really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
113,142 miles

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2003 Honda Odyssey drivetrain problems

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2003 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 4 of 10)

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problem #131

Apr 172013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,766 miles


Was exiting toll gate on I-70 at Kansas City and transmission fluid came pouring out of the bottom of the tranny case. I had the transmission regularly serviced and approximately 2 months before this at service nothing unusual was detected. I had the car towed to topeka transmission service, Inc. The transmission was changed. In taking my Honda to the topeka Honda dealership for two other recalls, they told me that there was also a transmission recall, NHTSA-04V-176000. Because my transmission had already failed and been replaced they did nothing. I contacted Honda Motors America. They told me there was nothing they would do as I could not prove that what happened was a result of that recall. I told them they could not prove that is was not. I request your assistance in receiving compensation for this recall that I was never notified about and the subsequent transmission failure. The consumer stated she was never notified of the recall. Updated 02/06/14

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #130

Nov 082011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 69,133 miles
Driving downtown where I live, my transmission stopped working. I was able to get it into a low gear and move off to the side of the road.

- Inverness, FL, USA

problem #129

Dec 112013


  • 119,000 miles
Transmission failure on highway. Apparently this is a known transmission failure issue with 2nd gear. Honda indicates it was "fixed" by recall, which obviously is not the case. Honda will not fix as just out of warranty window.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #128

Nov 122013


  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the transmission failed without warning. The contact called the manufacturer regarding NHTSA campaign I.D. number 04V176000 (power train) and the manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to a dealer. The dealer stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The dealer could not state if the defect was related to the recall or not. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #127

Nov 262013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 163,000 miles
Transmission failure. Unsafe, specially on busy traffic.

- Fernandina Beach, FL, USA

problem #126

Nov 282013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
2003 Honda Odyssey transmission not working right with only 129,000 miles!!! downshifting unexpectedly.

- Woodbine, MD, USA

problem #125

Nov 132013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


Purchased a Honda Odyssey 2003 brand new in 2003. Have always maintained it per manual with the same mechanic/garage, etc. The car has 115,000 and transmission started slipping two days ago. Check engine light came on and tcs, and had to have towed to garage. Mechanic says new transmission. This car has always been properly maintained and no reason why this should have happened. Very upset that Honda has had a chronic problem with transmissions on these Odyssey since their inceptions, and have even gone as far as offering people percentage of costs. I want honday to pay for this repair!!!!

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #124

Aug 252009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 160,771 miles
Was driving home and started having shifting problems, took it in for service the transmission had to be replaced as well as the radiator. The radiator because I was told they would not warranty the transmission with out it. $ $4,371.08 I was never told about any issues from Honda and I never received any thing from Honda. On 8/27/10 one year later I had to replace the transmission cooler. Then on 9/17/10 they replaced the transmission again. Now the second transmission only has 34,000 miles on it and now they just replaced torque converter and it runs like a truck. The Honda dealer did all the major maintenance. We have owned four Honda's but never again. My son has a 2002 civic and it is on its second transmission. If a recall was on these Honda they never sent me anything and I purchased it new.

- Hazel, KY, USA

problem #123

Sep 182013


  • 105,000 miles
Looking into issues with Honda Odyssey transmissions, I believe Honda is negligent in offering any fair solution to a known problem. I think a class action lawsuit is in order. Reading hundreds of examples where transmission overheats after long trip due to restricted fluid flow. Honda is aware of the design issue and has done nothing to resolve. When you go to dealership they say it does not qualify for the recall and you need a new transmission. Going from 65mph to zero in the fast lane of a major highway with my entire family is extremely hazardess and potentially deadly. I thought Honda was supposed to be a quality product? the dealership was friendly but Honda's policy is awful case by case examination. Please someone start a class action, I had aamco rebuild mine damages are towing bills plus repairs call it $3000 in damages times the number of people who have had issues. This would be a huge opportunity any law office. I am in. When there are web sites dedicated to the issue and Honda continues to ignore it is irresponsible. www.odysseytransmission.com/

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #122

Sep 122013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
At 55mph, my transmission locked up, then the engine bogged down. The vehicle recovered, but now the transmission bangs and looks up under 30 mph.

- Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA

problem #121

Jul 232013


  • 168,800 miles


I was driving home when I felt the vehicle hesitated, it felt as if the vehicle had a clogged fuel filter or a bad fuel injecter. Later I realized that the hesitation was related to the automatic transmission shifting. I took the vehicle to Honda of conyers, paid $100 for a diagnostic and was told that the vehicle is slipping from 2nd to 3rd gear which required a transmission replacement that would cost me $5607 plus tax reman. Or 2835 rebuilt, because my vehicle was out of warranty. I called Honda manufacturer of America and was told that there is nothing that the can do to help me, was told that my vehicle was recalled in may of 2004 and the problem was repaired and that Honda does not pay for related problem after repair has been made on a recall a second time.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #120

Mar 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The car has an automatic transmission system. I was driving just fine when the transmission slipped and it felt like the car was in neutral. I was pressing the gas, but no power was given to the car. I could brake and steer just fine so I pulled over and put the car into park. It engaged into gear fine and I continued on. This continued to happen slipping in and out while driving. I wouldn't even have to stop and put into park, I would slip "out" of gear and feel like it was in neutral. I would pump the gas a few times, and rev up the engine and then it would magically engage into gear. Honda dealership stated the transmission was bad, stated that pieces of metal were in my fluid and my entire transmission needed replacement. Estimate $2K-4K - will know more when they break it open to find out. Honda America states that I had taken the van in for the transmission recall in 2005 - I don't recall doing that, but if I did why is it happening? now the van will not pass the ca smog test simply for functional check portion. The emission portion is fine. Seems the repairs exceed the value of the car. Working with Honda America to get warranty or recall to offset the cost of repair. At this point, the car is deemed non operational.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #119

Aug 052013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
We bought a used 2003 Honda Odyssey. We were aware that there was a transmission recall on this particular model. We contacted Honda before we bought our minivan with the VIN number, to verify that the van had the recall work done. It did.... we purchased the van and have been driving it for the past 19 months. We bought the van with 60,000 miles on it. Well this past Thursday the transmission started to slip just a little and it did it again on Friday. Long story short, by Monday our transmission completely went out. We took it to a Honda dealer to confirm and they assured us that we needed to replace our transmission. Our van now has 75,000 miles on it and a bad transmission. We contacted Honda about this issue and they offered no explanation or assistance. They pretty much told us that we were out of luck. We are pretty upset that we contacted them before we purchased this van about the transmission and less than 2 yrs (and only 15,000 miles) later we are paying $3700 to have a new one installed. From what we have read online, this is a common problem with this year of Honda Odyssey and we feel Honda should be held accountable for this issue!! thank you!

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #118

Jul 262013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Check engine light came on. Brought vehicle to service station. Determined transmission code. Took to transmission repair station, determined internal failure of transmission. Will require replacement. Second transmission failure on vehicle. First came in 2009 at 98,000 miles. Initial rebuild of transmission was done by private reputable transmission station. Complaint filed with Honda usa, no further action rec'd from Honda. Vehicle was purchased at 40,000 miles as certified pre-owned from local Honda dealership.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #117

Jul 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
I was driving up the tioga pass in yosemite national park with my family when the car started jerking violently and abruptly shifting gears. The tcs indicator was on, but couldn't be turned off. I pulled off the road and parked. When I later tried to back the car up, the reverse wouldn't engage and the car almost went down a steep embankment into a lake. There had been no past problems with the transmission. I had the transmission rebuilt and it failed a year later driving at speed on the freeway. I had it rebuilt again and it failed again a year later after while driving at speed on the freeway. In both cases the abrupt loss of power on the freeway could have caused an accident. I'm now told that an additional aftermarket transmission cooler is needed because the transmissions overheat.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #116

Jun 012013


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while while traveling 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V176000 (power train). The failure mileage was 115,000. The VIN was not available.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #115

Jun 082013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
My 2003 Honda Odyssey with 114, 0000 miles transmission problems. RPM gear go up and down.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #114

Apr 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle decelerated suddenly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the transmission would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #113

May 092013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 96,780 miles
Vehicle's automatic transmission downshifted unexpectedly after shifting from second to third gear, distracting the driver.

- Boerne, TX, USA

problem #112

Apr 172013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
I just bought used 2003 Honda Odyssey with 160K miles and transmission is getting stuck between 2nd and 3rd gear. I looked online and seems that my model has same issue with 10000S of car. I like to have Honda replace my transmission free of cost. I read that there is safety issue while driving with this issue. I am afraid if I am driving and I could get stranded in middle of road if gear gets stuck.

- Denville, NJ, USA

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