Seems like I didn’t learn my lesson. A certified car is not a guarantee of a functioning car but of their promise to fix it after the fault shows. Previously I bought a Honda Civic that was certified which I had issues with as reported here After that the car was fine so it came to pass that we bought another Honda, an 09 Element,with the same certification.
That’s nice if you get a chance to take it back to the dealer.
A couple of months old and our Honda Element suffered a catastrophic brake failure that resulted in an accident. No warning lights, just a heavy pedal on brake once, braked again, got really hard then on the next attempt to the floor , no brakes and we now have a sad element and a sad owner of a CRV that was the resting place for the Element. Car hadn’t been back for a service since buying it , e.g., under 2000 miles.
After searching this topic we’ve seen a lot of traffic on Google re Accords and the prior year Elements failing in the same way. There’s no recall for 09, unless our car isn’t really an 09 which would explain why a similar condition would happen to us . 09 Odyssey’s are not exempt from brake-failures too. Odd that Toyota took so much bashing last year over what amounted to nothing.
We’re at the start of this process but regardless of what the dealer/ Honda say this < 2000 mile since certification vehicle was not fit for it’s intended use.