really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,065 miles

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2006 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2006 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 292016


  • miles


This is a car I just purchased from owner, my report is the soft brake pedal. Having just put on new pads, it didn't make any change in the pedal as it would with most cars? is there any recall on this car for brakes. I read where many other owned have this same issue.

- Aberdeen, NC, USA

problem #12

May 132014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the brakes hesitated to respond and failed to fully engage intermittently when depressed. The failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 10V504000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #11

Nov 252015


  • 101,000 miles
The brakes acted as a term stated soft brake pedal. The brakes should have stopped the vehicle in a shorter distance than they actually did. From a speed of approximately 50 mph it took about 150 ft to stop and it still required hitting the car infront of me to stop at about 5 mph. I felt the ABS kick in but for pushing the pedal as hard as I could the wheels did not even squeal or chirp. It felt like the vehicle was just coming to a slow stop.

- Center Moriches, NY, USA

problem #10

Aug 192015


  • 156,400 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While driving at 40 mph, the vehicle jerked and the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the front brakes. In addition, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate and the rpms increased. The vsc and ABS warning lights illuminated on the instrument cluster. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the front brakes needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 156,400.

- York , SC, USA

problem #9

Jul 292015


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While driving 65 mph, the all the instrument panel lights illuminated and the brake pedal engaged without being depressed. The contact stated that the warning lights remained illuminated. The vehicle was parked and unable to be restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #8

Jun 142014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the vsa sensor illuminated intermittently on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer more than twice. The code was cleared by the dealer and they replaced the brake switch, but the failure recurred. When the contact turned off and restarted the vehicle in an attempt to reset the computer software, the vsa sensor was still illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer a third time. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 10V504000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The approximate failure mileage was 75,000. Updated 10/14/14 updated 05/19/2015

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #7

Jun 162014


  • 134,448 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while entering a drive way, the brakes failed and no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact crashed into the front right side of the house and the air bags failed to deploy. No police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The driver sustained injuries to the hand, arm, neck, and shoulder. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure and current mileage was 134,448.

- Indian Orchard, MA, USA

problem #6

Oct 292013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
On my 2006 Odyssey had to replace the front brakes at around 19,000 miles due to shaking of the car when braking. Recently at 34,000 miles the vsa warning light came on, took it to my local Honda dealership and it was diagnosed that the vsa modulator needs to be replaced and that it's dangerous to drive the minivan. A quick search on the internet reveals that the vsa is a common issue. I question the quality of such an important piece of equipment and the high price to replace, over $1000. With such low mileage such parts should not go bad. I see that Honda issued a recall for a vsa issue but for 2007-2008 Odyssey. I believe it should include all years.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012009


  • miles
Every year, within 12 months/12,000 miles, our 2006 Honda Odyssey ex experiences the same problem with the front brakes. The problem begins with a mild side to side shaking of the front end while braking, typically worse at freeway speeds. This shaking can be felt throughout the entire vehicle cabin, including by all seated passengers. If left unresolved for any period of time, the shaking continues to intensify the longer you wait to address the issue. The intensity of this issue literally causes us to avoid braking in order to avoid experiencing the problem. Every time the vehicle is brought in for this problem we are told that the front rotors have warped, and we will need to replace both the front rotors and pads to resolve the issue. This is an unrealistic time frame for consumers to have to absorb such a substantial cost related to the safety of a vehicle. The reason I am reporting this issue is that this has been a yearly ongoing safety issue for us, and in doing some consumer comparison I am finding that I am not alone in experiencing it. Nearly every Odyssey owner I speak with confirms the same issue. All of us are being told by Honda that "it must be the way you drive". my local mechanic recently added that he discovered that Honda is no longer offering any warranty coverage over these particular parts - in his opinion an admission that something is wrong with their vehicles in that area. Please require Honda to address the safety of these vehicles by solving whatever inadequate design or product is causing the front brakes to experience such frequent and dramatic failures. Thank you.

- Scotts Valley, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 042013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Vsa light turned on at start-up and would not go out. Dealer test returned an error code on the vsa modulator requiring a $1300 replacement.

- Andover, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 072013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


I purchased this vehicle, 2006 Honda Odyssey used and noticed that the brake pedal was low. I took it to a Honda dealer and had them do an inspection and complained that the brake pedal was low. (noted in my work order). They told me the rear brakes were the cause and needed replacing. I agreed to have them replaced and to check for anything else it may need.my vehicle passed the nys inspection. As soon as I entered the vehicle at the dealer I noticed the pedal had not improved. I went back in to complain and the manager stated that the low pedal was normal for this vehicle. I have had many vehicles in my life and when the pedal goes further down than the gas pedal and almost touches the floor with new brakes installed there is something wrong. When stopped the pedal will travel almost two more inches before getting "hard". I know Honda has some kind of bulletin out on this issue but I cant seen to find it. The vehicle takes longer to stop and the pedal is very soft and spongy. Im concerned that I will rear end someone because the brakes are not safe.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 282012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Bought vehicle used & noticed a soft pedal from the go! saw where master cylinder was rebuilt & front pads put on before my purchase. Took to Honda to get serviced on 7/18/2012 at 118,647 miles & told them it still felt a little soft with the pedal going lower than normal. They checked it out in service & put new rotors & pads on the rear. We took it on a trip to Florida & the brakes felt good. Seems better now however it's beginning to feel a little soft again but appears to be braking ok. I told [xxx] in service at Honda & I told him I will keep an eye on it to see if there are any differences in the oncoming miles. He said ok. Thanks! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 302012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I was driving with my 3 children and approached a stop sign. I pressed my brakes, and they completely froze. I could not push the pedal down. It was like stepping on a brick. It would not move down at all. I was slamming my foot down on the petal and nothing happened. Fortunately, I was going slow at the time, after slamming the brakes numerous times, the pedal seemed to raise a bit and I was able to push it down. This has now happened 5 different times. I took it to a repair shop the same day it initially happened and they could not re-create the problem. It happened two more times and took it to our Honda dealer. (burns Honda), they said it fell into a recall and fixed the problem. Two weeks later it happened again, this time there were two cars in front of me and I had to use the emergency brake. My car is back at the Honda dealer where they are going to try to once again "re-create" the problem. I feel my car is a death trap. I am afraid to drive it. I am afraid I am going to get in a terrible accident and hurt myself, my family or someone else. Something needs to be done. I am not sure where to go for help. I called the service director 3 times after researching brakes issues on the internet and believe I have an issue with the vacuum release. The service director agreed that he thought that was the problem, but wasn't sure how to fix it.

- Mount Laurel , NJ, USA

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