Honda Pilot Owners: Problems & Solutions

Honda Pilot Owners: Problems & Solutions

There are 1937 comments on the Edmunds.com story from Jan 27, 2006, titled Honda Pilot Owners: Problems & Solutions. In it, Edmunds.com reports that:

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John D

South Walpole, MA

#221 Dec 7, 2006
I have the same vehicle with about 5k miles and have been disturbed by the same condition. I have not been back to the dealer yet with this issue. Has there been any resolutions to this problem or is this "normal"?
Kurt C wrote:
We have an 2006 Pilot EXL AWD and have noticed that the engine rpms goes up to 3500 before the auto transmission shifts. The engine is pretty noisy at that level. The dealer tells us that this is normal, "it is a heavy vehicle". Everyone who rides in it says it shouldn't be like that.
I need some input from other Honda Pilot owners.
honda lover

Vienna, VA

#222 Dec 7, 2006
Mybeligh wrote:
I work at the Honda plant here that produces Pilots for export to the US and I assure you these are first quality fully inspected vehicles. Generally problems with Honda products occur ONLY after significant abuse or operator ERROR. The pilot is not designed to be a racecar, and the transmission is designed to operate automatically. If you operated the Pilot correctly you will have no problems.
"ONLY after significant abuse or operator ERROR"
Dude this is a joke right?
ivan

Baltimore, MD

#223 Dec 9, 2006
manuel wrote:
I have a 2003 pilot, just recently I noticed the doors will not lock & lights will not flash when I press the remote to lock, doors will not lock or open w/ the remote. Has anyone experience the same problem? any fix?
Manuel
check/change the battery of your remote...
ivan

Baltimore, MD

#224 Dec 9, 2006
Robbin Marks wrote:
<quoted text>
you must have been driving with the parking brake on
driving with the brakes on is different...he might be a victim of a rip off... a pressure washer could do the trick after spaying some brake cleaner.
ivan

Baltimore, MD

#225 Dec 9, 2006
James wrote:
...Honda Pilot 2003 with 99,000 miles....beginning to get hesitancy (automatic transmission of course) when it should be shifting at about 25 miles-30 miles....could it possibley be the transmission "going" in a car/make/model that is supposed to be "so reliable"?....anyone else experiencing similar?
have you done transmission flush?
ivan

Baltimore, MD

#226 Dec 9, 2006
Junior wrote:
yup as i thought it didn't fix the problem...don't know what to do next
check the fuse...
ivan

Baltimore, MD

#227 Dec 9, 2006
Guy Fournier wrote:
Well so much for Honda's being the best and most reliable vehicles on the road.
On Sunday night while driving on the 400 hwy towards Barrie, my brand new 4 month old 2006 Honda Pilot, stalled and broke down. My friend and I were driving in the middle lane of the highway when every emergency light on the dash appeared, and the vehicle kicked itself out of Cruise Control and then would not accelerate. We pulled over to the side of the highway and when the speed dropped to about 30 km/h the vehicle stalled, and couldn't be started. We still had radio and a/c and that just the engine would not start.
At first we had no one what was to expect since the Pilot is brand new and should not have any problems.... or so we thought.
After being over stressed and not being able to talk to anyone without getting worked up. My Best Friend Grant stepped up and became my hero and took care of talking to everyone. And what we found out from Honda Barrie about the case of the problem was not good news nor really made much sense.
The cause of the problem is nothing simple at all but more intense that most if not the whole engine of the 4 month old Honda Pilot now needs to be replaced. Apparently while driving a rock from the road or from a truck which people normally see hitting their cars front window, went threw the Pilots front grill and pierced through the Radiator and into the engine making a hole in the engine which dropped all the fluids in the vehicle.
This is an extremely rare case, which apparently is possible to happen and there is no way to prevent or predict any such event.
But it leaves me with a few questions and concerns:
1. Why would Honda design and vehicle which has such a huge gap in it's front grill which leaves it open to such problems?
2. How the heck could a little stone from the road do so much damage and nothing being covered by warranty?
3. What if the vehicle stalled well I was in the middle lane of the really busy 400 hwy with other cars speeding pass?
So for the time being no one really knows what is going to happen, but so far looks like insurance will cover the over $7000 worth of damages caused by a little stone making it's way in the huge gap of the grill. Also because of Grants hard work not to mention being able to pull up with me being stressed out; he was able to get a company to rent me a car covered by the insurance to be since I am only 18, and most companies require you to be at least 25.
So I guess all I can do is what and see what happens, but I refuse to ever purchase another Honda in my lifetime as long as they still over the poor design of the vehicle which leaves it open to such events
UPDATE**** i got my pilot back SIX weeks later after the parts came directly from Honda JAPAN.
Today is December 2, 2006 and we had our first major snow fall, and i found out that my 4 wheel drive has decided it does not want to work...
Any Input please email me: [email protected]
Thanks,
buy a canadian made car then if canada have one...
ivan

Baltimore, MD

#228 Dec 9, 2006
jack wrote:
having a car of any make or models is more than having a living pet or a human to be taken care of..sad thing is, it will not talk back to say that "there is somthing wrong with your driving and the way you are treating me".
treat it properly. drive it properly. dont complain too much cause the vehicle cannot talk back.
ask yourself about the factors on why this and why that happend to my vehicle first.
now, if and only if, w/o guilt you have no fault at all..choose a proper and good reliable mechanic. man created with its head on the top while standing, use it wisely.
I AGREE WITH YOU WHOEVER YOU ARE BRO...!
mwitkowski

Atlanta, GA

#229 Dec 9, 2006
cjc wrote:
I purchased a 06 Pilot in September. I am also experiencing this hesitation. It is driving me nuts!
Are there any fixes for it?
<quoted text>
Defected Egr Valve.--- [email protected]
mwitkowski

Atlanta, GA

#230 Dec 9, 2006
Dave wrote:
I've had my '03 Pilot since you had to order them before seeing them.(I think ours is one of the first couple hundred made!)
I've experienced the "dead battery" problem at least 6 or 8 times over the years. It's always been a short time using some power, maybe the radio, the lights, or once in a while the key in the ignition with the lights on.(lights go off if the key is out, but we live on a farm, and well, sometimes I don't have to take the keys out!)
Every time, a quick jump gets it going. I've never brought it up to a dealer, but it's out of warranty now, so the only thing that will save me is a recall. If anyone knows of one, please let me know.
I have 2000 odyessy with the same problem.Took it to the dealer(Lia Honda)under warrenty,they indicated small amp draw @.3 amp.Hum...how ever i do have a alarm system installed(factory honda)keyless entry tie into alarm system.I'm thinking this is the only thing pulling power,when the car is off;Providing--all doors are shut.So we are currently not using the alarm system to see if this is the issue.By the way Alt. tested OK; dealer installed the biggest honda battery they could put in the car to fix the issue.
Hum...not impressed. Think about trading the van for
2003-2004 pilot but the the whole tranmisson recall
scare me...lot of money for if's & but's... any input? [email protected]
mwitkowski

Atlanta, GA

#231 Dec 9, 2006
honda lover wrote:
<quoted text>
"ONLY after significant abuse or operator ERROR"
Dude this is a joke right?
Then WHY IS THERE A RECALL ON THESE 2003-2004 PILOT
TRANMISSION BY HONDA ....
honda lover

Vienna, VA

#232 Dec 11, 2006
ivan wrote:
<quoted text>
have you done transmission flush?
HMMMM IS IT TRANSMISSION FLUID? I'M JUST CURIOUS. CAN U TELL ME MORE?
manuel

United States

#233 Dec 11, 2006
I have a honda odyssey 2006 model and I went to Best Buy to install a remote start and security. I noticed that my SRS light is always on after they removed the battery. How can you reset the SRS light
joanne

Amlin, OH

#234 Dec 12, 2006
I have an 05 Honda Pilot that after having an oil and filter changed returned with an unusal noise. After several trips to dealership they replaced a belt and a crankshaft assembly authorized by their Honda rep. To no avail. They said come get it-we buttened it up, Honda knows about this problem. So Honda, "what do I do now"? Of course the dealership said "we don't know what it is but it's safe to drive" Oh, thank you!
honda lover

Vienna, VA

#235 Dec 12, 2006
manuel wrote:
I have a honda odyssey 2006 model and I went to Best Buy to install a remote start and security. I noticed that my SRS light is always on after they removed the battery. How can you reset the SRS light
I had a same problem with my 2000 accord. I think only the mechanic can reset it. Depends on where you take your car, it could cost you as much as $300.00 so shop around.
Stacy

United States

#236 Dec 12, 2006
I have a 2006 Pilot. Both my driver's and passenger windows make a "crinkly" sound every time I drive. The sound can happen with either bumpy roads and/or windy conditions. The dealership has worked on my Pilot now 7 times and have had no luck correcting this problem.

Does anyone else have this issue? According to the local Honda rep this is a "normal" noise for Pilots. I find that incredibly hard to believe.
honda lover

Vienna, VA

#237 Dec 12, 2006
Stacy wrote:
I have a 2006 Pilot. Both my driver's and passenger windows make a "crinkly" sound every time I drive. The sound can happen with either bumpy roads and/or windy conditions. The dealership has worked on my Pilot now 7 times and have had no luck correcting this problem.
Does anyone else have this issue? According to the local Honda rep this is a "normal" noise for Pilots. I find that incredibly hard to believe.
At the dealership test drive a different Pilot to see same thing happens with the rep.
SBM

United States

#238 Dec 14, 2006
Stacy,

I've recently purchased a 2007 Pilot and I have the same problem. It sounds like crackling paper I thought it had something to do with the vehicle prep, but it's been a month now and it's getting worse. It's driving me crazy, and I'm going to take it in. Other things are rattling now too. We also bought a new Civic last year which we now call "rattlebox." I'm not very impressed with Honda initial build quality.

Honda Lover: I test drove 4 pilots before buying and none of them made the noise.
Stacy

United States

#239 Dec 15, 2006
[I thought it was just me! I have the same concerns.
Stacy

United States

#240 Dec 16, 2006
SBM wrote:
Stacy,
I've recently purchased a 2007 Pilot and I have the same problem. It sounds like crackling paper I thought it had something to do with the vehicle prep, but it's been a month now and it's getting worse. It's driving me crazy, and I'm going to take it in. Other things are rattling now too. We also bought a new Civic last year which we now call "rattlebox." I'm not very impressed with Honda initial build quality.
Honda Lover: I test drove 4 pilots before buying and none of them made the noise.
My Pilot is going in for the 8th time on Monday to see if they can fix the "crinkly window sound" issue. I have had the seals replaced twice already, so that is not the solution. I am having them bring me a Pilot to drive around while they work on mine yet again. None of the Pilots I test drove made this noise either. The sound is driving me insane. I have owned 2 other Honda vehicles and none have had this issue.

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