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 5 of 6)

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problem #34

Oct 272009


  • miles


The brakes are very soft and spongy...been saved a couple of times regarding rear ending someone, but today at 20 miles and hour - I crashed into the car in front of me. I had enough distance to stop the car and was literally standing on the brake, but it just didn't stop till it crashed into the car in front of me.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #33

Oct 052009


  • 36,377 miles
2007 Honda Odyssey brake problems. Only have 34,000 and the brakes are making the steering wheel shake. Feels like the car will not stop. Took car into dealer & was told to much mountain driving. (has not been in the mountains.) they machined the rotors and replaced brake pads. The rotors were wrapped to do excessive heat. We were also told that this is a heavy vehicle and that is just what the brakes do. After 10 days from the repair the right front brake is already starting to make a rubbing noise. I have had a lot of cars in the past that have had mountain miles and towing miles on the car & have never had such brake problems.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #32

Oct 032009


  • 40,000 miles
2007 Honda Odyssey mini van's brakes are very soft and low and extends stopping by many feet. Almost rear ended another vehicle. Honda service center pulled a service bulletin no. 074-045 and want to replace ABS/tcs orvsa modulator-control unit to correct the air entering the brake system.

- Tucker, GA, USA

problem #31

Sep 252009


  • 40,200 miles


A car pulled out in front of my Honda van from a side road. We were doing speed limit of 55 mph. I applied brakes with all of my effort and van did slow down but slowly and ABS never came on. If other vehicle had not retreated back on the side road, I would have hit him as we had approaching traffic in the oncoming lane.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #30

Sep 172009


  • miles
On going intermittent grinding noise and diminished performance of brakes. Grinding noise very pronounced. Total mileage under 10,000 and very lightly used. Issue is shared by numerous other Honda Odyssey owners as indicated by nearly identical description of issue on many online-forum entries. This is of high concern for the safety of my family! thank you.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #29

Apr 262008


  • 24,626 miles
Brake pedal feels soft and goes all the way to the floor, feeling like it takes extra pedal effort, resulting in longer stopping distances.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #28

Feb 112009


  • 9,080 miles


The brakes on our 07 Honda Odyssey were spongy from day one. The person driving the van noticed the pedal even getting lower the longer it got driven. At first you would be able to stop but as time went on the pedal would almost be at the floor to accomplish braking. We took to the dealer after another Odyssey van we had was almost in a wreck because of the same problem. They replaced the brake modulator, said it was leaking air internally. Seems to be fixed at this point. We bought three of these vans and two have the same problem"! no recall or notice to bring in when they have a tech bulletin for this problem"!

- Hutchinson, KS, USA

problem #27

May 302009


  • 9,508 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the antilock brakes were failing on her vehicle. The vehicle does not stop when the brake pedal is depressed and rolls four to five additional feet before finally stopping. If the vehicle is on an incline, it rolls back even though she is depressing the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the brakes were designed to perform in that manner. The contact added that the vehicle always rolls back when pressure is applied to the brake pedal, which is unsafe. The failure mileage was 9,508.

- Arverne, NY, USA

problem #26

May 052009


  • 16,000 miles
I have noticed that my brake pedal pushes down nearly to the floor when the pedal is pushed hard. I first noticed this a few weeks ago when I was waiting for traffic as I was entering the street from a parking lot. My foot was pressing down on the brake pedal but it was also not directly on the pedal. My foot was off to the right. As the pedal pressed down harder, the same braking foot was hitting the throttle pedal thus accelerating the engine. The car brakes fine in normal traffic and operation. I am fearful that if I or someone else using the car would make a panic stop and not have their foot directly on the brake pedal that they could actually push the throttle making the car accelerate instead of stop. I showed the situation to the dealer from whom I purchased the car and it was their opinion that all is normal and that other cars like mine do the same thing. I visited another dealer and they too said the brake pedal is normal.

- Bloomington , MN, USA

problem #25

May 292009


  • 36,267 miles
I own a 2007 Honda Odyssey and have been having problems with my brakes for some time. They feel very soft and "spongy" when I step on them; my foot sinks all the way to the floor. There have been numerous instances where I have almost hit another vehicle because the brakes do not respond. The brakes also grind very hard and sound very loud when I come to a complete stop at the bottom of a hill. Also, when I try to stop or slow the van when traveling at high speeds (such as highway driving), my steering wheel vibrates violently. I have taken the van to the mechanic and have been told that my brake pads are fine (50% front, 60% rear), but that my rotors have worn prematurely. I also had problems with my power steering--I took the van in for service because I had a difficult time maneuvering the van in tight situations (parking)--it turns out that my power steering pump was not operating and needed to be replaced (at 36,267 miles)--267 miles over the Honda new car warranty.

- Pacifica, CA, USA

problem #24

May 152009


  • 16,200 miles


My brake goes nearly to the floor when it is pressed hard. Normally at rest it is 5 inches from the floor and when I push it hard it goes all the way down to 2 inches from the floor. I brought it into my dealer and complained that there is something wrong. It was returned to me with a notation that it was test driven and the pedal travel is normal. The mechanic drove another Odyssey and found it to be the same. Note that if my foot was off to the right of the brake pedal, when pushed hard that it would hit the accelerator also while attempting to stop. If this is the same in all Odyssey, it is a dangerous situation.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #23

Mar 122009

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Honda Odyssey has ongoing brake pedal problems. The consumer stated the pedal was soft and it would drop from under her feet. The dealer bled the brake system. The rear hatch did not stay up on its own. The dealer replaced the struts on the hatch.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #22

Feb 092009


  • miles
Our 2007 Honda Odyssey experienced rear brake failure at 2,700 miles due to rust build-up on the rotors. They were replaced by the dealer. The rear rotors again failed at 17,820 miles and had to be resurfaced. We are concerned about the braking system and the potential for continued failure creating an unsafe condition.

- Fairport, NY, USA

problem #21

Sep 012007


  • 15,000 miles
The car will not stop unless the driver exert a lot of pressure on the brake pedal. The car was brought into the dealership on multiple occasions. The dealership changed the master cylinder and stated that is the characteristic of the car for the remaining visits. Honda posted a fix on January 14, 2009 on service bulletin 07-045. The fix should be a recall because it reduces the stopping distance of the vehicle.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #20

Jan 112009


  • 24,000 miles
I was exiting the freeway and began stopping as I approached an already stopped vehicle. I began my stop early to make sure I had enough space to stop. The brake pedal on this vehicle has always felt soft/spongy. I depressed the brake pedal and the mini van slowed down but the pedal continued to go to the floor. The mini van has ABS and so I continued to press harder. The pedal was all the way to the floor and the car was rolling as if the pedal was lightly depressed. Then the mini van rolled as if the brakes were not on at all. I had to release the pedal and depress it again. At this time I had to steer the mini van to the left side of the car that was in front of me to avoid hitting it. After that event I was able to drive the car home and to the dealer. After telling my wife about the event she said that she thought it had happened to her before. The dealer checked the brake system and said they could not find anything. They called Honda and Honda had them replace the ABS modulator and bleed the system. This was a very scary incident and I could only hope the problem has been fixed. I do fear for others with this vehicle because it is a family vehicle and after an internet search this problem does seem to happen often.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #19

Jan 052009


  • 27,000 miles
January 5th, 2009 I was involved in an accident that I believe was directly linked to the brake issue with my 2007 Honda Odyssey. I have previously reported the "soft and mushy" brakes to this site and to the local Honda dealer multiple times. On the evening of the accident, I should have had plenty of time to stop after the panic stop of a car in front of me, due to another turning driver. However, the brakes went to the floor and did not stop the van in time. This caused an accident where I rear-ended the driver in front of me causing major damage to her car and mine with my airbag deploying. The issue with the brakes has been one that I have complained about to multiple Honda dealers and they have ignored, always saying that they were within normal limits. I have driven vans for 17 years and have never had the braking problems with any others. There was no reason for this accident to happen other than soft and weak brakes that intermittently do not stop the vehicle. We are contacting the Honda body shop that has the van and making sure they are doing a complete inspection on the braking system again. Please do something about this issue before more people are hurt or killed.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #18

Sep 102008


  • 5,000 miles
This is to prompt an investigate of 2007 Honda Odyssey brake problem. I have had to bring our 2007 Honda Odyssey back to the deal for repair because of brake pedal is very very soft. My Odyssey has 6000 miles on this only and I bring it back three times already. I truly feel the braking system is not safe even after the third time. The deal did replace some moduals on the anti locking system. But the Odyssey brake still not very firm and I am afraid that it will not stop in time.

- Las Vegass, NV, USA

problem #17

Nov 102008


  • 18,000 miles
While pulling into a parking spot with a very slight downhill grade I applied the brakes, which seemed to have little effect on stopping the vehicle completely. I pushed very hard onto the brake pedal and was able to get the vehicle stopped before hitting the SUV parked in front of me. Only then did I hear that the motor was revved up. Upon releasing the brakes the motor returned back to idle. I, at that point, realized that I was inadvertently pushing on the accelerator while applying the brakes, with the same foot simultaneously (right foot). I have been driving for 29 years and have never had this happen before. Upon doing my own investigating, I realized that with the proximity of the brake pedal to the accelerator it was possible to bridge the distance and apply both at the same time. More importantly, I discovered that the brake pedal travel easily allowed the brake pedal to pass the accelerator idle position, especially when applying the brakes with more force. I looked at my other cars and none of them would ever allow this situation to happen, the brake pedal never passes the accelerator idle position. I now understood what had happened to me and feel that it is a dangerous safety defect. The more you push on the brakes to stop the more you could unknowingly push on the accelerator.

- Warrenton, MO, USA

problem #16

Nov 102007


  • 5,280 miles
Brake pedal goes halfway to floor before it starts slowing down. Service manager at red river Honda in denison, tx said that the ABS module was bypassing. They replaced it twice with no improvement. I was then told by the service manager that Honda seemed to have weak brakes.

- Denison, TX, USA

problem #15

Oct 012008


  • 15,000 miles
2007 Honda Odyssey LX brakes do not stop vehicle quickly enough. Dangerous. My wife coasted through an intersection while applying all the pressure she could to brakes. Has been to dealer and they say Honda denies there is a problem. I have read online that this vehicle has brake problems due to ABS and master cylinder issues, and also due to poor stock brake pads. But Honda apparently denies any issues. This vehicle is dangerous.

- Austin, TX, USA

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