really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,217 miles

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2005 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

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2005 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #24

Jun 252010


  • 123,000 miles


Our 2005 Honda Odyssey ex-L dvd nav is experiencing the same "shutter" issues being reported by numerous other owners. As speeds between 20-40 mph, the vehicle will stutter or shutter, specifically on inclines. This appears to be a very common, and expensive problem with Honda. We took it to the local dealership and they charged $50 for a transmission update. Same issue, so now they have advised that we need a new transmission at $3,000-$4,000. Are you kidding me? I placed a call to a friend that owns a transmission shop 3 hours away and was stunned to find that they have to rebuild the transmission on this style Honda Odyssey 3-4 times a month. Pay a premium price and get ripped off by a company you think you can trust. This can cause serious accidents on our highways.

- Medina, TN, USA

problem #23

May 192010


  • 80,000 miles
2005 Honda Odyssey touring van this problem started a while ago when the van gets to a steady speed of aprox 40 usually at a slight incline the car starts to jitter or feel like going over railroad tracks. Now it is happening at other speeds. I was told it was a cracked block months ago and had it replaced. This did not fix the problem. Now being told torque converter will fix the problem @$1900. Called Honda usa they said the will not consider reviewing my claim because of my mileage is now 100,000. Others on web are having similar problems..my best guess is that we have been having this problem for 15-20,000 miles.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #22

May 052010


  • 147,000 miles
Honda Odyssey 2005 transmission gear & bearing failure whistle sound recommended by dealer to replace transmission. Consult transmission specialist aaa approved also confirmed transmission problem. Dealer offered $3,000 on 20/80 split 20% american Honda share. Have the same problem with my 2002 Honda Odyssey transmission have to pay 50% of cost. Around $ $1,500. No decision yet on this 2005 Odyssey because of cost.

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #21

Nov 012009


  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that when he attempted to accelerate to speeds of 20 to 40 mph, the vehicle would shutter. While driving at higher speeds, the shuttering would stop. The dealer stated that the torque converter and rear engine mounts needed to be replaced. The manufacturer would not offer any assistance since the factory warranty was not valid. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 87,000 and the current mileage was 91,000.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #20

Mar 312010


  • 78,000 miles
2005 Honda Odyssey has defective transmissions which Honda needs to replace before someone is killed. The automatic transmission jerks the vehicle forward at speeds of 20-45 mph. This is dangerous as you could be driving slowly at 15-20mph in school zone and the transmission judders and jerks the vehicle forward. Honda is making customers spend $'s to perform transmission fluid flushes, have dealership do software updates and change torque converters. None of these will work. Please investigate before valuable lives are lost like with the Toyota incident. Honda does not want to issue a formal transmission recall because it would cost them hundreds of millions to replace transmissions. The us government has a duty to investigate this problem thoroughly before someone gets hurt.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #19

Apr 052010


  • 80,000 miles
I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey with 80000 miles on it and the transmission is shuddering. Honda said it would cost $2,000-2,500 to fix because it is possibly a torque problem. Per ody blogs many other ody owners experiencing same problem. Honda will not acknowledge problem.

- Felton, DE, USA

problem #18

Mar 302010


  • 88,000 miles


We have a 2005 Honda Odyssey with $8800 miles on it and the transmission is shuddering. Honda said $4200 please. Van just paid off. Honda will not step up to the plate and say they have a problem with there vans.

- Lyme, CT, USA

problem #17

Jan 022009


  • miles
2005 Honda Odyssey accelerating from 30-35 and/or 40-45 mph, the van shudders during the transmission shift. Went on-line and found others with 2005+ Odyssey with the same issue. Most complaints seem to point to the transmission. Took my van to a local dealer they reprogrammed the fuel injector. Did not resolve the issue. For my van, this has been happening for over a year.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #16

Dec 192009


  • 52,000 miles
Between 35-40 miles per hour transmission is slipping. Van is 4.5 years old with 53,000 miles. Dealer says torque converter needs to be replaced at an out of pocket expense of $3400. This is on a 2005 Honda Odyssey ex-L with navigation.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #15

Feb 132008


  • 72,000 miles
A strong vibration occurs when the transmission shifts from second to third gear. The driver must accelerate or decelerate to stop the rumpling. Eventually the transmission fails. This happened to me and hundreds of other owners as evidenced by reports to edmunds. Honda says it is normal.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 152009


  • 40,000 miles


2005 Honda Odyssey touring model, purchased new from dealer, original owner, strictly maintained. When driving in 5th gear, 40-45mph, 1100-1200 RPM if I start up an incline where transmission should downshift, severe vibration begins. Like driving over rumble strips. Ease off accelerator or increase acceleration to increase RPM and vibration stops. Started at approximately 40K very infrequently. Now at 53K happens more frequently. Dealer has looked at car on 2 different occasions but can not find problem.

- Southbury, CT, USA

problem #13

Oct 152008


  • 68,000 miles
2005 Honda Odyssey minivan with approximately 68000 miles. Transmission is slipping when van is going slightly uphill while engine speed is between 1500 and 2000 RPM. Problem will go away if manually downshift or press hard on the gas paddle to force the transmission to downshift. Dealership insisted that the transmission needs to be replaced to eliminate the problem but Honda is not willing to absorb the replacement cost.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #12

Apr 252009


  • 87,650 miles
2005 Honda Odyssey automatic transmission failure.

- Dierks, AR, USA

problem #11

Apr 172009


  • 59,200 miles
Car starts to vibrate when speed reaches approximately 65 mph. Engine light on but no other obvious mechanical problems. Dealer said need new transmission.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 302009


  • 62,000 miles
This behavior happened a few times in the past according to my wife. The last time happened on 1/30/09 while I was driving on a city street under normal speed and suddenly the transmission lost power, the D drive failed to engage. I immediately move the gear shift several time to re-engage the D gear. Very unsafe, unpredictable and scare in a busy street.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #9

May 122007


  • miles
2005 Odyssey mini van. Oil leak at under 24000 miles. Transmission replaced. Then 7/08 had another oil leak just after it had express service at Honda dealership. Took back they said that something did not get put on tight enough. Took back two weeks or so later, around 32000 miles now still leaking. Replaced oil pan and gasket. Still leaking. Took back told it was transmission. They started to order one. Honda had me come back in to take pictures. My service rep was not there at that time. At this time said it was engine oil not trans. Went back when my service rep was in. She found leak and it was the transmission. Another trans was put in around Jan 6th 2009 at around 38,500 miles. I was told this is not normal. But there seems to many complaints on transmissions on the Honda vans.

- Tempe , AZ, USA

problem #8

Sep 122008


  • 40,000 miles
I purchased my vehicle new and vigilantly maintain it. With fewer than 43,000 miles, the automatic transmission fails to properly "lockup" at 45 mph on level grade when warm. The dealers scan tool indicated absence of any detected abnormality, but their test drive confirmed the symptom--pulsing power to the drive wheels. They told me the torque converter is failing which they don't replace nor repair so they said it needs a new transmission. They said it was ok to drive. They never acknowledged a history of transmission problems nor any related service campaigns or technical service bulletins. I am, like I said, vigilant about service, so I will take care of this before it becomes an issue, but others may be at risk if the transmission fails rapidly due to improper design.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #7

Aug 072007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,710 miles
I drove my van up to the goat pen. Put the van in park, left it running walked in front of the van and crossed over to the gate. I stood in front of the goat pen for a couple of minutes. Van started moving forward- hit a tree. Thank god I was not in front of it.

- Southport, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 092007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
While the car was idling and the transmission was in park, the van rolled down the street with my kids still inside the van. Eventually, the van hit a parked car and the van stopped. The parking brake was not on. I took the vehicle to the Honda dealership and they could not replicate the failure.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #5

Jan 152007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission makes vibrating noise about 45 mph when accelerating on slight uphill grade. Van taken to dealer shop for investigation. I was told that all checks were within Honda spec. I was informed that it probably always did this and that I just didn't notice it.

- Spring Church, PA, USA

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