideas???? HELP!!!!

- , Hilbert, WI, USA

problem #22

Oct 032011

Odyssey EX V6 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles


2001--only 65000 miles. Driving down a city street early October when I notice the TCS light and D3 indicator light flashing and the check engine light on. Could no longer accelerate, van would move only very very slowly. Had it towed to local Honda dealer.

They diagnosed it as a tranny failure, replacement would cost $5300. Did the dance with service rep, etc. Got American Honda involved, had to ask, offered replacement for $4320. Told them no thanks, will never buy a Honda again (unless they own this) and will discourage anyone else from doing so. They were actually going to charge me $80 for giving me the diagnosis that I now owned an $8200 paper weight! When I objected, they relented. About the only good thing I can say about the service reps effort and keeping me as a happy Honda consumer.

Took it to an approved Jasper Transmission installer and had them put in the recommended Jasper replacement (why in the world would I want the same product from Honda again?) Total bill just under $4K. We obviously don't drive our van much, but so far it is running perfectly. Jasper comes with 3yr/100,000mi warranty. I just discovered tonight that there is now a class-action lawsuit filed. Unfortunately it seems to cover only 2005/06 model years. You can bet I will be contacting them to see if the suit can be expanded to additional years. There is also an Occupy Honda facebook page!

It is simply reprehensible that Honda is acting this way and they ought to be held accountable.

Anyone who has specific information regarding the recall issued for this vehicle, please post. Links/pdfs/court case number, etc, etc., it would be greatly appreciated.

- , Madison, WI, USA

problem #21

Dec 062011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles

Yet another 2001 Honda Odyssey with a failed transmission. My van was part of the Honda recall. They replaced the transmission in Sept. 2008 with 95,000 miles. Free of cost to me. December of 2011 with 142,000 miles my transmission failed AGAIN. Honda will DO NOTHING about it. I have had Honda's my whole life but I am now considering a Toyota or Nissan next. Very unhappy with Honda!!

- , Kent, OH, USA

problem #20

Oct 262011

Odyssey ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,000 miles

The check engine light in my Honda Odyssey came on in October 2011 at 143,000 miles, so I took the car to my local mechanic, who wasn't overly concerned .He told me that the check engine light sometimes comes on for minor issues. However, when I went to pick up my van later that day, he told me that I would probably need a whole new transmission! Took my Odyssey to Honda to confirm, expecting some type of a discount for a tranny but instead got an estimate of $5,700 dollars to replace the transmission. I am a single mother and I expected to be able to drive my van to at least 200,000 miles! I honestly don't know what I am going to do. Through my research I discovered that even replacement transmissions typically fail. The car is worthless as a trade-in, and I don't have much of a savings to purchase a used car. I feel absolutely ripped off and violated and I will never purchase a Honda vehicle again. Ever. Isn't there anything we abused Odyssey owners can do? How has Honda gotten away with this hideous practice for so many years and without any financial or legal consequences?

- , Washington, NJ, USA

problem #19

Apr 012008

Odyssey LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

It took me at least 6 months to get the Honda dealership in Massillon, Ohio to acknowledge the problem until it got really bad. All my service work for over a decade, along with purchasing 3 new vehicles had been from this dealership. They finally admitted that the transmission needed replaced at 85,000 on my 2001 Odyssey. The extended factory warranty was up to 100,000 miles. After the hassle, it was replaced, BUT less than 5,000 miles later it was going out again. So, at 91,000 miles they replaced it again. I kept it until it made it to 120,000 and then got rid of it after reading about other people's experiences that the replacement transmissions go bad again within 30,000 - 50,000 miles, almost guaranteed. I knew I didn't want to foot a $4,000 + bill to replace it. Had I not done all my service work at the dealership, I can almost assure you that they would have dragged their feet until I hit the 100,000 mark and then dropped it in my lap, but they stood by the warranty. After researching Honda complaints for Accords and Odysseys there is definitely a design problem with transmissions, something about how a screen inside cannot be removed so it collects pieces inside and eventually will trash the transmission. I loved the complete versatility of my Odyssey, and if it wasn't for the transmission problem, I had learned to live with the creaks and road noise. I even had sound dampening installed in the slider doors to dampen the road noise and cargo feel of the doors. I am very hesitant to even consider recommending an 1999 or newer Accord or Odyssey for purchase for myself or anyone else.

- , Massillon, OH, USA

problem #18

Jun 112011

Odyssey EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

Honda- you will never get my business again. This is my 4th tranny since I have owned this vehicle and I only have 136,000 on it. The first one blew at 55,000, the next at 131,000 and finally the last one at 136,000. What a friggin' joke. Although this last one will be replace for free because it only had 5,000 miles on it, we were on the way back from San Diego and were in the middle of nowhere when it happened. Although the tranny will be replaced for free, I had to cover the costs of the tow back to my home which is 300 miles away. Not worth the hassle, cannot trust this vehicle anymore. GOODBYE HONDA AND GOOD RIDDANCE.

- , Tucson, AZ, US

problem #17

Aug 012011

Odyssey LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

The transmission on this car went out at 96,000 miles due to a major design flaw. Honda replaced it at that time due to the class action lawsuit covering this design flaw. Apparently, they put a transmission back in the car that had the same design flaw because it just went out again due to the same issue after about 45,000 miles. Honda "Customer Service" is extremely unhelpful and says something to the effect that it was warrantied for 36,000 miles, the car went 9,000 further than that, we won't do any thing for you.

This is certainly not what we expected or had in mind when we decided to buy a car from Honda. This is behavior we would expect from Yugo or GM circa 1970s, not from a company like Honda. If you are looking into buying a Honda, beware and do some research. You'll find MANY complaints similar to ours.

- , Murphy, TX, USA

problem #16

Oct 052007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

The Honda recall only covered cars with less tha 100,000 miles. By doing so, this corporation has failed to take responsibility for this known defect and failure and has shown its lack of commitment to service excellence by declaring that at 100,000 miles they are no longer responsible!!! I have been told my various mechanics that the engine/transmission in the Odyssey is similar to the Accord which is a much lighter vehicle and is just unable to support such a heavy car. I have lost all faith in the Honda brand! The American public has been duped!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Olney, MD, USA

problem #15

Mar 122011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 184,000 miles


- , Olney, MD, USA

problem #14

Dec 272010

Odyssey EX 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,624 miles

I've owned 7 Hondas in my lifetime, this was a true disappointment. There should have been a recall, Honda should have paid for this one. I now question my loyalty to the brand.

- , Longmont, CO, USA

problem #13

May 032010

Odyssey EX 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles

I have owned 3 Honda Odysseys (99,00, and 01) and two of them have had transmission problems. I love these vans for, aside from the trannys, hardly anything else goes wrong. On my 2001, I decided a repair on my existing tranny may be more cost effective than a complete replacement. I was very wrong. Five or six trips back and forth to the shop replacing the torque converter and other parts, the guy finally hit the nail on the head by installing an external transmission cooler, of course for an additional $200.

- , Piscataway, NJ, USA

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