2005 Honda Odyssey Consumer Review: 85k miles and the transmission

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85k miles and the transmission needed to be replaced
By mykiddos on


2005 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Our family has been a loyal Honda family until this van.
We will NEVER again purchase another Honda vehicle.

This van has been nothing but problems.
Let me just start off by saying this is a one owner vehicle and all maintenance was done on time or early.

My transmission went out at 85k miles.
Called Honda and they told me to "remember you have ALL those miles."
Refused to do anything about a well documented problem and told me to get an attorney.

A/C compressor went out (another well known problem).
Some of the dash lights have never works and they can't figure out why, battery needs replacing every year, brakes keep making the noise despite the recall.
I could go on and on.

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Size of the van

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Make a transmission that works. It is DANGEROUS. The van just stalls when the transmission goes out. It isn't as if you turn off the van and then it doesn't start again. It just stop. Fortunately I was in a parking lot and not going down the highway at 70 miles an hour. I will be getting rid of this van as soon as I save up to buy a new vehicle. To me, it isn't worth the risk with my children. I know there are some people out there who swear by Honda, but after this van and their response, I am no longer one of them.
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By rjs14
on 06/23/14 00:04 AM (PDT)

My 2005 Odyssey just ripped the door off of itself. Over extending upon opening and routed entire side of my car and both brackets ripped off of the body. Left hanging only by the electrical cables. This car has been nothing but a lemon. Two gas tank leaks, one engine fire while I was driving it, two complete shut downs while driving in fast lane, just like GMC cars have, I was just fortunate I was on city highways and not the freeway or I am sure I would have been hit. I had no control of the car at all. I have replaced two transmissions and just about every other part, including a leaking power steering pump, master cylinder, and all of the other recalled items. Three days after getting it back from the dealer for the leaking power steering pump, it caught fire in the engine while I was driving it 75 miles from home. The dealer later claimed they left a rag on the engine that had caught fire. I have spent enough to buy 3 Odyssey vans in repairs. So furious to find recalls for items I paid for at the dealer. And when I ask about the recalls they say "I haven't heard about that". The first of my gas tank leaks cost me a fortune, and you could smell the gas strongly. I was told by the dealer that it was highly unusual for that part to go out, I was just lucky, and because it is one piece from the gas input to the tank it cost me an arm and a leg. Now I find out it was recalled along with all of the other parts I have paid to replace on this POS. This latest door incident not only cost $2500, but when the bracket threw a bolt it just missed my 3 month old Granddaughter's head! This is the car from HELL. Twice it has shut down without warning, and it just stops where you are. You have no power, as if there is no battery even in the car. The last time it happened a block from the dealer and I made the service manager come and get my car. I wasn't getting back in the death trap. The dealer had my car almost two weeks and said they never found why, they just went ahead and replaced the main fuse. Again now recalled. It's obviously time to contact a lemon law attorney, but curious if anyone else has had these issues. I am the original owner and kept all maintenance up with the dealer.

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