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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,556 miles

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2006 Honda Odyssey steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #23

Dec 192007


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While driving in temperatures below 45 degrees or making turns the power steering would fail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. Since the technician could not duplicate the failure they could not provide a remedy. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- St Charles, MO, USA

problem #22

Nov 132009


  • 23,000 miles
Steering locked up while driving resulting in head on accident.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #21

Nov 222007


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 30 mph she experienced difficulty steering, and heard a loud grinding noise. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. She also heard metal grinding coming from the rear brake system. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunction. The vehicle identification number was unavailable. The failure mileage was 50,000. The current mileage was 69,000.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #20

Sep 012009


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 30 mph, she noticed it became difficult to control the steering wheel and park the vehicle. The mechanic cleaned the power steering reservoir; however, that did not correct the failure. The dealer stated that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer stated that someone would call the contact in reference to the failure. The estimated repair cost was $600. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 69,000.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #19

Sep 152009


  • 12,000 miles
2006 Honda Odyssey ex-L, steering wheel at low speeds freeze and does not turn in any direction. It happens very often on the highway when there is slow moving traffic, in a parking lot and reversing. I was told by the dealer who wanted 600 to fix this issue as being steering pump related issue. We had an extended service plan in which the dealer did a power steering flush that did not help at all. We wen to the dealer with this issue after about 1 year latter and since then there was nothing done regarding this. Recently our Honda warranty expired in July 2009 and the miles on the car are about 35K. All these days we were able to atleast navigate the wheel even it was tight but recently since last 1 month the car on slow speeds or on neutral does not turn the wheel at all. I request NHTSA to please investigate this issue with Honda vans. I spoke to several people and couple of them did mention this same problem. I feel very uncomfortable with the problem. When I take it to the dealer he avoided until the warranty is over and now is trying to cheat us.

- Monroe, NJ, USA

problem #18

Sep 152009


  • 53,000 miles
When driving my 2006 Honda Odyssey at speeds under 10 mph, the steering wheel is extremely hard to steer. When driving above this speed, the steering seems to be function properly.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #17

Jul 012006


  • 2,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. In 2006, while driving 25 mph, the contact heard a noise coming from the steering wheel. He took the vehicle to the repair shop, but the mechanic could not find any failures and did not replace any parts. The failure has recurred and the steering wheel has become very difficult to turn. The manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The failure mileage was 2,000 and current mileage was 49,000.

- Gloucester , MA, USA

problem #16

Jun 012009


  • 62,000 miles
Power steering pump failure for 2nd time in 2 years. Beyond warranty. Honda will not replace under warranty. Power steering reservoir has been re-designed due to known issue. Honda should fix this at no charge due to loss of power steering at low speeds.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #15

Mar 012008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. After driving 15 mph in cold weather for an hour or longer, the contact hears a whining noise coming from the engine compartment. The noise intensifies as the RPM's increase. The dealer stated that the source of the noise may be the power steering; however, the vehicle has not been inspected. The noise is heard only after the vehicle has been driven for more than 60 minutes. The contact has found numerous complaints on this failure and believes that the manufacturer should issue a recall. The failure mileage was 40,000 and current mileage was 48,000.

- Parkridge, NJ, USA

problem #14

Mar 202009


  • 36,710 miles
Hard steering occurs when car is hot. Honda dealer doesn't want to cover the repairs. Needs to change steering wheel pump.

- Madison, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jul 012007


  • 35,000 miles


Our 2006 Honda Odyssey ex was brought in for service and we requested the technician listen to a whirring noise and difficulty turning the steering wheel. We were informed the power steering pump needed to be removed and replaced. Upon further research we found this was listed as a know defect in the 2006 and only a Honda service bulletin was provided (07-005 issued 1/27/2009). This seems to be a known defect in this model year for this make of automobile.

- Westfield, NJ, USA

problem #12

Nov 082008


  • 25,000 miles
The power steering just gives out at low speeds, parking lots etc, hard to avoid other cars, scary.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #11

Feb 012009


  • 37,500 miles
I have a 2006 Honda Odyssey mini van. Since Feb 2009, the power steering assisting system failed to work at low speed. It's hard to operate the steering wheel at this moment. Most time it happened when I try to make a turn in park lot or local road. This problem also happened when I divert from high way to the ramp. This could be a safety issue.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #10

Oct 202005


  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Odyssey. The contact heard a whining noise coming from the power steering pump. The noise grew louder and occurred more frequently. There were no recalls pertaining to the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 28,000 and current mileage was 38,000.

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #9

Dec 012008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. After the vehicle was driven for approximately 35 minutes, the contact heard a loud noise and the steering became difficult to move. The failure occurred while driving 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the power steering reservoir filter needed to be replaced. The contact feels that the steering high pressure hose should be replaced. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 40,000 and current mileage was 42,000.

- Garnet Valley, PA, USA

problem #8

Feb 012009


  • 51,200 miles
At low speeds, the power steering pump on my 2006 Honda Odyssey ex-L looses all ability to turn. This is especially troublesome when trying to park. The only way to alleviate this is to put the transmission in neutral, apply a foot to the brake, and apply slight pressure to the throttle pedal. This obviously speeds up the power steering pump which allows me to turn the steering wheel. This is not a safe solution to perform for any reason.

- Litchfield Park, AZ, USA

problem #7

Dec 152008


  • 56,000 miles
Power steering flywheel fell off and the car completely died draining the battery. This resulted in loss of power steering at approx 35mph. When tried to pull to the side of the street, the car power system failed. The battery was drained completely and lost all electrical functions of the car. The car had to be pushed to the side in busy street. It required the assistance from good samaritans. Safety hazard if in remote area and or busy street.

- Warrington , PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 102008


  • 48,000 miles
Power steering pump seems to whine after the van has been driven for an hour and the outside weather temp. Is cold. Please see this website for other complaints:

- Windsor, CO, USA

problem #5

Aug 222006


  • 33,000 miles
Loss of power steering and altenator due to belt slipping when driving on rain covered roads. This auto only has 33,000 miles.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 012006


  • 5,000 miles
1. interior vehicle lights seem to indicate exterior lights are on when they are not. Exterior lights are off at night time. The inability to detect exterior lights are on at night. 2. exterior imitation chrome peels off cheap plastic. 3. poor steering quality for a new vehicle.

- Lanark, IL, USA

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