By David A. Varley
I am in my early 60’s and owned many a fine (and not so fine) motorized vehicle over my lifetime. I never had a car or truck that ever needed rear brake replacement during it’s first 100k miles…that is until my 2008 Honda Accord.
I hit a bad pothole and blew a tire going to work one morning. When I stopped into Sears for a replacement tire, they notified me that my rear brakes (at 27,000 miles) were worn to the point where they were about to cut into the discs. They showed me the linings on the car and they were indeed worn out. I had Sears replace the linings.
When I went back to my Honda dealer to find out why my rear brakes wore out so quickly, their Official Honda response was “It is a normal characteristic of the 2008-09 Honda Accord rear brakes to require replacement between 15,000 and 24,000 miles.”
So, at 27,000, I had nothing to complain about. Brake linings (of course) are not covered under Honda warranty. Please also note that, other than the pothole popped tire, the other tires had about half their original tread left. Honda will not admit that the brakes in question are a design flaw and did not support their customers for this accelerated wear. I decided that I will not support their marketing or sales programs ever again.