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Honda Odyssey Lemon
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What happened at Honda? The carefully crafted image of quality products at a premium price lured me in to buying a 2002 Odyssey van. The first winter the power doors would open mysteriously while in motion in very cold weather, but unfortunately we could never replicate the "magic doors" phenomenon at the dealer. Then, this past winter, after less than two years, there was a noticeable lag when shifting into drive. I checked the net and it was full of references to transmission problems. We called the dealer service, and they suggested it was just the cold weather. My wife left on a trip later that day, only to be stranded hours from home with an immobile van. She called the dealer, and was told they couldn't help because it was late on a Friday. Honda paid the towing, wouldn't pay the rental required while we waited for a new transmission. Asked the dealer service if there were reports of transmission problems, dealer said no. 2-3 months later there was a transmission recall.

Now the van is just over distance warranty, still only 2 1/2 years old. Washer pump has quit, but it is over the mileage warranty? Both front struts are leaking, bushings are gone. $1200 bill to repair them. The vehicle has been well maintained and lubed, but according to Honda it is our responsibility (read - we get to pay) because of premature failure of the parts. To add perspective we had a Villager minivan for 3 years with no problems, a Grand Caravan for 3 years with no problems, and a Ford Windstar for three years with no problems. Had owned a Honda Accord before, and when we leased it I asked the sales guy why I should pay a premium for features that the others had and he replied that I had to pay for Honda quality.

He was right. I got Honda quality, and apparently I'm still paying.
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vptl on 10/05/2004:
I own Honda oddessy 2001. Same problem at 30k miles. Just confirmed with Honda that they will not install new tranny...for which I paid the first place...I did not buy used or certified car...
I did some reaserch and there are so many consumers how paid big bucks for this van and in return they are not even called for repair and they will have to wait till their car is not drivable...this is complete tragedy...I really hope someone initiates the process and I would love to support it.
Very surprised that no one has tried to take this to Lemon law or take any legal action against Honda for not re-calling this VAN. Think that if you/I were driveing this VAN with BAD tranny that would havesure cause damage to engine..who will cover that expanse...they will never admit that that tranny caused it...
bg1254 on 11/17/2004:
I purchased 2002 EXL Odyssey in April 2002. At 60,000 miles (Mar 2004) I had the transmission drained and flushed at dealer recommendation. During Nov 2004 (66,000 miles) I noticed a flashing "D" indicator light on the dash. The dealer advised that the transmission needed replacing. The van was never towed and was never used for towing--only driven by a 70 year old locally and on trips. Dealer talked to Honda District Manager who advised that I would have to pay part of the cost of a new transmission.I.e., I would have to pay $826. So much for a "quality" Honda product. Even a Kia gives you 100,000 mile drive train warranty.
rdwolf5 on 12/12/2010:
I have a 2003 Odyssey that is on it's 3rd transmission. Honda paid for the 1st one but won't pay for the second. Both failed at 40, 000 miles. No wonder they only warranty for 36,000 miles. Merry Christmas to me - a $3200 new transmission.
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Honda Odyssey Transmission Failure
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EATONTOWN, NEW JERSEY -- The transmission on my 2003 Honda failed at 40,000 miles. Even though I was out of warranty Honda America agreed to replace the transmission with a new one because I had been complaining for months before that it was defective. When they replaced the transmission they assured me that the faulty design had been corrected. At 80,000 miles the second transmission failed even though I had brought it back to the same dealer to complain that the second transmission was exhibiting the same behavior as the first one. They couldn't find anything wrong but within a month I experienced a catastrophic failure when the car literally stopped on the highway while I was driving with my daughter. The car completely lost power and stopped but the quick maneuvering of the drivers behind me saved our lives. Honda's answer was that it was out of warranty and would not pay. I brought the car to a local repair shop who replaced the transmission for $3200. Please do not buy this van. Honda lied and said the transmission design was changed but apparently not. The National Traffic Safety Board has over 200 complaints of the exact same problem. As an owner of 3 Hondas I am very disappointed with the product and safety- I will never buy Honda again and will tell all my colleagues to stay away.
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trmn8r on 12/12/2010:
"When they replaced the transmission they assured me that the faulty design had been corrected."

It sounds like they lied to you, had inaccurate information, or made this up. I'm really sorry this happened to you. Losing one transmission (at only 40K miles!) is bad enough. Losing two is grounds for a divorce on unreconcilable differences. Good review.
rdwolf5 on 12/13/2010:
Thank you for your comment. I got more sympathy from you than I ever got from Honda. It's sad to see they don't care about their customers' safety or the reputation of their company. I have lost all respect for them and am passing the word on to others.
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Honda Odyssey Transmission
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I have 180,000 miles on my 2001 Honda Odyssey and would expect to have had some trouble with it...after is a machine. 70,409 miles, the transmission went out. I took it in to the dealer and they replaced the transmission with no questions ask (very nice) The dealer explained that there was a problem with the transmissions and that Honda knew it and extended the coverage on them. At 70485 miles, the new transmission failed. It too was real shock here... since it only lasted 74 miles. At 180,000 the transmission failed again. This time, no coverage. The transmission cost $3,000. 3 transmissions in 8 years... not very good. The longest lasting 110,000 miles. I would have expected better from Honda. I got nearly 300,000 from my Buick.
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2007 Honda Odyssey
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The torque converter in my 2007 Honda Odyssey has been replaced multiple times since I purchased it new. It now has 51,000 miles on it. A couple of months ago the transmission itself was replaced. I noticed the transmission whining and hesitating again in a short time. Today, once again, the dealer "updated" the transmission/torque converter from another recall. I am very dissatisfied with the service and my Honda van.
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jktshff1 on 06/30/2010:
How many is multiple times?
Anonymous on 06/30/2010:
Good question.
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2001 Honda transmission "quality"
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MARYLAND -- I cannot believe that Honda would sell such "quality" and I cannot believe that I fell for the hype! I have a 2001 odyssey and in the last 7 months we have spent $6000 to keep it on the road! Just had to have the trans replaced with 123,000 miles for the bargain price of $2,500!! I have no complaint with the dealer but Honda is crap!!!!! I will never buy another Honda and no one that I can influence will buy one! How does a company that produces this quality, I have found numerous complaints similar to mine, continue to be so highly rated! Wake up folks, we are being sold a bill of goods!
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Pomona Guy on 05/15/2007:
I'd say 123,000 miles on a transmission is pretty good. I doubt my Chevy trans will last that long. And I flush the tranny oil every once in a while. What did you exactly spend $6,000 on?
*Brenda* on 05/15/2007:
Isn't 123,000 miles a lot for a 2001 car? My car is a 2002 and it only has 50,000 miles on it.
Anonymous on 05/15/2007:
I have a 2001 Subaru with 79,000 miles on it. Runs like a champ.
runaway on 05/15/2007:
123,000 miles and you're complaining? Just how long did you expect your vehicle to last without replacing anything?
ejack053824 on 05/15/2007:
123,000 miles....and your crying about replacing a tranny? Get da flock outta here!!! As Pomona said..what did you spend $6,000.00 on? Did you replace the engine to?
poppapia on 05/16/2007:
I don't think it's unreasonable to expect much more from a transmission, especially if it's been serviced regularly. In reference to Pomona's comment, I had to replace the transmission on my Chevrolet product at 90,000, with regular servicing, but have come to the realization that I shouldn't expect much more. As for a Honda, I, too, would be upset at replacing a transmission at 123,000 if I had serviced it regularly, but this opinion may be largely due to their reputation for building quality products. In reference to some of the other comments, I am also puzzled at what cost $6,000, as only the transmission repair was mentioned.
Hondabad on 06/16/2007:
Its not difficult to spend 6000 on service and repairs to an Odyssey. Transmission quotes vary from 3000 - to 5000 for new. Brakes that need work more often than they should can run up to 1000 if all need to be done. Sensor after sensor puke, average 200 plus. Diagnostics, each time they look at it cost you almost 50. So its not a stretch for someone to drop 6000 in a short period of time.
Oh, lets not forget a timing belt and catalytic converter, both will cost you an arm and a leg to replace.
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