really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,456 miles

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2004 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

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2004 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #54

Nov 152010


  • 73,000 miles


Honda Odyssey 2004 stops all of sudden on the red light. The car starts but when shift to D it stops. The mileage of the car is $72000. I have maintain the car properly and never miss any appointment. I call Honda because on the internet it was showing that there was a recall of 2004 but when Honda customer service has asked my car VIN number they have told there is no recall on this car. The cost of the repair is almost 3500. Please help.....!

- Morrisville, PA, USA

problem #53

Jan 212007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
2004 Honda Odyssey has malfunction in transmission.

- Roswell, NM, USA

problem #52

Oct 172010


  • 120,000 miles
We have a 2004 Odyssey and it's transmission has started slipping in & out of gear. When this happens the vehicle is very hard to control and we have been very cautious (and not driving it) to prevent accidents. Honda knows they have a massive transmission problem, of the same magnitude as the Toyota acceleration concern, but they will not fix it.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #51

Oct 132010


  • 127,000 miles


Vehicle transmission overheated in the middle of interstate 70. State police responded to assist my wife and 4 children who were stranded in the middle lane. Vehicle struck sp vehicle.

- Mercersburg, PA, USA

problem #50

Oct 012010


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph when she attempted to accelerate yet the vehicle stalled without warning. She was able to restart the vehicle and as she accelerated to 25 mph, the vehicle stalled a second time. The vehicle was restarted and the contact was able to drive directly to an authorized dealer without accelerating past 25 mph. The dealer performed a diagnostic and advised her that the transmission would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 108,000.

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #49

Jan 012010


  • 69,500 miles
2004 Honda Odyssey transmission slippage. Went to multiple mechanics and was told the transmission, with less than 70K miles on it (and determined by two independent mechanics at 43K to be in great shape) was dead-on-arrival. I relied on that van for my wife and kids and, based on what I've seen with others, so have innumerable others. What would have happened to my family had they been stranded or had the transmission gone out on the interstate in traffic. Please do something.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #48

Aug 022010


  • 160,000 miles


The transmission was running well when all of a sudden it blew its top on I-90 West while traveling through New York. The 2nd gear began to shutter 3 weeks before but it was not consistent and other than that the car ran well.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #47

Jul 242010


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving at approximately 60 mph when the vehicle independently began to decelerate and became hesitant. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted in regards to NHTSA campaign id number: 04V176000 (power train: Automatic transmission). The manufacturer advised that the contact's VIN was not included in the recall and offered no further assistance. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileages were approximately 137,000.

- Orange, TX, USA

problem #46

Jul 282010


  • 90,000 miles
Our 2004 Honda Odyssey is having transmission trouble. It began with some shaking and shuddering at 1500 rpms, between 25 - 35 mph. We took into a local garage and the mechanic told us that the transmission needs to be replaced.

- Darien, IL, USA

problem #45

Jul 262010


  • 100,000 miles
I was driving my Honda Odyssey ex 2004 in the left most lane with my wife and 3 kids (ages 7, 10, 12) on a highway at 70 mph. Suddenly the vehicle took a jerk (like a hiccup) and all the systems shutdown immediately. Even the steering was completely frozen since there was no power. I hardly managed to pull to the shoulder while high speed traffic was passing. It was a horrible feeling. My family was completely terrified. I had the car towed to dealership. They found a "short circuit" in the ignition wiring. Also, my "transmission" was not working. Short circuit was repaired ($250) but transmission quote is over $4000 which I cannot afford.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #44

Jul 012010


  • 156,500 miles


I was driving and my van started kind of jerking and then it would not accelerate. My tcs (traction control system) light came on. I was merging on a major highway in peak rush hour traffic and my van stopped on a curve. My child and I were almost killed by a semi that just about rear-ended us but instead drove into another lane, about hitting another car. The van was running, but would not drive or go in reverse. The dealer told me it is the transmission and it would be $4,000 to repair. I saw on-line that many, many other people have had the exact same problem with the Honda Odyssey transmission. I am currently getting a second opinion. Both the dealer and american Honda told me that there are no problems with the Honda Odyssey transmissions in the year my van was made, which I do not believe is true. Both refused to help me and did not tell me that there had been recalls regarding Honda Odyssey transmissions and that there have been many problems just like mine.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #43

Jun 202010


  • 75,000 miles
Transmission failure in 2004 Honda Odyssey. Mileage 75000, bought new from dealership, maintained by dealer. Was shocked when news of transmission failure was broken. Repair estimate 3900 this also include the computer which is peculiar with this 04. Still talking with Honda America on how they can help.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #42

Apr 142010


  • 118,539 miles
Transmission failure at 118,539 miles, no warning. Original owner.

- Dunkirk, MD, USA

problem #41

Jun 182010


  • 190,000 miles
Our 2004 Honda Odyssey A/T(transmission light came on). We had the A/T checked at the dealer and they said the fluid was fine. The transmission is overheating during normal driving conditions. The vehicle has a recall 04V176000 affecting some 1,099,796 units. Our unit has a VIN just outside of the recalled VIN numbers. I believe this needs to be updated to include other 2004 Honda Odyssey vans. The transmission is going to need to be replaced according to the dealership.

- Portland, TN, USA

problem #40

Jun 152010


  • 143,100 miles
Driving on interstate, getting off exit, transmission was down-shifting very abruptly to the point of skidding and loosing control of vehicle. There was no advance warning prior to this happening.

- Westover, MD, USA

problem #39

May 012009


  • 80,000 miles
2004 Honda Odyssey transmission failure at 80,000 miles. Honda offered $700 rebate only if I had the repairs done at a Honda dealer, which would cost $4200. I'm retired on a fixed income.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #38

Jun 082010


  • 88,000 miles
2004 Honda Odyssey transmission with dealer installed towing package failure.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #37

May 262010


  • 130,000 miles
Own 2004 Honda Odyssey, original owner, purchased new, 130,000 miles. Check engine and traction control systems lights illuminated last Wednesday. I believe I am one of many Odyssey owners with bad transmissions. Approximately $3500 to fix it.

- Lothian, MD, USA

problem #36

May 052010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated the vehicle shifted gears without the key being in the ignition. The dealer advised the vehicles was outside of warranty and the contact would be liable for any repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 61,000 and the current mileage was 61,246. Updated 11/15/10 updated 11/16/10

- Clinton, IA, USA

problem #35

Mar 202008


  • 80,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2003 Honda Odyssey. He stated, while driving 50 mph the vehicle shift began to shift into second, third and then into first gear on its own. The contact reported problem to the dealer but they stated that there was no valid warranty for his vehicle. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 125,000

- Decatur, AL, USA

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