Speaking of braking, the initial bite of the brakes is good and makes for a segment-average 124- to 127-foot stopping distance from 60 mph. We did notice, though, that the brakes tended to heat up quickly and lose that initial bite when you use them a lot.
Braking: [Grade:] C. Customarily weak Honda brakes. No significant distance fade in our test, but an uninspiring pedal.
If there’s a downside to the Accord’s excellence, it’s that it also encourages heroic driving, which has taken a toll on our brakes. We noticed a vibration through the brake pedal after a few months, so when the service indicator lit up for an oil change around 10,000 miles, we had the dealer perform an inspection. All four rotors were turned under warranty, ameliorating the problem for a while, but by the time our second service warning tripped just after 20,000 miles, the vibration had reappeared. This time the dealer resurfaced just the front rotors, which seems to have worked for now. Having the rotors turned twice within 20,000 miles, however, has us concerned, as Accords have long carried anecdotal reputations for having weak discs.
What is the exact technique for this? I guess after a hard-effort stop one could put it in neutral and take foot off the brakes, but that puts wear on the transmission shifting out and back into gear. And the car might roll in neutral. OK to apply hand brake in this case?Interesting. My OE brakes have 32,000mi on them and there is no shimmy. I live in a valley and im constantly using the brakes as im always going up or down a hill.
We had to have the discs turned on our Oddy. Dealer said they were in spec but they felt the shimmy and turned the rotors under warranty. I have since taught my wife how to not hot stop the brakes and the issue has not come back in 7,000mi. I wonder if what they are feeling is really pad material deposits on the rotors.
Understanding the beating that I put on my Accord, I have been impressed with the performance and resistance to shimmy they have. But thats just my perspective.
It's like asking whose pizza is best or which is the best car.No such thing as "the best brake pads". Everybody has different needs. Buy the ones that fit your need.
Is it even possible to lock up the wheels of a car with functioning ABS? After all isn't that the function of ABS, to prevent wheel lockup, which is consistent with what I've always heard, that ABS actually increases stopping distances. Or am I misinterpreting what you said?Every modern car's stopping distance is limited by wheel lockup, which is limited by the tire's grip on the pavement.