Notes: Aside from peeling paint, the 2008 Honda Odyssey is a pretty reliable, generally trouble-free minivan.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
119,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuild the transmission (3 reports)
2008 Honda Odyssey transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 072018

Odyssey LS 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,997 miles


Just got the heavy from my mechanic who advised me the transmission went out. I couldn't believe it! My Odyssey only had 130K miles! Called around and the local transmission repair shops charged around $2,500 to $3,500 for repair. It started with a winding noise then now power with all of the dash lights coming on like a x-mas tree. I pressed the gas pedal and it didn't go anywhere. I pressed on the gas again and then I got a little movement which allowed me to get it home. The next morning, I was able to drive down the block to my local mechanic. I hoped (prayed) it was maybe just a sensor, but I knew it was the transmission. I bought the van used from a very reputable Honda dealership in 2014 with 90K miles. I should've serviced the transmission.

All in all, I love the van! My kids love the van! back seats recline. Great on gas. Spacious! So I'm hoping this will last me at least another 4 years. We'll see.

- Michael A., Oxnard, CA, US

problem #2

Nov 112016

Odyssey EX-L 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

This was my second Honda with an automatic transmission failure. The transmission shop told me that the bulk of the autos they repair are Honda/Acura with automatic transmission failures. This has been a big issue with Honda for a LONG time and I foolishly assumed that Honda had resolved the major issue which was tarnishing their brand. But, no, they STILL haven't corrected the issues! I used to like Honda but no more - between transmission failures, high prices, uncontrolled dealers, and a pattern of screwing vehicle owners, I'm done with Honda.

- motorazr, Atlanta, GA, US

problem #1

Jul 042016

Odyssey EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles

computer update failure

We found out there was a manufacturers computer update notice sent to 2003 thru 2007 odyssey owners. The update if not made caused major transmission failure. As an owner of a 2008 we never received this notice and of course we have suffered the cost of rebuilding the transmission. I have owned Hondas in the past and never have had this happen to vehicles with 180000 miles on them not to mention 131000. Very disappointed in Honda for not notifying all odyssey owners of this damage that costs owners a ton of money. This just might be the last Honda we purchase.

- Edwin F., Phoenix, AZ, US

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