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Are you sure it's not just an unusual amount of pedal travel that requires getting used to or is it really poor braking performance? In other words, have you tried to do a 60 to 0 panic stop to see how well it performs?

There are a lot of complaints from the automotive press and from owners about the Gen2's brakes. But the more substitutive reviews suggest it was more about having uncomfortable pedal travel verses it impacting actual stopping distances.

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Pedal travel definitely plays a big role in this, speaking as someone who has experienced the problem. But the brake pedal may also feel soft or spongy. Mine did. There are several threads about this problem and some of them offer solutions. I was able to significantly improve my brake feel although it's still not perfect. Try these two threads:

(1) Spongy Brakes? Look at this | Honda Ridgeline Owners Club Forums

(1) Do you agree that G2 brakes aren't great? | Honda Ridgeline Owners Club Forums
 

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Ya, a fluid change is the way to go, from what I've read. There's been roomers of contaminated brake fluid at the factory with no desire to fix the problem, whatever it may be. There's lots of posts on the forum suggesting that people change their brake fluid as soon as they get their Gen2 to help alleviate some of the problem.
 

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It seems all Ridgeline have a softer pedal. I test drove a Passport and it had a nice firm pedal.
I would like to know what brake parts are different on the Passport? Is the master-cylinder or brake-pedal assy different?
 

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It seems all Ridgeline have a softer pedal. I test drove a Passport and it had a nice firm pedal.
I would like to know what brake parts are different on the Passport? Is the master-cylinder or brake-pedal assy different?
Good question. Now go to an online parts diagram and compare the parts / parts #'s.
 

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We have not had any issues with the brakes themselves, the biggest "concern" we have with the Ridgeline concerning brakes is that we cannot hold the transmission in first gear, where coming down steeper, twisty hills, especially with a trailer behind us, we are too uncomfortably dependent on just the brakes. (Though they have become warm enough to smell them, they have yet to fail doing their job, however.)

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I drove a 2018 Accord recently and it had nasty firm brakes that bite in about an inch below the top of the pedal. That's what I want my Ridgeline to do. Perhaps the rumor is true that the problem is in the power assist, which may only be used in two or three models. Does the Odyssey have the soft brakes issue? Does the Pilot?
 

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I drove a 2018 Accord recently and it had nasty firm brakes that bite in about an inch below the top of the pedal. That's what I want my Ridgeline to do. Perhaps the rumor is true that the problem is in the power assist, which may only be used in two or three models. Does the Odyssey have the soft brakes issue? Does the Pilot?
The 2019 Pilot and Odyssey I drove felt better (firmer pedal travel) than the ridgelines. I did test 2 ridgelines though. The older 2017 Ridge felt softer than the 2019. Seemed odd to me.

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All 3 of the 2019's were back to back with a Tellirude too.
 

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Our 2017 Pilot and Ridgeline brakes feel the same. No problem just getting use to them.
 

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My '19 pedal is softer/travels more than what I'm accustomed to. If it was my '03 Pilot I'd be bleeding the brakes as a first step. The pedal firms up as I push further. I wonder if it's designed in, you know, for our own safety :rolleyes: My sisters' '19 Accord has a touchy pedal, like phineas said.
 

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I've been complaining about the excess travel for years. Had the brakes bled when 6 months old and zero change. It's not that bad if you only drive the RL but if you drive another car you realize the extra play is annoying. Certainly not confidence inspiring on an interstate with bumper to bumper traffic. This and the headlights are the only characteristics of the vehicle that I overlooked. If you don't have any other issues outside of this, it's not all that bad. I unfortunately I have an intermittent engine knock (dealer couldn't find anything) that makes the engine feeland sound "junky" when it occurs. It occurs at light throttle applications around 1000-1500 rpm under light load. I've tried different oils and gas, cold and hot weather and it always comes back. Other times the engine is perfect, frustrating for sure. The fact that Honda hasn't spend the funds to improve the brake pedal travel to me shows it's about the bottom line and I question their commitment to the RL. This is why you can't always make comparisons to the Pilot and Passport, there appear to be subtle tweaks between models ( even more now due to a lack of MMR other than the 9 speed).
 
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