Low ownership cost and fuel economy are icing on the cake for Honda Odyssey owners. But far from its dependability as an everyday driver, the minivan has a couple of issues affecting different model years, and transmission problems are among them.

Transmission Problems

Honda has faced lawsuits for transmission issues affecting Odyssey. For example, the 1999-2003 Odyssey redesign led to a class-action lawsuit against the automaker who settled with an extended warranty. The bone of contention was a slipping transmission despite numerous repairs.

Similarly, some owners of the 2014 – 2015 Odyssey reported unexplained noise coming from the transmission, while others complained of random heavy jerks when switching gears. There was no recall for this problem, but Honda noted that the issue could be associated with an overdue transmission flush.

Years later, in 2019, Honda faced another lawsuit for a faulty 9-speed automatic transmission affecting 2018-2019 Odysseys. The reported issues included sudden power loss, rough acceleration, deceleration, and delayed and rough shifting.

Some 2018 models could shift unexpectedly and sometimes cause a stall or accident. Honda recalled about 50,000 odysseys for this problem, thereby affecting 10-speed transmission vehicles. Honda technicians and dealerships singled out a loose battery terminal connection as the main culprit. This caused an unintentional and unexpected transmission reboot or a random shift to the ‘Park’ position.

Thus, Honda requested owners to take their vehicle for repairs at the dealerships. They checked and secured the battery connections and updated the software to prevent unwarranted reboots.

If you are considering acquiring a pre-owned Odyssey, check if the model year was subject to a recall and access other service bulletins associated with it. Enter the VIN in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website to access this information.

Contact us at Reliant Auto Repair if you have or suspect transmission problems with your Honda Odyssey, and we will do the rest. Don’t wait!

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