Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Aside from peeling paint, the 2008 Honda Odyssey is a pretty reliable, generally trouble-free minivan.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,380 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 202011


  • 27,000 miles


The contact own a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number 10V098000 (service brakes, air). After the repairs were performed, the vehicle would decelerate and loose engine power. The vehicle would also vibrate excessively while braking. In addition, the vsa light would illuminate on the instrument panel. The failures occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostics, where the technicians were unable to duplicate or diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 27,000.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 012010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving 5 mph and attempted to park, when the brakes were engaged the vehicle failed to slow down and crashed into a utility pole. No one was injured. A police report was not filed. The vehicle sustained scratches to the front bumper. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician confirmed that the brakes functioned properly. There was a prior repair performed on the vehicle in 2010 for NHTSA recall campaign id number 10V098000 (service brakes, air). The remedy failed to correct the problem and the contact planned to notify the manufacturer. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Phenix City , AL, USA

problem #3

May 252010


  • 100 miles
[xxx] June 8, 2010 ref. VIN # [xxx] Honda case # [xxx] to all concerned, this letter is to explain the events that has led to me now having to take this issue to a more elevated level. At the end of October of 2008 my wife, mother and 3 children went to coggin Honda located at 11051 S. orange blossom trail, orlando, fla. 32837 (tel. 407-851-9118) to look at the Odyssey minivans. We were approached by sales & leasing consultant chester heath: Cell [xxx] (no longer there) and he showed us around and met with finance manager francis rosario : cell [xxx] who financed us. About a week after driving it around I started to notice that it was making a noise when braking, a hard grinding noise (still making this noise to this day). I also noticed that it was making a clicking sound when making radius turns (since fixed by classic Honda by fixing the front axle in November 2009). Also there was and still is a rattle by the steering wheel. My main concern however is the braking noise which at the beginning would come and go. It now does it almost every time I brake. That has been part of the problem, it comes and goes. So I told my wife about the noise that the car made and she suggested I call coggin Honda to at least let it be known on record about the problem. I then called coggin that week and the person I spoke to said to just simply come by and we will have a look at it. Since it did not always happen I thought to myself that it was a new car just getting settled. So I probably waited a few months (about Jan. 2009) and then it started to make the noise on a constant basis and realized that this problem was not going away. I then brought the car to coggin and spoke with service advisor fritz ray (no longer there) and of course it did not make the noise at that time and because there was no noise they could. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #2

May 222010


  • 40,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that his vehicle was making a grinding noise when the brakes were applied. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership to be repair for the recall 10V098000 (service brakes, air). Upon receiving the vehicle from the dealer, the grinding noise was still present. The vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed they did not know what to do with the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were approximately 40,800.

- Pendergrass, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 202009


  • 19,000 miles
Brakes are too soft. Had accident twice already because brakes dont react like they are suppose to. You have to push the brake down really hard. With that also said transmission has been a problem since day 1. you hear a loud noise when you change gears. Went to the Honda dealer and they said its normal. I dont think this should be making loud grunting noise.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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