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


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,093 miles

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 272010


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2002 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states since the purchase of the vehicle they have had three motor mounts replaced

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 032010


  • 87,000 miles
Driving on a residential street at approximately 25 mph, the engine suddenly stalled with no warning. After bringing the car to a stop, I was able to restart it. The idle speed is normal (~900 RPM). The engine and rest of drivetrain have been fairly trouble free. The only possibly related thing is that the car sometimes hesitates under normal acceleration around 30mph. I am taking the car to the shop tonight.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #9

Jun 172007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving 40 mph the vehicle would jerk. The dealer replaced two broken motor mounts. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #8

Nov 052006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,300 miles


- on Nov 5th, 2006 the contact's vehicle was involved in a crash. The driver was pulling to a parking space at 1- 2 mph had foot on the brakes but the engine started racing very fast and continued to move forward, striking a guard rail. The driver was wearing a seat belt. The air bags did not deploy. The weather conditions were dry. The driver was injured and hospitalized for six days. A police report was taken. The contact was able to drive the vehicle away. The bumper fell off, and the radiator had to be replaced. The dealer could not find any other problems. The contact had the body damage repaired, upon completion, as the technician drove the vehicle, the same failure happened. After further testing, the dealer diagnosed the problem as the idle air control valve needed to be replaced.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jan 012005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
My 2002 Honda Odyssey's engine has shut off many times while I am driving. Most often at the same spot after making a left turn, heading downhill with power lines going across the street from the above. There is no warning of the engine just shutting down. It restarts as soon as I pull over and start the engine again. It started after the transmission died on me, and the dealer replaced it. Took the car to the dealer and they say everything is ok.

- Bonita, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 062005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
I bought a 2002 Honda Odyssey from small dealer. Come to find out that the engine oil is leaking. It had 52000 miles on it. Dealer says it is out of warranty due to mileage. I believe that Honda should fix that problem for me as it is not due to wear and tear of the vehicle. I believe the seal is defective and should be replaced free of charge. The dealer is asking $600 to fix the problem. The vehicle also lunges forward when decelerating and coming to a graded stop.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 022004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles


Problems with vehicle stalling. The consumer complained last year about this problem (ODI#10043353). While driving at a low speed the vehicle would stall and all the dash lights would illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they could not duplicate the problem.

- Douglaston, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 202004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The engine has leaked oil on three different occasions. Requiring me to take the van in for service each time. The first time oil was getting on the engine while driving and we could smell hot oil. The second and third times it was leaking from the bottom of engine.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 022003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,724 miles
I was picking up the vehicle after the local dealer completed the recall to replace the timing belt tensioner. I accelerated to merge with traffic and the check engine light and tcs light came on. I immediately returned to the dealer to have the car checked out. The next day the service advisor called to tell me the reason the lights came on was because of high oil pressure. They said the oil filter may be clogged and they recommended that I have the engine oil and filter changed, which I did, but I am not convinced that is the cause of the problem. I change the oil and filter regularly when the indicator flashes on the dash board. The light came on when the engine RPM was about 4500 to 5000.

- Alamogordo, NM, USA

problem #2

Sep 182002


  • miles
This vehicle has the same timing gear and chain defect as mentioned in recall 02 V 226 000. However, this vehicle not included in recall due to VIN. Dealer replaced part.

- Louisville, MS, USA

problem #1

May 272002


  • miles
Consumer states that while returning from a long trip using cruise control, consumer heard a loud noise under vehicle, vehicle started to slow down indicater lamps came on dash indicating a problem. Consumer pulled over engine died and would not start. Took to dealer and they stated the timing belt was broken. Next day dealer stated the bolt that holds timing belt broke.

- Olando, FL, USA

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