Notes: The entire 2nd generation Odyssey (1999-2004) is just one giant transmission problem waiting to happen.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,810 miles

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #3

May 232006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,430 miles


Driving home in my 2002 Honda Odyssey on an 80 degree evening, I heard a popping sound near the radio console, small amount of smoke came out of the volume control knob, and strong odor of burnt wire or something. Took the van to the dealer and was told that radio (cd/tape/dvd combo) needs to be replaced and it would cost about $1000. I didn't even hit the 4th year anniversary of ownership of this van and the radio failed already. The dealer said that cause is usually due to coins being slipped-in into the cd/tape slots by kids. The dealer opened the radio console and confirmed that it was not coins, but some kind of short circuit inside the radio. Never had a problem with the radio/cd/tape/dvd unit until the incident date.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 132006


  • miles
I recently had a car dealer tell me that the reason my car's electrical system shut down and battery died was because coins were put into the cd player. Since I don't have young kids, it is hard for me to believe. In addition, the cd player has continued to work and has never had any trouble playing up to or after the incident. I have heard some similar stories and most of them surround Honda's and more specifically, Honda Odyssey, which is my model. Is this possible or is someone taking advantage of me?

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 062005

(reported on)


  • miles
2002 Honda Odyssey cd player, rear wiper motor, clock light and transmission stopped working few months after purchase. ** answer required***

- Aurora, IL, USA

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