really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,297 miles

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2006 Honda Odyssey steering problems

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2006 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #100

May 222017


  • 135,816 miles


Vehicle steering is stiff on slow turns and parking. Steering column vibrates at a high rate of speed. Tie rods have been replaced. New tires, rotors and brake pads have also been replaced. High pitched sound also comes from steering column while idling in stationary position. Moisture appears around O-ring leading into the steering fluid pump. Regular maintenance has already been performed since purchase (new in April 2006). The steering issue concerns me as the 'symptoms┐ come and go. I┐ve talked with others who have same model/year and they experience same problem. Honda owes it to their customers to issue a recall on this 2006 Honda Odyssey power steering problem. It's a costly repair that seems to be prevalent in quite a few 2006 Odyssey's. service records for this vehicle are in owners possession.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #99

Jan 312017


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While driving at low speeds, the power steering failed without warning and was unable to turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 51,000.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #98

Sep 302009


  • 33,000 miles
Have had this vehicle since new (July 2006). Vehicle/steering/wheels experience significant vibration at 65 to 70mph. Have changed tires, all suspension parts and nothing seems to solve this problem. Been going on since vehicle was new. Have been to dealership many many times and spent a lot of money based on dealership service recommendation but still problem persists. This vehicle is defective and Honda needs to issue recall for this generation of Odyssey as I have read about this issue with many owners of this same type vehicle.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #97

Oct 212016


  • 95,650 miles


Power steering stiff at low speeds or parking and very loud howling noise, mechanic state there is a recall but I do not see any, almost had numerous accidents due to this issue of stiff steering and unable to turn

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #96

Jan 012014


  • miles
At low speeds the power steering is very tight and difficult to turn the wheel. Example: Parallel parking.

- Greenlawn, NY, USA

problem #95

Aug 102016


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle lost steering ability. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Forest Park, IL, USA

problem #94

Oct 062015


  • 135,000 miles


My van makes a very loud whining noise when in motion and turning the wheel

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #93

Apr 012015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
The rear lower motor mounts wear out prematurely and cause unwanted vibrations and steering play. This is a known issue and has not been rectified. The dealership charges $800 to replace the defective parts.....updated 11/13/15 updated 11/17/15.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #92

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 #91

Jun 012015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 5 mph, there was an abnormal rattling sound and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000. Updated 8/10/15

- Ripley , WV, USA

problem #90

Sep 302009


  • miles


During 9/2009, I was informed by other driver's of my Honda Odyssey 2006 of difficulty turning my steering wheel at low speeds. I wondered about it and began to notice that I also had difficulty turning the steering wheel at low speeds especially while entering or leaving a parking space. In 9/2011, I had the steering examined and was told by the Honda dealership that the power steering pump needs to be replaced and is inoperable at low speeds. Apparently, american Honda issued a warranty extension for this issue of which I was not informed. This warranty extended the time frame for replacement of the power steering pump to 100,000 miles or 7 years. By 2011, I had 160,602 miles on my vehicle and was closer to the 100,000 mile mark back in 2009. In 2012, I was informed by another car repair shop of the warranty extension with encouragement to call american Honda. I did and was told that I didn't qualify, but could find document of the diagnosis and call back. In 2015, I find my receipt from Honda dealership from 9/2011 diagnosing the problem. I call american Honda. Their representative is polite, listens to my story, places me on hold then returns to the line and tells me that this will still not be covered. I have been "negligent" since not contacting american Honda back after my first call in 2012 or having the car repaired for this issue. Obviously, I want american Honda to assist since this is not an inexpensive repair. I understand their stance and wish they were more responsive to loyal customers. I have not experienced an accident due to the power steering pump not working correctly, but have worried at times especially when making turns and backing out of spaces. Through this complaint, I am hoping that further investigation might occur which will cause the replacement of the power steering pump to become a recall versus a warranty extension.

- Maidens, VA, USA

problem #89

Apr 092011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
While driving in light rain, my steering completely froze. I was making a left hand turn to cross an intersection and could not steer at all. This has happened a few times in the last few years. I spoke with Honda international after hearing from the local dealer they have been hearing about this issue. So much so, that a mechanic from the shop was fixing clients cars on the side. He started installing some sort of splash guard after it happened to his wife's Odyssey. I was told by Honda international, not to drive when the road is wet.

- Moyock, NC, USA

problem #88

Dec 132013


  • 81,000 miles
Power steering failed at car park, difficulty steering the van out of parking spot, power steering resumed while driving at low speed. Problem recurred multiple time usually from starting the van and steering it out of parking spot. Honda found the power steering pump to be faulty and replaced it with me footing the bill of $687.13, as the van was just out of the seven year extended warranty. Similar problem was noted when the van was about 2 years old but Honda couldn't replicate the problem at their center....they never made a note of this in their records!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #87

Oct 012012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
Lack of power steering. We bought this van at the end of September, 2012. We noticed this issue within a few days of owning it. This continues to be an on-going issue and is happening at various speeds and at various times. Not just in parking lots. This happens when slowing down to make turns in normal driving settings. It also happens when driving into round-abouts. This is a very serious safety issue! I tried to contact Honda via email once we began to notice it and got no reply. I have looked at different complaint websites and see this a lot. Recently, with the fuel pump recall, I called into Honda directly regarding the fuel pump. During the call, I described this steering issue to the rep. She said Honda knows of it and what they did was to extend the original warranty on the vehicles to 100,000 miles to repair it. However, it was not repaired in all vehicles. The issue is that periodically the power steering system stops working and you must manually turn the steering wheel. We have several children in our family. It is scary to know that the steering could cause a serious accident & cause serious injury or death. Many highways now have round-abouts at the exits. Many towns & cities are putting in round-abouts for traffic flow. I have been noticing this issue when coming into round-abouts at various speeds. The NHTSA needs to get involved and get Honda to recall these before serious injury or death occurs. Thank you.

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #86

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 #85

Oct 012013


  • 112,000 miles
Power steering still does not work at slow speeds. I had the fix done at the dealer back when Honda offered to extend the warranty and fix the problem for those vehicles having issues (2012), but it is already doing the same thing again. Now Honda wants me to pay to replace the power steering pump. I have had nothing but trouble and noise out of the power steering in this vehicle since day 1 and I bought it brand new. Honda power steering pumps must be defective for there to be so many people with trouble.

- Maryville, TN, USA

problem #84

Jan 062014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 78,800 miles
While there is already a Honda service bulletin issued concerning problem (bulletin #: 11-039). The response by Honda is not adequate. The problem is that the steering wheel is hard to turn at low speeds (such as turning into and out of parking spots). Although this defect with the power steering pump only occurs at low speeds it still a safety issue. The fact that is very hard to turn the steering wheel can reasonable lead to pedestrian accident such as pedestrian becoming pinned against a car. Honda extended the warranty on this part to 7 years / 100,000 miles. I have under 80,000 miles on my car but Honda claims I am a few months beyond the 7 year date. Honda should be required to further extend this warranty as many people will not be able to afford this expensive repair and it could leave to injury to persons in parking lots.

- Bergenfield, NJ, USA

problem #83

Apr 012014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2066 Honda Odyssey and 2005 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to the power steering hose and the 2006 Honda Odyssey fuel pump cover recall notice and steering failure.. the consumer did not understand why the same recall wasn't issued for his wife's vehicle, since the power steering pump failed and had to be replaced. Also, the gps navigation unit wa replaced, because the screen went dead.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #82

Mar 262013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
The power steering pump in our Odyssey started making a loud squealing noise, and at some later time, the steering wheel began to vibrate. The steering pump noise was intermittent, and occurred at low and idle speeds only. There was never a loss of steering capability, but the shimmy in the steering wheel leads to driver discomfort and driver fatigue. Honda has since replaced the power steering pump at a reduced cost to us, but the new pump has not solved the steering wheel shimmy. The shimmy is very similar to the effects of a bent wheel or a out of balance tire, but different wheels and different tires, in addition to multiple tire re-balances have failed to correct the problem. The steering shimmy occurs only at speeds above approximately 62 mph, and seems to occur after about 70 - 100 miles of driving. Within this driving scenario, the shimmy can get very bad, and then at times completely disappear. But for most of the time, the shimmy is present. At speeds below 55 mph, the vehicle behaves very well. I'm not sure if this problem is unique to my vehicle, or if others have experienced the same issues. If it is generic to the vehicle design, then Honda needs to provide Odyssey owners with an economical solution. Should the problem persist, I will have not choice but to sell the vehicle because, aside form the potential safety issues, it does not provide the driving comfort that we need.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #81

Jan 212011


  • 48,000 miles
Power steering makes a whining noise, difficult to steer at low speeds and anytime during cold weather.

- Decatur , GA, USA

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