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 1 of 6)

problem #114

Dec 172013


  • miles


I forgot to add the recall number on the vsa device that locks up without drivers involvement and causes accidents. I was told by Honda it is 13-098 in my former complaint today. Bottom line, if I drive it with this unsafe condition and it locks up and causes an accident, who is liable for damages etc" if I don't drive it I have no car until repaired. Does or is Honda responsible to provide us a car until ours is repaired and safe again. I received a recall notice and now tom scott Honda in nampa id said they can't repair it until sometime next year because they can't get parts until then. From my understanding this vehicle is being recalled because the brakes lock up do to the vsa device malfunctioning and causing accidents in which people are getting hurt. What is the answer"

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #113

Jul 052013


  • 95,362 miles
I was driving in the highway at approximately 30 mph and accelerating when suddenly my minivan brakes by itself. It was like someone else was controlling the brake pedal for me. It was horrifying. It pulled over and waited until I was ok to drive again. I continue driving and again when I was accelerating the brake pedal went all the way down and braked to almost a complete stop. I decided to keep on driving to get to the nearest safest place to park and call for assistance and the same thing happened two more times until I parked and turned off the vehicle. I had to call for a relative assistance getting back home because I was driving with my three children and I didn't want to endanger them. My husband took the minivan home and it didn't do it again. I haven't drive it since I'm terrified it can do it again when I'm driving in the highway at high speed and cause and accident that can be fatal to my family, other drivers and me.

- Las Piedras, PR, USA

problem #112

Dec 132010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,769 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while traveling 35 mph, the brakes engaged independently and the brake lights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred several times after the initial failure. The manufacturer was contacted about the problem. The failure mileage was 15,769 and the current mileage was 29,000. The consumer stated the brakes would self-activate randomly and without warning. When he attempted to accelerate the vehicle would come to a stop or near stop; only then would the brakes release. When the brakes locked up, it caused the tires to drag as they were being forced to roll. Until the consumer could get to a safe place to stop. Also, the rotors and calipers were generating heat.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #111

Nov 012012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles


A letter from senator wicker on behalf of constituent re safety concern about his 2007 Honda Odyssey (dot/I # S-2012-274) the consumer stated the van had a documented problem with the brakes locking up while driving. The consumer stated the brakes locked up while his wife was driving, which almost caused her to be rear ended.

- Picayune, MS, USA

problem #110

Sep 012012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states problem with vehicle brakes the consumer stated the brakes emitted a squealing and grinding noise on a regular, but not constant on a basis when braking or turning. The dealer informed the consumer the brake problem had been rectified. However, the next day, the consumer noticed when he applied the brake in excess of 60 mph, the van would vibrate and shimmy. He also noticed a constant and unusually loud washing-machine-agitator type noise which became louder while riding in the middle seat area. The consumer stated the entire van vibrated so violently when he applied the brake at speeds of 60 mph and over he became extremely concerned about maintaining control of the vehicle. The consumer took the vehicle to another repair shop, where it was recommended that the rear motor mount, rotors and brakes be replaced. The consumer was also informed that one of the tires was badly worn.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #109

Jan 042012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
I am getting a thud sound from the back of my 2007 Odyssey mini van. We called Honda and they said they have had several people come in with this. They found that there is a glazing that happens with the brakes and they said they have to grind the drums and it makes it go away for awhile. They said if the brake shoes are ok it would run about $200. This is crazy if they have a problem with the brakes other than wear and tear they should fix it for free. I have put two sets of brakes on this van since I bought it and I have never had brakes go so fast. I believe they have a very poor design. If I had not bought the extended warranty I would have been out 1000 of dollars with all the problem this 2007 Honda has had. If I had it to do over again I would not buy another Honda. The windshield whistles, the transmission part had to be replaced, the compressor melted, the battery went dead on a trip before a year was up. The bearings in the wheels went bad. The axle went bad. The right rear door motor went bad. The left rear door will open part way and shut. All in all Honda has gone down hill. $37,000 and its a piece of junk. Thank god other than the brakes the dealer has been very very good and has fixed everything at least once.

- Mountain Home, AR, USA

problem #108

Jan 262012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,045 miles


I was driving with cruise control off at a constant speed of 45 mph on level ground. Brakes spontaneously activated with moderately hard force, slowing car to 30 mph, then releasing. No warning lights on instrument cluster, and all four wheels appeared to be involved. Engine RPM did decrease during this event. The spontaneous braking recurred twice within two miles with the same fairly spirited deceleration experienced. The vsa was switched to the off setting, and no other episodes of spontaneous braking were noted for the remaining one mile of the journey. Fuel level at 80%, car is very well maintained. No aberrant sounds were generated. Updated 03/09/12

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #107

Jan 012010


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds and depressing the brakes, they would go straight to the floor board. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they advised her that the brakes were working according to their design. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 65,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- College Station , TX, USA

problem #106

Jun 222011


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the brakes would become soft and spongy when depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer at least four times for the failure but the vehicle could not be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and a representative was sent to further inspect the failure but they were unable to find a solution to the problem. The failure mileage was 34,000.

- Nanuet, NY, USA

problem #105

Mar 012008


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced an increase in stopping distance when braking at various speeds. The contact also described the brake pedal as being very soft and easy to depress. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on several occasions where the contact was informed that the vehicle was operating as normal. The contact then received a recall notice associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 10V098000 (service brakes, air). The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the vehicle did not need to be repaired yet, the failure continued. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #104

Jun 012011


  • miles


Soft brake pedal even after tsb was performed. Several other people are complaining about this same subject matter on the Honda Odyssey.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #103

Apr 142011


  • 60,000 miles
Brakes failed causing a crash. We bought the vehicle brand new in 2007 and have noticed spongy, soft, hard to stop brakes from the beginning. Dealerships, we have taken it to more than one, always say it's fine, no failure, no problem can be repeated. We had the brakes replaced just in case and have had both recall jobs fixed, one just last week. This week cars stopped short in front of my husband while he was driving, he could not stop, tried to slam brakes and the van would not stop, he put the pedal to the floor and nothing. He hit the car in front of him. We have had a few problems with trying to stop short in the past but have avoided a crash before. A recall is just not enough, it didn't fix the problem for our van. Also the airbag did not deploy.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #102

Apr 062011


  • 83,900 miles
There has been a number of recalls on the brake system. But, there continues to be air introduced into the system causing a "soft" pedal. This leads to reduced brake effectiveness.

- Kentwood, MI, USA

problem #101

Mar 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states problems with faulty modulator the consumer stated on February 9, 2011 he took the vehicle to the dealer because the vsa light illuminated on the dashboard. They determined the vsa module was faulty and needed to be replaced at a cost of $1221 plus tax. The consumer stated the vsa modulator was replaced previously under recall.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #100

Oct 182010


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that whenever braking to a stop, the front brakes would travel all the way to the floorboard causing a substantial increase in braking distance and time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for repairs to the brake pads but to no avail. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- East Haven, CT, USA

problem #99

Feb 152011


  • miles
Soft brake pedal in Honda Odyssey. I am having this problem since I have purchased the van. I have made several appointment and done all the recall by Honda but still my problem is not fixed. Every time I go to dealer they tell me everything is ok and I still have the same problem. I don't know what should be done.

- Niles, IL, USA

problem #98

Feb 012011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Honda Odyssey. Consumer writes to express discontent with american Honda motor company regarding dispute over brake system recall. The consumer stated he encountered constant issues with a soft brake pedal. The dealer bled the brakes and pronounced the problem as solved. However, he continued to experience the problem. The consumer is requesting reimbursement for the repairs made on his vehicle. The consumer received a denial letter from Honda stating the information that was submitted did not support the defect related to the recall.

- Warren, PA, USA

problem #97

Jan 172011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Recently purchased a 2007 Honda Odyssey, and the brakes don't work well. The pedal is very soft and not very responsive. I have never had a car that stopped so poorly. It takes twice the effort of my other car to get the van stopped. Not a very safe feeling at all. So far no incidents but in an emergency I could see a future problem developing. I did have the dealer service department look at the brakes and they said they were fine, no air in the lines. Both my wife and I agree the brakes are really bad.

- Saugus, CA, USA

problem #96

Nov 012010


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while trying to park the vehicle, she applied the brakes which did not respond or slow the vehicle which resulted in a crash. The vehicle was recently repaired under a recall for the brakes (recall 10V504000: Service brakes, hydraulic: Foundation components: Master cylinder). After the accident, the vehicle was taken into the dealer and they did inspect. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 36,000 and current mileage was 37,000.

- Aurora , CO, USA

problem #95

Dec 312010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 51,400 miles
We bought a used 2007 Honda Odyssey ex-L from a dealership, and noticed the brake pedal to be spongy. The van stops slower than other vehicles on the road under normal following distance, and creates a hazardous situation every time someone in front makes a hard braking and waits for left turn at the last minute. Once I overshot a stop sign before main road but fortunately there were no other cars. I found Honda tsb 07-045 and brought the van to a Honda dealership today, but they said that it is a heavy vehicle and the brake behavior is normal. Please raise Honda's awareness before severe accidents and bad pr happen.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

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