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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,254 miles

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2005 Honda Odyssey steering problems

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2005 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #56

Nov 012012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


One owner of a 2005 Honda Odyssey. Vehicle used to drive back and forth to work, general errands, occasional drive out of town. Within the past couple of months, my wife noticed severe shaking of steering wheel when accelerating at 65 mph. Vehicle taken to shop, had vehicle inspected: Usual tire rotation, alignment, balancing performed; however problem persisted, and replaced two new tires. Took vehicle back to same shop, alignment and balancing re-done; however, problem persisted. Took vehicle to different shop--purchased 4 new tires, and had alignment and balancing performed once again; however, problem persisted. Had tires replaced and alignment and balancing performed yet again; however, problem persists. Advised by shop manager that he is 95% sure based on driving test that motor mounts are in need of replacement. It is my opinion that the motor mounts are prematurely failing, and thus deemed to be faulty, and that they should be replaced by Honda a their expense. Too many other Honda Odyssey owners with same issue, and expensive repairs.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #55

Sep 012012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Big O euro tire tire tracking with longitudinal road Contour changes causing the front of the vehicle to shift right or left. Big O rep said it was an alignment issue. After alignment the tracking was only more pronounced. While passing a vehicle the tracking almost pulled my car into vehicle I was passing.

- Socorro, NM, USA

problem #54

Jun 012012


  • 95,023 miles
Vehicle has been exhibiting a very harsh shaking/vibration while in eco mode. This is distracting as well as uncomfortable. Recently the vibration has gotten so bad, we can not see out of any of the mirrors as the shaking vibrates them to the point of complete uselessness. The worst part is that we just paid $2000 at a dealership to replace the rear motor mount and flush transmission again. We have had this van since 60K and serviced transmission four times now, replacing motor mount twice. This time, with no apparent effect.

- Coffeyville, KS, USA

problem #53

May 262012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 55,315 miles


Recently noticed like the brakes are not released fully after the application resulting in a "flat tire feeling with noise" took the minivan for scheduled recall service. Per service person, they replaced the caps of brake master cylinder. Driving back home @ 70 miles, felt like the steering loosing control, stopped at the near by Chevrolet service center: They didn't felt any major issues with the steering but felt like the service wasn't done as they said. All the dust was evenly there all over the master cylinder: All over the bonnet. I feel no change with the friction noise from the brakes: " a little worse"" how do I ensure that a genuine service was done" now I feel insecure to drive on this, like driving on black ices. The electronic system was rest last time, but not it is back to not working good: Resulting with trouble with the A/C knob not working smoothly.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #52

Mar 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey and have numerous time been close to an accident due to loosing steering. This has been an ongoing problem that started around 50K miles and continues. Honda has refused to repair it.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #51

Jan 012010


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated while driving 5 mph the steering wheel became increasingly hard to turn. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer, but the manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000, and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #50

Jul 212011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles


I have owned my 2005 Honda Odyssey touring since it was new. I replaced the power steering pump at 34K miles. I have put 3 sets of tires on my minivan even though I rotate every other oil change. All done by the dealer. My van will loose steering at times when it is cold and makes a loud noise under the hood. In addition, the steering will shake when driving as well as when braking. I just replaced the tires which included a front-end alignment and tire balance. The shimmy, vibration and shaking back/forth is still there. The brakes and rotors have been cleared by dealer and they cannot figure out what is wrong. This has been an on going problem with my Odyssey. The water pump started at 15K miles and each time I took it back they did not know the issue and changed the water pump at 34K miles. The tire shaking, vibrating and shimmy has been happening since 55K miles and the van now has 105K. I am tired of the problem. It has gotten so bad that I don't wan to slam on my brakes because the steering wheel starts to fail. This is a Honda and is suppose to last. Honda needs to stand behind this problem. As I search the web there are many Honda owners with the same issue but Honda will not do a recall. Honda needs to understand that this is a safety issue. Steering. People can die from this. In addition, Honda needs to understand that many with these problems will be purchasing another van in the near future and won't buy a Honda due the lack of attention to these matters.

- Berlin, MD, USA

problem #49

Jul 262009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 213,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the steering wheel was difficult to turn while driving at low speeds. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified, but offered no assistance because the vehicle was no longer under warranty. There were no recalls. The failure mileage was 213,000. Updated 8/29/11 the consumer stated making a three-point turn was very difficult when trying to beat oncoming traffic. Updated 09/2/11

- Montgomery, NY, USA

problem #48

Apr 132011


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the power steering tank exhibited a design flaw and was causing the power steering fluid to swirl around in the tank and exhibit an excessive noise from the engine. The contact took the vehicle into the dealer and was told that the failure was caused by a design flaw and was not covered under warranty. Although the vehicle had been recalled in other countries for the failure, the manufacturer advised that the vehicle would not be recalled. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage and current mileages was 92,000.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #47

Dec 242010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that when driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle would exhibit an abnormal humming noise intermittently when depressing the brakes. The contact inspected the vehicle and discovered that the abnormal noise was coming from the power steering pump. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 03/16/ 11 updated 1/4/11

- Bethpage, NY, USA

problem #46

Jan 152011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles


I owned my 2005 Honda Odyssey for 2.5 years when the power steering pump failed on my minivan. I paid to have it replaced. 29K miles later it failed again. Honda has since redesigned the part. When this part fails the power steering is dramatically reduced making it virtually impossible to turn the wheel at slower speeds.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #45

Apr 042010


  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 to 45 mph the vehicle would shake violently and when she tried to accelerate at higher speeds. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor had it been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 101,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #44

Jul 012009


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when the steering wheel became abnormally stiff and difficult to turn. The brakes were applied and then steering wheel began to function as normal. The failure persisted intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The contact was told that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 05V039000 (steering:column). The dealer replaced the power steering fluid and the failure did not recur. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Beadenton, FL, USA

problem #43

Dec 292010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
2005 Odyssey - power steering was getting difficult to manage - took to an independent shop and had power steering pump replaced at 49,000 miles. Now at 79,000 miles the power steering turns off sporadically but will then be back on if you restart the van.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #42

Dec 012010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds and attempting to make a turn, he would notice that the steering wheel would become very difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that there was a fracture in the power steering column and that it would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000. Updated 3/14/11 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired at a cost of $2000. Updated 03/21/11

- Morris Plains, NJ, USA

problem #41

Oct 012009


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that when the temperatures were very low there was a loud noise in front of the vehicle which caused the vehicle to experience problems within the power steering. The dealer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 50,000.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #40

Dec 012010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Powering steering on 2005 Honda Odyssey minivan is extremely hard to steer at lower speeds. There is a serious issue with steering pump as evidenced by service bulletin 07-005. The steering wheel will make whining, buzzing and strange noises and eventually stop functioning. There should be a recall to fix this problem and not just a service bulletin as this is a known and common issue among 05-08 Honda Odyssey minivans.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #39

Dec 012007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 50,100 miles
2005 Honda Odyssey ex-L - around 50K miles, the power steering was intermittently hard, especially in parking lots. Very little assist. Around 64K, our mechanic purged the P/S pump of fluid and the problem remained. Mechanic replaced our P/S pump which seemed to work initially, but perhaps because the issue was intermittent. Problem returned. We now have 104K on the car and live with the issue of hard steering, especially when parking. Hard steering means that I need to use both hands to turn the wheel in the parking lot.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #38

Dec 222008


  • miles
2005 Honda Odyssey has a loud whining noise when the steering wheel is turned in weather temps under 35 degrees, driving more than 15-30 minutes or so. Steering while this is happening is slightly more difficult. The local Honda dealer says the cost to fix is approx. $210 for out of warranty service. The dealer claims they have "redesigned" the reservoir, well if it was "redesigned" then it should be "recalled".

- Fruit Cove, FL, USA

problem #37

Mar 012006


  • 10,000 miles
Honda Odyssey 2005 power steering problem: Power steering fails to work at random times. It is difficult to steer the vehicle while parking or turning at slower speeds. It happens at random times and when caught off guard makes it frightening and physically difficult to operate the vehicle. Honda has recognized this is a problem in their service bulletin 07-005 from August 21, 2009 which includes our model year. However, Honda is refusing to cover the $700 expense of replacing the power steering pump and accessories because we are out of warranty. The problem is we had symptoms they describe since we had the vehicle at the beginning but they never could 'replicate' what we were experiencing. The faulty tubing they used in the system actually has ruined the pump over the years. Had they recognized this problem previously we may have been able to salvage the pump, but we did get an estimate and have someone look at the pump and they admitted it was needing replacement. We use this vehicle to drive our family and although it generally happens at slow speeds, there have been multiple situations where we have almost hit another vehicle as we were turning and our car stopped responding to the turn we were making. Everyone I talk to that has this vehicle has the same problem. Honda knows they put in faulty tubing which degraded to make little pieces loose in the fluid which then ruined the pump. This is a safety issue and one that we should not be held responsible for financially.

- Franklin, MA, USA

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