26th Jul 2004, 06:50

I have a 2002 EX with just over 36,000 miles. When I called for the service appointment to have the transmission looked at it had just under 36,000 and the dealer said it would not be a problem. We will see this Wednesday, 7/28 how good they are going to be about this.

The problem is the transmission. I drive the car to/from work, around the city generally at highway speeds and to/from vacations to New Orleans and Alabama from Ohio. No towing, no heavy hauling. The symptoms that occur when driving on flat roads and at a stead speed of 25, 35, 45 or even 55 mph, and approach a slight incline (that's all we have here in central Ohio!) it hesitates while it decides whether it is going to down shift or not.

So far I have had good luck with all the Honda's I have owned and all the dealers I have bought them from. But this is the first major problem I have had and worse yet at such low miles. Will let you know how it works out later this week.

4th Jan 2005, 15:41

Before my 2002 Honda Odyssey reached 30,000 miles I reported a problem with the transmission to the dealer. The dealer serviced it, but could not pinpoint the problem. I have taken it back two more times and received the same response. The transmission problems have grown significantly worse and now I can't wait for the lease to end so I can get a new car. I'm very worried about being stranded somewhere without transportation. I have about 5 months left on the lease and I hope it survives that long. My husband and I will never buy a Honda again.

3rd Aug 2005, 18:41

I towed an aluminum boat (1) mile one time with my 2002 Odyssey. The rest of the time is mostly highway driving to and from the airport. Well at 35,000 my tranny just went out and is being replaced.

Technically, my warranty ran out in January, but they are covering it. It will be interesting to see what kind of warranty they provide on this tranny.

16th Oct 2005, 18:37

I have a 2002 Honda Ody EX. About one year ago my tranny problems started. As of two months ago, I am now on my fourth tranny. I have spoken to American Honda and all they will do for me is give me book value on the car. As far as I am concerned they need to do more for me. The car is unsafe and unreliable. Two days ago I put in a complaint to the Better Business Bureau. They do not know who they are messing with. I am taking them all the way and I will make them stand behind their merchandise. I did not pay $35,000 to go back and forth to a Honda dealer every couple of months.

18th Oct 2006, 12:16

I have a 2002 Odyssey EX with 62K miles on it. The transmission is being replaced by a local dealer.

Word to the wise, if you need your transmission replaced and you are beyond your 32k mile warranty, Honda America will replace it for free in most cases. If your local dealer says you have to pay for labor or shipping, call another one. I called the one closest to my house and the repair would have cost $580. Driving a few miles got me the repair free... and a rental car paid by Honda.

3rd Oct 2007, 11:39

I had a similar experience. 2002 Odyssey LX with 83,000 miles on it and we saw the 'D' light flashing from time to time for the last 16 months or so. Took it into the dealer, who said transmission may be failing, but hadn't reached that point yet. We did some maintenance, came back a few months later with flashing 'D' again. replaced a clutch switch. Saw all these articles on the net about failing transmissions on these cars. Finally went beyond just the flashing 'D' and started shifting roughly and really went downhill in just two days. Barely made it to the dealer. Quoted me $3900. Called Honda's help desk and requested they replace it, and pay for all parts and labor. They took care of the whole thing, really stepped up. Dealer was great (McGrath Honda, Elgin Illinois), let me use a loaner car. Turned a bad situation into a very good experience.

6th Jan 2008, 13:10

Similar failure, no results...yet. 98k miles and my wife experienced a revving and lurch with engine and TCS light. Now engine light is on full time. No other symptoms (yet). We had the transmission serviced (replaced?) under recall some time ago. Dealer says transmission needs replaced ($4k or more), but will call Honda to see if they can help. No word back yet.

20th Feb 2008, 19:23

2002 Odyssey EX has 79K miles, transmission seems stuck in second reving high before lurching into third. Honda wants $5,000 to replace with rebuilt. Also I have been having problems with panel lights lighting up while driving for no reason. Would this fall under the lemon law?