really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,693 miles

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2004 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 042015


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. While backing into the driveway, the vehicle made an abnormal noise and accelerated backwards. The contact shifted into drive and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The contact attempted to engage the brakes; however, the brakes failed and the vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle. The air bags deployed and caught fire. The contact suffered injuries to the hands and eyes, which required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but was not repaired. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Fortworth, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 202015


  • 120,000 miles
The brakes are way too soft! I almost hit a kid in my neighborhood when I could not stop as quickly as I should have going 30mph. I have to push the brakes all the way to the floor it is insane. I have had the brakes bled, new pads put in, new calipers put in and no fix has worked.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #3

Sep 082015


  • 163,000 miles
The brake warning lamp can illuminate, indicating a low brake fluid condition, although no leaking brake fluid is visible throughout the system. A worn rear master cylinder seal can cause fluid to leak into the brake booster, which will cause diminished brake performance over time. There is already a recall issued for this same issue on 2005-2007 Odyssey, but I believe it also applies to 2004 Odyssey.

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 242014


  • 84,950 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. While driving uphill at approximately 45 mph, the vehicle made a beeping noise and the entire instrument panel illuminated. The vehicle felt as if it were losing power. While driving downhill, the contact depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle failed to stop. The parking brake had to be engaged in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle stalled once it stopped. After forty minutes, the vehicle restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,950.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 252008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 60,514 miles
The brake pedal pushes almost to the floor before the van responds to braking. I have had multiple procedures done on the brakes by several mechanics and it has not fixed the problem. I usually pump the brakes when I am stopping because I don't have confidence in the braking system and by doing this, the braking system responds better. It happens at all speeds. I purchased this van used in 2008 and I noticed the mushy brakes at the time of purchase and was told that the brakes were fine. The dealer said Honda' brakes are known to be mushy. The brakes have gotten noticeably worse over the years.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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