We wish you luck. We also suggest you get the longest Honda warranty you can, that you try to find a dealership with a service department that doesn't have the attitude that if the trannie (or any other part) isn't in pieces on the ground and there are no codes then it must be perfectly fine. Our dealer's attitude, for example. the rear hatch stays up at least 2 seconds before slamming down on your head, so the struts are fine!
One more thing; set aside lots of money so you can buy a new vehicle long before your warranty runs out. My guess is that the resale value of Ody's won't be too high.
I am the owner of a 2000 Odyssey that has been through as many sets of tires, as transmissions (4 to be exact). I have 180,000 miles on my most recent tranny and this is one that was done by a private shop. As a subscriber to both this site, as well as Consumer Reports, it is ironic they recently came out with a list of cars that were the most undependable from 2002-2011. Seems like either Honda paid them off, or they had their eyes closed to this site and the reports from the Highway Safety Commission. I like the car, but come one now, lets be honest!! Either Consumer Reports has to get the fecal material out of their eyes, or Honda needs to put more R&D into a product that has an accessible tranny filter and parts that are dependable.
Took my 2002 EX with 83k on it as it started jerking, then, slipping. Honda tech said, yeah, something is wrong, but Honda will not fix it. They will only replace it. I would have to negotiate with them.
Took it to a Transmission shop & they said it's been running under $3k to fix it.
Looked at this site, & others, to read the horror stories, like $4.5k for the trans, & $1k for labor. My 2002 is only worth $7k, I figure.
Found a dealer that sold me a new Kia, who gave me $7k for my van. The van is in tip-top shape, but I have had the drive axles replace at 79k, earilier, it was the engine mounts. AC transistor also was replaced, all quite expensive repairs.
I figure with belts needing to be change around another 20k, brakes due in another 25K, probably shocks too, & who knows about the AC?
Loved the Odyssey, but so afraid to get another one. The Honda store is just great, sales, tech, etc., & hate to leave them, but, I can't afford them any more.
Just checking, the 2012 Honda is good for 36k & 3 years, but the Kia is good for 100k & 10 years, so, go figure...