really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,042 miles

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2013 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2013 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Jan 062014


  • 15,000 miles


At approximately 15000 miles my steering wheel was vibrating violently when braking. I brought it to the Honda dealership and they stated that the rotors were warped. I was also told by the service advisor that the Odyssey and Pilot were having this problem. I asked him to replace the rotors and he stated that the replacement was the same type of rotor. He machined the rotors without charging me and the braking problem was solved temporarily. In about 20000 miles, the problem started again. I waited until about 46000 miles, when I had an oil change due, to notify the dealer and they refused to stand behind the issue. I believe this rotor problem is known by Honda and potentially very dangerous to consumers especially while driving at higher speeds.

- Manhattan, IL, USA

problem #18

Jul 012014


  • 20,000 miles
Van is two years old and have had rotors turned twice and now they need replaced. Have had many cars and I have always had problems with Honda rotors and never on any other make we have owed. They shake so bad it scares me.

- Clatskanie, OR, USA

problem #17

Jun 102015


  • 28,000 miles
While reducing speed with brake, steering shaking badly. It happens especially when reducing speed by braking from highway speed like 5,60mph or higher. This feels me dangerous especially braking while not in straight road. Especially suddenly reaching to the end of traffic jam in curved road, hard to control driving along the curve with such steering shaking. This shake is that much bad. I researched online and many people claiming about this issue of this make of this model but how the dealer deal with this issue is different depends on dealer.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #16

Aug 122014


  • 26,000 miles


Front end began to shake on braking, more noticeable at higher speeds and going downhill, very dangerous condition, dealer said it was warped brake rotors and the alignment was off, rotors were ground car was aligned to fix problem even though it was almost new and one of the more expensive models, after 12000 more miles the same problems have reoccurred, again no sympathy from the dealer, he blamed it on normal wear and potholes.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #15

Jul 012014


  • 18,000 miles
The brakes at high speed, especially going downhill, are very rough and cause vibration/shimmy in the steering wheel. I was told by the dealer that warped rotors are a common issue with Honda Odyssey vehicles. Honda needs to address this issue.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 152013


  • 7,500 miles
1st service since new (7500 mi)oil, tire rotation. Immediately noticed shimmy upon braking. Returned to dealer after 2 months. Diagnosis: Warped rotors. Turned. Problem solved. Questioned as to why, they stated water puddle, agressive driving, etc. No mention of a problem with the rotor heat dissipation. All was fine until recently, about 30,00 mi. Now same problem. Should this problem worsten, and it will, controling a vehicle on a long mountain hill will be disastrous. This is a known problem documented by numerous people on forums on the internet, as far back to at least 2006. Why hasn't this defect been addressed. I'm calling Honda America today, as if it will do any good. I have one Honda civic in my driveway now that has 136,000 mi. On it and the pads have never been replaced. Dealer said pads are good. 136,000 miles. Much less the brake rotors. No I'm not hard on the brakes as the dealer insinuated.

- Newburgh, IN, USA

problem #13

Mar 292015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles


Honda Odyssey 2013 touring with 22K mileage brakes warped. Heavy vibration unsafe when braking at high speeds 60+ mph. Vibration when braking at lower speeds. Vehicle is still new under B2B 36/3 warranty. Large number of other consumers complaining about the same issue. Honda appears to have a brake design flaw. Submitting complaint in order to support Honda recall on brake issues. Vibration started around 10K miles has progressively gotten worse. Very unsafe vibration at highway speeds. This is a true safety issue and should be looked into by the NHTSA dot. www.odyclub.com/forums/54-2011-Odyssey/150734-does-anybody-have-issues-front-brake-rotors-6.html.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #12

Oct 282014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
Braking at freeway speeds caused a significant vibration in the steering wheel. Brake rotors required resurfacing. I stated to the Honda dealer that I have owned a 2002 and 2008 Odyssey and have essentially driven each the same way, so what is wrong with the 2013. He told me the 2011,2012 and 2013 Pilot and Odyssey have shown this tendency. It was repaired under warranty, but with such an early failure, it would seem likely to happen again. A recall should be considered in the interests of highway safety.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #11

Sep 132014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
Brake rotors needed to be resurfaced after 20,000 miles and only 16 months.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #10

Aug 272014


  • 18,500 miles
Violent shaking through steering wheel when braking from high speed (50 to 70 mph).

- Vernon, CT, USA

problem #9

Jul 042013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles


My car is 2013 ex-L. when mileage was around 18K, car started vibration when braking between 45 to 75 miles per hour. Dealer told me it happened because of my driving habit..wow..so funny... I have 3 more cars..but only this Honda Odyssey has problem... also I found lots of 2013 Odyssey owners has same break problem on the internet.. Honda should recall this problem.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #8

Apr 072014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
2013 Honda Odyssey bought new in April 2013 from Honda of pasadena (ca). At approximately one year of age and 12,000 miles I experience a (somewhat violent) 'shimmy' in the steering wheel when braking at freeway speeds. Specifically, when required to brake quickly from 70/75 mph to 50/55 mph. At just over 15,000 and having come off a lengthy road trip where problem began to really scare us, we took the van to the dealer. They road tested it and got it on the rack and said the rotors were warped and needed to be resurfaced ($223 vs. New of about $600). I asked the service writer about the need for resurfacing rotors at such low mileage (brakes pads over 9mm thick). I was told that it's common in Odyssey!! the repair is not covered under warranty (no brake or tire issues are covered by mfg warranty). After reading numerous websites about the issue, I am very concerned that I will have a recurring problem. Honda has issued recalls in older model Odyssey's (2006-2010). When will they fix this safety issue?

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 102014


  • 19,200 miles
I have a 2013 ex-L with 18K miles, started noticing slight vibration when braking from approx 50 mph in the steering wheel. I live in Florida and thought nothing of it more than an annoyance. This past 4th of July went to nc when driving about 45 mph while going down a hill and applying brakes the vibration became terrible, the vibration became a safety issue as the whole van would rattle and shake. Took notice of this and videoed the occurrence. When I got back to my city took the van to Honda and showed the master technician my issue, stated that it could be warped disks, and quite common on Odyssey and Pilot. He did state he had not seen the vibration as high as on the video, again I give credit to the flatness of the Florida peninsula. Honda resurfaced the front disks at no cost, but said that usually they do not as the braking warranty is 12 months or 12K miles. I did call and raise a ticket w/ Honda of America, letting them know all that had occurred and offered them the video as well, also discussed with the Honda rep. That warped disks at less than 20K miles should be a design flaw, and that maybe if enough people complain something may be done. Currently my van is running well, but wondering if in 20K miles I have to resurface the disks again or buy high performance disks to avoid this.. again for a car over a new street value of $40K I believe certain wear and tear parts should be designed to last at least more than 25K or at least two years of use.. just my two cents.. hope this helps others.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 262013


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the brakes failed to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that there was an air pocket in the brake system. As a result, the brake line had to be drained and refilled in order to repair the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,000 and the current mileage was 18,000.

- Jasksonville, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 182014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 40,500 miles
After repeated problems with car shaking when braking, rotors & pads had to be replaced at 40,500 miles. Had similar rotor problems years ago with and Accord and a Honda station wagon. Never had problem with Chrysler Town & Country that I drove for 167,000 miles. Husband has never had this problem with several Toyota driven to high mileages. Honda has a serious problem with rotors. I love the Odyssey, but won't buy another Honda for this reason!

- Ellenboro, NC, USA

problem #4

Jan 012014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Car began shaking when braking at around 20,000 miles. At around 30,000 miles, dealer agreed to turn rotors this one time only. Problem returned around 40,000 miles.

- Ellenboro, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 242014


  • 12,500 miles
Vehicle is just 1 yr old, and has a little over 12000 miles. When I drive at 50mph or high and apply brakes steering shakes seriously. The dealer said the rotors need resurfacing, and it was covered under warranty. 15 days after they did it, the same problem started again, and the dealer says it needs resurfacing again. I feel the quality of the rotors needs be checked as it is fairly new car, with a few miles on it.

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 032014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The brake rotors have become warped and needed to be resurfaced. Only three thousand miles after the repair the brake rotors need to be replaced due to the same issue. Driving habits are not the cause - as this is the first vehicle I have owned that has ever had this problem. I have ready multiple accounts of other Honda Odyssey owners with this same issue.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
When applying the brakes under normal conditions, the vehicle begins to shake. I brought it into the Honda dealer for this issue, and they told me that the rotors are warped, the vehicle only has 16000 miles on it and it is only 8 months old.

- Hollister, CA, USA

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