Notes: The 2012-2013 Honda Pilot have a small complaint trend of owners reporting the engine hesitates sometimes when accelerating.

While it's not a widespread trend with the Pilot, it's a little concerning because of the possibly safety ramifications. While it's certainly something to keep in mind, most Pilot owners are not experiencing this problem.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,582 miles

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2013 Honda Pilot brakes problems

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2013 Honda Pilot Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Aug 082016


  • 32,000 miles


As posted by several other customers, I have had multiple problems when the brakes are applied at moderate to high rates of speed going downhill. The car begins to vibrate or waver. I have now had the rotors shaved the third time and am sure they will need replacement soon. Each time they repair it lasts for a short period of time. I have been told in the past this is common with this vehicle. I called Honda corporation and they could not have cared less. They said it was all do to "normal wear and tear". the dealer service department was as helpful as possible, but they need to escalate these issues to corporation so the consumer is protected. It is very frightening to feel that vibration during downhill braking. I owned a 2011 Honda Pilot and never had this issue so it is something in the design or parts for the 2013 model. I am considering selling the Pilot and purchasing another (non-Honda) SUV.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #24

Nov 022015


  • 30,000 miles
When braking from highway speeds to exit off ramp, car shimmies violently. Steering. Difficult to maintain control of vehicle as steering wheel is also violently shaking. Through research appears to be common known defect of the factory installed brake rotors. Replaced tires, had aligned. Did not correct. Honda used faulty, dangerous and inferior original parts. NHTSA should force Honda to issue recall. Failure of safe braking at highway speeds put the car occupants and all surrounding vehicles in life threatening danger.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #23

Jul 202016


  • 36,000 miles
My Honda Pilot ex-L model has 36500 miles. It all started after 20000 miles, breaks started feeling spongy and takes longer distance to stop the vehicle. When I took it to dealership, they told me the breaks are working as designed. Now my steering is shaking vigorously when I apply break after 40 mph speed. Anything lower that speed steering is less shaky but I can feel the steering is shaking even in that speed. Now breaking distance is lot longer and during red lights I am crossing the line during intense traffic stops.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #22

Jun 232016


  • 28,350 miles


For the past 8 months, I have been having a problem with the car excellerating while I was braking. The dealership looked at the car on 3 occasions and stated that there was no problem with the transmission. Because of a recent scare while driving, I took the car to someone who knows about cars. After a test drive, he concluded that the brakes were not engaging properly giving the feeling that the car was excellerating. He felt that the ABS was not functioning correctly and raised an issue that could an accident as the brakes were disengaging when the driver expected them to stop the car. He also felt that the brake action could cause a loss of control it happens at both street and highway speed.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #21

May 152015


  • 19,000 miles
Severe vibration when braking at speeds greater than 50mph. Problem started at approximately 19,000 miles. Honda dealer cut rotors and problem recurred again at 40,000. Rotors are defective and needed to be replaced.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #20

Jan 062016


  • 34,000 miles
Honda Pilot 2013 vehicle front rotors were turned very early in vehicle ownership due to shake/shimmy/poor braking ability of vehiicle. Vehicle is now back in shop and Honda recommends replacement of front rotors due to severe warping. Vehicle skaes/shimmies and difficulty braking is again experienced. Service advisor explained Honda has manufactured the rotors with "cheap" materials and encourages "no sudden braking or hard-stepping brakes " (of course Honda refuses financial compensation for rotor replacement.) I have serious concerns about Honda using cheap and potentially dangerous materials for braking system components. I drive very conservatively and the vehicle has never experienced "harsh braking". I fear for my safety and the safety of others that Honda does not stand responsibly behind the safety of it's Honda Pilot 2013 and its rotor problems.

- New Market, MD, USA

problem #19

Oct 032014


  • 24,816 miles


Premature wearing of the front brakes and rotors. Pulling, vibrating, difficulty stopping started early and increased over time. Purchased the car April 2013. Replacements done October 2014 at 24,800 miles. Honda would not reimburse us for the repairs

- Warwick, NY, USA

problem #18

Nov 292015


  • 64,000 miles
Front brake rotors are extremely poor for this vehicle - I have re-surfaced two different sets of rotors 3 times each now and they continue to warp. The oem ones lasted 12K miles before warping then needing resurfaced. I then bought an aftermarket set from advance auto parts and they warp at less than 10K miles before having them re-surfaced. They seem to warp the easiest when traveling at highway speeds and just braking normally at an off ramp when exiting the highway, the steering wheel starts to wobble and the brakes vibrate badly. The brakes are way worse after the rotors warp. 3 times I have had those sets of rotors re-surfaced 3 times.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #17

Oct 152015


  • 49 miles
Brakes have bad vibration when stopping at speeds around 60 mph.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #16

Jul 122015


  • 28,000 miles
When traveling at high speeds (over 60 mph) and applying the brakes, the steering wheel begins to vibrate violently. Most likely, the rotors are warped. I contacted the dealership to see if the rotors were still covered under warranty, they said they were not covered, but a lot of people were having the same issue as me. This could be very dangerous if the brakes are compromised.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #15

Feb 132015

Pilot 6-cyl

  • miles


Brake pedal is soft, goes down several inches before the brakes engage. Took car to right Honda in scottsdale, AZ. They said all Honda Pilot do that. This is not safe and should be fixed. Website chat rooms have complaint after complaint on this very topic.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #14

Jun 122013


  • 12,000 miles
Purchased a new 2013 Honda Pilot - within 7-8 months brakes were vibrating and catching. Took to Honda dealer for repair. Dealer stated yes they were aware of this problem and it had been occurring on their vehicles. Within another 8-9 months same thing happens. Dealer stated that rotors become warped. They repaired but I had to pressure them to repair with no charge. Pilot is now just over 2 years old - has 34,450 miles and it is happening again. When I mentioned this to customer service rep he stated "yes vehicle weights too much - is too heavy". if Honda is aware of this problem why are they not fixing it / having better design, etc? I will not purchase another Honda.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #13

Dec 012014


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Pilot. The contact stated when the brakes were applied, the vehicle vibrated and the steering shimmied. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the rotors needed to be replaced. The failure had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 12,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- East North Port, NY, USA

problem #12

Jul 272013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 31,025 miles
At various speeds there was a severe pulsation. This also occured upon breaking. The vehicle was brought to findlay Honda in las vegas, nv. This occured on 25 July 2014. The milage was 31025. On October 16, 2014 I returned my vehicle to the same location and had the identical work completed. A resurfacimg of both front and rear break discs. Milage 35128. Four thousand miles later and the same conditiion happens again! my concern is that this problem will continue and I do not know how many times these defective discs can be resurfaced before I need to have them replaced. This will result in a huge expence, I'm sure. I expect a much better product than what I currently own'. my son is currently driving my 2004 Pilot and have had almost no problem with that vehicle which currently has 136K.miles. My rememdy should be the replacement of the both the front and rear wheels without charge, because this problem does not appear to be getting better. I expect the same problem to occur at 40K which, of course is out of warranty.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #11

Jul 032014

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
The brakes started to vibrate when applied. This happened with only 16000 miles. It was very frightening to my wife. Now the car has 35000 miles and the brakes are bad again.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

problem #10

May 022013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
My daughter was backing out of the garage onto a sloped driveway, applied the brake, shifted into park gear selector, exited auto to retrieve something from garage. Noticed the car rolling, attempted to get in the car, as her two children were in the rear (ages 6 &9).car rolled over her leg, resulting in major compound fracture, resulting in extensive surgery, metal rod and screws in her leg. Car rolled backwards crossing street into ditch. Police report indicates engine was still running with gear in reverse. Honda case #[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). Updated 10/21/2014

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #9

Aug 012013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that a loud metal noise emitted from the front driver's side when the brake pedal was engaged, which also caused the vehicle to vibrate. The dealer replaced the front brakes however the failure was not corrected. The loud metal noise was heard each time the brake was engaged. The dealer advised the contact that the vehicle did not exhibit a brake failure because they were unable to hear the noise that the contact was referencing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 3,000 and the current mileage was 10,000.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #8

Oct 012013


  • 1,000 miles
When applying the brakes at low speed during an emergency stop, the brake pedal depressed and continued to depress further to a point where the location of the accelerator pedal was higher than the brake pedal. This position interferes with the proper application of the brake by allowing a close proximity to the higher accelerator pedal, thus the driver pushing both pedals at the same time and forward motion was not stopped until I released and reapplied the brake, paying particular attention to where my foot was located. Very unsafe ! I have a size 10 w mans shoe. I can't imagine someone with a larger foot size being safe in this vehicle. When I returned to the Honda dealer, I was told that it was just the nature of the vehicle and I need to basically retrain my brain as to the position of the pedals. I've driven for over 55 years and have never experienced such a problem with a vehicle. And to be told that an obvious defect as being acceptable and safe by the manufacturer, is unacceptable to me.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #7

Dec 032013


  • 5,004 miles
I have a 2013 Pilot and I'm finding my brake pedal goes to the floor while stopped at a light. I have 5,000 miles on the vehicle and I'm being told this is normal by the dealership. My thinking is having a brake pedal going to the floor is not normal for any vehicle. I believe the dealer is not addressing the concern and pushing away from the real solution.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 152013


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that the brakes failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the master cylinder needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 2,000.

- Stratford, CT, USA

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