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Transmission Slip Out Of Gear Problems of Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey owners have reported 36 problems related to transmission slip out of gear (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2003 Honda Odyssey 1
Failure Date: 11/29/2013

1. Van shudders/loses power when driving ~ 35 mph, especially uphill. 2. Cannot shift lever into either low gear. 3. Reverse would hard "thunk", especially when cold when putting into gear from park. Would also slip out of gear and cause van to break before going back into reverse. Now does not work.

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car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2014 Honda Odyssey 2
Failure Date: 10/15/2013

Driving approx 25mph through town when engine rpms increased a bit as it briefly slipped out of gear, then it caught itself and abruptly went into approx 5th gear (6 speed transmission). From there vehicle was only using 2 gears (~2nd and 5th) and every time it up shifted into 5th (from a stoplight, etc. ) it was very abrupt, and made a loud clunk noise - it was so hard it felt like the powertrain was going to be ripped off the engine mounts and out of the engine compartment (seriously). Immediately limped vehicle to closest dealer. Dealer replicated event and determined transmission fluid was overfilled (approx half a quart). This was an issue from the factory and manufacturing process. The selling dealer did not cover/discover this overfill as part of the vehicle sell checklist process (if I were them, not sure I would have noticed a half-quart either). Apparently a half quart makes a big difference in the internal pressure of the transmission which caused this issue. If this would have happened on the highway or otherwise it could have been worse or caused an accident. It was bad enough limping through town. Dealer removed excess fluid and appears to be operating fine (although I now question the longevity of the transmission after this incident). This was obviously an issue during assembly and I am sure I am not the only one that may have been affected. I only assuming that a robot was inadvertently overfilling the fluid on a bunch of transmissions along the way. Can provide VIN as necessary.

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car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2004 Honda Odyssey 3
Failure Date: 11/15/2012

The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the transmission slipped out of gear, causing the vehicle to stall. The contact took the vehicle to dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer advised the contact that the transmission was slipping out of third, fourth and fifth gears. The dealer replaced the transmission fluid but it did not remedy the problem. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer. The dealer then advised that the transmission needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 131,000.

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car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2002 Honda Odyssey 4
Failure Date: 01/19/2012

While driving the minivan on the highway, it would slip out of gear (around 2nd or 3rd gear). I had to let off the gas pedal to wait for it to re-engage. This happened a second time on 02/02/12 at which time I took it for diagnosis, the dealership told me I needed to replace the transmission ($4,150) without mentioning anything about the previous recall by Honda. I then called american Honda motor, they said if there is a problem with the 2nd gear the dealership can complete the safety recall for the second time and file a warranty claim. The dealership didn't offer this option claiming there was no warranty on the transmission.

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car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2001 Honda Odyssey 5
Failure Date: 12/13/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph when the vehicle jumped out of gear and decelerated until coming to a stop. The contact was unable to shift into any gear. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they advised the contact that the transmission failed. The vehicle was previously been repaired under a manufacturer's safety recall for the transmission. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 143,000.

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Failure Date: 11/01/2011

2001 Honda Odyssey. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems the consumer stated the vehicle would slam into gear and slip out of gear. Honda repaired it in late 2009 under warranty. However, less than two years later, the problem has returned. The consumer stated the replacement transmission was also defective.

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Failure Date: 08/01/2011

Tl- the contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated while driving 45 mph the vehicle began to slip out of gear and stall. The contact stated the vehicle became very difficult to drive especially up hill. The contact noticed NHTSA campaign recall number 04v176000 (power train:automatic transmission) and notified the dealer. The dealer informed the contact that the recall remedy was performed on the vehicle in 2004. The contact called the manufacturer who suggested to have the dealer perform a diagnostic test in order to determine if the failure was related to the recall. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer and stated that it was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 95,000. Rvk.

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Failure Date: 03/31/2011

2003 Honda Odyssey transmission slipping out of gear when accelerating after entering highway.

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Failure Date: 12/28/2010

2003 Honda Odyssey transmission slipping, leading to eventual failure. Transmission slips out of gear when going from 2nd to 3rd gear, engine revs, wheels lose power. Event has occurred 10-12 times over the last 2 months, particularly when accelerating from a slow speed (traffic light, stop sign, turn, etc. ). It gets hazardous when there are cars behind yours because your vehicle loses power to the drive wheels leaving the driver to pump the accelerator, down shift to d3 or shift into neutral then back to drive. I've had to pull off to the shoulder to prevent getting run off the road by cars behind me.

car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2002 Honda Odyssey 10
Failure Date: 11/23/2010

I was driving my young children to school, when in the middle of a busy intersection, my 2002 Honda Odyssey (89,000 mi) lost power. If was as if it shifted out of gear, into neutral. After a few seconds it shifted back. I prayed the rest of the way to school. After dropping the girls off at school, there were a couple of other instances where it shifted out of gear on the 2 mile drive to the transmission shop. Prior to this day, there was absolutely no warning that there was a transmission problem. (we had had it properly serviced according to the recommendations - Aug 2010 tranny fluid changed). In fact, our bags were packed and we were planning to leave right after school that day for a 300 mile trip to grandparents. The trip had to be cancelled. We are so thankful it didn't happen on the highway. From the thousands of other stories I have read online, many others weren't so fortunate. Honda offered us $450 on the $3,300 repair. Now, we are aware of how well known and documented this transmission issue is on the Odyssey. Does someone have to die before Honda does something to protect owners from this sudden, dangerous failure of the transmissions? we bought a Honda because of its safety rating. That was a huge, expensive mistake! with all of the reports of second and third transmissions failing on these vehicles, I will never feel safe in it again with my family! we plan to sell it, if we are able. Please make Honda accountable for these defects and make them do something to make these vehicles safer. Thank you.

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Failure Date: 08/24/2010

I have a 2003 Honda Odyssey with a trasmission problem . Seems it slips out of second gear a known problem in Honda Odysseys from 1999 to 2004. Honda issuedd a recall for a temporary fix to get the cars out of warranty. The sales manager at Honda in gurnee illinois confirmed that this is a known problem in Honda Odyssey and Honda is burying their head in the sand. My car now needs a new transimision estimate cost 3800. I called Honda and they denied any recovery of this cost. I searched online and this problem is huge in these vans. I know 3 people with Honda Odyssey with the same problem.

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Failure Date: 05/28/2010

Our 2003 Honda Odyssey began slipping out of gear while we were driving 10 days ago. It slipped three times, and we were driving the van on a highway with our child in the car. We no longer felt it was safe to drive the van, so we had it evaluated at the car dealership where we purchased the vehicle new in 2003. They told us our transmission is failing at only 88,000 miles. We have had all regular and routine maintenance done for this vehicle through the years, and have had the transmission flushed twice according to schedule. We researched this on our own and see that many Honda Odyssey vehicles have had transmission failures prior to 100,000 miles. We wonder why there has been no recall to fix this problem. There was a 2004 recall for the transmission, for which we promptly had our van serviced. The dealership's service manager assures us that the 2004 recall 'had nothing to do with your current transmission failure. '.

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Failure Date: 01/02/2010

The transmission on my 2003 Odyssey just failed at 83,000 miles. 2nd and 3rd gears, mainly over 25 miles per hours, do not work predictably. When one would normally expect it to go to third gear, it slips. The car just started this today. From what I have read, the dealership will charge thousands of dollars to replace it. I am dropping it off tonight or early tomorrow morning. I hope it is only a part, and that I don't have to replace the whole transmission; I can't afford it. The car has had average maintenance by the dealership. This is a safety issue. I can't pull into and out of intersections predictably. Taking a left from a busy highway, such as the one I live near, is dangerous, because I don't know what the van will accelerate like. What if it slips out of gear, and I get stuck in a lane of oncoming traffic? I hope that Honda is required to fix or replace the transmission. No one expects this out of a six to seven year old car with 83,000 miles anymore. People may try to drive slowly anyway, because they cannot afford to replace the transmission. There are accidents waiting to happen, because the cars behind the van will expect it to accelerate, and it will get caught in the middle of intersections.

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Failure Date: 04/30/2009

Honda Odyssey 2001 transmission slips out of gear.

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Failure Date: 04/12/2009

2002 Honda Odyssey, 98k miles. While driving on highway at 60 mph, transmission began to slip out of gear causing the vehicle to lurch violently back and forth. Once off the highway, the tcs light and engine malfunction light came on. Also lost reverse. Had vehicle towed 15 miles to closest dealership. They say the transmission needs to be replaced. This vehicle is not safe.

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Failure Date: 01/07/2009

The transmission of our 2002 Honda Odyssey started slipping when shifting from 2nd into 3rd gear around 40,000-50,000 miles. The failure occurred about once a moth. The Honda dealership had installed an a/t oil jet kit around that time because of a safety recall, but the transmission slipping was unaffected by that remedy. The frequency and severity of slipping has increased and is currently at 3-4 times per week. At 96,500 miles the check engine light has come and the Honda dealer told us that the transmission and transmission control unit have failed and need to be replaced. Since the slipping has been occurring more frequently, safety has become a major concern to us. The vehicle cannot be trusted to accelerate out of dangerous traffic situations (I. E. , merging into highway traffic, passing, driving in hilly areas), since one cannot predict when the vehicle loses power/slips out of gear. It has taken 3 minutes once to shift from 2nd into 3rd. We have been lucky so far that nothing more seriously has happened, but based on our experiences and reading about the experiences of others, it is only a matter of time until this transmission design issue will lead to serious accidents (hopefully not fatal). Honda has offered to replace the transmission and control unit at a reduced rate, but since this issue should be covered by an extended warranty (as was the case for the 99-01 Odyssey models) or a recall, any repair cost that the customer has to bear is adding insult to injury. I hope, the NHTSA will look into this issue thoroughly and advocate on behalf of the consumer. Please don't wait until someone gets seriously injured.

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Failure Date: 12/29/2008

2002 Honda Odyssey Mini-van: transmission does not between 2nd and 3rd gear. This causes the vehicle to effectively drop out of gear while in traffic which can cause an accident. This occurred twice on December 29, 2008. I have scheduled an appointment with local Honda dealer to evaluate failure. However, this appears to be a common failure for Honda Odyssey transmissions based on discussion forums on internet. A class action law suit has begun against Honda.

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Failure Date: 10/05/2008

Transmission slips, won't shift out of first gear, shifts erratically. When transmission won't shift out of first gear the car cannot get up to highway speeds and becomes an obstacle for traffic which begins honking and passing. Merging safely is extremely difficult as the car will not go over approximately 40 miles per hour. Cannot meet minimum speed requirement on some highways. This has been happening intermittently for about 14 months.

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Failure Date: 08/14/2008

2002 Honda Odyssey transmission problems code p700, slipping out of 2nd gear and high acceleration. Took it to a transmission place and they said it would cost $800 - $4000 and they also referenced the bulletin on Honda Odyssey's. Will take it in for a 2nd opinion.

car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2003 Honda Odyssey 20
Failure Date: 04/13/2008

I bought a used 2003 Honda Odyssey from power Honda of valencia in December 2007. In April 2008 the car would not shift out of second gear or go faster than 35 mph. The rpms would rev very high 5k+. I took it into the dealer and they said it needs a new transmission. American Honda offered me a 25% discount on a rebuilt transmission, but I just bought the car 4 months ago and I feel that others are having the same problem leading me to believe that they are bad Honda transmission.

car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2001 Honda Odyssey 21
Failure Date: 03/10/2008

Failed transmission in 2001 Honda Odyssey. We drove from starkville, ms to our families homes in ocean springs, ms for christmas. We got about 45 minutes from our home when we came to a stop light. After we stopped we tried to accelerate and the car shifted very hard. It shifted hard every time it changed gears. We made it down to our families for christmas. On our return trip home we experienced the same problem. When we attempted to turn left to cross the hwy. On to the on-ramp the car would not down-shift out of 4th gear. The van struggled across the highway. It took us about 30 seconds to get across the 2 lanes of traffic. My husband contacted the local dealer and they referred him to american Honda. He told them about the problem. They told him they could not repair it because it was no longer under warranty. We continued to drive it as it is our only vehicle. The problem wasn't too bad when the weather was cold but as soon as it would get warm it would shift hard again. It finally gave out on our way home one day in March, 2008. It would shift hard and then hang up like the gears wouldn't lock in. It was terrifying to drive. We took it to a transmission specialist and were told it would cost $3,000 to fix. We kept the maintenance up on this vehicle and took very good care of it.

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Failure Date: 01/22/2008

I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey. I had the transmission serviced in August 2007. In December 2007, I took it in due to rough shifting. I was told it needed new engine mounts. Two weeks later, I took my family to the mountains on a getaway. It was slipping out of gear on nearly every other hill. When we got home, Honda agreed to cover 1/2 the replacement cost. My half was $1600. I read posting online where Honda had paid the entire repair cost for some customers. Why the disparity? my guess is that these transmissions are failing at ridiculously high rates, and they are trying to minimize their losses.

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Failure Date: 02/12/2007

2002 Honda Odyssey purchased used in 2004. From day one noticed random transmission slip. Dealer purchased from and Honda dealer both checked vehicle. Could not get slippage to occur while car was at shop. While starting off from an intersection vehicle would not shift out of 1st gear, rpms raised and lost power,near mis-side impact. Took it to Honda dealer and was told the transmission was trashed.

car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2003 Honda Odyssey 24
Failure Date: 02/11/2007

We own a 2003 Honda Odyssey ex with 89,000 miles on it. We bought it used in 2007. Last week the transmission "shuddered" for two miles while on the highway. I pulled over, turned off the vehicle, restarted it, and continued. About 50 miles later, the transmission slipped out of gear while I was trying to merge into traffic on an interstate. I was able to pull over, get the van into a gear, and "limp" home. I have now studied this issue and learned that Honda has a serious problem with transmissions with their v-6 engines. The van, in fact, does require a new transmission - and it will me significant dollars. Fortunately I was alone in the van at the time, and no accident occurred, but one very certainly could have. Losing all power at the wrong time could be disastrous(goes without saying). I am disappointed that Honda knows about these problems, and has not taken proactive steps to prevent them. I would hope that NHTSA would compel them to.

car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2000 Honda Odyssey 25
Failure Date: 11/01/2006

: the contact stated while traveling various speeds the transmission slipped out of gear between first and second. The dealership determined the second gear failed and the transmission was rebuilt.

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car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2002 Honda Odyssey 26
Failure Date: 09/21/2006

Our 2002 Odyssey has had transmission problems since shortly after we purchased it in July 2002. It has a very hard shift, causing the vehicle to lurch and jolt from gear to gear. This has made acceleration difficult and deceleration almost as bad, because the van goes from slowly accelerating to an unexpected jump in speed with a neck cracking lurch. We have taken our van to the shop repeatedly starting at 6869 miles, again at 7867, complained at every servicing, had the transmission recall work performed, continued complaining with no result. We gave up for about two years. When the problem worsened we switched mechanics in 2004. Our new mechanic worked on the transmission and throttle, but was unable to access the codes in the van's computer to truly diagnose the problem. On 21 September 2006, he made arrangements for a Honda mechanic (who is a close friend of his) to look at the van again. The Honda mechanic said that he cannot understand how Honda could tell us nothing was wrong for so many years - the van computer was full of codes concerning the transmission. This is because the transmission is a 2001 transmission in a 2002 van. He said the transmission is part of a Honda recalled group of transmission from the 1999-2001 model years. This is why the transmission does not work properly, why it has such a hard shift, why it cannot accelerate smoothly, why it cannot decelerate smoothly, and why it drops out of gear when traveling at highway speeds.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2006

: the contact stated a NHTSA recall # 04v176000 for the power train: automatic transmission was serviced in August of 2002. The problem still existed after the service dealer signed off on the recall repair. The transmission slipped out of gear as the vehicle was accelerated to 30 mph. The service dealer was unable to reproduce the problem and informed the contact to wait until the problem was more pronounced, so they could identify the problem and make the repair. The manufacturer was not contacted.

car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2003 Honda Odyssey 28
Failure Date: 03/20/2005

Had a recall for adding oil jet cooler for the second gear area. Don't have the recall # started having problems with the vehicle on the road or in town when you go to accelorate it revs up, it goes to 7,000 or 8,000 rpms. It doesn't shut off. Sometimes it will stay in 3rd gear. It does different things at different times. This occured in March the 1st time. Its done this atleast four times since then. Its like your driving along like it goes into neutral then it shifts out of gear and the rpms go up. Contacted the dealer they are going to fix it for half price.

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Failure Date: 01/12/2005

At first I thought it was a one-time deal (first occurrence happened early in 2004)because it would happen in different areas. The problem seems to be more consistent now at the same spot. Traveling on the highway (for about 7 miles at @65-70 mph) and then getting off at the exit, turning onto the main road (there is a yield sign so one does not have to come to a complete stop when exiting off ramp to main road). Approximately 20 mph (on a flat straight road) and slow acceleration the rpm will rapidly rise to @4000 and the vehicle slips out of gear for about 5-10 seconds. We have to either let off the gas pedal and wait for the gears to re-engage or leave the rpm at 4000 and the gear will eventually engage again.

car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2003 Honda Odyssey 30
Failure Date: 01/01/2005

1. There were no events that led to the failure. 2. When slightly accelerating between the speeds of 35-45 mph, the transmission shifts out of gear, the tachometer would shoot way up, and the vehicle would start slowing down. The check engine light did not come on, except on one occasion recently. This problem did not happen on a daily basis. Some days it would happen once, while other days it would happen several times. This almost resulted in being rear ended on several occasions by cars and big rig (18-wheelers) trucks that were following closely. My wife was becoming increasingly afraid to drive the vehicle because the issue was happening at a higher rate (on a daily basis) prior to the transmission being replaced. This is a potentially dangerous safety issue. The number of occurrences is too many to remember. 3. After taking to the dealer on numerous occasions, the dealer finally replaced (free of charge) the transmission when the check engine light finally recorded a transmission code error.

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Failure Date: 12/06/2004

Transmission was slipping out of gear at various speeds, preventing the vehicle from moving. Took vehicle for checkup twice, but the cause was undetermined.

car image   Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problem of the 2002 Honda Odyssey 32
Failure Date: 04/19/2004

Transmission slipped out of gear (detected with high rpm and engine sound) while driving on busy street. Engine and tcs dashboard lights came on. Wife was driving with children in the van at the time. With great difficulty, she was able to coast the van into a parking lot. This happened one other time in a parking lot but no indicator lights came on and dealer couldn't replicate. Van currently at dealership to have transmission replaced. I consider this a severe safety concern and given the number of complaints in various forums regarding this model/year, I think a mandatory recall would be the prudent thing to do before injury or death occurs.

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Failure Date: 02/23/2004

While driving, the automatic transmission slipped out of gear. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, who acknowledged that there was a problem with the transmission. The consumer was concerned that this was a manufacturing defect and did not want to pay for any repairs to be done.