really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,128 miles

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2012 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2012 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Jun 142014


  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 65 mph and when the brake pedal was depressed, the vehicle made a loud noise, shuttered, and vibrated intermittently without warning. The failure recurred. The dealer diagnosed that the front and rear rotors were warped. The front and rear rotors were shaved, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #41

Jul 202016


  • 80,000 miles
1. brakes and rotors are undersized and warped causing a massive vibration when you break. Honda dealers worked 3 times on it but the problem continued until I purchased after market parts and replaced them. 2. I received no warranty letter or warning about an engine failure (piston recall warning) letting me know that the engine needed repairs. I was on a trip when the car almost stalled on the freeway and I had to take evasive actions to prevent a devastating accident.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #40

Aug 012016


  • 15,000 miles
There was a check engine light and upon inspection, Honda notified me that the piston ring replacement was necessary and that Honda extended the warranty to 100K miles. The problem was the timing belt and few other parts needed to be replaced because they would get damaged during this warranty repair. Honda refused to pay for the timing belt replacement and made me pay almost $800 in parts and labor. 2. my car stared to vibrate every time I braked from about 15K miles. I took it in and instead of making the proper repairs the service center had the front rotors re-surfaced 3 times. The problem kept on coming back because the front rotors are undersized for the vehicle. I had to buy my own front rotors from a generic maker along with pads to correct the problem. It cost me $350 for parts and $200 at Honda service center to repair it properly. 3. there's a popping sound when I make turns. I've addressed it and no one will fix it. I don't think its normal that clicking and popping sound comes while steering.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #39

May 312016


  • 40,000 miles


Honda Odyssey are not manufacturing or fabricating quality products. I had same issue with my 2012 Honda Odyssey ex as mentioned in the link below www.carcomplaints.com/Honda/Odyssey/2013/brakes/service_brakes.shtml brakes vibrate excessively when brake applied, and when at legal speeds of 60 or 70 vehicle is sometimes hard to control. My mechanics that work on these vehicles and after searching the web it is my understanding that the disc design does not allow for the heat from braking to dissipate thus warping the disc. My mechanic tried to fix it by surfacing your original disc but found that due to the casting or fabrication issues surfacing was not possible, and revealing rough ring surfaces again and again after repeated resurfacing. As it could cause a severe accident, I got it replaced right way to avoid accident with aftermarket one that is rusted quickly that I do not like. I feel Honda should replace the original discs through a nearest Honda dealer with newly designed ones to alleviate this problem. When I complained, Honda considered it as maintenance issue and part of the braking system, but that is not true. Their supplier makes bad brake rotor. Resurfacing should resolve the problem, and rotor should not reveal rough ring surface (photo attached) - this is general maintenance on brakes. I am happy to hand over or ship the defective disc if you need it for further investigation in respect to its quality and manufacturing issues with the vendor.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #38

Apr 032016


  • 40,000 miles
Vibration when braking.. had taken it to the Honda service twice, they said the rotors were warped and fixed it twice and still the issue is repeating.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #37

Jun 052016


  • 25,055 miles
"takata recall" I am driving and when I have to brake at a turn, the brakes don't want to work. I was pressing way down, almost pushing at the floor then they take a grab. That's ridiculous. I drive on a road where views near turns are not visible at all. Someone drives out and you have to brake in a second, and brakes don't want to grab. With four kids, you are putting everyone in danger between life and death.

- Abbeville, SC, USA

problem #36

Jun 022014


  • miles


Like many others here, I have had problems with my rotors warping. I had my first problem right after the warranty expired. I had taken a long road trip over the summer, and the miles pushed me out of warranty. I had to pay the local Honda dealer to resurface the rotors(over $200!). less than one year later, I experienced the same shaking etc when applying the brakes. Honda did resurface them a second time at their cost (since it was within one year). I was told at that time by the dealer, that if it happened again, the rotors would have to be completely replaced. It's now 10 months later, and once again I am experiencing the problem. The dealer can't do anything for me. I was told by more than one employee that they see this problem often, and that this style van is much heavier than my old Odyssey, and that's why they are warping, unlike my last van. I am extremely frustrated! I now have to pay them for new rotors and pads, and I know that in a year, will have the same problem again and again! shame on Honda for not standing behind their products.

- Fox River Grove, IL, USA

problem #35

Jan 112016


  • miles
Rotors have warped in a time frame outside the scope of normal. Rotors are designed in such a way they can get overheated and warp due to being unable to cool off between uses. Vehicle weight combined with poor design of rotors create wear and tear that happens more quickly than what should be acceptable therefore creating a safety hazard.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #34

Jan 012013


  • 15,000 miles
The front brake rotors are undersized and will warp with use causing vibration during braking. The homelink stays on even after the car is turned off with key removed causing thief to open your garage door when they break into the car and having access to homes because the homelink stays on constantly.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #33

Oct 262015


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Odyssey. After parking the vehicle and shifting into park, the vehicle rolled away. The brake pedal was depressed and traveled to the floorboard. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer informed the contact that the previous owner had the vehicle repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 13V143000 (power train), but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 71,000. The VIN was not available.

- Candler, NC, USA

problem #32

Aug 282015


  • 36,000 miles


After making a right turn after a full stop, I accelerated to about 5 mph and was about to park (less than 20ft from stop sign) when the vehicle suddenly accelerated to a high speed. I was unable to break after repeatedly applying pressure on the brake pedal. I was unable to avoid a head on collision. Airbags deployed including the side bags next to my 6 year old son. The vehicle was purchased 2 months ago from grossinger Honda on western ave. In Chicago, a certified Honda dealer.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #31

Oct 072014


  • 16,000 miles
When doing down hill on the fwy about 65 miles the brakes start to shake and vibrate. Which is very scary. I have read online everyone is having the same issue problem and Honda is refusing to fix it. They stated the router needs to be resurface but this is only 16000 miles on the car.. which makes no sense.

- San Gabriel, CA, USA

problem #30

Mar 292015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 27,500 miles
While moving approximately 65 mph down a moderate grade, I applied light to moderate braking. I immediately felt a vibration in the front end and shaking in the steering wheel. This vibration and shaking only occurred while applying the brakes. The sensation was severe enough to question stability of the vehicle so I eventually visited the dealership and they advised me that the front rotors would need to be replaced. It seems premature for the rotors to need replacement after only 29,000 miles, particularly considering that the original brake pads themselves have plenty of life left. My concern for my family's safety compelled me to spend over $200 to have the dealership replace the rotors (at their recommendation) with newly designed Honda rotors. The dealership was generous in giving me a discount, (original cost was to be in excess of $300) however Honda corporation refused the cover the cost of the repairs whatsoever. I have researched this issue and have learned that many people have experienced exactly what I have. Honda's redesign of the rotors and communications with the dealership confirms that there is a legitimate problem with the brakes of this vehicle. Braking and steering control are compromised when needed most- going down a hill at interstate speed. I believe this to be a serious, ongoing safety concern for this vehicle and action should be taken. I want to reiterate that the dealership has done all they can to fix this problem, the inaction lies with Honda corporation exclusively. Thank you

- Avon, IN, USA

problem #29

Sep 032014


  • 40,000 miles
Had to have my rotors serviced around 40,000 miles for being warped. Now the van is at 59,000 miles and they are warped again. I've called Honda care and they won't do anything about the issue. Reading online many other customers are having the same issue. I've owned other vehicles in the past and have never had a problem with the rotors. This has too be a vehicle defect to be having this type of issue on a brand new vehicle. The brake pads on the care are good.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #28

Jul 052013


  • 12,000 miles
After 12K miles my vehicles brakes were completely warped despite no brake abuse or abnormal driving. High speed stopped is affected by lack of stability. Reviewing numerous publications, online publications etc I have found that this particular model car has extremely high rates of severe brake warpage with normal use. The manufacturer is aware of the problem but has not changed their brake design or material to counter act the issue.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #27

May 202015


  • 27,500 miles
Noticed vibration of steering wheel around 27500 miles and was told there was warped front rotors at the front

- Ellicott City , MD, USA

problem #26

Dec 222011


  • 6,000 miles
I have owned this car from when it was new. Every 3000 miles the brakes and rotors have gone bad. They have been resurfaced and replaced by Honda 2 times. Each time the issue of vibration from the front and rear brakes recurred. I have since ran out of warranty (60K miles on the odo). At 50K I replaced the rotors and pads with aftermarket. Those too have warped. The brakes for this vehicle are simply too small and overwhelmed or there is something else entirely wrong with these vans. I see almost half of the complaints are about this same issue, yet Honda has done nothing to address it. Honda quality of the past seems to be gone as all prior Honda's were bullet proof. This one has been nothing but trouble.

- Pocatello, ID, USA

problem #25

Dec 272012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
I have had the same problems that everyone has since I bought this van new (May 2012). Around 41,000 miles (Aug 2014) had warning lights & codes come up. Honda replaced cylinders 1-3 & work order also showed service bulletin 13-081, replaced under warranty. Then I smelled oil & saw a small leak in Sept 2014. Honda found leaking valve cover gasket, replaced under warranty. Took van to Florida. When we got there we had to take the van to a Honda shop for a low tone knocking noise while idling and louder when accelerating. They had the van for 4 days. Honda provided a free rental. Honda wrote on work order. 43307 worn camshaft lobe causing knocking noise 36108, performed inspection found noise coming from front cylinder head, called techline, techline instructed to inspect for worn cam shaft, pulled valve cover found cylinder #6 intake lobe worn. Removed and replaced front cylinder head camshaft & camshaft seal. Noise gone. It also responds better when pushing gas pedal & gas mileage improved. I bet I have had about $5000 worth of warranty work done at this time just from under the hood. During all this, I contacted the better business bureau & Honda was notified. I have been complaining to corporate Honda from the beginning about this van & they always would say that nothing is wrong. Finally I get a call from corporate Honda to tell me they found nothing from my visit involving replacement of my cylinders. Boy was he misinformed and got an earfull. I have also had my front rotors resurfaced (35,657 miles), got a goodwill warranty. They should give a goodwill warranty with all the Honda vehicles we have bought. Each van I buy (1995, 2005, 2012) gets worse and lasts for a shorter length of time before I feel I can't trust it for a trip out of town. I am starting to experience little issues again like I did when I first bought this van.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #24

Sep 212013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 12,300 miles
My 2012 Honda Odyssey shakes violently when you brake at high speed including the steering wheel as if you will lose control of the vehicle. This was reported to the hamilton Honda dealer for first time in 28 Sep 2013 who re-surfaced the front rotors under warranty at 12428 miles. The issue went away for about 7000 miles and reappeared at 19963 miles in July 2014. When I reported this to the same dealer they again re-surfaced both front and back rotors + balanced all wheels under warranty. However the issue came back again in 2700 miles currently at 22645 miles. The mechanic went with me for the test drive and I was able to show him how the vehicle shakes when you brake in speeds excess of 55 miles. The dealer checked and said all the rotors are within specs and cannot be further re-surfaced. I never had this kind of issue in any of my other vehicles I owned so far. This issue is showing up for 3rd time but it is more severe now. What is my way forward since american Honda is not coming back with any resolution even after complaining to them (it is more than 9 business days today). I reported to american Honda on 22-Oct-2014 after servicing from dealer.

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

problem #23

Jul 082014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
While driving the steering was shaking. So took it to the dealer who stated that the rotors had warped and need to be resurfaced. It appears to be too soon since the brake pads were fine. So I did pay for the resurfacing. Any one else having the same problems please report it. The rotors should not warp at 30000 miles.

- East Lansing, MI, USA

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