definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,884 miles

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2004 Honda Pilot brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 282011


  • 51,000 miles


2004 Honda Pilot shakes when you brake on the highway going over 50 mph. The steering wheel also shakes when you go around a curve at 40 mph or more.

- Springfield, PA, USA

problem #5

Oct 232010

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
04 Honda Pilot master cylinder slow leak causing brake warning light to show on instrument panel. Have only used Honda fluid. Have seen that Honda is recalling 05 to 07 Odyssey and Acura rl vehicles for this problem. 04 Pilot should be included.

- Haleiwa, HI, USA

problem #4

Apr 152010


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Pilot. While driving at speeds of 35 mph and applying the brakes to approach a traffic stop, the brakes did not engage. The contact immediately shifted into a lower gear as the vehicle proceeded through the traffic stop, barely avoiding a crash. The dealer performed a diagnostic and found the master cylinder had failed. The master cylinder was replaced by the dealer however; the contact stated the repair did not address the failure. The dealer was unable to locate the exact cause of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 29000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 212009


  • 42,300 miles


I have severe brake shuttering and the steering wheel shakes when I apply the brakes. It starts out as a minor shudder and shake at first, and then over time gets progressively worse, until it is quite vigorous. A little background: The car is a Honda certified car- 2004 Pilot I bought 2 years ago. As a condition of the sale, the dealer (sam swope in louisville, ky) said they would fix a shimmy in the steering wheel, and a grinding of the brakes. They said it was a minor problem. The brakes were repaired 2 weeks before I bought the car. I brought the car back 4 days later and the rotors were resurfaced. Everything was fine for a couple of weeks, and then the problem started coming back- slowly at first and then got progressively worse. 3 months later they resurfaced the rotors. The same problem progressed again, and 3 months later, they replaced the rear brake pads and resurfaced the rotors again. I put up with a shimmy in the wheel as the problem occurred again. Finally, after about 8 months, my wife couldn't take the shimmy any more and made me take it in again. I was reluctant because each time I took it in nothing happened, and I'd already spent over $700 to no avail. Once again the rotors were resurfaced, the front pads were replaced and the emergency brake drum was turned. Two months later I brought the car in for the same problem, and was told the rotors need to be resurfaced again. I called Honda customer service on 4/21/09, talked to tina and she said I would likely be denied any help by walter menigvar the exec. Review manager because Honda corporate considers the brakes to be a repair item. I believe there is an inherent problem with this vehicle and possibly it's design, as I have driven numerous cars over 29 years- many of those miles in the mountains of wva, and have never encountered a problem of this sort. I have also heard about other Honda Pilot with this problem. I also think it is unsafe.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #2

Feb 012006

Pilot 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
In approximately early 2006, I noticed the front wheels would shimmy when I applied the brakes at higher speeds. Typically it would occur as I was driving down steeper grades in the mountains. I brought this to the attention of the Honda dealer in April 2006 when the vehicle had 35,418 miles. The Honda dealer dismissed it and said it was probably due to the front wheel still wanting to provide power while the brakes were applied. Consequently, the brake system checked out fine during their inspection. Unfortunately, the problem still persists and is getting worse. I've also now noticed the problem when I drive on flatter surfaces as well. The problem is most noticeable when stopping at speeds over 50 mph and is even more pronounced when driving down hills. My concern at this point is that the vehicle will become unstable because of the excessive shimmy that occurs in the front wheels while braking at higher speeds or on an incline.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Nov 182003


  • 6 miles
While driving at any speed consumer heard a noise coming from the rear of vehicle when braking. Service mechanic informed the consumer that they were aware of the problem and not to be alarmed.

- Longmont, CO, USA

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