really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,820 miles

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2001 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2001 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #10

Feb 212012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles


The transmission began slipping between the 2nd and 3rd gears. The vehicle would slowly move forward with very little apparent thrust then would suddenly "kick" into the next gear and lurch forward, then slowly move into the next gear. Also the tcs light came on and stayed on and the green drive (D) indicator began to flash. This problem is primarily with the drive gear and not so much the reverse gear. The check engine light came on two weeks ago and has remained on. An obd code reader on 22 Feb 2012 indicated 3 different fault codes -2 generic and 1 manufacturer- with the majority of explanations indicating specific transmission faults and one- a tcc code -electrical.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #9

Nov 212011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 75,137 miles
The car started slipping between 1st and 2nd, 2nd and 3rd gear and later the check engine light and tcs light came on and D4 was flashing. The was turned off and restarted minutes later. Tcs light was off and D4 stopped flashing, but, the check engine light was still on. I went to a dealer and was told that the transmission was bad.

- Thornhill, MA, USA

problem #8

Jan 062011


  • 169,000 miles
I had a 2001 Honda Odyssey with 169,000 miles on it. I was the only owner, and it was in very good condition. On Jan, 6, 2011 at 12:50 in the afternoon I was southbound on I-43 in milwaukee and exited at the mckinley/fond du lac exit. Despite repeatedly pumping and pressing on the brakes, I was unable to stop the van. I was able to slow it down with great effort, but was unable to fully stop it. In order to avoid driving into cross-traffic on fond D lac ave. At the light at the bottom on the exit ramp, I turned up onto a sidewalk/grassy area. The van suddenly accelerated and, in order to stop it, I intentionally drove it into an abutment/concrete wall that is part on an underpass that goes under I-43. I was in no way impaired, and am certain that I did not have my foot on the accelerator. In fact, after the accident, I looked down to make sure and my foot was still on the brake. The van was totaled and eventually destroyed. I do not know what the cause of the unintended acceleration was. A field adjustor for my insurance company said he checked the cable and the placement of the floor mats. Neither was a cause.

- Cedarburg, WI, USA

problem #7

Jun 252008


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns 2001 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated as she approached a traffic light and depressed the brake pedal, the vehicle continued to accelerate through a traffic light and caused her to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle hit a tree and rolled over three times. The road conditions were not a factor. She had to go to the hospital with injuries to the left shoulder. A police report is available if needed. The Honda manufacturer was not called. The vehicle had routine maintenance performed prior to the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- East Northport, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 302009


  • miles
I have bought my used salvage reregisted Honda Odyssey 2001 ex in September 2009. It appears that my car have the soft brake problem. The brake feels spongy and takes longer to brake, especialy when the brake is pressed right before it is released in a short period of time, and also in slow speed.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 252008


  • 63,067 miles
While attempting to stop our 2001 Odyssey in my son's school parking lot the brake pedal--without any prior warning--went to the floor and I coasted past my intended stopping point by about 20 feet. Luckily no person or vehicle was directly in front of me at that time. I was able to restore brake function by pumping the brake pedal. The next day my mechanic examined the brake master cylinder and found brake fluid leaking into the brake booster. He explained that when the seals on the master cylinder leak the fluid collects in the brake booster. To correct the problem he had to replace the entire master cylinder. He thought that this problem was very very unusual. He specializes in imported vehicles and had never before replaced a leaking master cylinder on a Honda Odyssey of any model year. Our Odyssey is a 2001 model, is very well maintained and has been driven less than 64,000 miles.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #4

Feb 012005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


Very noisy squeal rear brakes when not worn. Startling when braking. So loud that they mask the warning noise that the brakes would make when they were actually worn, thus making warning noise ineffective. Local Honda dealer acknowledged that this is an obnoxious problem on 01 Odyssey. Honda american acknowledged the problem and issued a tsb but refused to pay for any repairs on grounds that it was a "characteristic of the vehicle".

- Orono, ME, USA

problem #3

May 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Honda Odyssey stalled while driving. The transmission failed while the consumer was driving on the interstate. It was the second time the transmission had been replaced. The consumer has also experienced problems with the brakes and sliding doors.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 022003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The anti-lock brakes locked up with out warning. In addition, the brake pedal seemed tight when depressed and there was a loud grinding sound. Mechanic nor dealer could find problem however front brake pads were replaced and problem did not resurface.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 012002


  • miles
The consumer is concerned because of the premature wearing of the brakes. The consumer stated that the brakes are warped. The dealership is aware of the problem.

- Oakridge, TN, USA

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