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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,176 miles

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2006 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2006 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Dec 052012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles


According to the dealer the ABS modulator is malfunctioning.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #34

Jul 092012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,404 miles
2006 Honda Odyssey. Consumer writes in regards to defective vsa modulator the consumer stated the vsa light illuminated at start-up and it never went out.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #33

Jan 012009


  • miles
2006 Odyssey has warped brake rotors, but the original brake pads are still in good shape. According to dealership; this is "very normal" for Odyssey even for 1 or 2 year old van. My rotors needs to be replaced because they are warped, not due to wear and tear (becoming too thin). This is more like a manufacture defect parts than normal wear and tear problem.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #32

Sep 162011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 90,700 miles


I'm the original owner of a Honda Odyssey 2006 ex-L, I have religiously maintained it and have used Honda filters, oils and lubricants, have done oil changes every 7,500 per Honda maintenance schedule and replaced tranny fluid every 15,000 miles, especially after knowing this has been an issue with previous Odyssey's and current ones. At 52,000 miles I had to replace a broken motor mount (known issue that Honda won't acknowledge) thankfully extended warranty covered it. At 90,700 (my extended warranty expired at 85,200 miles) my transmission started making a whining noise (I have had 2 independent mechanics and a Honda dealership verify the tranny is going South). In addition to the motor mount and transmission issues, this vehicle has had recalls to replace front brake pads, brake master "O" ring, power steering pump and paint peeling. For a $33K vehicle, it sure is a lemon.

- Pacifica, CA, USA

problem #31

Aug 102008


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the brakes felt like they were grinding whenever they were engaged. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they performed the repairs associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V504000 (service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:master cylinder). The failure began to recur shortly after the repairs were performed. The dealer was notified and stated that there was nothing wrong with the brakes. The vehicle had not been repaired a second time. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was approximately 83,000.

- Sydney, OH, USA

problem #30

Jun 102011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 48,513 miles
Honda Odyssey brake recall made the pedal feel worse and put our lives in jeopardy when all the brake fluid leaked out.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #29

Jun 252011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 48,500 miles


Brake pedal goes to the floor after Honda Odyssey recall. Dealer says that this is normal.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #28

Nov 012010


  • 55,000 miles
2006 Odyssey with 55,000 mi was taken to dealer for power brake module replacement recall campaign. When vehicle was returned, brakes were mushy and soft. Additional stopping distance was required to stop van safely. Dangerous braking condition existed. Can not believe dealer returned vehicle in this dangerous condition! when van was returned to dealer they said van had been road tested prior to customer pick up and that it was fine then. Not possible! no service technician would release a vehicle in that dangerous condition if it had been road tested. Dealer corrected condition by bleeding brake lines at no cost to owner.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #27

Apr 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states problem with brakes the consumer stated when he attempted to apply the brake, the vehicle would not stop and the vehicle would not stop. It would continue to travel. There was also a noise present when the brake was applied. Also, the cd player stopped working within six months of owning the vehicle, there was a humming noise coming from the engine.

- East Windsor, NJ, USA

problem #26

Jun 152008


  • 108,950 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that when she applied the brake pedal firmly, it felt as if the metal was digging into the ground and the vehicle vibrated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer several times but the dealer stated that there was nothing wrong. The contact called the manufacturer who referred her to NHTSA. The failure mileage was 108,950.

- Fayetteville, TN, USA

problem #25

Feb 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2006 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states he noticed brakes made noise every time the vehicle went to a slow stop and rubbing/groaning when braking downhill the consumer stated she continued to experience problems with the brakes after the dealer claimed they replaced the pads and machined the rotors. The consumer took the vehicle to a personal mechanic and was informed the dealer only looked on the inside of tires and didn't remove the tires to look more in depth to check the brakes. The mechanic found the brakes were rubbing the rotors, so he replaced the front brake pads and polished the rotors.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #24

Mar 012010


  • 34,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that when applying the brake, the brake pedal had to be depressed further into the floorboard than usual before engaging. The dealer advised bleeding the brakes before performing a diagnostic and if needed, would replace the brake module. The approximate failure mileage was 34,500 and the current mileage was 34,777.  

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #23

Mar 102006


  • 26 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact experienced the identical failure listed in the recall for the 2007 and 2008 Honda Odyssey while driving 55 mph, (NHTSA campaign id 10V098000, service brakes, air). The brake pedal became soft when it was engaged and the contact was forced to apply extreme pressure to the pedal in order for it to respond. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure had occurred every since the vehicle was purchased. The Honda manufacturer confirmed that the recall only applied to the 2007 and 2008 models. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 26. The current mileage was approximately 36,000 miles.

- Arlington Heights , IL, USA

problem #22

Jan 152008


  • 20,000 miles
Van steering jerks when braking at high speed

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #21

Oct 012008


  • miles
Our 2006 Honda Odyssey's brake pedal was fine until the dealer replace the vsa modulator due to failure on Oct 8,2008.the brake pedal feel very low and spongy when apply brake pressure. We took the vehicle back to the dealer and have them check for problem on Oct 16, 2008.they found small air pocket in the brake system and bleed the system but still little low. On Nov 9, 2009, we took the vehicle back to the dealer for a 15,000 miles services and have them check the low brake pedal again. They even flush the braking system twice and still found pedal slightly low. Our question is why does Honda not include our 2006 Odyssey in the 2007 & 2008 Odyssey recall as well if it present the same problem for our 2006. Vsa modulator where small pocket of air can get into the brake system and can cause low brake pedal and longer stopping distance.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #20

Mar 042010


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While driving at speeds of 65 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the contact heard an unusual noise coming from the brakes. The vehicle would not respond to the contacts braking attempts. The vehicle finally stopped as the contact depressed the brake pedal fully into the floor panel. The contact stated that the failure has occurred several times over a five year span and had been previously taken to the dealer on numerous occasions; however, the failure could not be duplicated. The VIN was not available at the time of the complaint. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000 and the current mileage was 76,000.

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #19

May 202008


  • 20,000 miles
My Honda Odyssey had braking problem since we bought it brand new in 2006. It is hard to brake especially when it runs to downhill road. It also gives a noise when I brakes. I took my minivan to Honda dealers a few times and they told me they could not find any brake problems. But it is still there.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 122010


  • 23,000 miles
We purchased a new 2006 Honda Odyssey sometime in early 2007. On March 12, 2010 we had to resurface the rotors of our brakes for the 3rd time because of warped brake rotors. Right now the Odyssey has approximately 70,000 miles on it. So basically, we have had to resurface our brakes rotors on average every 23,000 miles. Before we do each resurfacing, the entire steering column would shake and shudder with braking that occurs at speeds over 35mph. We have had 6 different cars in our lives and none of the cars had to have their rotors resurfaced, ever.

- La Canada, CA, USA

problem #17

May 052006


  • 1,000 miles
Brake failure on Honda Odyssey 2006 models when having more than 5 people in the vehicle. Very low braking power at speeds greater than 60 mph. This has caused a very cautious driving habit. This was brought to the attention of Honda dealership and was inspected as good condition. Has occurred many times. The vehicle shudders on application of brakes everytime to slow down. Total loss of braking power when driving down slope. Driving down slope, the brakes squeal (metal grinding over metal). This incident occurs when driving longer than 15 minutes downhill with constant application of brakes. Shifted the gear to the lowest, and yet there is no braking power. This happened when the vehicle was less than 4 months old. Dealer checked the vehicle to be fine.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #16

Mar 132006


  • 8,475 miles
I have owned a 2006 Honda Odyssey for three years and the brake pads have a severe grinding noise once they heat up. The easiest way to make the brakes to grind is to perform three or four successive stops, light, hard, med, it makes no difference. Bottom line, once the brakes get hot, the grinding will continue until the brakes and rotors have cooled. The dealer noted the problem under warranty and replaced/resurfaced the pads and rotors. One year later and the problem was back. I have also noted that the stopping distance tends to increase when the grinding is taking place. I have also noted the softening brake pedal in my 2006 Honda Odyssey.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

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