really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,648 miles

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2006 Honda Odyssey steering problems

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2006 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #77

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 #76

Nov 192008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 52,749 miles
Steering & control difficult at low speeds. Power steering pump failure at 52, 749 miles--required replacement. Same problem at 105,000 miles--required power steering pump replacement...again. Same problem at 159,000 miles--required power steering pump replacement a third time.

- Farmington, IL, USA

problem #75

Aug 282013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
Driving on a major 4 lane highway @ approx. Speed of 70. Suddenly the steering went out of control. It was loose, but I was unable to control. The road was dry, temperature was about 70 degrees. Fortunately, I was able to glide to a grassy median strip without hitting anybody, or have them hit me. The vehicle was towed to a local garage. They could find no problem. We contacted Honda customer service, who told us to bring it to a dealer which we did. They had no findings. Both of these places feel the vehicle is unsafe to drive, but told us to come and get it. We, needless to say, are very afraid to drive it. We have never had anything to complain about with this van.

- Salisbury, MA, USA

problem #74

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

problem #73

Mar 102013


  • 58,180 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated while driving 5 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle suddenly. The contact pulled over and inspected the vehicle and noticed that the inner and outer tie-rod connect had fractured. The contact had the vehicle towed home. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The contact did not take the vehicle to a mechanic or dealer. The failure mileage was 58,180. The VIN was not available.

- North Plainfield , NJ, USA

problem #72

Dec 032012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Groaning sound from power steering system and steering wheel hard to turn at low speeds. Took vehicle to Honda dealer knowing other 2006 Honda Odyssey had power steering problems and that the warranty on just the power steering pump had been extended to 7 years and 100,000 miles. I hoped the issue was just the power steering pump and that the warranty would cover it. Of course not! the problem is apparently in the steering rack and will require $1,200+ in repairs for a new one or the van will be a safety issue. I'm very suspicious that they have an extended warranty on the pump but not on the steering rack. Since I don't want to lose steering while driving and cause an accident, I am forced to have this defective part repaired at my own cost. With only 55,000 miles on the van, this is not the kind of safety or quality I would have expected from Honda.

- Mickleton, NJ, USA

problem #71

Jan 172013


  • 128,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that an abnormal noise was heard from the steering wheel when turning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who added power steering fluid to the vehicle but to no avail. The steering wheel continued to exhibit the noise when turning, which was similar to a motor sound. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 128,000.

- Hamilton , NJ, USA

problem #70

May 302012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Steering wheel locks up midway into steering when turning. This happened twice today. You have to steering it other way or loosens up after few seconds. I have had the recall service already performed regarding recent hard to steer at low speed. Now it completely locks up - major safety hazard!!!

- Va Beach, VA, USA

problem #69

Aug 012007


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving 35 mph when the steering wheel failed to move while making a left turn. The contact stated that every warning light illuminated during the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 61,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #68

Feb 242012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Engine whines and shakes steering wheel. First at 70000 miles. Checked and added ps fluid. Worked for a while. 73K started again. Added more fluid. 75K replaced drive belt. 80K noticed increased noise (whining), but no shaking of the wheel. Brought into dealer and they said there are many issues with others and Honda extended warranty to 7 years, but no recall. Mechanic stated that at high speeds (hwy), ps pump seal could fail, leak and cause loss of power steering and possible safety issue. Called Honda usa and they said yes to warranty, but no to safety campaign- how can they be so irresponsible!

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

problem #67

Nov 202007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


While driving 2006 Honda Odyssey at highway speed noticeable steering wheel shimmy while accelerating and coasting. Changed wheels tires powersteering pump rotation of tires brake rotors and nothing has changed. All tires were balanced.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #66

Nov 092011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 106,934 miles
While driving at 40 mph. The steering wheel shakes hard for about 4 sec.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #65

Nov 052009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
My Honda Odyssey has a manufacturers defect associated with the power steering system. It has an inconsistent buzz, whine, hum that can be heard predominantly at lower speeds. At times, the steering becomes tight making it difficult to steer the car. I have read about the service bulletins: Tsb 2007 for the steering reservoir, and tsb 2010 for the steering pump. I will be calling the local dealer with hopes of correcting a poor design by Honda.

- Hartford, ME, USA

problem #64

Sep 052008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Occasionally during heavy rain, we loose our power steering for a period of 20-45 seconds or more. At the same time the battery warning indicator lights up. It is almost impossible to control the vehicle when this occurs. Fortunately it has not happened in heavy traffic and have not had an accident as of yet. This is dangerous and could cause a very serious accident with serious injury or death. We have notified the Honda dealer whom tried to remedy the problem by changing the power steering pump but this failed to solve the problem and the issue remains. The dealer has been unable to fix the problem.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #63

Apr 192011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
I received a letter from the american Honda dated summer 2011, regarding the warranty extension of the "steering wheel is hard to turn at low speeds and engine RPM." The term is up to 7 years or 100,000 miles. I bought my van in August of 2006, however, since I drive almost 100 miles a day (home to work), I have more than 100,000. Here is my concern, I have been complaining about this said problem (regarding the steering wheels is hard to turn) in the Honda dealer in corona even before receiving this letter, but all they said that it could be related to cold weather. Later on about 4 months ago, they said the power steering pump needs to be replace. Right after I received this letter from american Honda, I gave them a call and told them that I'm already having this problem before, and that this is a known problem, but I didn't do anything about it because I was broke. I asked them if I can bring my van to the dealer to have them replace the power steering pump eventhough my mileage now is more than what they want which is 100,000 miles. They said, they can't help me because they are strict on warranty extension. And, since my mileage is now 165,000 miles, they can't help me even if the years qualifies me. They said to contact my local dealer where I bought the car and where I bring my car for repair and see if they can give me a discount to fix it. The point is it is not fair for them to set a limit on their warranty because this is an obvious factory defect. They should have covered the Odyssey 2006 regardless of the mileage because based on this letter, it is obvious that there is a lot of complains about it. I do not have the money to fix this problem, but I am hoping that by reporting this, we can consider this product defect as a recall.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #62

Jul 292011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Every time it is raining and car goes through a puddle the battery light comes on and the car looses power steering. Has happened numerous times and when going to the dealership I was told that they could not duplicate the problem because it was not raining at the time. They stated they could replace the power steering pump & reservoir and it might fix the problem. This is very dangerous and seems to be happening on quite a few of the Honda vehicles. I know another person who owns they exact same model and year and they are experiencing the same problem. Last few times it rained power steering went out 5-7 times during a 20 min drive so the number of times is increasing.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #61

Jul 132011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
While the vehicle was in the slow motion or trying to park position, the steering is very tight and unable to handle the vehicle. The other day I am almost hitting a vehicle because I am unable to turn the van while pulling from a parking lot.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #60

Jun 082011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the steering wheel would become very difficult to turn approximately thirty minutes after the vehicle was started. The steering wheel required excessive force to make turns during the failures. The contact also stated that the power steering fluid reservoir was not large enough to maintain an adequate amount of fluid. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the reservoir would need to be replaced with a larger version. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 39,700. Honda has released a service bulletin and Honda had acknowledged that there indeed is a problem and will fix it only if the vehicle is still under warranty. Updated 09/14/2011 upated 12/19/11

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #59

Jan 012009


  • 70,000 miles
The power steering went out on my 2006 Honda Odyssey. It appears too be happening on all the 2006 Honda Odyssey van. The power steering does not work at all. I feel it is unsafe especially at low speeds. I believe it could easily lead too an accident.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #58

Apr 012008


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey touring. The contact stated that the power steering pump would exhibit a loud, abnormal noise when the engine was warmed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the power steering system was defective. The manufacturer was contacted who offered to pay fifty percent of the repair costs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 24,000 and the current mileage was 42,000.

- Bowerston , OH, USA

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