Notes: The 2007-2009 was, at one point, the best selling minivan in the United States. But 2007 owners got the short end of that deal.

Peeling paint, a whining steering pump and an easily breakable A/C condenser are all top complaints about the 2007 model year. And anyone who doesn't think a busted minivan A/C is a big deal has never taken a summer road trip with kids.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,980 miles

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2007 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2007 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #94

Dec 012008


  • 100 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that as he applied the brakes, the vehicle would not respond and the brake pedal depressed into the floorboard. The failure would cause an unusual vibration in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times in regards to the failure and the dealer made five attempts to diagnose the failure but to no avail. The contact did not inform the manufacturer of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 27,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 100.

- Harahan, LA, USA

problem #93

Oct 302010


  • 28,000 miles
While accelerating about 45 mph, the brakes suddenly slammed on while foot was on the gas pedal. The car came to a dead stop then started going again. There was no time to react and things flew forward in the car. This has happened three times.

- Hornell, NY, USA

problem #92

Jan 012009


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact experienced failures numerous times with brakes, and steering. While the brakes were applied the brake pedal extended to the floor which required him to apply additional pressure to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The steering wheel was hard to control causing the vehicle to swerve from left to right. He had to apply additional force to the steering wheel in order to keep the vehicle in a straight line. The vehicle was taken to the dealership numerous times for the failures. The dealer removed air from the hydraulic fluid, but the repair didn't correct the brake failure. The wheels were aligned several times, but the steering failure wasn't corrected. The manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to a different dealership. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 36,000.

- Louisville , KY, USA

problem #91

Nov 162010


  • 1,000 miles


Brake is not working properly even dealer has been changed ABS module twice. The last time in service to seal the air leaked into ABS module as recall but it won't help. Brake is still soft and not stop as driver desired. This van has been in 3 different dealers and 5th in john Eagle Honda in houston tx. Dealer couldn't fix this issue.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #90

Nov 152010


  • 5,000 miles
Brake doesn't work properly. It's takes too long for response, soft brake and inconsistent.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #89

Oct 202010


  • 30,000 miles
The brakes on my 2007 Honda Odyssey, have been checked three (3) times by the dealer. But the problem of not stopping in a safe time and the grinding noise made by them has not been fixed. The pedal is very soft and sometimes all the way to the floor board and still not stopping in time for the red light. This still occurs daily. I have had the recall done for the air in the brake line but nothing helped, I have had the brakes looked at and the Honda dealer stated "they are just fine".

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #88

Oct 212010


  • miles


2007 Honda Odyssey brake pedal travels too far (when you first get into the Odyssey and press down on the brake pedal, it will go to the floor) and it is soft/mushy. [this issue was present before the recall earlier this year, and is still an issue since the recall repair was made.] this becomes an issue when I drive a different vehicle which has a "normal" hard brake pedal and requires much more force to stop the vehicle. I get used to the soft/mushy pedal and don't react soon enough to stop what I call "normal" brake pedal in other vehicles. I vote for a standard brake pedal pressure requirement so when a person drives different vehicles there isn't the hazard of not pressing down hard enough on the brake pedal because one gets used to a very soft pedal in the Honda Odyssey.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #87

Nov 152009


  • 20,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that left side sliding door and the right front passenger door failed to unlock intermittently. She had to climb over to the other side or turn off the vehicle and restart it to get out the vehicle. Additionally, she noticed repeated problems with the steering; the vehicle would not hold an alignment and would drift to the side. Also, periodically, there was a grinding noise when she attempted to stop, as if she were driving on gravel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership several times where the tires were rotated and alignment was performed regarding the suspension problem. The dealer also installed a seal on the door but the failure continued. In reference to the brake problem, the dealer could not duplicate the failure but did attempt repairs which did not remedy the problem. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that they could not assist her. Current mileage was approximately 36,950. The failure mileage was approximately 20,500.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #86

Oct 122010


  • 30,194 miles
At 21,000 mi. Front vibration when brakes applied while driving. Told brake rotor was warped and needed to be turned. Had the work done. At 30194mi noticed front vibration again at 65mph breaking. This occurred after the soft brake recall was performed. I was told again that the brake rotors needed to be turned again. Told my driving was the most likely cause. Van is used to drive 1.5 miles to and from work and highway driving in non-rush hour times. Was told the 1.5 mi. Drive each day was considered hard driving by Honda and most likely cause of rotor warp.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #85

Aug 272010


  • 1,000 miles
2007 Honda Odyssey soft brakes recall has been done twice about 1000 miles later soft and squishy again did NHTSA have any review on long term "fix" that has not worked. This problem has been looked at by Honda since we bought the car and hyannis Honda has said all was normal... no the brakes really do not work worth a [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Marstons Mills, MA, USA

problem #84

Sep 222010


  • 28,872 miles


I own a 2007 Honda Odyssey ex-L. last may, I received two separate recall notices for PCM update for lock-up clutch function and for low and soft brake pedal. There was a delay in taking my van to a dealer because I was on a military deployment. My deployment ended last month and that's when I took my van to get service (recalls). A month had past since I took my van for the recall but the break problem still persist and I think it's getting worst. The breaks is very soft and the pedal is very low when I step on it. Sometimes I have to pump my brakes twice just to feel the brake. I sent Honda customer service a letter requesting another authorization to have my brakes check and service again. Honda's solution to fix the problem did not work. The Honda dealer bled, seal and cap the brake system on my van but it did not solve the problem. This issue should be look at again before someone gets hurt or lose their lives.

- Apo Ae, AE, USA

problem #83

Aug 082010


  • 40,000 miles
Power steering loss at low speeds.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #82

Mar 032010


  • 29,752 miles
On March 2010 I first took the car into dealer (beaverton Honda) to indicate that whenever I apply brakes going slower than 25mph there is a loud squeaking noise. They couldn't find anything wrong with it. Since then I have been back at the same dealer for same issue now for the 6th time. And on last Friday (Sep. 2010) when I went for a test drive with technician I was able to duplicate the issue and he said he knew of the issue and likely to be coming from rear. When I picked up the car they said that they adjusted the parking brake as per tech line service article from June 2009 but the noise was still there. Hence Honda tech lined informed the dealer that it's a known issue and they are working on it and if there is a fix they will notify me. Unfortunately, whatever they did on Friday made it 10X worse as now it's happening 90-95% of the time. Even when I am let go of the brakes from stop and then apply the brakes going 1-2mps it makes that awful noise. So I went back to the dear today. They just called me and told me they think that replacing the front brake pads and the front rotors should fix it but no guarantees since Honda tech line says this is a known problem. The same dealer about a moth and half ago (6/23/2010) told me that replacing all front/back break pads will fix the issue but it didn't. so now within 1.5 months they want to replace the front break pads along with the front rotors and they are not guaranteeing it will fix the issue. I have called american Honda on opened a case as this is unacceptable and my wife says she won't drive the car until it's fixed. This issue started after they applied the safety recall on the 2007 Odyssey regarding "soft brakes". just before they applied that safety recall the dealer had also found my front brake rotors were prematurely wrapped and resurfaced it under warranty. Thus, it seems there is a continued issue with this model year of Honda Odyssey.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #81

Aug 262010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. While traveling 5 mph the contact applied the brakes and noticed that the brake pedal had fallen to the floor of the vehicle and had began to vibrate, seconds later the vehicle began driving normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the vehicle was performing normally. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 24000. Updated 1/19/2010 the consumer as she began to slow down to pull into a parking space, the brakes suddenly locked for a few seconds, then vibrated and then made a scrapping noise. She pumped the brakes then they seemed to perform as designed. Updated 03/28/11

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #80

Sep 072010


  • 38,000 miles
Driving the car the brake pedal gets very soft and the vehicle fails to stop in a normal time. This car was already serviced for Honda's 2010 soft brake repair on the 2007-08 Odyssey. It seems the symptoms of the original recall are still evident as this recall relates to air in the brake line over time.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #79

Aug 212010


  • 13,176 miles
My brakes on my Honda Odyssey 2007 van failed last week. The van has only 13K miles on it. The Honda dealership (capitol Honda, san jose, ca) told me that the power booster on the brakes was defective. They said it was very rare. Last month, I received a recall notice to have the van serviced to prevent a brake problem called "soft brake." I took it in and several weeks later, the brakes seemed to give way while I was driving with children inside. I could hear a hissing sound and the brake felt spongy. The dealership told me I had "hard brake, " not "soft brake." The dealership called Honda and Honda authorized a "one-time complimentary" fix. I write this in the hopes of preventing a tragedy as these vans are mostly family vehicles--multiple children on board.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #78

May 072009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Honda Odyssey with defective brakes system. Consumer states that air may enter the brake systems modulator. The consumer stated he finally received a recall notice regarding the brakes after three years of experiencing problems. The vehicle has been to the dealer six times for brake issues. On May 7, 2009 the consumers wife was unable to stop the vehicle, and consequently she had an accident. She was traveling at a low rate of speed and yet the brakes were unresponsive.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #77

Jun 292010

(reported on)

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states problem with brakes the consumer stated extreme pressure had to be applied to the brakes, in order to get the vehicle to stop. Also, the clutch shuddered when driving down a hill, it not only shuddered, but it made the entire vehicle shake and rattle as if it were falling apart.

- Mill Valley, CA, USA

problem #76

Apr 172009


  • 36,000 miles
Honda Odyssey 2007 driver seat belt stopped working, dealer at first wanted to send me home without seat belt, after I refused to drive the car, they gave me a rent a car for repairs. Also brake system not working properly, multiple previous mentions to the dealer that breaks are soft, they told me it was not any thing bad and nothing they can do also steering pump problems went bad at 34,000, miles and they said it will cost 700 dollars to fix, steering very hard and not safe, unable to steer quickly and avoid objects on the road.

- Southlake, TX, USA

problem #75

Jun 072010

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states excessive pedal travel and spongy feeling of the brake pedal the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, but it was returned in the same condition. A month later, they replaced the master cylinder, but there was still no change. On May 4th, 2010, the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for a brake recall, however the problem still remained.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

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