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Tranny, tranny, tranny, tranny!
By babs on 07/23/08 17:47 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

The 2002 Honda Odyssey is an ideal family car and ours has managed to ferry us on many memorable trips. When it's not undergoing repair, we're happy with almost every aspect of the van. However, almost alone among Hondas, this particular model has had persistent problems with its automatic transmission. For us, the problem has recurred with EACH transmission installed to replace the original equipment. The initial transmission was the subject of a national recall (Honda Service Bulletin 04-021). We have also replaced the original tranny THREE times. No kidding!! We're very disappointed.
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Great Van... Trans went out at 65k
By Dave on 07/23/08 13:02 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

The Odyssey is a great minivan, powerful and good looking. Smartly designed interior and very comfortable to ride in.
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Transmission Woes
By Dissatisfied on 06/23/08 12:21 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Just got an estimate from the dealer for a new transmission in the amount of $ 5000 and that's with the old PCM (the computer module that dictates how the transmission shifts). It's another $1200 for a new PCM that will supposedly increase the life of these transmissions. This car is only 6 years old. The transmission should last longer in my opinion. I bought Honda because I thought they built reliable cars. This was a disappointment and I will no doubt look to other makes.
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2002 Odyssey purchased new
By Dave Wilkerson on 05/15/08 09:07 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Odyssey Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

We purchased this van new and now have 134,000 miles on it with no major problems. The body is in excellent condition with no rust and all features work well. We have been totally satisfied with this vehicle and will purchase another one.
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Poor Transmissions....
By snosrfr on 05/13/08 19:36 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Bought new Feb 2002 - Took to dealer twice in Oct 2005 for transmission slipping at 35-40 mph. Dealer couldn't find problem. After evacuating from WILMA, transmission fails 6 hrs from home in Nov 05. Local dealer replaces under extended warranty (54,000 miles). Similar problems come back in Jan 07. Dealer finds nothing first two tries. - In Dec 07 dealer reports transmission is bad and needs to be replaced. Covered under extended warranty. (89,500 miles). Feb 08 extended warranty expires - Apr 08 problems resurface. May 08 dealer reports transmission bad and needs to be replaced. Covered under Honda parts warranty (1 yr). Google for more info on 02 Odyssey transmissions.
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Odyssey 2002 EX
By penny shanley on 04/10/08 17:32 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

The transmission on this vehicle is not better than the 1st generation of the Odyssey, in fact, they are worse. Honda quality is way way overrated. I think I will become a Toyota customer.
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SUV Replacement
By John K on 03/29/08 06:49 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I bought our Odyssey to replace a Nissan Pathfinder after my second son was born & we realized that the SUV was not going to cut it space-wise. We needed something that could pull our pop-up and lug all the things that a typical family hauls around for traveling together. So far the van has been excellent with no major problems and returns excellent gas mileage in comparison to our old vehicle. On one extended trip we averaged between 26 & 28 mpg. Short trips return around 18.5, which is about what our SUV got on the highway. The van drives well and at 240 hp, it has plenty of guts for merging, passing, and towing. Not as cool as my previous sports cars, but not bad and really handy.
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Don't buy this car
By jdfour on 03/18/08 11:31 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

This vehicle is now on its 4th transmission. Do not buy this or any other HONDA. It's a real lemon.
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Great Family Vehicle Until.....
By Lee on 03/13/08 11:11 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Odyssey Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Bought this 02 Odyssey during mid 2002. Roomy, great V6 engine, everything was perfect. Great family vehicle for a few years until the transmission went out on us. It took us a couple of months argueing to get our transmission replaced as the dealer refused too since our warranty was "expired". Finally our transmission was replaced since the recall has been issued. Also wind noise was another problem. When cruising in highway speeds. Gas mileage was average. Overall this van is not that bad until the transmission problem kicked in.
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Ideal Minivan
By John on 05/22/07 13:19 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

We have had our Odyssey 5 years next month and covered over 45,000 trouble free miles. The only issues we've had is one of the tailgate struts failed (I replaced it myself costing $30) and we're on our 3rd set of tires (they only seem to last 20k or so). Other than that, no problems. We've had the recall on the tranny done and (knock on wood) no issues with the transmission so far. We have been very pleased with the van. It's been great as a school bus (it's primary role) and great for family vacations. We have no problem loading up the van with kids, dogs and luggage and then plowing up mountain roads at 80+ mph with both AC units going. We average 18 mpg around town and 21 on trips.
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