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


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,056 miles

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Jan 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 173,000 miles


Vehicle lost power...would not shift into higher gear. Vehicle continues to have problems. I have been told needs new transmission. Have read many posts regarding issues with Honda Odyssey having transmission problems.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 142013


  • miles
Driving home at about 20-25 mph. Came to stop sign then as I stepped on gas to go found the gas pedal very hard to press on van felt heavy. Tcs light came on and check engine light. The van would not speed up more than 10 mph!!!!!!

- Watsonville, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 132010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
At right around 80K miles the van started severely slipping between 2nd and 3rd gear. Took it to dealership and they told me I needed a whole new transmission for $5K. Do not have money for new transmission. Stuck to driving it below 35mph for the last two years, that leaves me in a 6 mile radius. Can not even drive it to the dealership. I and the original owner. This car was babied and always serviced at Honda. Feel this is a known issue by Honda and they are refusing to acknowledge a faulty transmission in these vehicles.

- Sedona, AZ, USA

problem #2

Sep 282012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,493 miles
Automatic transmission on my 2002 Honda Odyssey failed at 111000 miles (specific failure is the torque converter). Symptom was gear slippage. I contacted Honda requesting a "good faith" repair since this is clearly a problem with their transmissions and Honda declined. Hundreds of Honda Odyssey owners, model years 1998-2004, report the same transmission failure. I'm requesting this issue be investigated by NHTSA to encourage Honda to take remedial action on behalf of Odyssey owners affected.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 112006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Two transmissions replaced at the dealership, so far, on my Honda Odyssey mini van, one at 60,000, the other at 162,000. The most recent failed transmission (6/16/2012) happened while traveling 60mph on a freeway, it felt like it slipped into neutral because I had no ability to accelerate! it was terrifying! I felt it miraculous that I could 'coast' off the road without being hit.

- Carmichael, CA, USA

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