2001 Honda Odyssey from North America


Bad transmission for the used Oddy


We've had the van for 20,000 miles; bought it used at 130,000 miles because it was a Honda, which is known for its reliability. What a joke!

The TCS light and the check engine light came on, and they told me that it was a faulty torque converter, the O2 sensor and the catalytic converter needed replaced, as well as a NEW TRANSMISSION!!! I contacted Honda, but since my car is out of warranty, the only thing they can do is offer 25% off a new transmission, which runs between $4500 and $6000 for the Odyssey (according to Honda -- even though an independent shop offered me a rebuilt transmission for about $3000...). That's too much money for a car, which according to KBB is now worth only between $4100 and $6000.

I will never buy another Honda van, even though I truly love the car. I bought a Toyota already, and will drive the Oddy until it falls apart, since I cannot sell it to anyone in good conscience.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd May, 2008

19th Jun 2008, 14:29

I own an '01 odyssey and have had three transmissions replaced already and it's in for number FOUR right now with only 141,000 miles on it.

I love my VAN and would probably get another.

Seems that 'problem Trans' is specific to models circa 2001

R.P. Hackensack NJ.

29th Aug 2008, 13:16

The Honda Odyssey of these years had problems because they were manufactured in the USA. Different V6 engine, different tranny all made in the USA. The previous model which I own is made in Japan and is like a tank. Don't have to change anything but the oil, tires routinely when they go bald, etc. Just general maintenance.

23rd Sep 2009, 01:09

Hate to say it, but you're lucky they're even offering you a discount with the amount of miles on that vehicle and the age.. Most automotive manufacturers would tell you to take a hike!

2001 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5 from North America


Well built and reliable


EGR valve clogged

Fan speed selector knob broke (free-wheeled)

Rubber strips dropped down from read hatch "cover" -- dealer replaced entire cover.

Front motor mount replaced under extended warranty at 85,000 miles. Dealer explained this as the cause of "rough" shifting.

Left rear sliding door light switch works intermittently.

Rough idle--Fuel injection system cleaned.

Accelerator a little sticky.

Transmission has made a whining sound from about 10-50mph sometime after the first year of ownership. Technician test drove van with me and he would put transmission in neutral around 35-40 and sound would disappear. He could swap the transmission, but that would not guarantee the sound would go away. I wanted to know if the sound was indicative of immanent transmission failure. He did not say it was. I declined to change the transmission at this time.

General Comments:

I've enjoyed using the van these past seven years. No really significant problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2008

2001 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5 from North America


I am a Honda fan


I have a 2001 Odyssey. The engine light and TCS light stay on. The van is very reliable and comfortable. My service lights started coming on soon after I had the transmission fluid changed. The van still runs great and gets great fuel mileage.

I have had several Hondas in my lifetime, and none have failed to go past 200,000 miles. I buy my own kids Hondas. I wish these lights were not on, but I am going to keep driving this van until it quits.

I am shocked to see all of these transmission problems, but if you will research other vehicles, then you drive you will see similar problems.

General Comments:

My Hondas have always been great for me. So don't be frustrated if you have problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2007

2001 Honda Odyssey EX from North America


My Odyssey has generally lived up to my expectations, although I'm a little disappointed in mileage


Check engine light would come on periodically. After 3 or 4 visits to the dealer, they replaced the transmission free of charge. I didn't even think I had trans problems, and this happened with about 112,000 miles on the van. I did, however, pay for what appears to have been the cause of the check engine light - replaced cat converter at a cost of $800.

General Comments:

Overall, our Ody has treated us well. I maintain it per the manual, and my dealer's service dept has generally been good (but pricy).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2007