21st Nov 2007, 13:37

We have one of the "gray" market 2001 Odyssey (from Canada) as well. We got it new and we have about 70K mile on it. We have had couple of problems in the past (after 36K) and they were luckily covered by our third party extended warranty. Unfortunately now the two dreaded Service and TCS lights have come on. Finally took it to our mechanic who found some broken shaft ($500), and said requires EGR valve replacement (approx $400). Dealer won't cover that because it is gray market vehicle and same story from Honda USA. Our third party extended warranty won't cover this because there is a recall notice on it! I am more worried it may be the transmission problem I am reading about here!! Anyone have good results after replacement of the EGR valve or is this begin of more problems to come? maybe time to trade. Thanks.

7th Dec 2007, 23:59

I purchased a 2001 Odyssey. I can hear a hissing noise when transmission shift to third. It sounds like inside an airplane. The van has 106000 miles and needs the timing belt and engine mount replaced. Now I'm getting scare about the transmission scare that everyone its talking about it.

I'm good at do it yourself, but should I take it to the dealer or take action in my own hand? Oh, I don't have a warranty on this van.

19th Dec 2007, 13:52

My 2001 Odyssey got transmission replacement at 90K. Now at 150K, Engine light and TCS light are both on. I took the van to Honda dealer to get fix, however, after spending $300 for EGR replacement, the problem still exists. Any recommendation??? Will not buy another Honda in future!!!

19th Dec 2007, 17:23

Did you clean out the ports? I replaced my EGR and found that you had to clean the ports out and consequently the Check Engine light came back on for EGR. It is still cheaper to do it over a gain yourself than to take it to the dealer.

19th Dec 2007, 22:27

I have a 2001 Honda Odyssey, I am having the check engine light problem that comes and goes. I paid to have the EGR replacement and tube clean out service done again because it had already been done prior to me owning it. They said it was clogged again... so this is possible it can happen after the initial fix. I am now having problems with my transmission shifting real hard when you put it into reverse at cold temperatures. My Odyssey has 186,000 miles on the original transmission and I think it's about to go after reading the many comments on this site. I was told by the dealer that my catalytic converter may need to be replaced in order to keep the check engine light from coming on, but that driving it this way would not hurt it. Can anyone tell me if changing the converter fixed their check engine light problems? And would this maybe have some effect on the transmission problem?

31st Dec 2007, 18:30

I also have a 2001 Odyssey. I replaced the EGR valve and the catalytic converter. Don't waste the money doing these. I removed the EGR valve and cleaned the ports with a small wire and sprayed brake cleaner and carb cleaner in the ports while the van was running. With this valve off and the engine running the van sounds awful, but don't worry. After spraying the fluid and putting the EGR valve back intact let the van run a few minutes. Sometimes this will turn the light off and sometimes it won't. Good luck.

6th Jan 2008, 11:55

I have an 2001 Odyssey from Canada, 104K miles, and just like many here the check engine light came on. It's the transmission. The dealer here in North Carolina has been very helpful, but continues to get "No" as a standard response from the regional supervisors. After calling American Honda and telling them I own a Honda, regardless of its origin, and that I need this taken care of. I did get a case number and should get a call this week.

I also have a friend that used to work for Honda. He said call American Honda every day. Be the squeaky wheel. Be polite, but do not give in. Refuse to pay anything because you own a Honda. It doesn't say Honda of Canada on the back of my car. Talk to then about loyalty and about your next vehicle purchase. Basically you need to stare them down until you get what you want.

25th Jan 2008, 18:44

I own a 2001 Honda Odyssey. I have 124,000 miles and am on my fourth transmission. The transmission seems to last about 40,000 miles. I have been fortunate that Honda has paid for the replacement of each transmission. They have now told me they will not cover another transmission.

30th Jan 2008, 13:33

I have just come from the dealership. I went because my engine light was on and my maintenance required light was on. Honda said the lights were on because I need a new transmission. Here is my thought: I am fortunate that my transmission has lasted 133,000 miles and I am not having problems with it. Just a stupid light that tells Honda that I am due for a new transmission. My question is - Has anybody ignored these lights and not had problems? Can I just keep driving with my current transmission that I have because it seems that many of you are getting bad replacements? Anybody out there ignoring the lights? Trade in value for my 2000 Odyssey is $4400. The repairs they are suggesting cost close to $6000. I think perhaps I will run this van until it doesn't run anymore. Thoughts from you people in Internet Space, please! Thanks.

6th Feb 2008, 13:26

Does anyone know what Honda Dealerships are currently doing for these cars, I just purchased a 1999 Honda Odesey and the transmission needs to be replaced, the van has about 156,000 miles on it.

Can anyone offer any suggestions, the owner that we brought it from, did not let us know that he had already replaced the transmission.

Any advise would be helpful!

17th Feb 2008, 20:06

My 2001 Odyssey's tranny let go at 69000 miles with no warning in Nov 2005. I took it to my dealer.

I was told the tranny had to be replaced. I asked at what cost not knowing about ext warranty 7yrs/109000. The service manager told me about the extended warranty. No charge. I was very happy and he even gave me a free rental for a week. I was only charged 119.00 for a loose motor mount. Other than that, no problems with my van... they treated me great.

Ps bringing it back tomorrow at 107000 for tune up and tranny check. Wish me luck.

Ps this is my 3rd Honda.

25th Mar 2008, 20:55

I have a 2001 Odyssey and the check engine light and the TCS light has been coming on for at least the last 150,000 miles. It has 209,000 miles. I have never done a tune up or taken it in to check the lights. I have changed the oil (every 6000 miles with synthetic oil) and transmission fluid about every 30,000) I think my transmission is going out finally, but I have found that it drives OK in D3. It sounds like it is best to ignore the lights. My dealer told us it will cost $2500 to replace! Maybe he was not including labor!I have loved the van and am sad that the transmission is going out!