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


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
111,667 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. need new tranny (3 reports)
2002 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 102011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles


Dealer said the recall on the transmission was fixed on our car before we bought it. Transmission started slipping around 106,000 miles. Had to have rebuilt. I bought an extended warranty so it covered $2000, we paid $800 out of pocket. Now it's been a little over three years since then and about 30,000 miles now my D drive light started blinking again today signaling another transmission problem

- , Stoneville, NC, USA

problem #8

Aug 222011

Odyssey EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles

wont say anything just need a fully operational car

- , Spanish Town, St.Catherine, Jamaica

problem #7

Jul 082011

Odyssey EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I did not expect this to happen at only 85,000 miles. I had the car serviced before our vacation. The Honda dealer first fixed our air bag problem, and we also had to repair our back lift door. Then they did an inspection, and found out our engine mounts needed to be replaced, and then they also replaced our timing belt. They never said anything about our transmission during their inspection. I also replaced 2 new tires and back breaks at a different auto shop. So, 2.500.00 dollars later, we were ready for our vacation. We were driving up the grapevine on I-5, and as we came down towards Bakersfield, my RPM's started revving up to 4-6 while I was only going 60mph. I pulled over, let the engine cool, and then got back on the freeway. A few miles later, it started to do it again. And this time, I could smell smoke. We were grateful to be near a Honda dealer, so I drove it over to them, and 4 hours later, they said our transmission FAILED. The total cost on this repair, 4,100.00. So here we are almost 7,000.00 into this vehicle and only 85,000 miles. This should not have happened. I went online after our vacation, and found out all these owners with other 02 Odysseys where having problems with there transmissions as well. And I never received a recall notice about the problem from Honda. How do I get compensated for this. This should not happen to Honda's

- , Temecula, CA, US

problem #6

Jan 082011

Odyssey EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 183,000 miles


The car suddenly accelerated after turning into a driveway. The brakes were not slowing the car down. The transmission was shifted into park to try to stop. The car was stopped after slamming into a garage. It was a very scary experience. At this point we're contacting expert mechanics to investigate the issue. We do not have any information yet, but we're not moving the car until an investigation is done.

- , Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #5

Aug 142010

(reported on)

Odyssey LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

Car intermittently goes into sudden acceleration after driving for about 40 mins after it is hot. It also seems to happen when the outside temperature is hot. When this happens the engine revs up very high and the rpms go wild --but, worst of all I cannot stop the car and I am very afraid of rear-ending another car, or hitting a pedestrian. This happened a year ago and they did fix it; however, but since I put in a new transmission 10 months it has started up again. However, Honda can not find out what the problem is. I am wondering if it is the transmission???

- , Parker, CO, USA

problem #4

Aug 072010

Odyssey LX 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

I drove on a 40mph street. Prepared to stop on a red light. I released my foot from the accelerating pedal and stepped on the brake pedal. After that, about 5 seconds, the car suddenly accelerated by itself about 1.5 second. Fortunately, I still stepped on the brake very hard. The car moved forward about 2 feet. Luckily, I almost hit a car in front of me. I called a local honda dealer asking a service man to see if he know any recall on this car. He said "none".

I don't know what to do. I want to let HONDA company know about this deadly problem. Hopefully, AutoBeef could pass this message to the HONDA compay.



- , Layton, UT, USA

problem #3

Nov 232008

Odyssey EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles


It would be nice if our problems get fix just from good old 'gripe'e, 'rant'is, and 'yell' this point I just want to simply PRAY to get my van fix with minimum or no cost at all if that even possible. Any help from any sources is a blessing in my book.

- , Naperville, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 012008

Odyssey EX-L 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

I work at Honda, and own this 2002 Honda odyssey, found out the tranny will pack out anytime from now, i took it to Honda service center for diagnosis they want $2400 to rebuild being a staff. poor Honda you disappointed me DO SOMETHING

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 102008

Odyssey EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles

this as happened once before and the cost was over $1300 to repair the damage done. I reported the problem to the dealer and he reported that they found no problems. It happened while my wife was stopped at an inclined driveway and while she had her foot on the brakes the van accelerated and caused damage to garage door and auto in the garage. The first instance also was similar, she backed out of the driveway and the car accelerated, she stopped it by putting on the brakes. In putting it into reverse it also accelerated and caused significant damage. It was reported to the dealer but they stated they found no defect. The police report shows skid marks on the street to show the brakes were on at the time.

- , Hercules, CA, US

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