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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,283 miles

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2007 Honda Odyssey drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2007 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Mar 162016


  • 130,917 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. When the vehicle was shifted into park, the vehicle still moved. The failure was intermittent and occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the range switch was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 130,917.

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #28

Nov 282015


  • 90,000 miles
Unusual shifts between 30-45 mph. Seems like transmission is "hunting" for gear. When going downhill and brake is applied a noticeable downshift is felt. First time this was observed was on winding and hilly roads. Assumed it was the "eco" kicking in/out or the transmission simply downshifting.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #27

Oct 212015


  • 290 miles
The "D" / drive led started blinking several times at around 104.660 miles. So far no other fault led was flashing. However I discovered since a while that the transmission shifts very hard when driving slower and the transmission shifts from 3rd gear to 2nd gear. The Honda technician however told me that this rough shifting is not an issue.

- Zetel/ Germany, AE, USA

problem #26

Feb 282015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 110,348 miles


I was driving to a supermarket, I pulled into parking lot and then I saw a lot of smoke coming under the hood, I had my three children inside the car and in minutes my car was totaled completely burned. Honda should pay my van, none noticed any problem before. Side doors won't open at the moment of the fire, very dangerous design for an emergency like this, imagine I mother with child on a car seat and not having access to the rear seats, when this dangerous situation takes minutes to burn the entire vehicle.

- Jamaica Plain , MA, USA

problem #25

Feb 122015


  • 130,640 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled when the brake pedal was depressed. All of the lights on the instrument panel illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,640.

- Everett, MA, USA

problem #24

Jul 232014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the rear passenger door fractured and detached from the vehicle. In addition, the vehicle rolled backwards twice while the gear was in park. The dealer stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #23

Feb 032014


  • 65,000 miles


TL-the contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated while driving approximately 45 mph, the entire instrument panel warning indicators remained illuminated. In addition, the transmission began to slip gears with slight hesitation. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Piedmont, SC, USA

problem #22

Jan 012014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 47,054 miles
While pulling our 2007 Honda Odyssey into parking space at local shopping center, tapping on brake pedal caused a sudden acceleration. Tachometer revved to > 2500 RPM. Two other witnesses in the vehicle verified that the accelerator pedal was not being pressed at any time during the incident. The only way to bring vehicle to stop was to push the brake with great force, pop the shifter into park and turn vehicle off. Immediately brought the vehicle to Honda dealer. Dealer inspected vehicle and accelerator pedal and nothing wrong was found. No error code found.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #21

Jun 062013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 96,200 miles
While traveling on flat, level surface streets at roughly 40mph, car would spontaneously downshift (to 1st gear?) causing the vehicle to slow very quickly/lots of drag (locking up seatbelts) as if the brakes were applied quickly. The vehicle will then reshift back into a higher gear with little to no resistance again. This may happen 1-4 times within a 60 second period. Pulling the car over, turning off and turning on again seems to fix issue. Shifting into second gear, seemed to fix issue. Shifting into neutral, power cycling car seemed to fix issue. Over the last 6 months or so, this has happened ~2X month.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #20

Mar 102009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 20,771 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle fish tailed. There was a manufacturer's recall for a power train software update performed on the vehicle. The failure recurred three years later. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis however, the technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 20,771.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #19

Aug 022013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles


While pulling out from work parking lot, vsa light came on, D letter gear was blinking, and engine vibrated abnormally. RPM could not get passed 3000. Also, checked engine oil when got home and it appeared to be low. The vehicle just got oil changed about a month ago.

- Audubon, PA, USA

problem #18

May 292013


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while performing an oil check, the dealer stated that there was an oil leak in the transmission and a failure with the timing belt. The failure was not reported to the manufacturer. The failure and current mileage was 72,000.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 182013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 58,247 miles
Transmission slipping felt at 30K miles reported to Honda. Final transmission failure at 58K miles. Have a huge paperweight now.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #16

Mar 092013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
While traveling down the highway, our transmission stopped working. We had it towed to the local Honda shop and the confirmed that the transmission needed to be replaced and it would cost aprox. $5,800. 37 months ago Honda replaced the transmission the 1st time because of a recall. When we spoke to Honda, they told us they did not warranty recalls. So, now our primary source of transportation for our family is now worth $500. We think Honda either replaced the recalled transmission with an inferior product to save money, or used the same recalled transmission to replace our factory transmission. If we had known there was no warranty on recalled repairs, we would have done things differently.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #15

Dec 012010


  • 80,000 miles
The vehicle is burning 1 quart of oil in between 600 and 800 miles. I now change the oil every 3000 miles. The computer still shows that I have upwards of 40% of the oil life remaining when changing the mechanic(not Honda dealership) has tried contacting Honda but gets no solution. I have tried contacting dealer but they say that a quart of oil every 600 miles is normal. Car stalls out when under 2 quarts of oil. Honda recalled years after my Odyssey with same issue but has not recalled my year. Same engine and computer, same problem.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 262012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
When traveling at 30 to 40 mph and you let off gas pedal, trans downshifts. Sometimes a shudder at highway speeds. Picked speed control because transmission was not an option.

- Livingston Manor, NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 012012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Transmission shifting problems on 2007 Honda Odyssey.

- South Elgin, IL, USA

problem #12

Jul 022012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 62,054 miles
Purchased this Honda new in December 2006. No problems with it till this incident. Both back wheels started making terrible noises. A grinding and screeching sound at all speeds. I asked a few friends who have the same vehicle and they said they had to replace both rear bearings on their vehicle. I took the vehicle to the Honda dealer and that is exactly what it was. Both rear bearings. I can hardly imagine one bearing going bad on a modern vehicle. Both bearings tells me something is wrong with the product. I believe this could be a significant and dangerous problem for all Honda Odyssey's on the road. It is clearly a defective rear bearing. I contacted Honda regarding this and the representative I spoke with said there was currently no recall regarding this. They were very polite and pleasant to deal with. I expressed my concern, but feel that effort was inadequate. I also searched for this issue on a couple of automobile forums online. I found hundreds of references to this issue. So I do not believe it is an isolated incident. Thank you for ensuring that our roads and the vehicles we drive remain safe! please feel free to contact me with any questions.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #11

Jan 022012


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving 40 mph when the vehicle abnormally decelerated to 20 mph. The failure recurred three times without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Chulavista, CA, USA

problem #10

Jun 012011


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle violently shook while changing gears. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Cedar Lake, IN, USA

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