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 7 of 7)

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problem #12

Nov 052011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles


Wife was taking kids to an air show. While merging into traffic on I95 the car would not shift out of gear at 40 miles per hour. The car began to shake, shudder and produce loud noises. My wife had to pull the car out the traffic onto the side of the road. She was able to safely exit I95 at the next exit. Since then the car has been diagnosed with complete transmission failure.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #11

Oct 312011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
The transmission failed completely. A day earlier the tcs light lit up and the check engine light lit up. The very next day, while driving at about 40 miles there was a slipping sensation and then within few minutes the car started slowing down and pressing gas pedal had no effect in moving the car forward. With two kids in the car, thank god, I wasn't traveling on the highway. I couldn't imagine if this would have happened on the highway at 70 miles per hour with bunch of cars and trucks behind me. I was traveling in the local roads while this happened. I had called Honda customer service, and they mentioned that there isn't any recall or extended warranty for my VIN. They also indicated that they are not aware of any transmission problems with those vehicle and requested me to take it to the dealer. I had it towed to a mechanic and the he took a look at it and said it is a transmission failure - pure and simple. Honda has indicated that this is a simple wear and tear issue and that they cannot help any further. Other than opening up a case [xxx] Honda customer service hasn't helped much. Looking at various auto forums, the transmission problem seems to be the number 1 problem for the 2nd generation (and even some 3rd generation) Odyssey with engine mount problem tailing close as the number 2 problem. Despite all this, it is surprising that Honda seems to be unwilling to do anything about. It. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 212011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 126,876 miles
Never had any problems with transmission in the past. I was driving on the highway at 70 mph when, without any warning, the transmission failed. The car was undrivable and began to overheat. There was transmission fluid all over. Had the vehicle towed and had transmission rebuilt for $1500. Since the rebuild, the transmission has failed 3 additional times.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 222011


  • 109,500 miles


After complying with Honda's maintenance schedule the transmission failed, even after taking it in for the recall in 2004 before it had 15K on it. I shifted from reverse to drive and the RPM's increased but the car did not move (yes the parking brake was off). I shifted it into park and after sitting for a few minutes I shifted it to drive and thankfully was on my way. While driving the car started to skip/stutter when the gears shifted. Ultimately arrived at a transmission shop and was informed that the entire transmission needed to be rebuilt.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 142011


  • 117,000 miles
While traveling approximately 40 mph, warning lights came on and transmission simultaneously began bucking, slipping, grabbing, racing, making vehicle undriveable. Car towed for repair. Dealer confirmed that transmission failed and needed to be replaced, $6,000. I ended up replacing transmission with a third party transmission, as I learned that such failures of Honda transmissions are very common. As car was out of warranty and Honda refuses to acknowledge the prevalence of this problem, they offered no assistance.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jun 162011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 104,500 miles
When traveling down the passing lane of a 4 lane highway in heavy traffic at 60 mph the vehicle suddenly lost power and began to slow as if the brakes were on. Fortunately I was able to pull over to the side of the road without anyone running in to me. Upon getting to the side of the road I noticed that the engine light was on. I put the gear shift lever into park and walked around the van to see if any fluids were leaking. None were. I got back into the van to see if it would move. It finally did after moving the shifter from P to D a few times but it did not have the power and did not shift correctly. The code that turned up on my mechanics scanner showed that the transmission had slipped and would need replacing. I called Honda and they said there was nothing that they could do for me eventhough there has been numerous issues with these transmissions. The only recall they acknowledge was the fuel pump for my van. The outcome of the event could have been much more serious and I feel Honda is just turning a blind eye to this. If this caused a serious accident I question what they would say after a lawyer gave them a call. They should have at least attempted to negotiate a deal for a new transmission. This will be the last time Honda does this to me. I have owned many GM vehicles with more mileage and never had experienced a transmission failure. After spending over $3500 on a rebuilt transmission I don't believe another Honda will be in my driveway!

- Oneida, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 142011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 89,179 miles


Total transmission failure.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #5

Sep 102011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 110,617 miles
20year old drove younger sister and teammate to soccer practice. On the rap of the expressway @ a speed of about 35-40 miles van hesitates to accelerate and jerks. Cars slow down to let her merge so not to hit wall barrier. Thought it was probably bad gas, only to find out 3 days later on a weekend trip to soccer tournament it was transmission. Same thing happened @ the toll both, only to have tsc light and engine light to come on. Stopped @ local Honda service station only to find out needed a new transmission with only 11000 miles. Service manager said it was a known transmission problem. Can't believe Honda and NHTSA, would allow an accident waiting to happen that could cause potential death! the Odyssey is a family car... many young lives are at stake.

- Roslyn Hts.,, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 122011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 82,600 miles
Two engine mounts failed at 82,600 miles. I understand it is a common occurrence on this vehicle.

- Port Jefferson, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 262011


  • 112,000 miles
The vehicle while driving home in the evening at 25 mph on the local streets, the check engine light and the tca light came on. The next morning while driving the vehicle to the local mechanic only the check engine light stayed on. Mechanic concluded after all the diagnostic as code P0730 and there is a lot of wear, shredded/chipped clutch/gearbox particles in the transmission fluid, which needs new tranmission costing about $6500. Researching this further online: Found that numerous Honda Odyssey had the same issue where they had to replace the transmission. The vehicle is very well maintained and gets all the required and recommended service, and never had any major issue with this vehicle. We are over 18 years of Honda owners and are very satisfied with them so far. Though now very disappointed and upset with Honda as they claim to be a very reliable and sturdy automobiles.

- York, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 152009


  • miles
I bought a Honda Odyssey ex about a year ago. The back doors began opening on their own as I was driving and wouldn't close. Then the transmission started leaking oil. I paid to get a diagnostics from the Honda dealer ship which cost me $235. They said I needed to change the entire transmission. I bought it with 64km and now it has 70km. I've paid 5,500 so far and I still owe 10,000.

- New Britain , CT, USA

problem #1

Jan 102005


  • miles
2004 Honda Odyssey developed problems with the transmission. The vehicle was taken tot he dealer for transmission recall work. The dealer was unable to perform the repairs because the tools were not available. Prior to a routine maintenance the vehicle's transmission was working find. After the maintenance the vehicle began performing erratically. The dealer claimed that he did not damage the transmission. The dealer offered the consumer a new transmission but they wanted her to pay for it to be delivered. The consumer refused stating the all recall repair are supposed to be free of charge, per the recall notice.

- Carolina, PR, USA

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