Notes: Aside from peeling paint, the 2008 Honda Odyssey is a pretty reliable, generally trouble-free minivan.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,172 miles

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2008 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2008 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #65

Jul 232010


  • 36,000 miles


There is a problem with the braking system on the 2008 Honda Odyssey. It makes noises periodically and grinds sometimes. I have reported it to the dealership and corporate office. They insist nothing is wrong.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #64

May 082010


  • 38,436 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. While driving between 30-35 mph, the contact engaged the brake pedal and the vehicle would not respond. The contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle causing that vehicle to crash into the rear of another vehicle. There were no injuries. A police report was available. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for repairs to the brakes and body damage. The contact stated that prior to the failure, he had contacted the dealer three times in regards to NHTSA campaign id number: 10V098000 (service brakes, air). The dealer advised that the contact would need to physically receive the recall letter before they would further inspect the vehicle for failures. The contact received notification of the recall following the crash and repairs. The failure mileage was approximately 38,436.

- Orangeburg, SC, USA

problem #63

Aug 032010

(reported on)

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2008 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states problem with brakes and expresses discontent concerning recall repairs within in months of driving, the consumer had to return to the dealer due to problems with the brakes. The dealer reassured the consumer, it was due to the vehicle being new. The consumer went to another dealer and they replaced the front brakes. When the recall was announced, the consumer went back to the dealer, but was told the recall had already been performed on the vehicle. The consumer stated the problem still exists.

- Encino, CA, USA

problem #62

Jun 262010


  • 36,000 miles


I took my 2008 Honda Odyssey to the dealer after receiving the brake recall notice. The dealer made the changes to correct the problem as per the recall notice. About 1 month later while I was traveling 50 -55 mphi had to stop quickly to avoid hitting a car that had stopped in the road ahead of me. The brake pedal went to the floor and the van did not stop so I was forced to pull off the road onto a lawn and my van side swiped a mailbox. This was a terrifying experience for me and my 11 year old son who was in the passenger seat. I took the van back to the dealer on Monday( 2 days after the accident) but was told the brakes were fine and the recall had been fixed appropriately.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #61

Nov 102009


  • 0 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated while accelerating from a traffic stop at 15 mph, the vehicle ahead of him abruptly applied the brakes causing the contact to crash into the rear of the vehicle. The contact stated he applied the brakes but they did not engage. There were no injuries. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. There were no repairs. On a separate occasion while driving at 35 mph, a preceding vehicle stopped and the contact attempted to brake but to no avail. The brakes did not engage and the contact crashed into the vehicle. There were no injuries and the vehicle was drivable. Soon after, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V098000 (service brakes, air). The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages was unknown.

- Rolling Hills Estates, CA, USA

problem #60

Apr 022009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 25 mph in rainy weather conditions the brakes were applied but the vehicle did not stop resulting in a crash. Two passengers in the other vehicle were injured. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the brakes were replaced. The body damage was not repaired. The failure had not recurred. The failure mileage was 3,000 and the current mileage was 10,000. Updated 9/13/11

- Welford, SC, USA

problem #59

May 242010


  • 50,000 miles


Honda Odyssey 2008 - brake issue - car shudders significantly when the brakes are applied - speeds in excess of 30 mph we have been told by our local Honda dealership that our car is shuddering due to warped rotors - the Odyssey only has 50K on it and there is plenty of brake pad so I am not sure I understand why the rotors would already be warped and need to either be resurfaced or replaced. This seems rather odd and I have seen many other similar complaints out on the web regarding this issue. The service individual at Honda autosport also told me that it was very common for both pads and rotors to be replaced at 35K and that we were very lucky to have 50K on our van with plenty of brake pad remaining. In addition to the significant, almost violent shuddering that impacts steering that occurs when the brakes are applied - when the 2008 Odyssey comes to a stop there is a grinding sound that we have begun to notice in the last 3 weeks which the dealership cannot explain. We also just received the cost of replacing the rotors and brakes - $645 dollars for a car that is just 2 years old - this should not be common place. I have also called and reported this to american Honda, however, they were not very helpful with this matter.

- Bridgewater , NJ, USA

problem #58

Dec 032008


  • 17,118 miles
I own a new 2008 Honda Odyssey. Within 10 months and 17118 miles the brake rotors warped. The dealership, Honda, recut the rotors at no charge. Within 10 months and now at 36563 miles the rotors are warped again. The dealership and Honda now after a wait from Oct.09 to Feb.2010 are telling me tough luck. I told the dealership I did not want the same rotors recut because they would be thinner and would warp quicker. Plus the material must be defective. Under heavy braking now the steering wheel vibrates so bad it almost jumps out of your hand.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #57

May 252010


  • 100 miles
[xxx] June 8, 2010 ref. VIN # [xxx] Honda case # [xxx] to all concerned, this letter is to explain the events that has led to me now having to take this issue to a more elevated level. At the end of October of 2008 my wife, mother and 3 children went to coggin Honda located at 11051 S. orange blossom trail, orlando, fla. 32837 (tel. 407-851-9118) to look at the Odyssey minivans. We were approached by sales & leasing consultant chester heath: Cell [xxx] (no longer there) and he showed us around and met with finance manager francis rosario : cell [xxx] who financed us. About a week after driving it around I started to notice that it was making a noise when braking, a hard grinding noise (still making this noise to this day). I also noticed that it was making a clicking sound when making radius turns (since fixed by classic Honda by fixing the front axle in November 2009). Also there was and still is a rattle by the steering wheel. My main concern however is the braking noise which at the beginning would come and go. It now does it almost every time I brake. That has been part of the problem, it comes and goes. So I told my wife about the noise that the car made and she suggested I call coggin Honda to at least let it be known on record about the problem. I then called coggin that week and the person I spoke to said to just simply come by and we will have a look at it. Since it did not always happen I thought to myself that it was a new car just getting settled. So I probably waited a few months (about Jan. 2009) and then it started to make the noise on a constant basis and realized that this problem was not going away. I then brought the car to coggin and spoke with service advisor fritz ray (no longer there) and of course it did not make the noise at that time and because there was no noise they could. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #56

May 172010


  • 1 miles
I own a 2008 Honda Odyssey minivan with 35,000 miles on it. I purchased the vehicle new from gillman Honda of houston, Texas in July of 2008. The reason I am writing is that we have had on going problems with the vehicle and Honda keeps assuring us there is nothing wrong with the vehicle. The problem is that when I apply the brakes, even for a semi hard stop, the brakes sound like they are grinding metal on metal and the brake pedal almost hits the floorboard. I have taken the vehicle in three (3) times to the local Honda dealership and each time they have given me a different story. What has not changed is that they advise all Odyssey van owners report the same problem. What I would like to avoid is being the owner that leads a major recall because a crash resulting from defective brakes. I did receive a recall notice last week reporting a defect in the breaking system that was allowing air to enter the brake lines resulting in a 'soft¿ break petal but again, I was reassured the brakes were in good working order with plenty of pads remaining. Again, I would like to summit this letter in an effort to determine just how many other complaints have been reported and if a fix can be made to this problem. Thanks,

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #55

Apr 162008


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that she had braking issue for two years; she would have to depress the brake pedal to the floorboard in order for the vehicle to successfully stop. The vehicle had been repaired for recall 10V098000 (service brakes, air) but the dealer stated that the rotors needed to be replaced as well. The contact felt that she would not need new rotors if the recall defect never existed. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was approximately 38,000.

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

problem #54

Apr 302010


  • 27,480 miles
Car crashed on 4/30/2010 due to brake malfunction in Honda Odyssey 2008 I was driving the car slowly approaching a bank atm at 5-10 mi/hours. I was applying pressure on the brake with my foot. When I attempted to stop the car by pressing more on the brake, the car did not stop but continue forward. The car crashed into a iron stopper on the right front end. This is third instance of similar fashion with this car since we bough it in 2008.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #53

Apr 222010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated while driving at approximate speeds of 15 mph, she applied the brakes and there was a delay in brake engagement. The vehicle proceeded to crash into the rear of another vehicle. Upon impact, the steering columns exhibited smoking. The police were called to the scene and a police report was filed accordingly. There was one unknown injury reported. The contacts insurance company was proceeding with an investigation of the failure. The vehicle had not yet been repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure and current mileages were unknown.

- St. Peters, MO, USA

problem #52

Apr 182010


  • 1,500 miles
I have a Honda Odyssey 2008 and a major brake problem; the brakes have become so soft it would not stop immediately and only if the pedal is pushed all the way to floor, which make it difficult to stop in case of emergency. I took the car to dealership numerous times and reported the issue but they have not fixed the problem yet. I have three toddlers age 2 and 1and I drives the car on daily basis. This is most hazardous situation I am facing and Honda's negligence can cause us severe consequences.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #51

Apr 042010


  • 30,500 miles
While driving my 2008 Honda Odyssey touring, I experienced a brake failure after initially experiencing spongy pedal while driving. Brake pedal went completely to the floor and brakes begin to grind, nearly causing the vehicle to go through a on coming traffic light. As a repeat Honda Odyssey owner, I experienced the same braking issue with my 2006 Honda Odyssey ex prior to trading it in. I never experienced this issue with 2001 Honda Odyssey.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #50

Mar 062010


  • 9,165 miles
Honda Odyssey brake problem my Honda having low brake and I took the vehicle to the dealer and they didn't do anything and took $29.99 for inspection. I brought this issue to american Honda and they also do nothing. So I request to NHTSA please take necessary action against american Honda because of their negligence.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #49

Mar 162010


  • 24,731 miles
Brake pedal goes to floor (spongy). Concerned that it is getting worse, have parked vehicle and driving another till recall is completed. Sick auto mall (Honda dealer) in hopkinsville, ky was not knowledge about problem so I did not feel comfortable about taking it to them for a check. They also did not seem concerned about my problem. When recall is received I will take it to another dealer for work.

- Cadiz, KY, USA

problem #48

Mar 102010


  • 72,300 miles
3/10/10 - vehicle crash while driving on I80 near Chicago, il. Brakes, when applied hard, did not stop in time to avoid hitting a car in front. In heavy traffic at 7:45 am on I80/I94 wb, cars were slowing down to maintain adequate space between cars. There was at least one car length between my car (car 1) and the immediate car in front of me. The front car (car 2) was traveling at 45 mph in construction zone, and slowing. Car 2 stopped abruptly, brakes were applied on car 1, but did not stop in time to avoid the rear-end crash. Brakes were applied with both feet applying energy. I could feel that the brakes bottomed out near firewall, but vehicle didn't stop.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #47

Nov 102008


  • 3,000 miles
Brand new 2008 Honda Odyssey brake became soft twice when applied. The vehicle continued going, there was no vehicle in front of so there was no crash. It was wet road. This happened twice with in a month. Went to dealer for brake check and they said everything was ok.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #46

Sep 182009


  • 15,000 miles
I am writing this complaint after reading about the Honda Odyssey recall about brake malfunction on 2007 and 2008 models. I read there were three reports or crashed due to this failure. I think a lot of people had this problem and did not reported it. I purchased a 2008 Odyssey, with brake problems. I went back to the dealer with complaints time after time, and everytime I was told they checked it and it was normal. Finally, I was in a fender bender because the brakes do not respond as expected. I never bother to report any of this, but I am sure there are a lot of people in the same situation.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

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