Vibration When Braking Due to Rotor Problem on Honda Pilot

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 46,056 (2,300–205,000)
14 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
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Rotor problem on my 2013 Honda pilot at 8,000, 22,000 and now again at 30,000 miles. Rotors are warped and on braking from high speeds the front end shimmies. I got many excuses from Honda, everything from the way I'm driving to "yeah, honda knows about the problem, but hasn't put out any recall or notice"! I drove Chevy Tahoes for 13 years, never this issue. I'm in this Pilot for 2 years and have had the same problem 3 times!!!
Steering wheel shakes when breaking if going faster than 60mph. Had same problem with a 2005 Honda Odessey. Service said they needed to resuface the rotors. This worked on my van. Pilot is having this done now. Had to talk to service mgr to have the $140 waived. I have also had one wheel baring replaced and another is going out, but they say it is just tire noise. I tell them I will be back when it gets worse and you can replace it then. Dissapointed in this vehicle.
Problem was ignored by Honda. Brakes started pulsating at 35,000. I mostly drive local and I always keep my distance from other cars in front of me so I never brake hard, unless i'm doing a panic stop. These rotors are defective.
Was told this was from me braking to hard. I don't think so! More like cheap rotors. Car now has 40,000 miles and still driving with warped rotors - Honda would NOT replace.
Cut off on the freeway going 70+, hit the brakes pretty hard to avoid a collision. No ABS or skid. Ever since then, the vibration became noticeable around 65-75mph and later at lower speeds, getting worse by the day. My dealer turned the rotors at no charge, but like I suspected the vibration came back a few thousand miles later. This time the dealer replaced the rotors for me under warranty. 6,000 miles later I was cut-off on the freeway once again, but this time I didn't have to lay on the brakes quite as hard, sure enough, though, I noticed a faint pulsing at freeway speeds that weren't there the day before. It is, of course getting worse by the day. Only a matter of time before these rotors will have to be replaced as well.. Honda uses 250mm rotors that are obviously not thick enohg for the demands of normal SUV driving!
I had an oil change and tire rotation at the dealership. After having those done, I felt a mild, intermittent vibration. One month later, the vibration is VERY noticeable.
I had a problem a few hundred miles ago and my neighborhood mechanic pulled the front wheels and said my pads were more than half good. The problem shimmying continued and I just had a test ride with the Honda mechanic. He suspected warped rotors and said "we've been getting a lot of that lately". I have an appointment for tomorrow with the Honda dealership, and now I find all this info?
First noticed vibration when braking at about 11,500 miles when exiting the highway. I will call Honda to make a warranty claim
Steering wheel vibration / pulsing when braking at low speeds and highway speed.
New tires at 37,000 miles, went back to shop 5 days later to have lug nuts re-torqued per their requirement.
Not previously noticeable.
Have not taken it to Honda for validation since we are over the factory warranty and this is not covered in extended warranty either.
We have had absolutely no problems with this pilot except the rotors. They have just been replaced for the 4th time! The last time was after only 20,000 miles. What's strange is that the rotors have been replaced by different places each time. I believe the issue lies in the pilots themselves, not the rotors
Getting this fourth time. Got the rotors resurfaced and started seeing the same problem in 2000 miles. Disappointed by the Honda product and dealership.
Brakes on my 2015 Honda Pilot would vibrate when pressed at speeds 50mph + and especially going downhill. Service advisor at Honda let me know that my rotors needed to be cut. This is really unheard of at such low mileage and I am not a city driver. Reading the other comments, it's obviously something Honda needs to address or it will be the last Honda I purchase
Just bought this used and sure enough i have the same issue. Stopping at speeds around 60 mph I get shaking that I didnt feel when I bought it. Took it to Honda dealer and they said it wouldnt be covered and is likely due to the prior owner. I immediately stopped listening as this is a known issue. I bought a Honda so i didnt have to worry about this stuff. Very frustrating
I have had to replace the rotors once, front pads twice and surface the rotors numerousness times because of vibration.