hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,737 miles

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2001 Honda Odyssey suspension problems

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2001 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jan 042011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph the drivers side front coil spring punctured the tire. The vehicle was unable to be driven and it was towed to an independent mechanic who confirmed that the drivers side coil spring punctured the tire. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 143,000. Updated 3/14/11 the sway bar link was replaced. Updated 04/25/11

- Hartford, WI, USA

problem #20

Feb 052010


  • 132,000 miles
While driving our 2001 my Honda Odyssey over bumpy roads there were a lot of clunks and vibration. We took the vehicle to the dealer and the checked vehicle and said front coil springs were broken.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #19

Apr 092010


  • 98,200 miles
I was backing my 2001 Honda Odyssey out of the driveway when I heard a loud clunk from the passenger front side. The wheels were turned for exiting the driveway onto the road. Continued to hear random noises during the next 3 days of driving and finally crawled under the van. Then I noticed the passenger side front coil spring was broken. Luckily it did not puncture anything and lodged itself against the upper surface of the suspension cavity. In this position it still provided some suspension. I will be taking the van in to have the suspension systems in the front of the van repaired. I will be insisting that Honda pays for the repairs as I have found numerous similar situations and prior investigation by NHTSA that should make this a recall.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #18

Apr 112010


  • 122,950 miles


I started driving my van this morning, when I made a slightly turning, I heard some cracking noise underneath the front wheels, later on; I sent my vehicle to a mechanic to check what was happened, I've been told that the front passenger side's spring coil was broken, it has not yet been fixed due to Saturday afternoon, the Honda parts was not available then I drove home for about 10 minutes driving, another loud cracking noise again underneath like earlier incidence, I then pulled over to the side of the road, watched the front tire of the driver side, I found the spring coil broken not long ago after the right one broken. I report this because the mileage for my minivan was only around 122,950 km for a 2001 Honda Odyssey, I doubt this incident will influence my family and my life if I was driving in highway. Could you please set up an investigation group to study the reliability and durability of spring coil material to avoid future failure of such incidence. I do hope I can have compensation for me to fix my car due to material fracture.

- Richmond Hill, 00, USA

problem #17

Apr 052001


  • 86,000 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey LX front passenger side coil spring broke backing out of driveway. Car pulled very hard to the right and could not be safely driven.

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #16

Dec 282009


  • 70,000 miles
2001 Honda Odyssey front suspension coil broke and punctured the driver's side front tire while I was driving on the highway. I pulled over called a tow truck and the vehicle is in the shop with the cost of repair estimate at $1,200. The van has 70,000 miles on the odometer and was recently repaired in this region due to a collision.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #15

Dec 272009


  • 105,000 miles


While driving wife & kids home from xmas vacation 2009 in our 2001 Honda Odyssey minivan with 104,000 miles. We hear a "pop" noise followed by a grinding noise coming from the front left of vehicle, steering pulling to the left. I pulled over & inspected. I found a large semi-circular shaped piece of steel approx 1/2 in diameter. This piece of steel was caught around the drive shaft & the lower control arm. Finally I got it pried it off (it was actually struck in that position) once holding it in my hand & now know it to be a coil of the front left spring.

- Lafayette Hill, PA, USA

problem #14

Feb 262009


  • 89,800 miles
On the morning of February 26, as I was approaching my company parking lot, I heard a crunching noise from front end. After parked vehicle I found ice/snow between the wheel and fender skirt. I thought noise was coming from the accumulated ice/snow, so I remove it from vehicle. When I left after work, the noise was still present. I turned into a nearby parking lot and discovered the right side front spring was broken at the last coil at bottom of the spring. Broken spring only had about 1 to 2 inches in the lower spring seat to support vehicle's weight. The broken portion was hanged on the broken spring. The noise was from the broken portion touching rolling wheel. The broken section was very sharp which posed great danger of piercing, or puncturing the tire. When I asked the Honda dealer to replace the spring, I was told the shock absorber was damaged by the broken spring. Consequently the strut had to be replaced. Fortunately I drove on a local street at a low speed that day. Had the spring broken while driving on the freeway, at posted speed limit of 70 mph, I could have lost control, which could have caused a major highway accident, with potential for fatalities. A metallurgist took a look at the spring and told me the cause was due to corrosion accelerated premature fatigue failure. The metallurgist also informed me that Honda has changed spring design after 2001 model. I called Honda North America and informed them of the incident and defective spring. I believe this defect that could greatly impair the driver's ability to control the vehicle, if in fact a tire is punctured, or steering is impaired, due to a broken spring. Honda refused to analyze the failure and told me to scrap, or to throw away, the broken spring. I keep the broken spring in my possession. If NHTSA would like examine and analyze the broken spring, in order to determine if an investigation is warranted, I will send it to you upon your request.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #13

Apr 112009


  • 52,423 miles
Using the vehicle daily under normal city driving conditions around a small town noise was heard emanating from the front suspension. Inspection of the equipment found both front coil springs broken and the upper turning bearings damaged due to the coil spring fractures. The usage of the vehicle as a grocery getter does explain a possible cause for the failure and the only possible explanation is a defect in the material. No injuries occurred. Both front coil/strut assemblies along with the stabilizer links need to be replaced at my cost.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #12

Mar 102009


  • 77,000 miles
As best we can determine (based on noise) the coil springs failed while parking at low speeds. Not knowing what had happened the car was used at highway speed for a short trip following this. It pulled hard to alternating sides (right and left). Car was immediately taken to repair where we were advised we are lucky not to have had the spring puncture the tire at highway speed. Car has been repaired at cost of $850. The reason for my complaint is two fold. First - this was a dangerous failure that I do not feel is acceptable in a car of any age; and second - this was an expensive repair that I would like to see Honda cover.

- Cornwall, VT, USA

problem #11

Mar 122009


  • 76,000 miles


On June 28, 2006 I heard a noise near the left front tire, sounded like a flat and got out of the car and found the coil spring cracked and was impinging on the tire. Honda covered the cost of the spring, but not the strut or the labor. On March 12, 2009- I heard a rattling noise from the right front part of the car and brought it to a shop and they put it on the left and the right front coil spring cracked- we paid out of pocket the cost of the spring and the strut and the labor. In both incidents the cracked spring caused the strut to leak which therefore required the replacement.

- West Islip, NY, USA

problem #10

Feb 142009


  • 78,000 miles
I was driving down the road at about 25 miles an hour when I heard a very loud noise come from the front right of the vehicle. I immediately pulled over into a parking lot where I was able to do a visual check of the undercarriage of the vehicle which looked fine.upon starting up again it started to sound like I was dragging metal. I decided to drive it right home and call the Honda dealership. After their inspection they informed me that the front right coil spring had cracked and broken. This was something they were unfamiliar with and said that with my mileage that shouldn't have happened and in fact shouldn't happen at all. Upon being given that diagnosis I decided to talk to other certified repair people as well as two other Honda dealerships and they agreed that it is not a normal issue. Upon even further investigation I found that not only is this common, but on one website I found 24 others who reported the same incident on the same make, model and year vehicle. My concern is that if it has happened to all those people how many more are there that haven't reported this issue and has anyone been injured because of it. Right now my vehicle is in the shop so I'm not quite sure what the final repair will consist of or if it will lead to any other issues.the old part is available.

- Elmhurst , IL, USA

problem #9

Jan 212009


  • 123,000 miles
Today, noticed some vibration and grinding coming from the front passenger side wheel. The grinding was bad on backing up or turning right, as well as when going over small bumps. The steering also pulled hard to the right. After a mile, I noticed a burning smell. Took it to the mechanic, and the saw that the right front coil spring was broken and had cut into the inside of the tire. The mechanic strongly suggested replacing the strut assembly as well as doing the driver side. Since I do not know much about repairing cars, I wanted to research prices on the internet. My search turned up a recall on the part for a 2001 Acura MDX, but only these complaints for the 2001 Odyssey. I did register the complaint with Honda. They said they are not aware of any issues.

- Kildeer, IL, USA

problem #8

Jan 152009


  • 100,320 miles
Last week ass my wife was driving our minivan made a loud snapping sound from the front of the vehicle. The van appeared to drive ok, although she only drives it around town at speeds less than 40mph. Today, the dealer told us the passenger side front spring had snapped. This is the second time this has happened to our van. The driver side spring snapped in December 2007. The Honda Odyssey forums at www.odyclub.com have many instances of this happening.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 172008


  • 43,743 miles
On March 14, 2008, when starting 2001 Honda Odyssey, a loud bang sounded. Vehicle was not moving when bang sounded. Mileage 39,139. Vehicle extremely difficult to drive, pulling strongly to right. Husband checked vehicle, found right front coil spring broken. Ordered new coil spring and strut and replaced. On December 17, 2008, upon starting the vehicle heard another loud bang, while vehicle not moving, and had great difficulty driving it, as it was pulling strongly to the left. Husband found left coil spring broken. Mileage 43,743. Talked to Honda usa, and reported problem. Took to dealer to confirm left coil spring broken. Both broken parts had no corrosion, it was a clean break. Parts currently ordered through Honda estore. Honda reviewing case. Found many complaints for same problem on your site, and others. How serious of an accident must it be before you will find this is a problem with the coil springs? thank goodness my children weren't in the vehicle, and I hadn't been moving when the coil springs broke.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 012008


  • 136,540 miles
When car was parked, right front spring broke and pierced right front tire.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #5

Apr 142006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,500 miles
In our dirveway we found a metal circle, about 1/2 " in thickness, about 8" in diameter, apparently made of iron, which was a rusted through, a bit twisted and obvioulsy snapped in one section. We dismissed it as garbage. Three weeks later we heard a noise on our van & brought it to the dealership. On examination of our van, the mechanic brought out another part taken from our vehicle identical in condition as the one found in our driveway. He said it was a front suspension spring and the van, a 2001 Honda Odyssey with appx 58500 miles, was unsafe to drive.

- Salem, NH, USA

problem #4

Sep 042003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Problem with sway bar links on 01 Honda odyseey.

- Westlake , OH, USA

problem #3

May 252001


  • miles
1. wheel alignment-vehicle drifts to right requiring driver to over steer to the left to keep vehicle within its lane. Wheel alignment performed;proble corrected. 2. A/C system-vehicle had approx 4500 miles onit when traveling approx 50mph a loud bang was heard from front end, vehicle simultaneously hesitated and shook. A/C system then failed to cool properly. Three repair attempts wer made and A/C still failed to cool properly. Notified mfg. For final repair attemp. Complete A/C system was replaced. Upon completion of repair, vehicle was released with A/C drain tube rubbing & draining on steering rack boot, coolant reservoir left empty, coolant system leaking and right front door body seal damaged. 3. pulley system-vehicle was returned to dealerships 5 times for abnormal noises & vibrations from crankshaft pulley system. Tensioner pulley replaced twice, crankshaft pulley & alternator belt replaced X 1. notified mfg. For final repair attempt. Condition confirmed. Our vehicle was compared to like vehicles, year 2000 & 2002. Mfg stated "our vehicle is operating as designed." Vehicle released with condition unrepaired & transmission inoperable in D3, 2nd & 1st drive gears. Please help! our vehicle is not even 1 year old yet. It only has 13,500 miles on it. 4. right/left front doors-vehicle had excessive internal wind noise @ highway speeds until both front door weather-strips were replaced. 5. hood latch-could not open hood on vehicle to replace windshield washer fluid after replacement of A/C compressor & condenser. Had to return vehicle to dealership to have hoodlatch replaced. 6. coolant system-fluid was dissipating from coolant system reservoir. Four times a Honda representitive hs stated"it's normal for all Odyssey's to do this." Four repair attemps were made before coolant leak was identified & radiator hose was replaced. When vehicle was returned, clips were missing from bottom splash shield. This left splash shield loose, vibrating & at risk

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 202000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, vehicle steers to right which may cause a loss of control. Dealer cannot determine cause, but there is a tsb on this problem. The consumer stated that the dealer performed repair four times, but the problem was not corrected.

- Boise, ID, USA

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