by mykidsmom1 on Nov 9, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Honda Odyssey EX-L 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Purchased 2003 Odyssey new from the dealer (had to preorder because they were in such demand?) NHTSA tranny recall @ dealer 8/2004 w/39,000 miles.
Last week, with 164,000 highway miles (never TOWED) slipping btween 2nd & 3rd gears & lock up 2x on busy highway.
Extremely scary could have been hit and killed. Dealer diagnosed "internal transmission failure". American Honda is useless & tried blaming us.
Dealer agreed to discount AFTER we asked, they never offered.
Inherent well-documented serious tranny problem.
Shame on Honda.
Just traded our '93 Ford Aerostar w/just 157K miles & never had tranny problem.
Wonder why Hyundai is America's #1 Car Dealer....No more Hondas for us!!!
by happyhondaowner on Dec 4, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Honda Odyssey EX-L 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
The 2003 Odyssey EX-L we purchased new about 8 years ago has been a very good, reliable and enjoyable car. I read on the post about all transmission and door problems, etc. but we have not experienced those problems. We drive about 12k miles/year. I'm not saying we're lucky... I think we take care of our car with maintenance, with not driving it hard, etc. This was our first Honda and we don't have anything bad to say about it. It's plenty spacious for the family and all the trips and things we take with us. My 2 cents. it's a great car , but if you get a lemon, you'll have a sour taste in your mouth - (we must have got the cherry)!
by jchilds on Aug 30, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Honda Odyssey EX-L 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I turned in a Chrysler Town & Country lease to pick this Odyssey up because of it's reliable reputation. Wrong! I purchased it with 106,000 miles and the transmission went yesterday at 112,000 miles stranding my wife and three kids 200 miles from home. $3000 later it will be fixed, but I must say I am very disappointed. Also, the stereo is terrible. I regret not getting another Chrysler.
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