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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,361 miles

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2007 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Aug 142016


  • 72,900 miles


Sudden, uncontrolled acceleration of the engine: Three times within the last week our 2007 Honda Odyssey started rapidly accelerating (rev-ing) while I was applying brakes as I was coming to a stop sign. I avoided a possible accident by applying stiff braking pressure while rapidly putting the car in park and then turning off the engine. Only after I turned off the ignition did the car stop rev-ing. That seemed to fix it the first and second time because when I turned the car back on again, it behaved normally for the rest of the trip. The third time it happened as I was slowing and coming to a stop behind another car, and after I had turned off the ignition, it starting reving again just as soon as the engine started. So I turned it off again and counted to ten, and then it started normally. I took it to the dealer and they cannot find anything wrong. They say it might be something to do with the throttle body (whatever that is) and they say they opened it up and cleaned it out, but really couldn't say what might have caused it. This is really scary because if I hadn't been able to react quickly and apply stiff braking pressure, I could have continued into traffic where I almost certainly would have been hit by cross traffic (the first two times) or would have run into the car that was stopped ahead of me (this last time). (by "rev-ing" I mean the engine is racing, I.e., making lots of revolutions per minute. As if the driver was stepping on the accelerator pedal.)

- National City, CA, USA

problem #26

Mar 252015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. While parking 5 mph with the brakes engaged, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning and there was a sudden increase in engine rpms. As a result, the vehicle crashed into an electrical cable box. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries sustained. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was repaired. Two days later, the vsa light illuminated and was repaired. Updated 7/14/15

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #25

Jul 162014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
I haven't heard back from Honda dealership in milpitas (920 thompson St, milpitas, ca 95035) even after repeated attempts to schedule an appointment for the recall notice I have received regarding vsa. I have left vm and sent an email through their website regarding the recall notice and to schedule an appointment. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #24

Jun 122014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 68,150 miles


While driving at approximately 60 mph without cruise control, the van decelerated to 20 mph on its own. The engine warning light came on. The vehicle was driven at 20mph for 1/4 mile and parked for 20 min. With the engine running; the van was then driven at speeds below 35 mph (engine light on), then increased to 50-60 mph for 6 miles when the deceleration recurred. The van was driven at 20 mph for 4 miles. Depressing the accelerator only increased the engine RPM, no velocity increase. The van was driven the next day at speeds below 45 mph (no engine light) with no problems. Problem codes identified as #2 & #6 spark plugs misfired (non-permanent). Honda service drove the van at 60 mph three different times for a total of 20 miles without any problems. The failure occurred after the van was driven 3000 interstate miles after NHTSA recall 13V500 (vsa) repair. The van has not been repaired--no known cause for the deceleration.

- Marrero, LA, USA

problem #23

May 142014


  • 174,600 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle decelerated independently to 20 mph. The failure occurred after the vehicle was repaired under recall NHTSA campaign id number 13V500000 (electrical system). The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the ECM, wiring harness or throttle body could have been causing the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The failure mileage was 174,600.

- Grand Prairie , TX, USA

problem #22

Apr 012007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
I purchased the vehicle referenced above in 2007 from hudson Honda and about 6 months after the purchase, I began having acceleration problems with the van. The vehicle will accelerate on its own and I have to either throw the car into neutral or turn it off abruptly in order to stop the increase in speed. I have contacted the dealer I purchased it from and upon the first inspection, I was informed the mechanic could not duplicate the problem and did not find any mechanical issues. The problem has continued intermittently...most recently in December 2013 while driving from New Jersey to miami. I was taking an exit with an incline in Maryland and as I began to accelerate, the speed increased at such a rate that I had to throw the van into neutral to stop the vehicle and prevent an accident. I have contacted the dealer on several occasions and the response I have received is that they cannot find a problem. The van accelerates without warning, around speeds up to 30mph and occurs whether I'm driving uphill, downhill, or on a flat surface. My last visit, with the same complaint, cost $1623.45 and I am still having problems. I am very concerned that a safety issue is not being addressed and has the potential of causing injury to myself or others.

- Weehawken, NJ, USA

problem #21

Feb 152014


  • 82,000 miles


Today while slowly pulling into a parking space, my 2007 Odyssey suddenly accelerated on its own. I had just taken my foot off the brake and let the car coast forward a little before I parked it when it lurched forward. I was able to hit the brakes hard and stop it quickly before any damage was done, but I was very shaken up and afraid to drive home. I called the dealer and will have the car towed for examination.

- Lewes, DE, USA

problem #20

Dec 272013


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle erroneously accelerated as the vsa warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that there were cracks in the radiator that affected the engine temperature and caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000.

- Devon, PA, USA

problem #19

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 #18

Oct 022013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Approx 10/2/13 was driving on a road I travel frequently and was accelerating when suddenly my car lost power and slowed rapidly. I thought it was a fluke then on 10/11/13 I was driving a road I travel on daily when suddenly my car slowed by about 30 mph in just a few seconds. I put my foot on the brake and realized it was already engaged and was why I was slowing down. 10/16/13 - car went to dealer to be repaired. Dealer found source codes dtc 26-1 lateral acc sensor, and dtc 27-1 steering angle sensor but could not replicate and told me they did not know what the fix was. 10/17/13 - was driving on the same road as on 10/11 - clanging/grating sound in steering column and then brakes engaged, was accelerating slowly prior to this. Slowed down almost to a stop, then slowly accelerated again. Within a quarter of a mile it happened again (was driving slower at this time B/C I was worried it would happen again), this time the triangle w/ the exclamation point on it flickered (this is the first time it came on, all other times no lights or anything). Taking it back to dealer tomorrow but unless it happens to them was told there was nothing they could do. Repeatedly told them of the investigation but they said they don't know the fix. Thankfully no one was behind me during these occurrences but if they had there would have been an accident due to how fast the car decelerated.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #17

Oct 122013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 91,280 miles


While accelerating onto freeway at approximately 45 mph the brakes fully engaged and engine power was lost while my foot was on the accelerator. Speed decreased by about 25mph in just a few seconds. With my foot still on the accelerator engine engaged again and we increased speed to about 45 mph, when the automatic transmission was going to shift into overdrive, the same incident occurred again! power was regained at the same speed about 25 mph. We speeded up to about 45 mph again and this time I looked at the brake pedal. The brakes fully engaged themselves again the brake pedal actually depressed while I had my foot on accelerator only! I then took the overdrive off and put the transmission in D3 mode. The incident didn't occur again while in D3 mode. I was left having to drive on freeway around 55mph scared for my and my families lives! this vehicle self engaged brakes fully three times, while my foot was on accelerated only!

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #16

Jul 162013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
I entered a highway and was accelerating to a speed of approx. 35 mph when the vehicle suddenly decelerated, as if the brakes had been slammed on, causing me to lurch forward, triggering the seat belts to tighten. I maintained steering control, removed my foot from the gas pedal, then suddenly the vehicle accelerated rapidly without my pressing on the gas pedal. This happened four times within approximately 60 seconds. I'm stating this mildly when I say the experience was terrifying. I pulled over, turned the car off, and called our mechanic who advised I slowly and safely drive the van to the shop, which wasn't too far away, or consider having it towed. I chose to drive slowly to the mechanics and the problem did not occur again. Upon diagnostic testing, our mechanic said it was a steering sensor that lost its memory and needed reset, an easy fix and that while this problem is rare, it's not unheard of, yet it shouldn't happen again. (we had recently had new tires installed prior to this event, the mechanic suspected that while the tires were being changed, the sensor's memory must have been wiped.) the second event was this past wed., Oct. 2, the same experience as before happened again. Only on this occasion, our mechanic's diagnostic testing did not provide a code as it had before, but recognizing the complaint, they reset the sensor again. In both events, the roads were dry, clear weather, we were driving on new tires and at low speeds, having just moments before turned on the ignition and begun accelerating. We are now being told that our vehicle has two broken motor mounts. We highly suspect this is due to the sudden jerking back and forwards from this involuntary deceleration/acceleration issue; it's an expensive repair! Honda needs to recall this model and get a fix asap. We are thankful this hasn't caused an accident--yet. Bought this van used in 2010.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #15

Jun 062013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 96,200 miles
While traveling on flat, level surface streets at roughly 40mph, car would spontaneously downshift (to 1st gear?) causing the vehicle to slow very quickly/lots of drag (locking up seatbelts) as if the brakes were applied quickly. The vehicle will then reshift back into a higher gear with little to no resistance again. This may happen 1-4 times within a 60 second period. Pulling the car over, turning off and turning on again seems to fix issue. Shifting into second gear, seemed to fix issue. Shifting into neutral, power cycling car seemed to fix issue. Over the last 6 months or so, this has happened ~2X month.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #14

Jul 182013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 92,236 miles
I was driving about 35-40 mph at a steady rate on an empty street. My foot was on the gas pedal and the car suddenly slowed down quickly. The car steering pulled to the right and I felt vibrations in my foot that was on the gas pedal. This lasted about 5-10 seconds, then resolved and the car went back to it's previous speed. This happened 4 more times in the next few minutes. During these episodes I looked down and confirmed that my foot was in the proper place, and I actually saw the brake depress spontaneously a few millimeters. I also checked the carpet and pulled it far away to make sure it was not interfering with the pedal. I was on an isolated road, so fortunately no cars were behind me. I arrived at my destination and had the car towed to the Honda dealer. My car was at the burns Honda repair shop for a week and they insisted there was nothing wrong with it and returned I never drove it again.

- Haddonfield, NJ, USA

problem #13

Feb 052013

Odyssey 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
After stopping at a stop light driver accelerated to approximately 32 mph; the van suddenly decelerated to nearly a dead stop. Once the van returned to a normal speed the same event occurred within minutes of the first incident. Weather was rainy; driver was alone. The van was taken to the local dealer where they were unable to duplicate the incident.

- Vienna, WV, USA

problem #12

Jul 302013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 41,886 miles
Vsa indicator light appeared and would not turn off. Brought vehicle into dealership. I was told that there was a recall on the vsa system about two years ago and the vehicle was repaired according to the recall at that time. Dealership states does not know reason for current problem. Now dealership orders "replace vsa control unit, replace 47 pin vsa connector, bleed system, perform sensor neutral memorization procedure, and test drive." I am concerned that current problem is associated with previous recall problem or that repair made during recall did not actually fix the problem. Dealership denies this but cannot explain reason for current problem. Dealership refuses to provide me the damaged part(s). Concern: Car had 41866 miles and was serviced as required. Dealership cannot identify reason for breakdown of vsa part or system. As there was a previous recall for this part it appears that the current problem and needed repairs may indeed relate to the previous recall.

- Pebble Beach, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 222013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 74,750 miles
Foot on gas peddle when car accelerated by itself and then the car automatically applied the brakes and the car moved to the right. I was driving about 40 mph when this happened and it felt as though I was braking to avoid an accident. It did this about five times in the distance of about 3/4 of a mile. If someone where traveling close behind me they would have rear-ended me. The car is at the dealer now, but I guess it's called the "eva" (?) light came on. When I took it to the dealer today the light did not show. My granddaughter was with us in the car and looked up the problem on her phone while we were driving and saw that Honda Odyssey had this breaking problem. I don't know what would happen if this where to occur at highway speeds. I luckily was a few miles from home and limped home, but was on the interstate shortly before this breaking problem. Please add my vehicle to your other complaints.

- Glen Ellyn, IL, USA

problem #10

Dec 132012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 74,920 miles
We have a 2007 Honda Odyssey with 76,000 miles. In December 2012 we had been driving for approximately 3-4 minutes, exiting onto the highway and accelerating to reach 65 miles per hour. When we reached approximately 55-60 mph and were still accelerating the car spontaneously applied the brakes for approximately 3 seconds, lurching us forward. We stopped accelerating and began to pull over. It again spontaneously braked as we were slowing down. We attempted to drive slowly along the side of the road, to get to the next exit, and it happened again. Once we were finally able to stop in a safe place we turned off the car. We turned the car back on and it did not do it again. We took the car to the dealer and they only found one code - the steering sensor. They re-calibrated it but were not convinced that was the problem. Sure enough, approximately two months later the same thing happened. We were not going quite as fast and it did not lurch quite as severe. After it did this three times I was at a stop light and pushed the switch to turn the vsa off. It did not occur again. Took it to the dealer and they found no codes. They drove 17 miles and could not duplicate the problem. The weather conditions both times were approximately 30-40 degrees with some snow or wetness on the ground from prior precipitation. The dealer continues to say there is no problem because it shows no code and they can't replicate the problem. Manufacture was contacted and they instructed dealer to drive again and try to duplicate. They deny any other incidents documented (despite listings on this website that say they have been notified of the same problem.)

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #9

Oct 022012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
Vsa warning light went on suddenly during driving. Steering wheel feels not stable when turning after the light is on. Took the vehicle to Honda dealer and was told the communication between the vsa module and the computer is lost and need replace vsa module for $1,600. It is not a problem caused by wear-and tear and Honda should be responsible for making the electronics more reliable in Odyssey models.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #8

Jul 262012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
When traveling at 30 to 40 mph and you let off gas pedal, trans downshifts. Sometimes a shudder at highway speeds. Picked speed control because transmission was not an option.

- Livingston Manor, NY, USA

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