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


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
4,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. design proper brake pads for this sized vehicle (1 reports)
2002 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 302003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles


I was replacing brake pads every 40,000 km ( 25,000 miles) driving 90% highway. In contrast, on my Tercel, the Original brake pads held for 10 years, (and everytime I was inspecting them, I was shaking my head in amazement ! I had to look for myself, because when the mechanic was telling me that my brakes were still 60 % good, I could not believe him). On the other hand my Odyssey was eating through the brake pads like they were made out of swiss cheese. I showed this problem to an AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEER.....yes the guy that DESIGNS cars for a living, and he found the problem: The calipers and brake pads came from smaller-sized models, and with that much more weight to stop, it was no wonder that this vehicle was wearing out the pads at a much quicker rate. The problem was DESIGN-RELATED, as Honda was saving money on inventory parts.Unfortunately the money they saved was at our expense. The Honda technician even tried to brainwash me that this situation was to be expected. Honda makes very very good smaller cars, but when they decided to go into bigger trucks or minivan segment, they messed up by trying to use parts from smaller models and saving inventory , rather than redesign. They must have made a killing selling these pads to gullible consumers. I hope for their sake, not mine that fixed their oversight in later versions. However, I have to give Honda credit for their power-train. The Honda power-train was bullet-proof and problem-free !

- , Binbrook, ON, Canada

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