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

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2006 Honda Odyssey steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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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: www.carcomplaints.com/Honda/Odyssey/2006/steering/noise_from_power_steering_pump.shtml.

- 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

problem #3

Aug 112006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
The van has drove terrible almost from the time we have bought it. It pulled very bad on the expressway to the left. It can change lanes all by itself, like autopilot. We took it in repeatedly, and all they would do is give it a front end alignment, and wouldn't test drive it or anything. Finally over christmas week they tried and tried to fix it. They adjusted the engine cradle so it was heavier on one side then the other, they adjusted the tire pressure off 2 pounds on one side and tilted one tire 10 degrees off from the other ones. They also put long camber bolts in the engine cradle. Well the van now drive worse then ever. They had a factory rep. Drive it and before that they told me that they might have to fly in a engineer to try to fix it. He test drove it and said oh it drive like all 2006 Honda odsseys. Then we were told there was nothing more they could do. We are now going through the BBB to get our money back. We cannot believe how terrible we were treated by brighton Honda dealership and by Honda's customer service. Don't buy a Honda ever!!! if there is something wrong with it ever they wont and don't stand behind their vehicles!!! I bought this van for safety for my 3 small children and feel like we are driving a death trap. Try driving a van that pulls to the left and then to the right on icy roads. Fun!!

- Pinckney, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 152006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A 1500 RPM, a vibration is felt on the steering wheel when moving under load (not coasting). This occurs every time at the engine speed (not at 1200 RPM or 1700 RPM). The dealer service department said that no problem was shown in the computer. I also complained that I was getting very poor mileage in town (less than 15 mph which I consider not acceptable). The vibration is my main concern since something may be out of balance and cause a failure.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 132006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Purchased vehicle 5/23/06. Vehicle has vibration in steering wheel since purchase. Honda has balanced wheels twice without solving problem. I took vehicle to dealer 7/13/06 and asked for repair of defect under new car warranty. Dealer refused and gave me a work order stating: Honda representative had found, last time in, " vibration to be normal at this time as per dpsm 999"...in conversation with Honda rep. He told me vibrations are not a defect but a characteristic of this vehicle. Safety, excessive wear on mechanical components and degraded re-sale values are not an issue. It was also my responsibility prior to purchasing vehicle to test drive and determine "characteristics" and either to purchase or decline purchasing on that basis... it appears Honda is attempting to shift the burden and expense of their defects on the consumer.

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

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