: Just received an extension on my '00 Odyssey for EGR System
: Clogging/EGR Valve Contamination for up to 8 years/80,000 miles.
: My Odyssey has 70,000 miles and I am wondering if this system problem
: is occuring with regularity among you folks.
: Have been told that they will not do anything unless the engine
: malfunction comes on and stays on.
: Would appreciate any assistance on how to get this taken care of even
: though it has not become a problem to date.
I had a problem with the EGR valve on my '01 Odyssey last fall (rough
running, Check Engine light, TCS light). Took it to the dealer, who told me
the valve was defective (not just clogged). They wanted to charge me about
$250 to replace it, but I asked my service advisor (nicely) if there was
something they could do about that price, given that this was a known issue
with the valve. I was told that my van wasn't one of those included in the
then-current TSB (based on VIN), but the dealership agreed to replace the
valve for free as a goodwill gesture. This was before the warranty extension
came out (I have since received notification of the extension in the mail).
I believed at the time, and still do, that this was one of those "secret
warranty" deals under which a manufacturer fixes a problem at a consumer's
request, without actually coming out and admitting any real responsibility.
Whatever the case, it got fixed and didn't cost me.
If you're not having any problems, don't worry about it. But if and when you
do, I would politely but firmly insist that Honda take care of it, and
pursue it up the line if the dealer refuses.