pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
97,967 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. changing the tranmission (6 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Honda Odyssey engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 272012

Odyssey EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles


Have always bought the "Honda" brand based on reputation, resale, etc. In the past have owned several accords with no issues. Now we have a 2003 Honda Odyssey that has 83,000 miles (mainly highway) and needs a new transmission. Contacted Honda & they said it is out of warranty. I need Honda to take responsibility for the faulty transmission & replace it at no cost to me.

- , Algonquin, IL, USA

problem #6

Aug 162011

Odyssey 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

Honda has had a line of transmission problem in their cars (2000 and up). They should know by now that Honda should design a better tranny. My 2000 Accord is known to have problems and now my 2003 Odssey is having problems. It's costing me $$$ to fix.... This is the same type problem for the Ford Taurus ( I will never buy a Ford product again). I wonder if the German cars have their problems with the tranny?

I've had Honda cars and motorcycles but I think they need to work with the customer when they have problems.

- , Daly City, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 142011

Odyssey EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

I bought a used 2003 Ex from Carmax in 2006 with 36k miles on it. It now has 82k miles on it. We have taken good care of it and always serviced it at a Honda dealer. A month ago we occasionally started to feel bumpy shifting of the gears between 20-40 mph. The problem slowly worsened and the check engine light came last week. I went to the service center today to get it checked up and was told that I needed a new transmission !

I couldn't believe it ! We have always bought and stuck to Honda for its reliability and longevity. Apparently we were wrong ! The quote given by them for the repairs was $4521 + Tax !! I am still dumbfound and figuring out what to do. Please help me if any one has been in my shoes before.

- , Tampa, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 022011

Odyssey EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER HONDA AGAIN! I WILL ENCOURAGE EVERYONE I KNOW TO AVOID HONDA AS WELL. I have a 2003 Odyssey with a rebuilt transmission at 104,000 miles, it is now at 118,000 and the transmission is gone again. I have a 10 year old 2001 Ford Escape with 195,000 miles on it and have never done any work to it. It drives like the day I bought it. Honda is no longer what it used to be. I and my family are done with Honda.

- , Dallas, GA, US

problem #3

Dec 312010

Odyssey EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,500 miles

It is hard to believe that a company that sells its products on quality would make you shell out $3,000 for a new transmission after 7.5 years of original ownership and 93,000 miles. There was nothing I could do to prevent the damage and it is well known within the circles of other Odyssey van owners the poor reputation these trannies have. My van is garaged 98% of the time; we do not live in a mountainous area; we don't pull a boat or trailer with the vehicle; it is maintained on a regular basis. Yet the situation by the dealership was treated as a typical repair, the owner's loss. I have owned 3 previous Hondas including a 1999 CR-V, 1989 Civic Hatchback and my current 1995 Accord which after 190,000 miles I have not had a transmission or anything major repaired on this vehicle......just 4 mufflers and two timing belts!! I have never had to replace a transmission on any vehicle I have owned. The van operates pretty well after the repair 2+ weeks ago but I would have a difficult time taking it on long trips due to the lack of trust in the vehicle.

- , Marion, IA, USA

problem #2

Aug 232010

Odyssey LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,267 miles

Really disappointed with Honda and having this problem with only 90,000 mileage. I used to take it to dealership for regular checkups but began to get really expensive each time. When it came to over $400 for a maintenance check, I quit and took it to a local mechanic who charged me a lot less, Toyota stepped up to the plate with their customers but Honda seems to be less than sympathetic and quoted me cost of $5,000 for the same fix that I have another mechanic charging me $3000. Jackie

- , Bangor, ME, US

problem #1

Feb 282008

Odyssey V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

It is really annoying to have a transmission problem - the dealer claims the cost will be expensive to do this - had a Toyota Camry which ran for more than 200000 without any problem

- , San Jose, CA, USA

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