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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,662 miles

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2011 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2011 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Apr 172012


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while traveling 65 mph, the contact decelerated and the vehicle shook violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the front rotors and brakes were replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- North Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #10

Jul 092012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
Front brakes pulsating severely and steering wheel shaking 2-3 inches back and forth when applying brakes... now it happens at all speeds.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 302013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
The 2011 Honda Odyssey brakes failed when applied when the van was placed in reverse. The brake pedal traveled all the way to the floor on application of the brakes and did not return back. As the pedal did not return back was unable to pump the brake to build any hydraulic pressure. The vehicle was brought to a halt using the parking brake. Subsequently the brakes started working again. The dealership on inspection reports a brake master cylinder failure. Honda when contacted directly does not acknowledge any such prior incident reports. However at least two such failures have been reported on the same make, model year by other owners on Honda owner forums. I humbly request that you investigate this issue before any fatalities occur. Honda is unwilling to acknowledge a systemic failure.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 152012


  • 16,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while depressing the brake pedal at approximately 40 mph, he noticed a vibration in the pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the rotors would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000.

- Placitas, NM, USA

problem #7

Jun 302011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 14,000 miles
Sir / madam: I bought a 2011 Honda Odyssey touring elite, in December, 2010. It has a defective front brake system which causes the front rotors to warp and the brake pads to glaze over from overheating; causing all these components to prematurely ware out. I believe all Honda Odyssey┐'s have this same problem. Honda says the front rotors only have a 12,000 mile warranty, since it is a wear item, I am responsible for the cost of all repairs. On two (2) occasions, while traveling on the us interstate highways, down steep mountains in Colorado and North Carolina, the steering wheel started shaking ▒3 inches ┐┐ which is very frightening ┐┐ so much so, I started looking for the ┐┐runaway truck ramp┐Ł! the vehicle currently has approximately 46,000 miles and has had two (2) sets of front rotors installed, the current rotors have been turned at least three (3) times, and three (3) sets of front brake pads. The front end currently shakes when the brakes are applied because the rotors are warped again but the dealer wants to wait longer before turning them (they are almost to the minimum rotor thickness). I have documented these problems by email and in person with the local Honda dealer, Honda manufacturing and Honda usa. Honda┐'s district customer service manager drove the vehicle at 46,073 miles and acknowledged the front rotors were warped. However, Honda denies there is a front brake problem. Every other automobile I have ever owned has not required brake pads before 50,000 plus miles, nor new rotors before 100,000 plus miles. There are several other non-safety related issues with this vehicle. Any and all emails and service records are available for review. If you would like to discuss this matter please do not hesitate to call.

- Hampton Cove, AL, USA

problem #6

Apr 252013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 16,500 miles
When using brakes to decelerate from speeds over 45 mph, the steering wheel begins to vibrate and shake. An initial call to the dealer said that due to excessive heat and wear, the rotors may be warped and was told to bring it in to get rotors resurfaced. I asked whether this was common at about 16000 miles. Dealer told me that shouldn't be the case until around 45,000-75,000 miles. My wife drives the vehicle under "normal" conditions (driving kids to school, etc.) and does not break excessively or suddenly.

- Lacey, WA, USA

problem #5

Nov 162012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 25,968 miles


Shakes when braking at speeds over 45 mph, drastically increasing 45-0 mph stopping distance, rotors have been resurfaced once and pads replaced already at approximately 13000 miles. At 25968 rotors need to be resurfaced again, pads about 50%, Honda advises that rotors will need to be resurfaced about every 12000-13000 miles to maintain safe driving conditions. No mountainous driving, or hard breaking, never had to resurface or replace rotors on any of my eight previous vehicles, including a mini van.

- Apple Valley , CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012011


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph the steering began to shake violently. After stopping for gas and letting the brakes cool off the shaking ceased. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who decided to replaced the rotors after having them rotated three previous visits. They continue to warp and cause the shaking in the steering. The front brakes had been replaced three times. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 12,000 and the current mileage was 36,000.

- Hampton Cove, AL, USA

problem #3

Jul 162012


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the brakes and rotors would continuously wear prematurely. The contact did not state what caused the brakes and rotors to wear at low mileage. As a result of the worn rotors, the steering wheel began to shake when driving at least 50 mph. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 17,000.

- Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 242012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 21,400 miles
Noticed when driving at highway speed and then having to brake abruptly there would a pulsation and the steering would start shuttering. Dealer diagnosed it as uneven brake pad wear due warped rotors.

- Fresh Meadows, NY, USA

problem #1

May 252012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 26,110 miles
Noticed when driving at highway speed and then having to brake abruptly there would a pulsation and the steering would start shuttering. Dealer diagnosed it as uneven brake pad wear due warped rotors. Cost to replace pads and resurface rotors, with tax, was $219.34. Was advised that rotors could be resurfaced one more time.

- Burlington , NJ, USA

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