I am the original owner of a 2002 Honda Odyssey van. On 11/07/2014, van failed to accelerate and the malfunction indicator was on. I had van towed to the local Honda dealership. Service dept at the dealership said the ECL code was P0730. They said transmission needs to be replaced. The approximate failure mileage on van was 62000. I had to pay around $3500 for having the dealer rebuilt the transmission. I had the Service Advisor take photos of the damaged transmission. Service Advisor told me that the 3rd gear has heat discoloration & is burned up. In addition he said, clutches were burnt up. Root cause was heat buildup in transmission. Honda refused any help with the repair cost!
Honda has good motors but terrible transmissions. Heat builds up in these transmissions & they prematurely fail at only 62,000 miles? This costs $3500 to $5000 to fix!!! Give me a break! Honda knows they have a heat dissipation problem in their transmission design & should warranty drive-train up to 100,000 miles with no time limit.
Tranny has been slipping for 18 months.
Dealer wants $4K- $5k. Independent tranny shop and one Honda salesperson say welocome to the world of Odyssey.
Other than tranny and fw few minor electrical issues, I like the van.
Front end too low. Minnesota snow breaks the plastic.
Handles well at 75 mph with 6 occupants.
Bumpers (front and back) seem to be broken on many of the Odysseys that i see.
Difficulty keeping windshield defrosted unless you run the fan on high.
Ground clearance too low.