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 1 of 3)

problem #44

Aug 232012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,593 miles


This is a new car purchased and serviced by the dealer from the date of delivery (12/28/04). The Honda service dept did not discover the transmission problems until it malfunctioned. This is very unusual. I have all the service documents to prove it. The Honda service department would like me to replace the transmission at my own expense. Their negligence caused this auto transmission failure. The consumer stated a malfunction indicator light illuminated on the dashboard. The dealer stated it was a wiring problem and fixed it. However, three days later, the light illuminated again and the vehicle would not move when it was put in drive and therefore it had to be towed. Later in the day, the consumer received a call from the dealer stating the transmission needed to be replaced. Updated 09/12/12

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #43

Aug 092007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the transmission emitted a grinding noise while driving at various speeds over 5 mph. The contact also stated that the vehicle would not shift gears. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on several occasions, but the contact was informed that the vehicle was operating as intended. The vehicle was eventually taken to an independent repair shop and the contact was advised to replace the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 47,000. Updated 04/26/12

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

problem #42

Mar 312011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,056 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and refused to restart. A local mechanic replaced the transmission. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 93,000. Updated 01/06/12 the consumer stated the transmission was slipping. Updated 01/06/12

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #41

May 252011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 96,900 miles


We are orig owner of vehicle. In 4/11 had van serviced at Honda dealership. In 5/11 while driving on freeway got a check engine light. Took to repair shop. Needed a new transmission. Called Honda (while it was being serviced a tranny shop) and they said if I towed it to a dealership they'd take a look and doubted anything could be done, but they'd look. At that point I would have had to pay repair shop for work already done (near 1000). I see a recall in the news for 2005+ Odyssey but have never been notified by Honda personally. We would like reimbursement for faulty transmission that is a recurrent theme according to the internet with these vehicles.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #40

Nov 112010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 124,884 miles
Honda Odyssey 2005 just as the extended warranty expired, the transmission started to hesitate when slowly accelerating from 3rd to 4th gear. Honda dealer said replacement for rebuilt (2 years garanti) for $3000.

- Quebec, 00, USA

problem #39

Aug 032011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
2005 Honda transmission is failing at 60K miles. Some motor mounts were ruined from the shaking and needed to be replaced. The front axle has damage from the shaking as well. And I still need to replace the transmission. The gearing gets stuck shifting around 45 mph, it groans and shakes the car before finally shifting down a gear.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #38

Apr 022011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 111,930 miles


2005 Honda Odyssey, transmission failure at 111,930 miles. The transmissions shops said the torque converters are bad and fail regularly in the Honda vans.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #37

Nov 012009


  • 85,000 miles
At around 85,000 miles our 2005 Odyssey started exhibiting a transmission shudder in the 30-40 mph range. I talked with the dealer about it, and they mentioned it would require the torque converter being replaced. However, they offered a much cheaper possible fix to the problem of replacing all the transmission fluid (cost about $200). That seems to have temporarily fixed the problem. I had the flush done again after 15,000 miles. Hopefully, this will be the only fix needed.

- Toney, AL, USA

problem #36

Mar 122011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Transmission problem, vehicle shuddering in between gear changes. 2005 Honda Odyssey, 58,000 miles. Needs a new transmission per repair shop and dealer. Appears there are numerous complaints on Honda transmissions from 2000 to 2010 Honda Odyssey. Will cost approximately $4800 to replace. No recall to date yet numerous complaints on the net.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #35

Mar 072011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The car shutters around 30-40 mph. I can feel the vibration for 3-5 seconds. I am very disappointed by Honda vehicle's quality. How many complaints do Honda and the government need for a recall? 05 oddessey's are notorious for this problem.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #34

Jan 082011


  • 65,625 miles


First owners ot 2005 Odyssey, van has 65K and all service records, dealer tells us we need newtorque converter and 2 new engine mounts. Absolutely shocked by this since previous Honda crx lasted over 180K with no major repairs...contacted Honda usa for financial assistance.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #33

Mar 152010


  • 65,000 miles
Judder in transmission, going up incline at about 32mph, 1500rpm, especially when cold. Vehicle at 65,000 miles.

- Acton, MA, USA

problem #32

Jun 302008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 32,727 miles
Whining sound and shuddering at certain speeds, generally 30-40 mph. Believe it is transmission related.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #31

Sep 282010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
My 2005 Honda Odyssey shudders at speeds between 30 and 45. I was told I need to replace my torque converter. Through various research, I have begun to see that this is a common problem - there was a safety bulletin (09-053) published for the 07 and 08 model.

- Mt. Prospect, IL, USA

problem #30

Oct 212010


  • 72,600 miles
The car shutters around 40 - 50 mph as well as on inclines. I'm amazed at how many complaints there are about this and how common the defect is that the two places I called after being told by the Honda dealer that I needed a $2200 torque converter put in knew immediately what I was talking about. The 05 Odyssey's are notorious for this problem. I'm surprised that Honda has let this go without a recall.

- Cortland , NY, USA

problem #29

Feb 012008


  • 75,000 miles
Honda Odyssey shudders when shifting gears between 20 and 40 mph. This has been happening for 2+ years and am now told that transmission is in danger.

- Middletown, RI, USA

problem #28

May 052010


  • 60,000 miles
Original owner of 2005 Honda Odyssey van. Around 60,000 miles and while still under the Honda care warranty, the car began to shudder at 20-40 mph speeds when shifting gears. Similar to the multiple complaints about torque converter and transmissions. This is scary and I know not what could happen when transmission decides to let go completely. Local Honda dealer checked the vehicle two times before the warranty ran out (July of 2010) and "couldn't duplicate the problem when they drove it." Absent a recall by Honda to correct this deficiency, the reported problems will continue to grow until someone gets hurt. I feel they should recall the vehicle and fix the transmission when it was reported to them multiple times while still under warranty.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #27

Apr 142008


  • 75,000 miles
My 2005 Honda Odyssey has a transmission shudder due to the faulty torque converter that Honda put into this vehicle. Thee are thousands of complaints on this issue and Honda ignores its customers and provides no recall for this problem.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #26

Aug 062010


  • 95,000 miles
I have 2005 Honda Odyssey. It has transmission problem, whenever it shift gear at low speed around 40 mph, it has judder problem. It have been told by the Honda dealership that it will need software updates, so they did that. It does not work though, it is just getting worst. This is a safety issue, I have seen a lot of people having the same transmission problem. The Honda dealership suggest changing the torque converter/replace the whole transmission. That will be very costly. I am hoping you can investigate this failure and stop the foreseeable accidents. This is a defect in Honda's transmission design, not because of wear and tear. The problem started at around 95K miles and the dealership always suggests different solutions that leads to no fix. The problem gets worst and not they suggest replacing torque converter.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #25

Jul 072010


  • 80,515 miles
We purchased our 2005 Honda Odyssey on June 16th, 2010. During the test drive as well as for a week or so after purchasing the vehicle, no problems were noticed. However about 2 weeks after purchasing the vehicle, we started to notice the vehicle would shudder around 40-45 miles an hour, usually on an incline. We took this vehicle on a long trip and the shuddering started to get worse. On July 19, 2010, we took the vehicle in for service. On Wednesday, July 21st, the dealership called to inform me that they had installed a software upgrade for this problem, but it didn't fix it. Their recommendation was either a torque converter or a new transmission. The tech who worked on my car said they could just replace the torque converter and would probably not have any more problems; however, Honda's recommendation was to replace the transmission. They were waiting on the extended warranty co. To call and see if this was covered. Luckily, on Thursday, July 22nd, the warranty co. Sent someone out to decide if they would cover it. The warranty co. Decided to replace the entire transmission of my month old car to the tune of $3700. On Friday, July 23rd, I finally got my vehicle back. However, unfortunately, it is returning to the dealership due to the fact that it veers to the right.

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

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