by familyofsix on Jun 1, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
As a family of six we need the third row, so it's either SUV or minivan.
Bought this used in 2010 to replace a totaled SUV (rollover accident).
92 Accord had been great.
Bought this despite knowing possible transmission problem because (a) Consumer Reports still called it a Best Bet, (b) thought Honda would stand behind it.
Transmission went out around 105K (apparently typical), Honda dealer wanted $5200 for a new one.
I went to my mechanic and got a rebuilt with two-year warranty for $2800.
Wrote to Honda, but they offered no help with the bill, saying they knew about other years with bad transmission but not 2001 (despite a recall on 2001 tranny & many net stories similar to mine).
by lrdog on Jan 14, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
We bought this van new in Aug of 2001.
Within the first 6 months we began experiencing problems with it.
The light behind the dash board went out, the automatic doors began sticking, and the transmission began slipping.
This van is at the shop every 6 months for some type of issue.
I have taken it to the dealership for the transmission at least five different times.
Now at 117,400 miles, the transmission goes out and Honda will bck up their product at all.
There has been a class action lawsuit because the transmissions are faulty.
I expected more from a Honda than constant small problems and a broken transmission. i have never experienced these problems with my Toyotas.
by gin on Oct 14, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
We bought new in the fall of 2000 expecting to have it last us at least 15 years. We had to replace the transmission at 96K (under warranty) and now have to replace it again at 193K (no warranty)-replacement cost $3300 to $6900 - Ouch!! not feasible for this family - will have to junk it - replacement with new is not possible and any other van just doesn't meet my standards after having the luxuries of this one. Honda you spoiled me - and have disappointed me by replacing broken with refurbished instead of new. My 1995 Chev truck runs better (who would have thought it would outlast a Honda)
Second- and third-row seats get new child seat-tether anchors, stereo speakers are upgraded, an intermittent feature for the rear window wiper is added and floor mats are made standard. LX models get a driver seat height adjuster and traction control, while EX models benefit from a new alarm feature for the remote control. A brighter Starlight Silver paint color replaces Canyon Stone Silver.