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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,172 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.

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2008 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #5

Aug 092008


  • 2,012 miles


Soft brakes resulting in others having accidents as detailed in Honda Odyssey form. Dealer has no permanent solution. Have case open with Honda and their only response is that they are working on a fix. This is taking way too long as this was a known issue since February 2007.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #4

May 152008


  • 111 miles
Bought a new 2008 Honda Odyssey LX on 5/15, salesman was in a hurry to leave so he showed me the car and a few things and was gone. It was around 8pm when I drove off the lot, first time I had ever been in an Odyssey. Pressed the accelerator and it felt great, pressed the brakes and was afraid the vehicle didn't have any. Been very spongy since day 1. took it to first Honda in simi and they said they're all like that. Hard to believe, have to sit closer to the steering wheel to get leverage enough to apply the brakes, they honestly feel like the pedal hits the floor and very little stopping power. I have a 11-year-old CRV that feels great and stops on a dime. Something is definitely wrong, my internet searches seem to reveal a history of unresolved spongy brake problems with recent Odyssey, but the dealer said nothing to fix. It will take a deadly accident to get them off their rears and look in to what's going on, very irresponsible for an otherwise great company.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #3

May 142008


  • 5,700 miles
My brakes feel spongy and require me to apply extra pressure to stop. My brakes also make a groaning noise when I come to a regular stop. The dealership I took it to for repairs said they found nothing wrong, even though they heard the noise. I then drove an 08 off the lot to compare and noticed a world of difference in pedal feel and no groaning noise. They said they will call Honda next week for advise.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 252008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
I am experiencing braking problems with my 2008 Odyssey touring in which the brake pedal is soft, feels spongy, and long brake pedal travel when braking. The vehicle has 2,132 miles currently and it was not like this before 2,000 miles.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 914 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the brake pedal extended all the way to the floor each time it was depressed. The dealer stated that this was normal. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 918 and failure mileage was 914.

- Hudson, FL, USA

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