really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,053 miles

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2004 Honda Odyssey drivetrain problems

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2004 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #92

Nov 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 131,500 miles


As my husband accelerated, the steering lost power. He could give the engine gas but could not manage the car. Somehow he was able to turn the car around and get the car back to our mechanic. He checked it out and determined that indeed the transmission had failed.

- Armada, MI, USA

problem #91

Oct 142013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 91,160 miles
We have a 2004 Honda Odyssey, bought it used in the summer of 2009 with 79,766 mile. Now at 91,160 mile, it's having major issues. On October 12, 2013, we drove the van to the store and back home just fine. On Monday, October 14th when we tried to drive the van again, it would not reverse or drive at all. The engines starts up just fine in parking and in neutral gear. As soon as the gear was shifted to D or R, the engines stalled. Plus the D drive light was flashing prior to the failure. Searching online I found that owners of 2004 Honda Odyssey was having the same issue with the transmission failing. On October 22, I called to Honda America to see if I can get some assistance for helping with the repair. I was given a case number. That same morning, I had our Odyssey van towed to a Honda dealer to be diagnosis of the problem. I have never drove a car that transmission would fail. If Honda doesn't assist me with the repair, this will be the last Honda I will ever buy!

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #90

Jul 252013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
Received news from a local Honda dealership that all 4 engine mounts were broken for a cost of $925. When looking for parts happen to see the amount of chatter regarding engine mounts on several model years of the Odyssey. Lesson learned... perhaps check this site before buying any vehicle. Seems Honda should cover some of the cost at least.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #89

Sep 172013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


Transmission slips in 2nd gear with a slight load I.e. going up a slight hill. If you accelerate the slipping/shudder goes away. Honda was not able to give me specific information as to the VIN numbers affected by their 2004 transmission recall but could only tell me my VIN was not one of them. There are many complaints about the second gear slipping failure when I searched online, the information I read stated that the issue was with oil flow to the second gear clutch assembly. It seems the 2004 recall should have included more VIN numbers. My vehicle has high mileage now and is outside Honda's assistance parameters but if there had been a recall maybe my transmission would not have failed.

- Bonney Lake, WA, USA

problem #88

Sep 152013


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the transmission failed. The vehicle was coasted into a parking lot were it was towed to a local dealer. The contact was told that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 04V176000 (power train). The vehicle was not repaired or inspected. The manufacturer was not notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #87

Feb 212013


  • 109,000 miles
Check engine light on; Honda dealer talks about transmission issue and asking it to be replaced. Replacement cost: $6500 I heard that many other Honda Odyssey owners complaints about transmission problem and it has to be addressed that Honda Odyssey van is having critical transmission issue built between year 1999 to 2004. Transmission became defective with no reason, so much frustrated as vehicle has hardly done 100K miles.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #86

May 242013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


The transmission failed upon entering the freeway. Vehicle suddenly lost power and forced to pull over. Almost rear ended by other cars also entering the freeway. Honda Odyssey are known to have transmission problems and this body style 1999 to 2004 are defective. From my readings a large quantity of the transmissions failed at 80,000 so at least we made it to 125,000 miles. I regularly changed the transmission fluid. Spent $3200 at aamco getting it fixed.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #85

May 302013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 105,789 miles
Car seemed to suddenly slow down when approaching stop signal. Tried to pull away when light was green, but remained stationary after pressing on gas/accelerator three to four times. Finally was able creep along until I was able to steer into a bank parking lot. Honda dealer diagnosed ;problem as faulty transmission due to overheated/burntout of solenoids.

- Monterey Park, CA, USA

problem #84

Jul 072013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 101,385 miles
Engine mount is broken. Both side mount and front mount.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #83

Sep 102012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 174,895 miles
Vehicle went from 40 mph to less than 20 mph and would not go faster. Any attempt to accelerate only revved engine. Vehicle was towed and transmission was replaced...was inoperable, and only option was replacement not rebuilding. Vehicle maintained according to manufacturers specifications

- De Leon Springs, FL, USA

problem #82

Apr 152013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 189,000 miles


We used Honda Odyssey [2004] daily for commuting (never towed anything and don't haul anything). The car would start moving and all of the sudden would stop moving forward. The car was suddenly stuck immediately after crossing the intersection. I was not able to move the car in any direction and stuck on the road. On duty police officer informed that I need to move the car as early as possible because it is a safety issue. He wanted to call the towing truck, but at that time I tried shifting from to park and back to drive it would move forward for few hundred feet and again same thing no forward motion. At that time I was on down the hill and so able to pull the car near one business park. Later, I towed the car to near by shop and found transmission failure. Honda motor company refused to do anything. When I found recall for the same issue, Honda motor company said that there is no recall on my car. Honda dealer is charging $5,600 to fix this. 8tr

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #81

Jun 012009


  • 105,000 miles
Original owner of this vehicle and I've had to replace the transmission twice, the A/C system 3 times and starter. Numerous electrical problems with the doors and windows and recently had to replace the ignition switch that seized one afternoon. All service intervals have been followed as with my other vehicles that have had tires and fluid changes with no other fixes. The paint continues to flake off even after Honda of concord, nc repainted half of the vehicle. 2 years ago. Vehicle has left my wife stranded on dozens of occasions along with the vehicle's 9th battery since 2004. Selling this vehicle is not an option but replacing it is. It will not be replaced with another Honda product ever and I caution anyone who is ever in the market for one of these vans to avoid them at all cost. The dealerships have been nothing but a nightmare to work with and would not cover any of the repairs I listed above. They are junk.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #80

Mar 262013


  • 100,600 miles
I was driving on I-630 in little rock, in moderate traffic when the car suddenly lost power and would not accelerate. I was forced to coast through traffic to the side of the road without incident. As soon as I lost power, the lights on the dash flashed. If the traffic had been heavier, the outcome might not have been as favorable. The transmission failed without warning in the middle of the freeway.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #79

Mar 212013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 101,730 miles
My transmission is making a noise, as of 3/21/13. I had taken it to transmission shop and it is ring and pinion and it is quite expensive so when I went to check it out on the internet came across that there was a recall on this model back in 2004 I was never notified and now it is costing me several thousands of dollars, if there is a recall on this I expect Honda to pay for this not me. I love my van and bought it because of its dependability and reliability and now I am having a lot of problems with the van. I expect someone to contact me asap and Honda to cover the cost.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #78

Feb 192013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 92,353 miles
This is in addition to my earlier complain---NHTSA id number: 10499643-- indication of engine trouble did not give any advance information.indication must be an alarm for the driver so that he will take corrective actions.in my case there was no time available.it worked as failure indication only. All vehicle manufacturers be informed that alarm (trouble)indication should be a pre-failure alarm and should give some time to take corrective actions. Hope you will take up the issue with manufacturers.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #77

Mar 062013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 93,200 miles
My 2004 Honda Odyssey transmission was slipping between 2nd-3rd gears. Tcs, ck engine light turned on, and stuck in 2nd gear. I took it to the Honda dealer second day and diagnosed it as transmission failure.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #76

Sep 032012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 144,000 miles
Second owner. Transmission replaced by Honda in 2006 at 55,000 miles for noted gear overheating recall in sarasota, fl. Current mileage is less than 90,000 miles later. Transmission regular maintenance completed and a firmware update was done in 2009 at 120,000 (65,000 on new tranny) miles. Transmission now downshifts very hard (hard shift) from 3-2 when coasting downhill or if the brake is slightly applied when coasting downhill. Honda technicians stated normal operation to allow for engine braking. New firmware caused the change. Q4 2012 transmission now shifts from 1-2 in about 3 seconds, not slipping, but taking a long time to shift and prevents acceleration during this delay. Could prevent accident avoidance with long delay. Honda technician states normal operation and included in firmware to reduce damage due to recall. Note these issues are on the supposedly "fixed" transmission. Series of data suggests that the recall repair did not solve transmission failure problem, but was a band-aid in combination with firware updates to "buffer" 2nd gear manufacturing defects. I do not believe the transmission will survive to 100K miles, but has received excellent care and repairs. Safety issue is the inability to accelerate during 1-2 shift delay and unexpected engine braking during downhill coasting which could trigger rear-end accidents (note no brake lights when it occurs). I believe in Honda and they should do the right thing and provide lifetime transmission replacements due to the safety concerns with their products that are well-known and documented.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #75

Feb 052013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 157,000 miles
Roughly 3 weeks ago when putting the van into D it would hesitate before engaging. The delay became greater and then it started slipping between 2nd & third gears. Three days ago the transmission completely disengaged while driving. I turned the van off, started it again & it drove for nearly.5 miles only to stop again. At this point I have been told I need to replace the transmission & have found a litany of information about the faulty Honda transmission.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #74

Sep 052012


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda oddyssey. The contact stated that the shift lever became very loose and as a result, it would shift gears with the slightest touch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that there was a defective part inside the transmission and the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 96,000 and the current mileage was 101,000.

- Cerritos, CA, USA

problem #73

Feb 252013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The transmission on my 2004 Honda Odyssey failed. I was almost rear-ended, before I could pull over to the side.

- Fremont, CA, USA

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