Here are some notes by owners about transmission problems in 2002's from this site.
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mshinn reported on 9-25-02 that his 2002LX trans needed replacing at
zipsam reported on 9-29-02 2002EX L trans failure at 1200 miles at
Joel stated on 10-22-02 that his 2002 tranmission, "Failed at less than 10k miles, while returning from vacation in NC."
silverstreak has a 2002 with 12K Transmission problems
Our yellow/orange engine light came ... minor slipping in D3 ...dealer... diagnosed it as a transmission problem...
later added on 12 26-02
"transmission on our 2002 was just replaced. The mileage was about 12K"
Edward LoBello states on 11-8-2002:"We had Tranny problems... We picked up our 28k mile '02 today from the dealer with a rebuilt tranny in it. "
CivicFerio said on 12-24-2002 "My 02 tranny finally took a dump... It started to slip excessively when I got on it entering the freeway.. Then it went to limp mode and would not shift out of 3rd... It slips a lot in all gears and shift erratically..
sharifuddin said on 12-26-02 "transmiison on my 2002 EX went Kaboot. Been with the dealer since past 5 days, ...has only 9k miles..."
Ody-ranger said on 2-21-03,"I was just given the bad news ...2002 Ody needs a new transmission and a new pulley, the...still under warranty..."
Ody-ranger said on 5-9-03
The 2002 ODY has given me more problems than all my previously pre-owned TOYOTA vehicles combined (4). This is my first and last Honda ever.
I'm looking to go back to TOYOTA (SUV) as they have earned the top spot in quality.
douglaset said on 2-27-03,"Bought a 2002 back in November...took it two 2 Honda dealers in my city who both said that I needed a brand new tranny for 5-6khttp://www.odyclub.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=10732
PMcMullen said on 5-9-03
"Same problem with our 2002 Ody. At about 9K miles, transmission slipped out of gear at about 35 mph and wouldn't go into higher gear at all. 1 week later. This time the dealer saw the problem, and our transmission is now being replaced under warrantee.
htown said on 5-17-03
"Just had my 2002's transmission replaced under warranty with 26,000 miles on it. Dealer said it was an 'internal failure' (code P1740)."
smallah64 said on 6-18-03
"2ND Transmission 17,000 miles .
"finally at 14,000 miles it was undriveable. My local dealer in Coral Springs, FL finally replaced it.
"17,000 miles on a trip back from Orlando, it actually tried to backshift and power down dramatically between 50-70mph.
Z32 said on 7-01-03
"I finally had the tranny replaced (becoz of a leak)..."
vanc said on 7-1-03
"...my 2002 LX tranny that just failed at 22K. They dealer is replacing it with a remanufactured one...but the question remains - does the new tranny contain the original defective 3'rd gear clutch pack which exibits premature wear and failure or has the part been redesigned? "
SAHeath said on 7-15-03
2002 Transmission Died
SRS light remained on... No shift to 3rd...dealer duplicated problem. Rebuilt tranny to be installed after dealer gets Honda's OK. Seems duplicating problem not enough for Honda. They require other various tests which dealer would not complete in time today to get OK from Honda. Took delivery in Sep '01, 27.500 miles on it now.
And on 8-1-03 wrote:...transmission was replaced about two weeks ago at 27500 miles on '02 EX SS. Don't know if I can trust the replacement rebuild to go my normal 100k+ miles. Any word out there if rebuilts have also been re-engineered to include improvements to make them more reliable?
Reynard wrote on 7-16-03
acting a bit odd recently - sounded like it was hunting for gears a few times... Brought it in for service at 34,000mi (clock light was out, SRS light on) but wanted them to check trans and change fluid. Dealer called me... they did all the work, took it off the lift - and the transmission locked up. No further info available - apparently dealer is not even allowed to open it up - it just goes back to Honda.
ctgl wrote on 7-21-03:
I was very happy with my 2002 Ody with Tow Package which has tranny cooler installed by the dealer. The hitch was only used for bike rack...10 days ago, The transmission started acting funny. Gear changed unexpectly, with RPM up and down like crazy. 3 days latter, the engin light and TCS both came on. ...in two years then I will kiss Honda good bye
bawj said on 7-22-03:
...replaced my tranny at approx 20k miles. I am very unhappy with the new tranny. It is not as responsive, is very clunky and obvious when shifting. Now, my Ody is beginning to cut out when around 50mph. I have an appt on Thursday to review with dealer and I will bring up the option of this vehicle being a Lemon.
but this is my 2nd Ody with various drivetrain problems and I am shopping the market to see what else is out there I may like.
dlafever said on 7-30-03
Just got the baaaaaad news today... but with 16,000 on the odo my 2002 EX-L ate its transmission. It started as a minor clunking under the driver's floor on acceleration -- turning into a major racket whenever more throttle is applied. .. though it might be a CV joint. I took the Ody in today for replacement. After replacement the thing is so bad they would not let me (rather provide a rental) drive it home.
canireturnthis wrote on 8-13-2003: 2002 transmission is toast...attempting to return from a 2,000 mile vacation my transmission failed. 45K miles on this 2002 EX-L. Prior to failure, it was checked twice by my local dealer, each time I was told that until something catestrophic happened, they couldn't do anything. Well, with 6 passengers in the desert of New Mexico, something definately was catestrophic. I STILL do not have my car, and Honda has done nothing but drag its feet on replacing my transmission and returning my car to me (at home in California). This is my third Honda. I have never had any major mechanical problems with previous vehicles, which I easily drove 200K miles each. I am so unhappy with Honda's Customer Service and turn around time, I may never buy another one.
nick wrote on 9-26-2003 about about his four trips to the dealer for transmission failure causing engine revving to redline and then jerking into gear, lost ref#'s, days lost from work, no loaner and no repair yet.
twiggy144 said on 9-28-03:
I had a check engine light to, and I noticed the slipping also.
Dealer said I needed a new tranny. Was covered under warranty. Had 28000 km at the time
wik009 said on 10-7-03 had a tranny problem on 2002 oddy.
Mine (2002 Oddy EX) was replaced a month ago at 23,000 miles and the dealer mechanic pointed the finger to the after-market tow-hitch as being the cause. I used it for right angle bike rack, mostly,http://www.odyclub.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=8574&perpage=15&pagenumber=2
aforeign said on 10-7-03 02's tranny departed at 21,500 miles. At 45-50mph, and then trying to accelerate, the van would feel like it was out of gear(like it was in neutral). The engine would just accelerate. Then after stopping at a stop light, it would seem to re-set itself
bcuinohio said on 10-9-03:
just turned over 25K and just got a new tranny.http://www.odyclub.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=10818&perpage=15&pagenumber=4
Ulysses said on 10-18-03
"We have a 2002...Our transmission went out two days ago, with exactly the same symptoms as wik009 and others. It felt that the transmission was on neutral"
The poll is 13.07% problems as of 10-18-03. Not small number.