I’m the original owner of my 2001 Odyssey. The 1999-2001 Odyssey has been plaqued with TRANSMISSION FAILURE http://www.odysseytransmission.com/ It’s got 219K miles now, and American Honda refuses to replace the transmission for free or at a discount. At the 6th change, they forced me to pay $200 as a “token” amount so that they could “doctor” their books ie. then they could warranty a purchased item, so that if it failed & needed another replacement, then the 7th time could be free. So I was able to replace the 7th for free. Now we’re at the 8th, and they’re balking & refusing to lift a finger.
The service dept at the dealership can’t do anything – they can’t get the OK from American Honda to do it for free/discount, so they have to charge me full-price for the transmission replacement. I can’t even drive it out of the service dept w/o it stalling. I can’t afford another car (new or used) at this very moment and not in the past years as well because I’m a single mom who’s financially strapped to the bare bones for at least another 8 months-1 year.
Does anyone have any suggestion of where to go to (auto shop for “cheap” transmission job)/what to do (besides junking it)? I wish I had tried looking into the Lemon Law when this car was new if I had the foresight to realize that every 1 – 1 1/2 years after that, I would be replacing a transmission & fighting with American Honda who would not do it for free once it was past 100K miles!
For the fact that even newer than 2001 models still have transmission problems, American Honda should do much more to preserve their Honda reputation! But nope! There’s absolutely nothing that would motivate me to buy another Honda – don’t care what model – ever again!