I was driving on a turnpike, and the transmission gave out. It was not a pretty time, I can assure you! My husband, who is an automotive industry expert, told me that he had been researching the van, and knew that Honda was having trouble with this transmission, so what they did was extend the warranty to 100,000 miles for the 2000 and 2001 models. Ours fell into that category, and being at 98,000 miles when it happened, it was covered by the warranty.
However, they continue to use the troubled transmission to this day, and stopped the extended warranty after 2001. If you have to replace it without the warranty, it costs $5000.00.
It will be our last Honda vehicle. We were thinking of Toyota next, but they also have problems, and seem to be practicing the American auto manufacturers practice of planned obsolescence; I doubt that we will be purchasing a Toyota.
I think we'll be taking a look at the Germans, but will first ask The Man (aka: Mr. Automotive, my hubby).
I heard of the problem with the Honda transmissions. That is exactly why I unloaded my two year old Acura MDX. You can tell how bad that transmission design is by just monitoring the transmission fluid.
Anyway, what have you heard about Toyotas? Is it the engine sludge issue?