Honda Complaint - We need a 4th transmission in our 2001 Honda Odyssey
GIG HARBOR, WASHINGTON -- After much research back in 2000, we purchased a 2001 Honda Odyssey Van. It was supposedly the best van, more reliable, best warranty, highest safety rating in it's class.
The long and the short of it; at 117,000 miles, we are in need of our 4th transmission. The original transmission died at 49,000 miles (the dealership, West Hills Honda in Bremerton) was great about securing a "new" transmission--turned out to be a rebuilt, but they also secured a 3rd transmission when #2 died at 81,000. I have no complaints with dealership----just their product!
However, the replacement on transmission #3 is not going as smoothly----the company that re-manufactures these (Howard Engineering in Los Angeles, CA) says they will let us buy a new or rebuild transmission at their cost. How nice--on a product that is obviously substandard anyway!
Our van has had issues with the emission system and brakes since month one. We have gone thru 6 sets of brakes ( no one can figure out why) the care shakes like it is ready to explode) and as of yesterday, the traction control system light came on---can someone shout "lemon" along with me???
We were seriously considering buying a Honda Pilot--however, when I went to the website for Howard Engineering, guess what came up as readily available? Transmissions for 2004,2005, 2006 Honda Pilots!! Aaacckk! I'm running fast and furiously away from that thought!
Honda, your Odyssey Vans are junk--I have several friends who own them as well and have similar problems. I think our van takes the lemon award for transmissions, tho.
I WISH we would have bought a Toyota that year.