Well. Here is my story. I realized a little over a year ago that my transmission had to be replaced. I went to a local honda repair shop that I used in previous years for used hondas and he quoted me a price of $2400 for a rebuilt tranny. The van had about 130,000 miles on it, and I really didn't want to buy a another car. Yet. So I went to my Honda dealership for a second opinion. They quoted me the same price, BUT they told me that the particular problem I had with my tranny was the same one that was part of the 2001 Oddy tranny recall. I asked if there was a chance if I could still be covered? They said no due to age and mileage (had to have under 100k miles). BUT they said I could call Honda customer service and plead my case. It was helpful that I had all major services done at the dealership. So I called them, filed a case, and about 1.5weeks later, I get a phone call from Honda saying they would go half-way with me on the cost of the rebuilt tranny. Which brought the cost down to $1200. Knowing I wanted to hold on to the car for a while longer (still have it -- getting ready to hit 146,000 miles), I spent the $1200. NOW beyond that. I contend that the rebuilt tranny sometimes doesn't seem to shift as 'nice' or smooth as the original (when it was good, but it could just be my imagination), but I haven't had any problems with it. I still hope to squeeze another year out of her. That van has been good to me.
So. I guess the moral of the story is, see if you can lobby Honda for some help to defray the cost. I got all the details and phone numbers from my dealer. It may make it worth your while to keep your Oddy a little longer.
Monday, August 31st, 2009 AT 10:12 PM