really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,567 miles

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2006 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

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2006 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #18

Dec 082011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles


Transmission failed after 84,000 miles. Transmission shudders between gears at various speeds when accelerating. Reverse also does not engage and appears to exhibit slippage.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #17

Feb 152011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
During acceleration or deceleration, the steering and transmission shudders between 30 and 45 mph. When this condition happens, the vehicle becomes difficult to control and can easily become unsafe. While accelerating, the vehicle can shudder and easily shift to one side. This condition has occurred over the past year. It is now happening repeatedly and with increasing severity. I have replaced tires and checked alignment. I have also replaced brakes and turned rotors. The dealer indicated today that the problem is related to the torque converter and transmission.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #16

Aug 272011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 105,388 miles
2006 Honda Odyssey transmission problem, my car won't go into reverse.

- Orange, NJ, USA

problem #15

Jul 242011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 65,350 miles


Sudden acceleration. Motor began racing at a stop sign, at first thought that my vehicle's brakes had failed as it lurched forward. Was able to put neutral and turn off engine.

- Indiana, IN, USA

problem #14

Oct 122010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Transmission began to fail after 100,000 miles.

- Florida, FL, USA

problem #13

May 252011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 88,888 miles
2006 Honda Odyssey exl transmission shudder. Either a failing torque converter or transmission. I am writing in concern to my Odyssey transmission. I have had a consistent problem with the transmission shuddering between 20-40 mph. As it shudders there is also a drop in RPM's. I have spoke with (2) other owners of the same model year Odyssey and they have the same problem. Upon further research I have located 1000's of blogs about this issue. This to me is raises a concern. This is not normally wear and tear for a transmission. There is a problem that Honda isn't addressing. There have been recalls in the past, issued by NHTSA, in regards to Honda transmission problems. These problems don't ever seemed to be fixed. Based upon the amount of complaints I have read about, the (2), other than mine, that I have personally heard about makes me feel as there should be some type of interaction with your Agency. Honda continues to blow off the issue and say it isn't a problem. Transmissions should last way longer than 60-80K miles. I have never towed or abused my transmission in any way shape or form and it is failing me. I believe it is solely a manufacturer issue. I believe it is also a safety issue in which Honda knows about but is failing to resolve.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #12

May 012010


  • 198,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle minutes later and noticed that the transmission was leaking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians were unable to diagnose the failure. The failure recurred a second time and the vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure persisted intermittently once the vehicle would become hot. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a second opinion where it was confirmed that the transmission would need replacing. The approximate failure mileage was 198,000. Updated 04/06/11

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #11

Jan 042011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
I was driving my 2006 Honda Odyssey at a normal speed in houston, when it suddenly would not shift into gear, and the tach revved up to the red line. Had it towed to the dealership and they told me that the transmission had failed. I have 143,00 miles on it. The price that the dealership quoted was $4300 dollars. I requested assistance from american Honda, and was denied on several occasions because of the number of miles on the van. I took it to a local Honda specialist and got the same transmission and warranty for $1100 less.

- Rosharon, TX, USA

problem #10

Jun 012009


  • 30,000 miles
Our 2006 Honda Odyssey minivan has been taken for repairs numerous times to address front end shudder that increases with speed, becoming noticeable at ~25mph and most pronounced at 60-65mph. The steering wheel vibrates left-right at a high frequency and increasing intensity while this shudder is happening. Braking effectiveness is measurable hampered and one can feel the shudder through the brake pedal as this occurs. We have had the tires replaced much more frequently than their scheduled life would suggest necessary, we have had the alignment and balancing checked, and we have asked Honda to repair the vibration problem, all without success. There are online forums where Odyssey owners discuss similar problems (for example, see the edmunds site: Townhall.edmunds.com/direct/view/.F1085E1) and lack of resolution by Honda. A quick web search (e.g., "Honda Odyssey front end vibration" or "Honda Odyssey torque converter recall") will result in many other references to similar or identical situations of serious front end vibrations. We have experienced a minor accident which involved hitting a car in front of us at low speed and I believe this problem played a role.

- Southlake, TX, USA

problem #9

Sep 132010


  • 60,000 miles
Took 2006 Honda Odyssey to the dealership again complaining of strong engine shudder when accelerating and between gear shifts. Shudder is so strong whole car shimmies including steering wheel. I have taken the car in for this on two separate occasions (at 60,000 and 90,000) and it has not been properly diagnosed. Just 5 months and a few thousand miles later I am being told that I need a new transmission. Very interesting that it's the same issue I have been in for before when the car was under warranty. Car does not feel safe to drive.

- Westborough, MA, USA

problem #8

Aug 152009


  • 80,000 miles


Transmission failed at less than 80,000 miles. While traveling at 60+ mph transmission smokes, fluid spews from tailpipe and front, gears race and vehicle becomes unable to control in traffic. Vehicle eventually stops, must be allowed to cool down before it can be restarted. Gears sometime lock causing inability to steer. Occurs occasionally at 80,000-90,000, more frequently at 90,000 miles. Defect in torque converter apparently causes fluid to boil inside transmission, causes damage to gears, smoking, etc.. only fix is a replacement transmission.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 152010


  • 83,000 miles
2006 Honda Odyssey minivan. While cruising (not accelerating, not climbing) at about 70 mph on I-5 South in southern California, the driver saw the tachometer suddenly shoot up above the red line (>5000 RPM). The engine continued to rev with accompanying very loud engine noise. The engine would not downshift even as the driver eased off the gas pedal. The driver pulled to the side of the freeway and shut the engine off. The undercarriage and back of the car was soaked with transmission fluid. The car was surrounded by the smell of burning oil. The car was towed 129 miles to a service station. Diagnosis: "blown transmission", apparently a recurrent problem with Honda Odyssey.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 162010


  • 30,000 miles
While driving my 2006 Honda Odyssey ex on slight slopes at approximately 25-35 mph under light acceleration, my vehicle begins to shudder strongly enough that I can feel it through the foot pedal and steering wheel. This happens frequently in my in-town driving following frequent stops, and continues for a few seconds until I increase speed and RPM. In the past two weeks, I have experienced a strong forward jolting motion when my vehicle downshifts as I am slowing behind other cars or as I am slowing to make a turn of my own. The jolt forward has been so strong that it feels like I'm hitting the accelerator, and I have had to brake hard to keep from overshooting my turn or rear ending the car in front of me.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 032010


  • 86,000 miles
Transmission shudder on my 2006 Honda Odyssey. Miles is about 86000, took van to Honda dealer and was told torque converter was bad service manager said these vehicles have been known for shudder problems due to the fact that the vehicles weight was not matched to the transmission properly in design. Shudder happens at about 30-40 mph with a light engine load.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Mar 282009


  • 79,475 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact had her vehicle repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission) in 2007. Two years later, she experienced an abnormal surge and slippage while in second gear. She took her vehicle to the dealer and they stated that she would have to replace her transmission at the cost of $2,100, which was a fifty percent discount. The manufacturer referred her to a dealer. The failure and current mileages were 79,475.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 092009


  • 80,000 miles
I was making a three point turn in a parking lot and when I put the car in reverse the car would not engage. It acted as if it were in neutral. I have an appointment to take the vehicle into a dealership next week. Forums state the this has occurred quite often in Lexus.

- Huntingtown, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 062006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After the service was done at Honda(a B type service); I am feeling a jerk after pressing the brake pedal on speed. With kids in the car this is a scary experience, Honda dealer didn't acknowledge they did anything with this. Though it appeared just after that. I took my Honda for service at Honda twin city at savoy, il.

- Savoy, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 012006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,100 miles
: the contact stated while driving 65mph on the highway the vehicle lost power without warning. The vehicle regained power while slowly pulling to the curb. While coming to a stop the vehicle lost power again and was towed to a dealership. After inspecting the vehicle the dealer replaced the automatic transmission. When the sudden loss of power occurred again the check engine and the transmission warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a different dealership. After replacing the computer and solenoid the dealer determined the transmission needed to be replaced again. The vehicle is currently at the dealership.

- Andrews Afb, MD, USA

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