really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,822 miles

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2006 Honda Odyssey drivetrain problems

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2006 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #52

Dec 052016


  • 100,065 miles


Transmission failure at 100,065 miles. Original owner with all service checks done at dealer. Research indicates this is a far too common problem in Honda Odyssey. Cost to repair over $4,000. Feel the deal should replace for free or significantly reduced rate.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #51

May 312016


  • 130 miles
I drove my Honda minivan for 10 years and one day I was pulling into a parking space at work and when I stepped on the brake to slow down the car, it suddenly accelerated so fast that it hit the wall and set off the air bag. The car was totaled and I had burns from the the airbag on my neck and arm.

- Wellesley, MA, USA

problem #50

Jun 122015


  • 116,000 miles
I bought my 06 Odyssey touring edition in 2015. I am the second owner and it only had 115,000 miles on it. I had no problems at first and then soon after started having a shuttering problem around 45 mph. I had a Saturn vue with the same problem and had the same motor and transmission as my Honda. Chevrolet did a recall on it I brought it in the reprogrammed and recalibrated it no problems after that. So when my Honda started I brought it to the dealer to see if there was a recall and they said not on my VIN. So I asked how much to reprogram and recalibrate and the told me that if it does not have a new update then they could not do it (which I know is bull since we own a mechanic shop and deal with things like this all the time). I do not have the $3000 plus to fix the torque converter and feel if other vehicle with same transmissions have been recalled then this one should be too!!!

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #49

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 #48

Sep 132006


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While driving at an unknown speed, the front end of the vehicle started to vibrate violently and pulled to the side without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where unknown repairs were performed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was not provided. The VIN was not available.

- Gretna, LA, USA

problem #47

Sep 262014


  • 167,000 miles
I took my van in to wilde Honda on 9/17/14 for a recall on the fuel pump nodule. The day I picked it up, I noticed a very loud sound from my engine. I had a friend drive the car the afternoon of 9/26/14 to see if he could understand what was wrong with it. When he got in to drive it, my check engine light was on, my D light was blinking and the car will not shift out of second gear. Additionally, the transmission fluid smells like it is burning. I have now had a mechanic review it and the transmission has completely failed and I need to have a new one put in.

- Waterford, WI, USA

problem #46

Jul 012014


  • 140,000 miles


Transmission shudders around 37 mph.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #45

Sep 012014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
My Odyssey needs a complete transmission overhaul, and will cost more than $3,000. I always thought that Japanese vehicles are durable, reliable, and long-lasting, with Toyota being one of the best, but Honda being the best of the best. Now, I am very disappointed with Honda. I am hoping for Honda to recall the transmission for the Odyssey. I have 4 friends that have the same problem with their own Odyssey. And my auto mechanic disclosed to me that this is a regular and consistent problem that is brought to him by his customers. Please recall the Odyssey transmission to relieve us of the financial burden, and to regain our confidence to Honda vehicles. Thank you.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #44

Oct 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
I was backing up in my Honda when I stopped to see if I was going to hit something. I am sure I put my vehicle in park, started to exit the van on the drivers side, I was the driver, and realized that the van was moving backwards. I had my left foot on the ground before I knew I was moving. The drivers door hit me and I was on the black top hitting my face and knees, my right leg was under the van and the left front tire tore up my right leg. My drivers door closed and I yelled for help which several people came to my aid. The people was able to shut off my van and they lifted the van off my leg. I was taken to the hospital where they stitched up my leg and took several X rays, I had no broken bones. It took 3 months for my wounds to heal and my knee still has a lot of pain.

- Winchester, CA, USA

problem #43

Jul 212014


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate and the RPM's increased. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000. The VIN was not available.

- Bristow, VA, USA

problem #42

Mar 282014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


Driving in a parking lot to find a parking space. Environmentals: Torrential downpour, but road and parking lot surface not flooded. Attempting to make a left turn into a parking space, the power steering (assist) failed. Could not turn steering wheel. Stopped vehicle. Turned off air conditioning. Engaged foot brake. Put vehicle in neutral. Lifted foot off of brake pedal. Waited approximately 1 minute. Foot on brake. Put vehicle in drive. Air conditioning remained off. Power steering assist had returned. Able to park into parking space. See also: NHTSA id number: 10616212 NHTSA id number: 10592737 NHTSA id number: 10578624 NHTSA id number: 10036938 Honda [xxx] Honda [xxx] (was never notified by Honda of this warranty extension-vehicle is now 8 years old). Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #41

Apr 292014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
While driving the vehicle it hesitated three times and seemed to kinda stop.....moving forward came upon another red light and went to go again and vehicle would not go....over twenty miles an hour another red light and then the same thing coasted to the side and put it in park called aaa dealership which it was purchased said the transmission is out.

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #40

Mar 192014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I noticed an oil leak on the vehicle. When taken to the mechanic he found that the spool valve is leaking. The Honda dealer informed us that there are no replacement parts available. The oil is leaking on the exhaust manifold and is a very possible fire hazard. This is a family vehicle and this issue is a very serious one.

- Myrtle, MS, USA

problem #39

Mar 152014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Engine vibrating violently at speeds of 35-40 mph and when RPM are between 1,500 to 2,000. The possible causes are faulty engine mounts, transmission, or engine. Honda replaced the power steering due to problems. I also replaced the run flat tires with non run flat because the run flat last only 1 year. I want to vibration to be resolved. The vibration appears to be a manufacturer defect according to online Honda owners groups.

- Gilroy, CA, USA

problem #38

Jan 022014


  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph when a burning odor was present in the vehicle. The contact stated that white smoke was coming from under the rear and front of the vehicle. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic, who determined that a faulty valve in the transmission caused the defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 142,000.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #37

Jan 142014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 141,188 miles
On my way to work on January 14, 2014, as I was getting up to speed (from 0 to 20), the engine revved around 2000 RPM, the transmission would not engage 2nd gear. I backed off the gas pedal and the transmission engaged. The check engine light lit up and I drove it to a Honda dealership. The service department said that their diagnostic revealed an internal issue with the transmission and would need replacement. I have owned 7 Honda since 1983, and I have never had this type of problem. The van is at a local transmission shop rebuilding the transmission for $1500, Honda wanted $5300. The van has been well maintained over the years and I'm very surprised that the transmission would go at 141,000 miles, but transmission issues appears to be a problem with the Odyssey lineup over the years. Unfortunately, I was not made aware of these issues prior to purchase. Disappointing.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #36

Nov 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 100,800 miles
Car shudders when shifting gears at lowers speeds(20-40).

- Harrison, TN, USA

problem #35

Oct 272013


  • 120,000 miles
Vehicle shudders while accelerating and worse with turning left onto freeway onramps etc. Causes some difficulty steering and need to enter freeway at very slow speed disrupting traffic.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #34

Aug 222013


  • 164,000 miles
I am writing you in reference to my Honda Odyssey that was purchased in October 2006. In August of this year (2013) the transmission stopped working. I had to have the van towed to an auto shop in Vermont to get fixed. The shop had to do a transmission rebuild. The transmission rebuilt cost me three thousand and four hundred and sixty-three dollars ($3463). I spoke with the owner of the auto shop and he advised me that Honda Odyssey's are known to have transmission problems. I also verified this information on-line.

- Mt. Vernon, NY, USA

problem #33

Sep 062013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 133,956 miles
Driving at 50 mph on a Friday night. My van suddenly gave a loud explosive sound and the cabin filled up with smoke and I could not breathe or see properly. I wondered what was going on and quickly pulled up on the side of the road. It took me some time to get out of the van since I am disabled. My husband had to literally speaking, carry me out and sat me on the side of the road. Passers by had already called 911 when they noticed what was going on. The police, ambulance and fire dept came. The fire dept determined that my van was smoking heavily and they took care of the fire in my engine when they opened the hood. The van was towed to the dealership and they informed me that my transmission was defective. The only problem was that this will then be the third transmission in a van that is less than 8 years old. I had a similar problem in July 2011 at 80,000 miles and the transmission was replaced then with promises from Honda that I was good for another 5 years. So when this problem occurred exactly 2 years to the time that the second transmission was replaced, I reported the problem to Honda and they want me to pay for a third transmission. This is despite the fact that I always serviced my van with the dealership. It has never been serviced with the local repair shop. I am still making car payments on my van and they want me to pay for a new transmission? I will appreciate an investigation on why Honda is allowed to sell lemons to consumers even though they are aware of transmission problems on the Odyssey vans. Smoke and fire due to recurring transmission problems on the same van is a safety issue. I pray that no one will be killed or injured due to recurring transmission problems with Honda Odyssey vans. Thanks in advance for your assistance in protecting and ensuring consumer safety as we drive our cars.

- Cinnaminson, NJ, USA

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