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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,321 miles

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2009 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2009 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #16

Jun 042010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 19,500 miles


First time noticed soft brakes then pedal went down almost to the floor which ended up making girding noise. This now has occurred many times over especially going down hill of any grade low or high. I have complained to my local Honda dealer but no action but to say they have heard of others complaints but can't re-duplicate nor has fix for that. I went to the Honda forum and there were many complaints regards to these soft brakes and similar issues. In that forum many mechanically minds have concluded that Odyssey uses same small brakes/calipers as smaller SUV- cvr. Comparing that these are just too under powered brakes for our heavy minivan. Some have found easy solution by replacing them with Honda passport's brakes/rotors/calipers to satisfaction. I believe this is a big safety issue. They know about it on same model on yr 07 & 08. I have so far had to pay dealer for brake fluid bleed & flush(it was dirty and very dark) at 27K mi., rotor resurface for both front and rear, brake pads replace at 42K mi. I'm also previous owner of 2001 Odyssey and though experienced auto tranny issue, never had brake problem nor many services related to brakes. Please investigate this model and hopefully we don't have to keep paying or worst have accident some where down the road because of this under powered brakes.

- Anaheim Hills, CA, USA

problem #15

Apr 102012


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the brakes felt abnormally spongy when depressed. While stopped at a traffic stop on an incline, the contact depressed the brakes when the brakes failed and caused the contact to crash into another vehicle. There were no injuries and the police were not contacted. One week prior to the crash, the vehicle was taken to the dealer for replacement of the brake pads and the resurfacing of the rotors. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 082012


  • 29,987 miles
Soft brakes: Car does not stop unless brakes are pumped very hard to the floor.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #13

Aug 152011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles


Based on my research, there are many other complaints by Honda owners of premature brake rotor wear and/or warping. This causes the steering wheel to shimmy or vibrate when applying breaks during high speeds especially on the freeway. I bought my Odyssey brand new and my dealer said I only have 20% wear on my brake pads. But the rotor apparently requires resurfacing or replacement to fix the vibration. For the rotor to fail at this early stage of wear and tear process is totally unacceptable. It is my belief that Honda puts sub-standard brake rotor components intentionally to save money. I'm not sure of the potential safety concern of this practice but life is precious enough not to take any chances. The braking system to me is the most crucial safety component of any vehicle. I've owned many cars before and replacing the rotor before the break pads with only 30K miles is totally something new to me. I was shock to learn how much results I got by searching "Honda steering wheel vibration brake rotors) on the internet. A lot of people are angry about it but nothing has been done to bring this up with Honda formally. Their customer service has a revolving door policy that this is just part of the normal wear and tear and completely not covered under their warranty. This is totally unacceptable!

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 032011


  • 15,000 miles
We have an ongoing issue with violent brake vibration at highway speeds. Earlier this year when the van had approx. 15,000 miles we started experiencing the vibration. When we brought it to the dealer around 18,000 miles and pointed the problem out and they said the rotors were warped and we need to have them turned and we did. Well here we are at 23,000 miles and the brake vibration is back with a vengeance. We are headed to the dealership this week but I already know what they are going to tell me - to turn the rotors. Well, I have been driving all makes of cars for over 30 years and I have never needed rotors turned at such low mileages and absolutely never had them turned twice within 5000 miles!! in the day, the only reason to turn rotors was to remove the grooves created by the rivets that held the brake pads to the rotor. This stock rotor is clearly inferior in design (lack of cooling or poor quality metals) and needs to be addressed by Honda before someone gets hurt. There are several owners of these vehicles complaining about the same issue on the net.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #11

May 152009


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that when depressing the brakes she would feel a vibrating sensation. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they advised her that the rotors failed and would need replacing. The vehicle was repaired yet the failure recurred 8,000 miles later. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 1,000.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #10

Jun 252011


  • 26,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the brakes were wearing at a very low mileage. A grinding noise could be heard when the brakes were applied at any speed, so the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. Approximately two years later, all of the brakes and rotors were replaced. The failure mileage was 26,000.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 132010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 33,600 miles
The vehicle, a 2009 Honda Odyssey, has a soft spongy brake pedal that occassionally goes all the way to the floor, resulting in the vehicle rolling past stop signs and red lights while the pedal is fully depressed. The most recent episode occurred in a private development, where the vehicle was traveling at less than 25mph. Upon approaching a stop sign, the brake pedal went all the way to the floor and there was uncommanded engine acceleration, resulting in the vehicle traveling well past a stop sign. Operator took the vehicle to the local Honda dealership and discussed possible brake problems, including reports of faulty vsa modular pumps, and possible accelerator linkage problems. The dealer inspected the vehicle, said the brakes were in good working condition, and that the operation is "normal." The operator has owned many cars, including other Honda products, and never experienced this condition in the past.

- Forest Hill, MD, USA

problem #8

Jul 072009


  • 21,700 miles
Driving on highway felt strong vibration on the steering wheel when stepping on brakes at 50 mph. The vibrations is felt stronger at 50 mph or above. It causing a high vibration on the steering wheel. No crashes at this time. Took vehicle to the dealer because is on warranty, dealer informed defective rotors and rotors were uneven and need resurface, rotors are covered by warranty for just 10kmiles, vehicle has 20K miles, dealer blames bad rotors on bad driving. I believe they are wrong I have two other Honda and I have no problems with rotors at that early stage of driving mileage.

- Middletown, MD, USA

problem #7

Aug 162010


  • 17,685 miles
I bought 2009 Honda Odyssey, but in 3 months, whenever I push brake on the down hill road, the brake will have very big noise and can not stop the car right away. I send to Honda dealer for repair, they told me that 2009 Odyssey has this kind of issue and can not be fixed, it is designed issue, so I hope you can do further investigation.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 262010


  • 11,000 miles


My Honda Odyssey has 11,000 miles on it. The vehicle was making a loud noise while backing out of the driveway one day. I noticed that the back right rotor was broke into two pieces. The dealer has refused responsibility for the repairs stating that something must have caused the rotor to fail, and they could not determine why it failed. The broken rotor also caused damage to the wheel which I must pay for because they will not fix the van under the warranty.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #5

Jul 262010


  • 14,660 miles
2009 Honda Odyssey, brake pedal is soft and go to the floor when apply the brake. Back at the dealer (3 times) can not fix, replace front disk and brake pads, still the same. Please help.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 302010


  • miles
My 2009 Honda Odyssey ex-L has suffered from poor braking performance since new. The pedal constantly feels spongy. This condition forces me to begin braking sooner to ensure that the car stops at the right time. The car has been back to the dealer at least four times to address this problem. Brake pads have been replaced. Disc rotors have been resurfaced and replaced. The entire brake system (including the ABS module) has been bled more than once. The dealer even installed a device the service advisor said would make the brakes actuate earlier in the brake pedal travel. Under all circumstances the dealer has maintained that the brake pedal feel and braking performance are normal. While the condition has not caused me to have a collision, like many other Odyssey owners I maintain that this condition is not normal.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 152009


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the brake pedal went down so far that it touched the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to two authorized dealerships where the contact was informed that they could find nothing wrong with the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 5,000. The current mileage was approximately 10,600.

- Newton, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 152009


  • 3,000 miles
2009 Honda Odyssey LX. 2 times I was stopping and pushed the brake and accelerator at same time. Motor was racing and ABS was coming on - very frightening as I did not know what the problem was and motor is very powerful. Almost rolled into busy 55 mph intersection first time and almost hit basketball post in driveway second time. Have never had this problem with a vehicle and have been driving for over 30 years. Plain sneakers were being worn - not winter boots. Seems to be little difference in height or location of brake pedal with respect to gas pedal.

- South Wales, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 182009


  • 35,000 miles
Drive over 65 mph, steering vibration brake over 40mph, noise.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

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