really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,006 miles

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2003 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

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2003 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 17 of 17)

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problem #12

Jul 192004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,195 miles


Recall 04V176000 concerning transmission failure. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer on a Monday evening, and later that day consumer received the recall notice, and gave the dealer the extended warranty. Dealer denied the claim, and said that what was being done was not related to the recall, it involved the transmission. Then, dealer contacted consumer claiming that the transmission was shot, and a new transmission was needed. Honda refused to submit the claim for the recall. Dealership refused to honor the recall, and did not help the consumer. The vehicle still has problems.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #11

Aug 032004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Recall 04V176000 concerning automatic transmission. After the recall repairs were performed transmission commenced to experience problems with gears shifting to hard or take too long to change gear while driving. Dealer will be notified.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #10

Aug 042004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,803 miles
Vehicle was making a high pitched whistle sound in low gears. Brought to dealer and "new" transmission was put in. Still a problem, so 2nd "new" transmission was put in. 2 months later vehicle is shifting roughly in lower gears and rolls backwards when on slight to moderate incline when in "drive". was told by dealer that all of this is "normal". another customer, who also has the same vehicle said hers does not roll backwards when in "drive".

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #9

Jun 012003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,303 miles


Consumer was driving and suddenly the vehicle was uncontrollable, went off to the right, striking a pole. Vehicle was totaled. Manufacturer sent a recall letter to the consumer two weeks ago, explaining the defect. Recall 04V176000. The driver sustained a fractured C4 vertebrae. The consumer now complains of having neck pain, mid back pain, lower back pain and headaches.

- Hopkinsville, KY, USA

problem #8

Jun 222003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
Vehicle would 'nt shift smoothly from 1st to 2nd gear. Vehicle will hesitated to accelerate, then surged into gear. Dealership indicated that will automatically install the oil kit instead of inspecting the transmission first as indicated in recall 04V176000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #7

Jul 262004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The consumer received a recall for the automatic transmission, second gear. The consumer called the dealer to schedule an appointment and was told it would be January before they could get to this vehicle. Recall# 04V176000.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 282004

Odyssey 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles


Transmissionon June 25, 2004 vehicle was repaired for this recall. While driving 80 mph on June 28, 2004 transmission locked up and caused the vehicle to skid approximately 200 feet before it came to a stop. Vehicle was towed to the dealer, but the cause of the problem was still undetermined.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 202004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Inappropriate gear shifts and increases in revs regardless of throttle position. Discovered transmission recall and had inspection and lubrication mods made. Van still displays revs surges and inappropriate up and down shifting.

- West Linn, OR, USA

problem #4

Sep 172003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
While driving between 45 - 60 mph, the automatic transmission down shifted, even when the gas pedal was depressed. The dealership test drove the van for 8 miles, and checked the transmission fluid, but no repairs were done. On occasion the consumer experienced sudden hesitation when the vehicle reached 45 mph.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 032004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Automatic transmission developed a high pitched whine at approximately 34,000 miles, which increases with engine rpms. Since new, transmission also hesitates/slips between 3rd and 4th gears when cold, and car seems to lose power temporarily until 4th gear engages.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 122003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Problems with vehicle's transmission and air conditioner. Other problems included the passenger seat moving when the vehicle stops or starts. Transmission surged on occasions. The air conditioner failed as a result of a hole in the condenser which could've been caused by debris. This repair wasn't covered under warranty. When the seats were checked, the mechanic stated it was normal due to other Odyssey vehicle's on the lot with moving seats. After the fact, the consumer felt as though all problems or concerns were not repaired.

- Hartselle, AL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 150 miles
Hello- I do not know where to go to find out information regarding my new vehicle. I am having a problem with the transmission "slipping" or "lurching" when it decelerates. This happens when it is shifting at the speed of 45 mph. The dealer told me it was "normal operation" that the vehicle knows when I need to slow down more rapidly then downshifts for me --- the driver. I do not believe an automobile can know when I need to slow more rapidly. It is uncomfortable to "lurch" forward due to an excessive downshift when I am braking. While I was at the dealer discussing my problem, the woman next to me- who also has a 2003 odessy - was having the same issue. She was also told this is a "normal operation" of the car. The dealer stated that this should only happen while going down a hill/incline. However, this has happened to me on a straight stretch of road. I am afraid this is a defective transmission and will "slip" or "lurch" and cause serious harm or death. The Honda dealer has told me there is nothing they can/will do about this issue. How can I find out if indeed my transmission is having problems?? I do not know where to go for help or to find if any testing has already been done on this problem. If you have any suggestions - other than contacting Honda - any independant agencies that might have information on this issue, I would appreciate any help. I am looking for some unbiased advice from a reputable Agency that will tell me if I have a problem with this transmission. Thank you in advance for your help with this problem.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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