02 Odyssey transmission problem
CJT

Washington, DC

#143 Dec 29, 2010
Rich Mount Pleasant MI wrote:
I have 2002 Odyssey. The transmission failed at 108,000 miles. The fluid was changed at the dealer at the correct mileage. I removed the transmission and rebuilt it in my pole building. Pressure tests before removal revealed zero pressure on the third clutch. When I disassembled the transmission the 3rd clutch was completely destroyed. I purchased a rebuild kit from after market supplier plus piston & return spring for the 3rd clutch from Honda. In my opinion Honda has an under engineered 3rd clutch in this (BYBA transmission). I sent the 3rd clutch new parts to a supplier who remove the existing friction material and replaced it with Kevlar. Kevlar in this application should give excellent service. Some other things that should have been addressed on this transmission in my opinion. First it is impossible to remove the fluid from the torque converter (as with most transmissions, no drain plug on the torque converter, no good reason for this.)Second it is impossible to change the internal filter without transmission removal from the car and nearly complete disassembly. In my opinion this is very poor practice. And third the external filter is located inline and is not easy to change. I have 9000 miles on the car since I rebuilt the transmission. We like the car and intend to keep it at least a while. With the price tag on these cars it would seem to me that the Honda design team could have done a little better on tise transmission design.
We also have 2002 Odyssey about 90K miles. It runs OK except one problem: we can not manually shift the gear from D to lower D3. It seems we never do the low gear shifting before but now. Will it be a sign of transmission failure? Thanks.
Rich Mount Pleasant MI

Whitestone, NY

#144 Dec 29, 2010
CJT wrote:
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We also have 2002 Odyssey about 90K miles. It runs OK except one problem: we can not manually shift the gear from D to lower D3. It seems we never do the low gear shifting before but now. Will it be a sign of transmission failure? Thanks.
I'm not sure about the manual shift thing. On my Odyssey 3rd gear was completely missing. In order to drive the car you had to manually shift to 2nd and get enough road speed so the speed sensor would let the transmission shift to 4th.
edinmin

Mankato, MN

#145 Jan 24, 2011
When I went to my neighborhood mechanic to have my transmission fluid replaced in my 2000 Odessey, he advised me that I would have to wait a day while he obtained the proper fluid from an Honda dealer. The mechanic said that Honda only specifies their own transmission fluid for replacement purposes.

Note, the cost of the fluid replacement was not unreasonable.
liner

Bronx, NY

#146 Jan 25, 2011
edinmin wrote:
When I went to my neighborhood mechanic to have my transmission fluid replaced in my 2000 Odyssey, he advised me that I would have to wait a day while he obtained the proper fluid from an Honda dealer. The mechanic said that Honda only specifies their own transmission fluid for replacement purposes.
Note, the cost of the fluid replacement was not unreasonable.
Very important today....use only the manufacturers fluid. Do a drain and refill every year or so.
MR S

Vancouver, WA

#147 Mar 12, 2011
2003 Honda Odyssey Trans problem slipping and the recall was just done and changed fluid and no extended war Honda has been using the same trans with the same problems when do we the consumer get a break I am about to spend 2,500 dollars on a problem that should not have ever have been I am so mad I cant even begin to say.
Glenn Bergen County NJ

Closter, NJ

#148 May 20, 2011
2002 Honda Odyssey transmission problem with 99,100 miles. Charged $110.00 for diagnostic check which determined new transmission was needed. Honda's price was $4,074.68 and that is with a 25% discount? Went to transmission specialist who agreed to rebuild the trans for $2,900.00. Trans specialist stated he is replacing approx. 3-4 Honda transmissions a week. Honda is keeping him in business along with Toyota's. Trans specialist stated he rarely works on Ford and GM cars anymore.
jack

Waukesha, WI

#149 May 21, 2011
I have a '01 Odyssey which just had the transmission fail. If you see symptoms and Honda will offer anything, you should take advantage of it. I had taken mine in before 70K miles and, of course, my local dealer pronounced it ok. Now, about 6K miles later it failed. Honda graciously offered me a rebuilt for from $4350 to 4500, about half the value of the vehicle. A local Acura dealer put me onto a local shop that rebuilds them for about $2500 and I had that done. They did an excellent job. I am absolutely furious that Honda would sell me a vehicle with a known defect and I think that is is unconscionable for them to expect me to assume the replacement cost for it. Their excuse, as others have noted, is that it was too old, which I think is irrelevant at 86K or less miles, regardless of age.

I have had 20 yrs. of Hondas and was just ready to turn the van in on a new Civic. Honda has lost me. On principle, I will never buy another Honda vehicle. They only get to screw me once. I never appreciated the value of a warranty as an indicator of just how much a car company believes in the quality of their product, so I am looking into Hyundai.
Tom

Pacoima, CA

#150 May 21, 2011
jack wrote:
I have a '01 Odyssey which just had the transmission fail. If you see symptoms and Honda will offer anything, you should take advantage of it. I had taken mine in before 70K miles and, of course, my local dealer pronounced it ok. Now, about 6K miles later it failed. Honda graciously offered me a rebuilt for from $4350 to 4500, about half the value of the vehicle. A local Acura dealer put me onto a local shop that rebuilds them for about $2500 and I had that done. They did an excellent job. I am absolutely furious that Honda would sell me a vehicle with a known defect and I think that is is unconscionable for them to expect me to assume the replacement cost for it. Their excuse, as others have noted, is that it was too old, which I think is irrelevant at 86K or less miles, regardless of age.
I have had 20 yrs. of Hondas and was just ready to turn the van in on a new Civic. Honda has lost me. On principle, I will never buy another Honda vehicle. They only get to screw me once. I never appreciated the value of a warranty as an indicator of just how much a car company believes in the quality of their product, so I am looking into Hyundai.
My family and I have owned many Hondas over the past twenty-five years. As earlier posted, our 2002 Odyssey was on the third transmission in 140,000 miles. Thanks to a major car accident that destroyed the Odyssey, the car is in its proper place, the junk yard.
By the way, Honda does not rebuild transmissions. They simply replace it with another transmission that likely has the same problem as the unit that failed in the first place.

There is a new FORD EDGE parked in our driveway!
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#151 May 21, 2011
Tom wrote:
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My family and I have owned many Hondas over the past twenty-five years. As earlier posted, our 2002 Odyssey was on the third transmission in 140,000 miles. Thanks to a major car accident that destroyed the Odyssey, the car is in its proper place, the junk yard.
By the way, Honda does not rebuild transmissions. They simply replace it with another transmission that likely has the same problem as the unit that failed in the first place.
There is a new FORD EDGE parked in our driveway!
Nice car.....good luck!
Bob from California

Oxnard, CA

#152 Jul 18, 2011
Hi Odyssey Owners: Kathy, you have me beat, do you really mean 120 miles. I've got the rest of you beat. 39,950 miles is all I got from my transmission. Sforeman, I must have talk to the same customer service person. Out of the kindness of their heart, American Honda gave me a 60%/40% "deal." I accepted and didn't fuss. I believe American Honda needs the money more than I do.
Bob from California

Oxnard, CA

#153 Jul 18, 2011
Hey Liner: Do you sell transmission fluid?
liner

Bronx, NY

#154 Jul 19, 2011
Bob from California wrote:
Hey Liner: Do you sell transmission fluid?
I should, I'd make a fortune!
Shane

Salisbury, NC

#155 Jul 27, 2011
Are there any official websites I can go to in order to see if my girlfriends' van was part of this transmission recall? She just had it happen on her 2003 Odyssey with 117,000 miles. I haven't found anything thus far that would indicate that Honda should or should not help with the repair.

Thanks
Tom

Pacoima, CA

#156 Jul 28, 2011
Shane wrote:
Are there any official websites I can go to in order to see if my girlfriends' van was part of this transmission recall? She just had it happen on her 2003 Odyssey with 117,000 miles. I haven't found anything thus far that would indicate that Honda should or should not help with the repair.
Thanks
Check earlier posts here. It seems there was a web site you could go to to check that information. A class action site as I recall. I was on transmission number 3, and believe it or not, did not qualify for the class action.
Miss Shy

Lawrenceville, GA

#157 Nov 2, 2011
Make a vehicle complaint at, safercar.gov
My 2002 Honda Odyssey's Transmission Failed. The Code P0730 Gear Ratio Incorrect was the problem that was given by the Honda Dealership. The mileage on my vehicle is 127,263. There was no clear warning, the car hesitated on the way to the dealer and when I got there the dealer said I needed a new transmission at the cost of $3800.00 and they also said I needed three engine mounts at a cost of $920.00. On the internet I have seen hundreds of complaints about this code P0730 for the 2002 Honda Odyessy but there has never been a recall. We need a recall on this item Code P0730 Transmission failure and Gear Ratio incorrect.I also spoke to the national honda agency to no avail. Please fill out your complaint with the National Transportation and Safety Administration online safercar.gov make a vehicle complaint. If the correct agency hears from all of us maybe we can get a recall.
Dean

Saint Paul, MN

#158 Nov 11, 2011
No offense, but do you guys realize now that imports are not built any better/different than domestic vehicles? It's all about marketing and hype. If you do your research you'll see that there are just as many horror stories about Hondas, Toyotas, and Subarus as any domestic car. Maybe you should consider a Caravan or Town and Country, they have definitely improved by a much greater factor than Honda has gone downhill. Or maybe a Ford Flex? I guarantee they'll last longer than 80-90,000 miles.
Tom

Murrieta, CA

#159 Nov 11, 2011
Dean wrote:
No offense, but do you guys realize now that imports are not built any better/different than domestic vehicles? It's all about marketing and hype. If you do your research you'll see that there are just as many horror stories about Hondas, Toyotas, and Subarus as any domestic car. Maybe you should consider a Caravan or Town and Country, they have definitely improved by a much greater factor than Honda has gone downhill. Or maybe a Ford Flex? I guarantee they'll last longer than 80-90,000 miles.
In twenty-five years of owning Hondas I have never had a driveline failure. I am talking cars with over 250,000 miles on them. Purchased new, driven forever. The 2002 Honda transmission issues you read here are problematic with this year Honda. Honda has a problem and didn't do anything about it. Yes, I purchased a new domestic automobile (Ford) and am happy about that purchase. I am not happy in Honda's handling of their issue with transmissions and neither are the people that have been posting here for years.
Dean

Saint Paul, MN

#160 Nov 13, 2011
It's called hype, the idea that one brand is consistently superior to others with no evidence or rationale to support it. Companies like Honda, BMW, Apple, etc. love this and use it to the max to get as much money as possible out of their customers, who fervently believe they have the best. The smart consumer has no brand loyalty and buys what works for them for the best price. The frugal consumer, like myself, buys old used cars that have a proven track record and saves tons of money in the process, while not supporting conspicuous consumption.
Hondababe

United States

#161 Jan 19, 2012
Some of you people are dumb! When a warranty, for examples says, "3 YEARS OR 36,000 miles, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.... THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS!!! WHICHEVER COMES FIRST!!! And if Honda offered 75% of the cost on a new transmission and you got mad about it, that's YOUR BAD if you didn't take their offer. After offering that, if you complained, I would rescind the offer too!!!
Jay

Cape Coral, FL

#162 Jan 23, 2012
I have honda odyssey 2002 and 70,589 miles. i am getting Engine light and TLC light also, i went to AMMCO and they dignosis PO7000, PO7030 & PO7040 problems. ask me $1700.00 to fix this problem. i went to honda dealer they told me that we charge 106.00 for dignosis. is that honda company pays anything to change transmission for 2002 odyssey. please let me know if you know about it.

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