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 1 of 2)

problem #39

Dec 022016


  • 57,400 miles


While driving in the mountains of Colorado while on vacation our steering wheel was violently shaking and vibrating while braking downhill. This was very scary for our family from Illinois to experience. We scheduled immediate repairs at the shop nearest us on 6/22/2015 with 36,206 miles on our Honda Odyssey. We had new rotors on front and rear replaced and front brakes $685. Unfortunately, while on a road trip to see family in Michigan we again experienced shaking of the steering wheel upon braking. On 12/2/2016 57,428 miles we again had to pay for rear rotors and brakes. We have never experienced the frequency of repairs (we trust our repair guy) in any of our other vehicles (Ford and Chevy). Our van is usually driven around town with kid's activities. Expressway and high speed driving is limited. This is our first Honda. Then on 12/10/2016 with 57,569 miles the engine light and vsa (vehicle stability assist) light stays on. Turns out spark plugs 1 and 2 fouling..I'm seeing there are complaints here about these same issues. I contacted Honda regarding the spark plugs and they said there is an extension to cover this if I went to an authorized dealer. I hope this is true and it works out, repairs are expensive and we want to be safe!

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #38

Jul 022016


  • miles
Steering wheel vibrating when hitting brake on highway. My car mileage is 36642. The Honda dealer said it's front rotors issue before checking. I guess it's common for this year model. I also got the 2nd opinion from the wheelworks shop and they said "the front rotors have heat rings", but the front brake pads both are "8mm"(green meaning good condition).

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #37

Nov 012013


  • 16,000 miles
Brakes vibrate excessively when applied and when at legal speeds of 60 or 70 vehicle is sometimes hard to control. I asked the dealer to fix the problem and he said Honda would not replace the discs and he could only turn them the stop the vibration. This was done at around 16,000 miles, but within a few months and a few thousand miles the vibration began to reappear and has continually gotten worse. From talking to mechanics that work on these vehicles and 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. I feel Honda should replace the discs with newly designed ones to alleviate this problem. If myself or my wife had to apply the brakes in an emergency it is possible that the vehicle could be uncontrollable and could cause a severe accident.

- Kingston Springs, TN, USA

problem #36

Jul 152016


  • 26,000 miles


2013 Honda Odyssey taken to shop in 8/14 with 11,000 miles. Told dealer was shaking when slowing down. Resurfaced rotors. Started again in 8/15 at 18,000 miles. They balanced tires. Started again in 5/16 at 26,000 miles. Was told it was brake rotors but don't need to resurface as is not dangerous and can wait until replace completely.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #35

Jul 182015


  • 46,854 miles
We purchased a 2013 Honda Odyssey exl 1 year ago (7/18/16). We immediately experienced excessive vibration of the steering wheel while driving, and also braking at highway speeds. The dealer replaced the front tires about 4 months out to correct the problem. I didn't work. We asked them to consider the rotors as the issue, but they were reluctant since they were just resurfaced them before we bought the vehicle. Eventually, they did agree, and all four rotors needed resurfacing. The service dept told us our 8 month old tires had wear beyond the normal amount, and suggested it was probably caused by the vibration problems. We're getting another set of tires from the dealer, but are concerned that we will soon be having to resurface the rotors again based on the history I've already spoken of here, and other complaints that have been filed. We feel Honda should be forced to recall and replace the rotors on the 2013 Honda Odyssey. There is certainly enough documentation of the problem.

- Haven, KS, USA

problem #34

Nov 012015


  • 16,000 miles
My Odyssey is 19,600 miles. I'm experiencing vibrations in brake paddle, accelerator paddle and steering wheel when braking and while accelerating between 35-40 miles. Took this vehicle to service center, they wrap rotors. So, braking vibrations are gone, but accelerator vibration is on. Honda service center cannot resolve it as vibration is not heavy. This seems to be common problem with many Honda Odyssey owners. I request you to help resolving this issue for me and all owners for once and all.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #33

Jun 022016


  • 24,000 miles


When braking at highway speeds (for example, using an exit ramp) the steering wheel began to shake. Also experienced rhythmic lurching when braking at low speeds. Average driving conditions, and I would say I'm a gentle driver. The dealer machined the rotors at about 24K miles, which temporarily resolved the issue. Now at 38K miles, the problem is recurring. Something in the braking system is faulty.

- Warrensburg, NY, USA

problem #32

Jun 032016


  • 21,000 miles
From reading forums and blogs on this particular Odyssey year and experiencing first hand, I'm just in disbelief that Honda won't recall this situation! the van only has 21000 miles on it (bought it certified) and I'm hoping that when I call Honda they'll do the right thing for this is a safety issue in plain sight! breaking when coming down a steep grade of highway and suddenly getting a violent shaking on the steering wheel and feeling the tires skip and bounce...how can that not be a recall issue?! especially having family in the vehicle! I'm going to call Honda customer service line (like others have) and voice it out too. Hopefully they will see the importance of this situation and stand by their quality and name. They do have the best vans, believe me I've had 4different makes, but to read and experience the breaking issue and Honda not recalling it...that's not right especially if families lives are at hand! Honda, please do the right thing!

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #31

Dec 172015


  • 28,000 miles
After ~20K miles, while braking at highway speeds there is a violent shaking in the vehicle and steering wheel. Mostly prevalent going downhill where this is even more dangerous.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #30

Apr 232016


  • 205,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the vehicle accelerated without warning, the contact depressed the brake pedal, but they failed to stop the vehicle. The contact lost control and crashed into five vehicles. The contact sustained chest and neck injuries and nose bleeding that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a police lot. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 205,000.

- Deeborn, MI, USA

problem #29

Apr 162014


  • 12,000 miles


Front brake rotors warp around every 12,000 miles. Dealer states brakes are undersized. Not sure if that information is correct. Steering wheel shakes quite a bit when slowing from highway speeds. Does not seem correct or safe.

- Hellertown, PA, USA

problem #28

Feb 012015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Since 15,000 miles noticed shaking/pulsation when brakes are applied, worse at higher speeds. Now, at 25K, shaking is dangerous. The problem is premature warping of front brake rotors. Honda knows of this problem and redesigned the front rotors to a corrected vein design to dissipate the heat build up causing pulsation. Contacted two Honda dealers for confirmation and they confirmed there are new part #'s to solve this problem and there is no warranty, extended or otherwise. I would hope Honda as a responsible manufacturer would warranty the brake rotors as this is a faulty design and is a major safety concern thus decreasing stopping distance and emergency stopping. Thank you.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #27

Feb 172016


  • 51,000 miles
Front disc rotors warped at 31,000 miles and had to be resurfaced (out of warranty). At 50,000 miles repeat of the same problem, no hard braking and or stopping. Highway driven miles, no stop and go. Premature rotor wear, a repeated costly safety-issue problem. Over 61,000 google notations of similar unusual rotor wear problems. Honda needs to recognize the issue and cover repairs and or issue replacement part(s) to correct the problem. Speaking with Honda corporate customer relations personnel was a very unsatisfying experience. They state no awareness of any rotor problems and take no responsibility/ownership or need to address.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #26

Jul 052015


  • 5 miles
Steering wheel shake violently when brake is applied at speed above 60 mph.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #25

Jan 102014


  • 14,000 miles
The car has 23,000 miles and is exactly 3 years old. This problem has been present for 10,000 miles and for over a year. When traveling at highway speeds and then depressing the brakes, for example to slow down for an exit ramp, the steering wheel vibrates violently and the brakes vibrate. This is not the antilock brakes activating because it is not a short stop -- it occurs during gradual stops or slowing down. Honda dealer says the front brake rotors are "warped." I have seen countless complaints of this same problem all over the internet and here at the NHTSA website. Honda refuses to correct the problem under warranty.

- Rye, NY, USA

problem #24

Nov 012015


  • 42,000 miles
When braking, steering wheel rapidly shakes/vibrates back and forth and feel like brak is not working as it should be. I had complained this to my previous service at dealer. They said rotor needs to resurface and they did. It last only 4 months and again I feel like the same problem. It is 2013 van and ran only 40K used and drove only by me.searches on internet reveal this is an extremely common defect on Odyssey. People have complained about Odyssey rotors warping. But still Honda is not serious about it. I think Honda should take care for this and correct all the vehicle which has the problem. It is very serious safely issue and should be taken care seriously.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #23

Sep 092015


  • 40,000 miles
When going downhill in the mountains of Colorado, the van began shaking excessively and would not respond to braking at about 20,000 miles. The van drove fine at lower speeds or on flat stretches but felt like braking control was lost at higher loads (fast speed going downhill with multiple passengers). Took to local dealer who said rotors needed resurfacing. That lasted about 1 year and the problem has reoccurred. Multiple others are posting the same experience all over the us with this van model.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #22

Aug 312015


  • 19,742 miles
The brake rotors have warped very severely at less than 20K miles of light to normal brake usage. When braking from highway speeds the steering wheel shakes very hard and has surprised my wife who became very concerned for her and our three children's safety. Honda dealers already know of the substandard brake rotors ability to warp so quickly. All they want to do is put them in a lathe and turn/ smooth them. This is a very short term fix as I have read over and over. Yes, the shaking goes away for a short time but returns quickly, as the underlying cause ( inferior rotor) is not addressed. As for being a safety issue I would think that brake rotors as well as any other parts of the brake system should a big concern, we are not talking about weather stripping, seals or paint quality etc, this is the system that is used every time we want to stop! I also understand that brake rotors, pads, brake line fluid are wear items, however, we are not using this vehicle on race tracks, or even abusing these parts regularly. I believe that under normal usage conditions which I have observed in the many vehicles I have owned that brake rotors should last at a minimum 50K, before having to lathe them for the first time or replace them if they have been on a high powered performance vehicle. Less than 20K miles of light to normal use on a family minivan is ridiculous! I only hope no one has had an accident caused by the steering wheel shaking severely and surprising the driver causing them to panic thinking a wheel has or is falling off while trying to come to a stop.

- Kirksville , MO, USA

problem #21

Jul 072015


  • 29,600 miles
When braking, steering wheel rapidly shakes/vibrates back and forth. Dealer says the cause is warped rotors. Searches on internet reveal this is an extremely common defect on Odyssey for many years. People have complained about Odyssey rotors warping at very low mileage (some as low as 10,000 miles) for many years; yet Honda will not fix the problem. Honda's only solution to customer is to resurface or replace rotors - at customer's expense.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #20

Aug 092014


  • 15,823 miles
We bought this vehicle brand new - single owner car equiped with genuine Honda parts. The front rotors quickly and prematurely ware down causing severe braking and steering issues, mainly hard vibrations of the steering wheel and it feels like the whole car shakes and you could easily lose control if not having both hands on the steering wheel. The problem usually occurs or is most noticeable during longer road trips (after ~120 miles) once the rotors are hot and the degree of the problem is definitely worse as you drive down (decline) or up (incline) and it does not subside rather gets worse if pressure is applied to brakes going down hill. Rotors should last much longer than 16K miles. We are cautious, safe drivers and have not put a lot of miles on this car and drive mostly highway and interstate roads. The dealer temporarily fixed the problem by rotating/sanding down the rotors at 15,823 miles but now with only 31, 287 miles on it, the problem has resurfaced with the vibrations slowing getting more frequent and stronger to the point the whole steering wheel column shakes. It is very scary as the van "thumps thumps thumps" and the steering wheel shakes rapidly going down inclines and/or whilst braking. Now the dealer is saying the rotors shouldn't be rotated again and are no good, at only 31K miles, and need replaced.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

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