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Unread 07-12-2011, 07:56 AM
 
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Default 2008 honda odyssey anyone ?

I have heard the 2001-04 Ody's had some major issues with the transmissions. Does anyone know for sure that the later models like 08' are okay ?
I am interested in buying the 08' ody EX-L with 35k miles on it.

Any opinions/recalls/issues I need to worry about ?

Appreciate all the help.
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Unread 07-12-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Glen Head, NY
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i have an 09, had a few recalls, nothing huge. let me dig them up for you.
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Unread 07-12-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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2002-2004 transmissions carry a BYBA code. The '05-'08 has a BGRA or PGRA code. Honda changed some clutch plates but the soft parts (D-rings, o-rings, case gaskets, etc) are the same as the earlier models. The transmissions are virtually the same.
The BYBA is a good seller in the aftermarket, the BGRA not so much. This indicates that repairs are needed as the vehicles age and rack up miles. This is a good sign.
I say buy the thing.
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Unread 07-12-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Manhasset, NY
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08 & laters are ok. to date, I had one recall but it was a non event. Its am excellent van & does what it needs to do.

I have 09 LX with 25k miles currently. Its probably lower trim than you would like, I would like to unload this car after next month probably if you are interested. Not a rush thing.
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Unread 07-12-2011, 09:26 AM
 
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i have an 09, had a few recalls, nothing huge. let me dig them up for you.
Thanks, I was reading the horror stories last night on the 01-04 tranny issues and class action suite etc ** shudder **

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2002-2004 transmissions carry a BYBA code. The '05-'08 has a BGRA or PGRA code. Honda changed some clutch plates but the soft parts (D-rings, o-rings, case gaskets, etc) are the same as the earlier models. The transmissions are virtually the same.
The BYBA is a good seller in the aftermarket, the BGRA not so much. This indicates that repairs are needed as the vehicles age and rack up miles. This is a good sign.
I say buy the thing.
Zilla, let me see if I understood you.... BYBA being a good seller means more people want it to repair faulty tranny's and thereby there was an issue right ???? BGRA, not in demand means its fairly stable ????
Are you thinking its repairs due to normal ageing of the car and not a manufacturer defect ? From what I see, there were some serious issues with the prior transmissions. (I read a few comments abt people on their 3rd transmission before 100k miles)

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08 & laters are ok. to date, I had one recall but it was a non event. Its am excellent van & does what it needs to do.

I have 09 LX with 25k miles currently. Its probably lower trim than you would like, I would like to unload this car after next month probably if you are interested. Not a rush thing.
Yeah, I kinda need it right now.... so I have to bite the bullet !!

I read this article abt how used car values have gone up.... jeez, I had no idea it would be this bad.
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Unread 07-12-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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Thanks, I was reading the horror stories last night on the 01-04 tranny issues and class action suite etc ** shudder **



Zilla, let me see if I understood you.... BYBA being a good seller means more people want it to repair faulty tranny's and thereby there was an issue right ???? BGRA, not in demand means its fairly stable ????
Are you thinking its repairs due to normal ageing of the car and not a manufacturer defect ? From what I see, there were some serious issues with the prior transmissions. (I read a few comments abt people on their 3rd transmission before 100k miles)



Yeah, I kinda need it right now.... so I have to bite the bullet !!

I read this article abt how used car values have gone up.... jeez, I had no idea it would be this bad.

No issue. It is normal for popular vehicles to go through a repair phase as they age. As I said, this is a good sign. A bad sign would be a demand for 2 year old aftermarket parts. This means the units are failing prematurely. The normal repair cycle should be aprox 4 years. This can change depending upon circumstances; fleet vehicles, for example, will fail sooner than later.
Later Odyssey codes have not hit their repair phase yet-good sign.

The internet has a way of making "Problems" seem worse than they are. Honda had a few issues and extended the warranties of those vehicles. I have not heard of any new issues with Honda transmissions. There were some chatter issues with the clutches from time to time but Honda even fixed that (This pops up more on rebuilds than OE units).
Test drive the car, be sure to get it up to operating temp. If the tranny shifts nice and tight you are golden.
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Unread 07-12-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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No issue. It is normal for popular vehicles to go through a repair phase as they age. As I said, this is a good sign. A bad sign would be a demand for 2 year old aftermarket parts. This means the units are failing prematurely. The normal repair cycle should be aprox 4 years. This can change depending upon circumstances; fleet vehicles, for example, will fail sooner than later.
Later Odyssey codes have not hit their repair phase yet-good sign.

The internet has a way of making "Problems" seem worse than they are. Honda had a few issues and extended the warranties of those vehicles. I have not heard of any new issues with Honda transmissions. There were some chatter issues with the clutches from time to time but Honda even fixed that (This pops up more on rebuilds than OE units).
Test drive the car, be sure to get it up to operating temp. If the tranny shifts nice and tight you are golden.
ok, thanks for the tip buddy.
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Unread 07-12-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Bridgeville,Pa
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I have a 07 odessey that I love ; it has almost 100,000 (all mine) miles on it. There was one recall that I remember. It was bought new in Dec 07.

Go for it
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Unread 07-12-2011, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Manhasset, NY
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I read this article abt how used car values have gone up.... jeez, I had no idea it would be this bad.
yes the used car market went up. Its partly due to the terrible incident in japan causing a ripple effect in used car mkt. In the future, hopefully the tide will turn back
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Unread 07-12-2011, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Long Island, New York
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I have an '03 model (81k on the clock) since new and while I've been fortunate to not have replaced the transmission, two of my neighbors ('02 & '04) did. I do have minor issues like the factory CD player broke in year 4 and both rear window motors do not work.

I am not sure when the issue was addressed by Honda but the liquid filled motor mounts are also a prevalent problem for many model years in the Odyssey.

Good luck with your purchase.
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