really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,911 miles

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2013 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Oct 112016


  • 17,500 miles


While parking, but stopped, the car sped out of control. Foot brake and hand brake failed to stop the speeding car. It leaped over a curb and into a retention pond. The doors refused to unlock. Driver and passenger escaped thru windows and onto the roof. Previously, the unattended car had locked itself and windows and sunroof had opened on several occasions the two fobs were on cup hooks in the house. Honda shows no interest.

- Sunbury, OH, USA

problem #24

Jul 162016


  • 79,000 miles
Premature brake wear. Replaced front rotors and front pads last year due to vibration along with rear pads. Around June 2015 with 55,000 miles on car. Then the rear caliper seized up on the passenger side in March 2016, 70245 miles. Rear rotors resurfaced and pads replaced. Now I just had service done because rear driver side caliper seized up. They also did front rotors and pads due to excessive wear. Mileage 79000.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #23

Oct 302015


  • 45,000 miles
Since purchased new in 2013 the brakes make a loud roaring sound when applied at high speeds ( 55- 70) mph. The faster that you're driving when brakes are applied, the louder the roar. Roar happens every time that brakes are applied.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #22

Mar 012014


  • 15,000 miles


There's a lot of vibration when braking especially on the highway. Also there is a leak on the passenger side door. When driving on the freeway, you can hear the wind like it's not completely sealed.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #21

Aug 102015


  • 200,000 miles
Vehicle was parked. Upon pressing brake to shift to "drive" the vehicle jolted multiple times then accelerated forward. The vehicle collided with another vehicle directly in front injuring a person who was between both vehicles at the time.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #20

Oct 182014


  • miles
I've been experiencing problems with my brakes after purchasing this vehicle. There are 35,000 miles on the car, and this is my 3rd set of brakes, and second set of rotors to be replaced. I've brought it into the dealership to have the issue looked at, but they couldn't find any problems. I brought it into a local automotive center for a second look, as the brakes were grinding, and felt like wobbling when slowing. They replaced the brakes and the drivers side front rotor. There was a little wobbling and squealing after the repair, but the grinding stopped. I brought it up to the mechanic, and he said it was expected from new brakes. I brought it into the dealership 6 months later because the wobbling started getting worse, and the grinding started again. This time, the brakes were worn completely on both sides in the front, and the rotors were gouged.

- Oakdale, PA, USA

problem #19

Jul 042015


  • 46,000 miles


On 07/04/2015 I was coming out of my garage as I made turn I hit my break to slow down...but my break wouldn't work...I pressed the break hard repeatedly...but break pedal was going all the way to floor...car woudnt stop and automatically accelerated...I prepared myself for crash on the wall so I can stop the car...but fortunately brake re engaged after repeatedly pressing it. If I was on freeway I dont know what would have happened...big safety hazard.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #18

Jun 182015


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 55 mph with the cruise control activated, the cruise control would not deactivate and the vehicle would not slow down or stop when the brakes were applied. The vehicle proceeded through a red light and crashed into two other vehicles. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. Prior to activating the cruise control, the brakes operated normally. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 15,000.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #17

Dec 062014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 20 miles
Driving on a busy S.E. street in Washington DC, driving about 20 to 30 mph., heard a noise that sounded like a tire blowing out or some other type of noise emanating from underneath the car. I tried to press the brake, but instead the car accelerated and would not stop. It sped up at least another 15 to 20 more mph, and again, would not stop. There were vehicles in the back, so I could not use the emergency brake or shut the car off. There were also vehicles on the side and in front of my vehicle. I had to make a decision on how to slow the car down without hitting any pedestrians or any other vehicles. Decided to try and stop the car by hitting something stationary and ran into a set of steps that belonged to an office building. Airbags deployed and two passersby stopped to assist me and my passenger out of the car. We were both transported by ambulance to a hospital with substantial injuries to the chest, rib, neck and back for myself and the passenger.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #16

Jun 142014


  • 12,000 miles
Before my car was a year old, my brakes started sporadic squeaking. On the first visit, I was told a manufacturing problem. On the second visit, I was told the next step was cutting into rotors. On the third visit, I was told my rotors were resurfaced. The following day, after the third visit, my breaks continued to make noise. I reached out to corporate, who advised I had to go thru other channels (back at the dealership) before I can file a complaint with them. I am getting frustrated due to multiple visits to the service department and my issue is not getting fixed. I should not have to drive around in a brand new car and my brakes are squeaking. I am paying too much money for this problem; in which the service dept/ dealership is giving me the runaround.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #15

Jul 132014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 7,500 miles


While driving to Chicago (2 hours away) with my wife and 11 year old my maintenance minder light came on to tell me it was time to get an oil change. Since it was a Sunday I couldn't take it in. I couldn't make an appointment until 7/16 to get in for an oil change. On 7/16 I sat in my car to go home, but my dash lights were all lit up. Brakes, electric steering, ABS, check engine, my speedometer wasn't working and many more lights remained on. I called the dealer and they told me it was safe to drive it over to them although I heard a grinding sound, my brakes were soft and my steering wheel was very stiff. I went very slow since my speedometer or mileage wasn't working at all. The next morning my dealer called and claimed that a rodent was the culprit who chewed on some main wiring harness of the entire car. I find this hard to believe because why didn't it happen after the oil light came 2 days before" why didn't my wife's SUV get affected by this? this is a huge quality control issue that Honda needs to fix. What would have happened if all of these lights came on while I was driving my family on the highway"

- Pewaukee, WI, USA

problem #14

May 082014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 13,500 miles
I recently had a very serious issue with my 2013 Honda Accord regarding unintended acceleration. While pulling into a parking spot at a garden nursery I applied the brakes but they did not respond in anyway, the engine then revved up making a loud noise, the car lunged forward over several railroad tie barriers, bushes, hit a truck that was parked in the lot and came to rest in a mulch pile. Luckily the truck and mulch stopped the car and I was able to put it into park and turn it off. There is considerable amount of damage to the side of my car and the property of the nursery. This happened on May 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm. It was a gravel parking lot, dry sunny day. This Honda was purchased new in 2013 and is a 4cyl with cvt transmission and has approximately 13,000 miles. The car had to be towed to the dealership where it sits now waiting for a Honda representative to investigate this issue. It was a blessing that no one was standing in front of my car. Much of my decision to purchase a Honda was because of reliability and safety; however, I do not feel safe driving this vehicle. This is my first Honda and I am thoroughly disappointed and alarmed after this incident.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #13

Apr 052014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 8,200 miles
While coming to a stop in my parking spot, I applied the brake and the vehicle suddenly accelerated, with engine surge /loud noise and there were no brakes...... car plowed over parking spot barrier, into shrubs, balcony beam and neighbor's screened patio. There is considerable damage to my vehicle, shrubs, neighbor's patio and my balcony. This was a terrifying event. Investigations by insurance co and mechanic are pending at this time.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #12

Nov 062013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 7,200 miles
At 11:00 a.M. on Nov.6 I was driving my 2013 Honda Accord. I pulled into a store parking area at about 5 miles per hour. I put my foot on the brake and turned to enter the parking space when my car accelerated with my foot on the brake. I heard the car rev-up and pushed on the brake more. The revving stopped, but the car continued to move forward slowly. The car moved over the parking barrier and headed for the store wall. It broke through the store wall and I pushed the transmission into park and pushed the button to turn the car off. The car stopped immediately. I was not hurt and left the car to let the owner of the store know what happened. My car has the cvt transmission.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #11

Jul 052013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 1,200 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, she applied the brake pedal but it dropped to the floor board. The brake pedal independently returned to the correct position. The contact stated that the vehicle surged and the RPM reading increased when in stop-and-go traffic. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician was able to duplicate the failure but was not able to diagnose the cause of the failure or a remedy. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 1,200.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #10

Jan 022013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 500 miles
When I step on the brake while slowing down from 20+ mph to come to a stop there is a noticeable jerk before the vehicle comes to a complete stop. This happens every time when I need to bring the car to a complete stop at a stop sign or signal. It feels as if the rotor is warped when it wants to stop then suddenly jerks forward as if something releases. This is probably a transmission issue which Honda needs to address.

- La Palma, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 122013


  • 3,000 miles
Two false TPMS low pressure warnings, second occurrence 7/19/2013. Tire pressure during both occurrences was correct when subsequently measured with tires 'cold' after warning. TPMS was recalibrated after both false warnings. TPMS is an indirect system, computed through ABS system. Checked with american Honda for a firmware update, none pending.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 282013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 7,520 miles
I own a 2013 Honda Accord ex-L V6 with 7520 miles on hit. I approached my gated community on Friday evening, June 28, 2013 at approximately 9:45pm, hit the remote to open the gates, placed my foot on the brake and there was no brake reaction whatsoever. The car continued to roll forward. Fortunately, the gate opened before I hit it. I continued to my home, checking the brakes and they appeared to work, opened up the garage and was putting the car in the garage when I put my foot on the brake and again the car's brakes had no reaction and I hit the wall and door leading into my house. The weather conditions were clear and no rain. Fortunately, the car has minimal damage; however, the house has substantial damage. I am unable to close and lock my kitchen door leading from the garage into the house. I have researched this problem, and this appears to be a problem with this year along with previous years.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 042013


  • 270 miles
During braking, as you are getting close to stopping the car, I feel little jerk before the car completely stops. This jerk is like couple of times and can be repeated. This probably due to improper ABS system. If you move to neutral and then brake, this issue is non-existent. I suspect some electronic aspect with mechanical brakes creating this jerk.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #6

May 012013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 4,800 miles
Front brake squeal when driving, steering or applying brakes. Sounds like the wear sensors but in fact I was told by the dealer (bay ridge Honda) in brooklyn N.Y. that it is the clips that hold the pads in place. I was also told that Honda is aware of this problem and they are waiting for the repair parts to arrive along with the service bulletin.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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