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Peeling paint, a whining steering pump and an easily breakable A/C condenser are all top complaints about the 2007 model year. And anyone who doesn't think a busted minivan A/C is a big deal has never taken a summer road trip with kids.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,980 miles

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2007 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2007 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #14

Sep 072008


  • 27,000 miles


My Honda Odyssey 2007 has very soft brakes. The dealer first said it was normal but on the second visit is keeping the car to bleed the brakes. The pedal goes almost to the floor at times and the car takes almost 200 feet to fully stop at times.

- Summerland Key, FL, USA

problem #13

Jul 102008


  • 10,000 miles
2007 Honda Odyssey minivan. Brake pedal began going all the way to the floor after 10,000 miles. Dealer has replaced the master cylinder and module (twice), as well as bleeding the lines over 4 attempts to fix. Now they are beginning to explain that this is normal behavior, even though the change was sudden and dramatic and the vehicle is obviously unsafe to drive.

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #12

Feb 022008


  • 5,000 miles
Brakes with soft pedal and front noise. Problem was first taken to the dealership on 02-02-08. Through research from contacts at Honda I found out that they are having a problem with a proportioning valve or ABS modulator. The flaw is allowing air to get into the brake lines causing soft pedal and decreased performance. It appears that most of the air in the lines is affecting the rear brakes performance. I'm experiencing very hot front brakes and I feel this is causing glazing and the noise. I first noticed the problem around the 4,000 mile range. Honda has a technical bulletin in their system with instructions for bleeding the system in an attempt to correct the problem. They are also recommending the replacement of this valve/unit also. In my case, I'm still experiencing a problem with soft brake pedal and front brake noise. I have filed a 'lemon law" claim for my vehicle with the BBB and Honda. I can provide copies of these technical bulletins upon request. I have also done a "google" search for Honda brake problems and I have found numerous others with the same exact issues on the postings I found.

- Lewisville, NC, USA

problem #11

Dec 262007


  • 5,547 miles


On 12/26/07, I had a very bad accident hitting 2 cars and all of the air bags in our new 07 Honda Odyssey deployed. My wife was in the car, I was driving and we were exiting the highway with the cruise control on and turned onto the off ramp when the brakes completely failed; I stepped on the brakes repeatedly and they were so soft they went completely to the floor board and the car would not stop and the cruise control would not turn off. The ramp was about 100 yards long, so we would have had plenty of time to stop if the brakes worked. The ramp was uphill and because the cruise control did not go off, the car started to accelerate and we were going faster and faster up the off ramp. We had no previous warning and did not experience any problem with the brakes prior. At the top of the ramp was a light that stopped traffic on the road, we were the first off the highway onto the ramp and because I could not stop, we reached the light (green) for us, crossed over a median and hit two cars on other side waiting for light to change and crashed. I could not turn due to the speed and we would have rolled if I did. Every air bag in our ody deployed, the seat belts held us back and fortunately we were not hurt. Driver of one of the cars was taken to the hospital; unsure of her injuries. After 7 months of our car being repaired, the car was taken to a Honda dealer who finally tested the car and brakes and determined that the ABS/vsa modulator circuit needed to be replaced under warranty and brake lines had air in them. They replaced the assembly, bled the brake hydraulic system. There is definitely a problem with the 2007 Odyssey brakes. We had taken the car into dealer for oil change and checkup just 2 days before accident happened. Our brakes went out with absolutely no warning whatsoever -- we or someone else could have been killed, as the accident was bad. The car was repaired, rather than being totaled at time of accident.

- Gold Canyon, AZ, USA

problem #10

Sep 022007


  • 4,000 miles
Soft brakes. I have had to dealer three times. #1. replaced brake cylinder brakes were still soft. #2 replaced anti lock brake sensor. Still soft. #3 told that Honda knew of this and I was on a list so when they knew what was wrong I would be contacted. Brakes are still soft. When you step on foot brake car will stop ok, but pedal will go almost to the floor board. Don't know what would happen if had to panic stop.

- Holton, KS, USA

problem #9

May 142008


  • 10,500 miles
I was driving my 2007 Honda Odyssey. As I was coming to a stop, I became involved in an accident. Over the recent weeks I thought it was taking longer to stop my van, but had my van in for service the week before. I was assure that everything was fine and all fluid levels were correct. ***note: On my first service visit the service adviser told me that I should not be concerned about brake fluid levels that the van would notify me when it was time to replace the breaks and that the van was designed to do so. The police were called to the scene of the accident. I could not explain the accident and the officer coaxed me in to saying that I had been distracted. I was in shock. My son was in the car with me and I could not think much of anything else other than whether he was safe. I believe I had come to a complete stop then hit the vehicle in front of me. My airbags did not deploy. Ever since the accident I have continued to notice that I must press the brake pedal all the way to the floor at times to stop the van and other times I don't in normal driving circumstances. All along I had believed the dealership that everything was fine with my vehicle. Now I have damages to pay and a ticket I am facing as a result of what I believe to be break failure. I will be making a follow-up report with my local police department, faxing a copy other similar break failure complaints to my insurance company, contacting Honda and hopefully will be able to get some answers on the problem with my van.

- Bentonville, AR, USA

problem #8

Mar 062008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 7,800 miles


1. at 60 mph on dry surface hwy, had to stop in 200'. applying normal pressure to brake pedal, I realized the car would not stop in time, so gradually applied more pressure, which was insufficient to stop until half way through the intersection. Traffic was not a factor. I applied more than enough pressure to stop and the car did not. It is my wife's car, and I'm very worried, not knowing if this is an isolated incident or how the car reacts in this situation. 2. this situation has not presented itself other that this time. 3. nothing requested.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 252008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Brakes that are very soft and a hazard to driving. Brake rotors that need resurfacing at 300 miles and 15,000 miles. Dealer refuses to acknowledge that all of the Odyssey's have a problem with soft brakes and rotors that wear out too fast.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #6

May 292007


  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle made a loud noise. The transmission was replaced twice within six months. When attempting to stop the vehicle, it skips from first to third gear, causing the vehicle to lunge forward. The contact noticed that when applying pressure to the brake pedal, the pedal extends all the way down to the floor and causes the vehicle to vibrate excessively. As a result, the stopping distance is increased. She took the vehicle back to the dealer and they replaced the brake rotor, which did not remedy the failure. The manufacturer did not assist. The failure mileage was 1,500.

- Warner Roberts, GA, USA

problem #5

Feb 062008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3 miles
Too soft brakes on 2007 Honda Odyssey van. With moderately increasing pressure while at a full stop, the brake pedal will push all the way to the firewall.

- Lewisburg, WV, USA

problem #4

Oct 032007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Soft, spongy brake pedal. Dealer replaced master cylinder, bled brakes twice on advise of tech line without noticeable improvement. Brake pedal can be depressed below height of accelerator pedal, have twice caught the edge of my foot on accelerator pedal when braking causing unintended acceleration. Have case open with Honda office in torrance, ca...they cannot tell me if or when there will be a fix. Do not have confidence in these brakes.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #3

Aug 262007


  • miles
I recently purchased a 2007 Honda Odyssey minivan and have noticed since its purchase that the braking system is very soft. Hard pressure is required to stop the vehicle with much longer than expected braking distances. I am planning on speaking with Honda to help with this situation. I hope that there will be a resolution to this problem.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 172007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes...too soft. Took to dealer, technician agreed. Bled brakes... told that there was air in the line. Appear to be better. It had been this way since purchase in may of 07. Serviced August of 07.

- Hurricane, WV, USA

problem #1

Jul 152007


  • miles
The brakes are not responding safely. They are super soft had to make an emergency stop recently and almost caused an accident.

- Lino Lakes, MN, USA

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