really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,864 miles

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2005 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2005 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 042016


  • miles


Fuel system X3 structure brakes steering electrical system

- Galax, VA, USA

problem #10

Nov 292015


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 70 mph, the brakes failed and made a roaring noise. The brake pedal traveled to the floorboard when depressed and the contact's vehicle crashed into the rear of the preceding vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. There were no warning indicators. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a tow yard. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Bluftton, SC, USA

problem #9

May 252015


  • 25,000 miles
The ABS brakes perform normally 90% of the time. However at least once during a trip usually at 5 or 10 mph speed I step on the brakes and must floor them with extreme pressure to get them to work.I end up stopping 5 to 10 feet past where I should. The remainder of a trip the brakes seem to behave normally. No brake warnings appear on the dash and my fluid level is normal with no visible leaks.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 112015


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle did not stop. The contact had to turn the ignition to the off position in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brakes and transmission failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V504000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Carpinteria, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 022014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, the vehicle started to shake violently which made it hard to control. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the brakes were defective. However, the vehicle was taken to an independent repaired shop for a second opinion and the mechanic stated that there was nothing wrong with the brakes. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 202014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 77,993 miles
While driving on !-25 South, the car started to choke and almost completely stalled while on the left lane. Tried to merge right and slow down the car. The brakes would not respond. The car was still choked and then gives in and goes again. Took the first exit and continues to press on the brakes to slow down the car. It continued on for a while before reaching a complete stop. After stopping, checked the engine for leaks or smoke and there was nothing. I started the car again and it seem to start fine. Then there was some kind of light noise. I drove it to just the other side of the highway where there were some stores. Took it to the dealer that just performed preventive timing belt replacement. Said that they found broken/seized spark plug in cylinder 2. the work was done at 76000. Current miles is 77990. The issue seem to be happening to 2005 Honda Odyssey.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #5

May 012014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


While driving during rush hour traffic the vehicle suddenly without warning began to apply the brakes and the engine idled down then temporarily seemed normal only to have it reoccur in a matter of seconds. The vsa light including the symbol and the initials vsa became illuminated. I turned the car off and restarted it multiple times only to have it reoccur over and over again. I had just had the catalytic converter replaced for a second time two weeks prior to this happening. I was told by the dealer that in replacing the catalytic converter the service crew punctured my radiator and had to replace that as well. I had the car towed to the dealer who told me the vsa senor control cluster needed to be replaced. They said that they had never seen this before. They indicated that the part would take a week and a half to get the part which seems very strange. The cost for the part is $500 and the installation will be $276.25.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #4

Jun 042013


  • 90,000 miles
The brakes on this car never worked well. They screeched and squealed and were slow to respond. Despite many trips to the dealer and mechanics, they insisted nothing was wrong. I rear ended someone coming down a hill because I was unable to brake. The difference in speed must have been at least 35 mph. My airbags did not go off. I hit the seatbelt way too hard. The car in front of me did have his airbags go off.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 042012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 19,200 miles
Vsa (vehicle stability assist) modulator failed upon engine start up in a Honda Odyssey mini-van with just over 19,000 total miles. Downloaded diagnostic code confirmed failure of the vsa modulator. Vsa failure also means loss of ABS function on the brakes. Component price is nearly $1000. This is a very expensive component failure after very little actual use of the van. Vehicle is out of warranty based on elapsed time. Research indicates that early (low mileage) vsa modulator failures are very common in Honda Odyssey and other Honda vehicles.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 012012


  • miles
This is a potential fix for the brake grinding complaints in summer while braking on a downward slope. It happens to my 2005 Honda Odyssey touring frequently too. It happened in the morning of June 1 2012 and when I got home, I power washed my vehicle, including the wheels which were dirty with brake dust. When I braked on the same hill two hours later, no grinding and no fading of brakes. Hope this continues to work and helps others.

- Peachland Bc Canada, WA, USA

problem #1

May 262012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 55,315 miles
Recently noticed like the brakes are not released fully after the application resulting in a "flat tire feeling with noise" took the minivan for scheduled recall service. Per service person, they replaced the caps of brake master cylinder. Driving back home @ 70 miles, felt like the steering loosing control, stopped at the near by Chevrolet service center: They didn't felt any major issues with the steering but felt like the service wasn't done as they said. All the dust was evenly there all over the master cylinder: All over the bonnet. I feel no change with the friction noise from the brakes: " a little worse"" how do I ensure that a genuine service was done" now I feel insecure to drive on this, like driving on black ices. The electronic system was rest last time, but not it is back to not working good: Resulting with trouble with the A/C knob not working smoothly.

- Temple, TX, USA

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