really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,662 miles

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problem #79

Aug 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 174,900 miles
The automatic transmission slips between gear 2 and 3, and is a common occurrence according to online forum sites. I took it to the dealer and it's not covered under warranty and will cost over $4,000 dollars to repair. The independent auto shops charges around 2,500 dollars to rebuild the transmission. I would like to see Honda take up the responsibility of this transmission issue and take care of its customers.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #78

Aug 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 74,560 miles
When we are going uphill from full stopped it seems the transmission is not picking up and it sounds like slippage of the gear. Then the yellow check engine indicator lights up and when we got home I grabbed my code reader and says P0730 incorrect gear ratio and P0505 idle. There is no crash but almost because the car behind us are really fast going uphill and because im not pressing the brake so most likely he didn't see that were are not moving with the current flow of traffic plus it happened at night at around 11:05 pm after I dropped off my wife to work. My foot is in the gas pedal when I noticed we are not accelerating no matter how much you press the gas pedal. All you can hear is slippage of gear but idle is going up without power.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #77

Jul 242013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
I've been noticing that while starting from a full stop, the transmission slips and the motor revs until I release the gas pedal between second and third gears. This happens on dry roads. I've had the transmission flushed by Honda at 100K miles.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #76

Jul 152013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 167,000 miles
Transmission does not shift from 2 gear to 3 gear it is a known issues with all Honda vans.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #75

Jul 142013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 82,300 miles
My Honda Odyssey started showing symptoms of transmission failures on 14-July. Gears shifting between 1st and 2nd and 2nd and 3rd was noticeable, it would not pick speed while entering freeway. Also, check engine light came up, tcs starts blinking when this gears shift happening, also D sign blinks. I went to redwood city, ca Honda dealer, where I service my car all the time. www.Honda-rc.com/ they told me they don't do transmission and suggested I work with other companies like aamco. I read www.odysseytransmission.com and understand this is known problem but Honda is not forthcoming and helping owners to address this issue.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #74

May 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 128,400 miles
Transmission fails to shift smoothly from 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th. Engine RPM increases suddenly because the transmission is slipping with a loss of acceleration. Shift is no longer smooth, when it finally shifts it occurs with a "bang". at 28000 miles, the transmission was "retrofitted" with the oil jet installed in the atf fill port during the recall on 7/3/2004. Atf has been routinely replaced at twice the recommended frequency (mileage: 28000, 65589, 93831, 120975) with only genuine Honda Z-1 at fluid. Accelerating into traffic is now performed with much more uncertainty and risk.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #73

Jun 212013


  • 151,000 miles
Start smoking transmission leaks oil then the RPM start up and down.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #72

Jan 072013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Transmission slipping. Vehicle went through the recall process. Dealer/Honda say need a new transmission. Mentioned the recall and they said there is nothing they can do about it. It seems a wide spread problem and the recall was not extensive enough. Honda should have replaced the transmission to begin with. Approximate repair cost is $4200.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #71

Mar 132013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
I called Honda dealership (Honda motorwerks, lacrosse, wi) with concerns about erratic shifting between 1st and 2nd gear and also a loud clunking sound when shifting gears. I was told to bring vehicle to dealership and they would install an oil jet kit that would take less than an hour. They mentioned nothing about a mandatory inspection for heat discoloration which could lead to them installing a new transmission. I cancelled appt when I learned installing the jet kit would "close the recall" on my vehicle. I hesitated calling Honda motorwerks to begin with after owning an 80's model Honda civic that had a recall on the gas filler pipe that I was not aware of. I ordered the pipe, paid them and installed it myself and the whole time they knew it was under recall but said nothing to me when I went to pick the part up. Now they are trying to pull a fast one on me again. This dealership proved they can not be trusted and by the hundreds of complaints on the Odyssey's transmission it is obvious that no matter what Honda dealership you take your vehicle to, you will be stuck with a huge repair bill. Mine has yet to be fixed and vehicle is unsafe to drive.

- Viroqua, WI, USA

problem #70

Apr 112013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
My 2002 Honda Odyssey has 125000 miles on it and my transmission is failing. A vehicles transmission is supposed to last the life of a vehicle and my van has a lot more life left in it except for the transmission. It seems to be a problem Honda should fix. I love my Honda van I just want it fixed I cannot afford $4800 dollar transmission repair especially since this is a Honda problem. Please Honda fix these transmissions so I can keep loving my van!!!

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #69

Apr 232013


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the transmission slipped gears with the illumination of the engine warning indicator. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it was found that there was a problem with the transmission Pilot control. In July 2004, the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000.

- Meigs, GA, USA

problem #68

Mar 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I brought my Odyssey in to Honda for an oil change, on the way over the transmission indicator light (amber) came on. I asked the Honda shop to look into the indicator light issue. Upon returning to pick up the Odyssey, the technician informed me that the code was a P0740, and I had to replace the transmission.I left the dealership a bit confused, since the vehicle didn't display any shifting issues. On the way home (about 45 miles), the vehicle seemed to pop out of gear (when I pressed the accelerator the car did not accelerate and I had to pull over to the shoulder, turn the vehicle off, start it back up, and then continue). Now this issue happens constantly, the car fails inspections because of it, and now I am faced with a $3000 transmission replacement. According to Honda's website, the transmission campaign was fixed back in 2004. Very disappointed in how Honda handled the matter.

- Mount Airy, NC, USA

problem #67

Mar 222013


  • 111,111 miles
Bad tranny an I just bought this car. Now to spend more money on your defect. Honda offers zero help class action lawsuit please.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #66

Nov 152011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
On-going slipping transmission. Tranny shop and a Honda salesperson both guessed I had an Odyssey when I prefaced our conversation by saying I have a 2002 minivan with a bad tranny. Clearly Honda Odyssey' have a problem. Too bad Honda did not get the memo.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #65

Sep 032012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 86,278 miles
Vehicle started emitting large amount of smoke from engine compartment, coincident with abrupt loss of speed and failure of transmission. It behaved as if it initiated downshift autonomously (without driver initiation). I was just able to move out of traffic lanes on interstate highway, avoiding serious injury or death from speeding vehicles. Car cel displays "P0740", transmission continues to malfunction: Flares between shifts from gears 2-3, 3-4; occasionally fails to shift from 3-4 until engine revolutions exceed 4000 RPM, then by removing pressure on accelerator, will then usually perform shift. Extreme transmission smoking, expulsion of transmission fluid, lack of transmission capability has now occurred a total of three times.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #64

Jan 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 173,000 miles
Vehicle lost power...would not shift into higher gear. Vehicle continues to have problems. I have been told needs new transmission. Have read many posts regarding issues with Honda Odyssey having transmission problems.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #63

Jan 132010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
At right around 80K miles the van started severely slipping between 2nd and 3rd gear. Took it to dealership and they told me I needed a whole new transmission for $5K. Do not have money for new transmission. Stuck to driving it below 35mph for the last two years, that leaves me in a 6 mile radius. Can not even drive it to the dealership. I and the original owner. This car was babied and always serviced at Honda. Feel this is a known issue by Honda and they are refusing to acknowledge a faulty transmission in these vehicles.

- Sedona, AZ, USA

problem #62

May 032010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Honda Odyssey vehicles apparently have a well known transmission problem. Models from multiple years (including mine: 2002) have short lives compared to any other vehicle I've seen before. Worse yet, Honda refuses to admit that this is a problem, nor will Honda offer any help paying for the very costly repairs. And worst of all, even if the transmission is replaced (ultimately, the only fix that Honda recommends), the new transmission will also fail prematurely! besides causing outrageous repair and maintenance costs, it's really a dangerous problem for the public besides. The transmission can fail unexpectedly leading to an accident.

- Fairview Heights, IL, USA

problem #61

Nov 222012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 173,000 miles
2002 Honda minivan Odyssey transmission started slipping while vehicle on motion at around 40 mph. I took 2002 Honda minivan to dealership; they suggested a transmission replacement cost around $ 4500! called american Honda and enquired about any recall, Honda mentioned about the second gear recall, but I think the second gear automatic transmission recall not solved the transmission problem. Requested some help to sole this manufacturing defect. American Honda turned down my request and I spend around 4000 for transmission repair.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #60

Aug 062012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 218,516 miles
On 12/12/12 Honda announced a recall on 2003-2004 Odyssey's, Pilot's and Acura MDX's for being able to remove the key from the ignition with the vehicle in drive (with the vehicle turned off). This may allow the vehicle to roll forward or backwards. I have a 2002 Odyssey and have this same issue. I reported it to rousch Honda in westerville, oh around 11/12/12. They stated that they could not touch the ignition cylinder. They made it sound like there was a law against it. I stated that my van could roll away if left in drive (which I have done) and they did not change their stance. My van is not included in this recall but it has the same issue and potential danger and needs fixed.

- Westerville, OH, USA

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