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


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
140,885 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replace transmission (3 reports)
  3. replace the power steering switch (1 reports)
2002 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 292017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 184,000 miles


I bought this van used about 6 months ago, and today the transmission made clunky noises and the D light was blinking and I had to put it in first gear to get in my driveway. I have a friend in the junk yard business that warned me about Odyssey transmissions. SO PISSED. I need this to carry my grandkids around. :(

- , Lynnwood, WA, US

problem #9

Oct 232016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 260,000 miles

very disappointed to learn theres been recall but not made aware. advised about airbag but not transmission.

- , Dayton, OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 162015

Odyssey ES 3.6lV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,500 miles

I own a 2002 Hong Odyssey and had 95000 miles, Today, the D-light started to flash when driving for a few minutes. Is it still safe to drive the vehicle when the D light is flashing? How urgent that the problem has to be fixed? Could the flashing of D light is the problem of the electric wiring, a loosing light bulb, or it is surely a problem of the transmission or power steering? I appreciate advice from other who had the experience or professional expert.



- , Raleigh, USA

problem #7

Oct 202013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 210,354 miles


I have three kids and a set of 6 month old twins. I would hate to have to keep money into a vehicle thats a pain in the ass. The blinking D and the crazy noises in my 2002 Honda Odyssey started about a month ago. I thought is this bad karma or is this just a normal due to happen problem with Honda. Needless to say yes it is a honda problem as soon as I google it there were complaints all over the internet and I cant believe this is not yet a recall I have yet to take it to get fixed being that I just got layed off and Im now unemployed with 5 kids I dont know what to do... But know this HONDA you need to do something about this issue too many people are having the same problem... O_o Has a light bulb clicked on yet!!!

- , Newport News, VA, USA

problem #6

May 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

The transmission on 2002 Odysseys (and based on my research many other years) must have a faulty design. The transmissions fail prematurely, even when treated lightly (no towing, no hills, no revving, no pedal to the metal, etc). The repair cost is quite high. And worse yet, the next transmission can fail too. I am not alone in having this problem. There are thousands of complaints about this issue everywhere you turn on the internet. Honda refuses to do anything about this issue. (but they'll gladly take FIVE THOUSAND dollars from you to "fix" it). Another family member of mine has the same vehicle as I do and he likewise suffers from the same exact problem. Very very disappointed in Honda.

- , Fairview Heights, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 012011

Odyssey LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 185,000 miles

PLEASE READ BEFORE NEW TRANNY! GET AN HONEST MECHANIC! D LIGHT BLINKING - ENGINE LIGHT ON - Aamco told me I needed new transmission at $2,500. I wanted another opinion so I took my 2002 Honda Odyssey to an honest mechanic who fixes my cars regularly. He said it was probably the POWER STEERING SWITCH that makes the D light blink and shorts out the engine light so it stays on. He was right! $211.00 later, all fixed and NO NEW TRANSMISSION! I know if I took it the dealer, they would say new tranny too. All you Honda owners out there, I think we are being scammed. All the complaints about the Honda transmissions are fueling folks to rip us off! They say things like, well if you look up the problems with these cars, you'll see that they were all made wrong, etc. The more transmissions that are replaced, the angrier the complaints, the more they say it's your transmission. Make sure you verify the diagnostic code and verify it before you have any work done.

- , South Salem, NY, US

problem #4

Nov 112011

Odyssey LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


This vehicle had a recall for the transmission in 2004 which we participated in. Now the tranny goes anyway. This is the second Honda transmission to fail in my household in ONE MONTH!

- , Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #3

Sep 302010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Van will not shift beyond Drive to low 3,2, or 1. Fist indication of problem was when I shifted into D the light behind it on the Gear Indicator did not light up

- , Spring Branch, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 222010

Odyssey EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

At 54,000 miles I needed a new transmission which Honda paid for. Last week the D started blinking. I took it into Honda for diagnosis and they said I needed a new transmission and it would cost me $3800. I let them know that I only had 40,000 on this transmission and they needed to go to bat for me to their Honda representative. After much (and I stress much) negotiations and several phone calls Honda paid for parts and $300 of the labor and the dealership paid for the remainder of the labor.

I hope this encourages you all to keep asking for Hondas goodwill. I even asked the manager at the service department to have the representative for Honda call me. I was pleasantly surprised that he called me back and without me asking offered to pay what I was going to pay to the dealer for the labor. I believe that with enough perserverence, Honda will do what they need to do to keep you as a customer. In the end, I am very pleased that Honda did the right thing!

- , Portland, OR, US

problem #1

Oct 142008

Odyssey EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I really need help! This is the THIRD time I'm taking our Odyssey in for, I'm guessing, another "Transmission Flush." The dealership insists that the Transmission itself is fine. I just don't understand how this could be happening every 2-3 months! I have a home daycare and transport children to and from Preschool. After reading some of the complaints about the 2002 Odyssey, I'm getting very scared! I'm taking it to the dealership this Saturday, October 18, 2008. Can anyone recommend what I can tell the dealership? I feel like because I'm a woman that they are taking advantage of me. I'm not stupid by far! I do have a husband but he pretty much goes with what he's told. Love him very much but come on!!! If they give me the same BS this time around then I'm going to take it to my brother's best friend who owns his own shop! No he can't work on it because he's not a "Honda Dealership." At least I'll have a professionals opinion to throw back at them. The first 2 times they fixed it for free. I'm not sure about this time though.

- , Malta, IL, USA

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