Honda Pilot Owners: Problems & Solutions

Honda Pilot Owners: Problems & Solutions

There are 1976 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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mls

Berkeley, CA

#302 Feb 9, 2007
Frank wrote:
I have a 2006 Honda Pilot EXL, and when it is cold
overnight--the next day i start the car and there is no radio sound whatsoever. This lasts for about 8-10 mins, then all of a sudden the sound comes on. Anyone else have this problem?
I had the same thing happen last night. I called the dealer today and the service person indicated he had never heard of that. He suggested I have it checked out just in case so as to not blow out a speaker.
Raul

Signal Hill, CA

#303 Feb 9, 2007
If i have the back windows open & the front ones closed it starts making a vibration noise thats loud, i dont know if it may be the seat belts 2005 pilot , by the way i love my pilot
TCW

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#304 Feb 10, 2007
John wrote:
I have an 03 Pilot and it doesn't do THAT (rev high before shifting). What you have described is definitely NOT NORMAL, regardless of what the dealer may say.
Which is not to say you cannot MAKE it go to 3500 RPM or higher before shifting, but you have to lead foot it to do that. With the "variable valve timing and lift" (VTEC) the engine gets decidedly noisier when the cams switch over to their higher performance profile, but I don't recall that happening till around 4000 or higher (I do notice it when pulling our camper, if I use a heavy foot on the gas pedal).
there's a difference between the AWD version and 2WD version in the engine. If I am not mistaken, the AWD version can not shut off half the cylinders to save gas.
Stacy

United States

#305 Feb 10, 2007
Shawn wrote:
I have been reading the comments on this sight as I am a Honda fan. I have an '01 Odyssey and an '02 CR-V and couldn't be happier with either of them. I'm really disappointed in hearing about the problems with the Pilot - and I feel for all of you with problems, but it seems that most are either operator error or just anomalies. Honda is consistently rated as having very reliable vehicles. I can't wait to buy the 2008 Pilot.
I too have owned two previous Honda vehicles that were absolutely wonderful--an Accord and an Odyssey. I have had more issues with my Pilot than the other two combined. I would seriously reconsider. And I can assure you that your statement that the issues are "operator errors" is incorrect.
rob

Asbury Park, NJ

#306 Feb 12, 2007
you people need to stop whing and realize that the dealership did not build the vehicle. you should be contactind ahm at 18009991009. the dealerships can only fix vehicle with information that honda supplies!!
marty Kelly

Joanna, SC

#307 Feb 12, 2007
Greg wrote:
Same thing happened to me. I had to replace the first set at 15,000 miles. Second set around 40,000 and the last set I had to replace because of a puncture, but they were well worn too at only 58,000.
I think the Pilot's are too heavy and wear on the tires hard. Just my theory.
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I just replaced my tires on a 2003 Pilot about 4,000 miles ago. I rotate and balance every 5-10,000 miles (free at Discount Tire).
anand

Brooklyn, NY

#308 Feb 12, 2007
Alan wrote:
We have a 2003 Pilot EXL, the interior is not very quiet. The windows make a slight rattling noise, and if we are going above 65mph, there is a wheezing sound coming through the windows. Has anybody else noticed this too?
yep same think here honda pilot 2003 pilot exl .. and is does not shift very well at low speed
Caren

AOL

#309 Feb 13, 2007
Our 2004 Pilot is doing the same thing. What did the dealer charge you when you brought it in?
Ann- Battle Creek wrote:
I have a 2004 Pilot that suddenly in Park or Drive it will rev on it's own without your foot on the accelorator. It does not do this at speeds 40mph or above. Initially the dealership changed out an idle sensor but about a month later it has started again. Of course they cannot duplicate the problem once it is in the shop nor does the diagnostics find a problem. Anyone had a similar issue and what was the solution?
Caren

AOL

#310 Feb 13, 2007
Another problem I just had with my 04 Pilot is that you can remove the key when the car is in gear. Whether it's in drive, reverse or neurtral, you can turn off the car and remove the key. Now the dealer is saying the ignition switch housing must be replaced for $660 and that it's not covered by warranty.
Anyone else experience this key problem????
ASH

United States

#311 Feb 14, 2007
Pat wrote:
I just bought a 2006 Pilot 2WD EX. Everything is fine except I cannot shift down to D3 or second and first gear so when I am on a big downhill run I have to constantly step on the brakes. I have called the dealer and they said they will research it. Does anyone have a clue what is wrong with this car? Should I be very worried?
D3 IS SELECTED BY MOVING SHIFT LEVER STRAIGHT DOWN.TO ENGAGE A LOWER GEAR,PULL SHIFT TOWARDS YOU & THEN DOWN.
PilotPOD

Memphis, TN

#312 Feb 14, 2007
Ann- Battle Creek wrote:
I have a 2004 Pilot that suddenly in Park or Drive it will rev on it's own without your foot on the accelorator. It does not do this at speeds 40mph or above. Initially the dealership changed out an idle sensor but about a month later it has started again. Of course they cannot duplicate the problem once it is in the shop nor does the diagnostics find a problem. Anyone had a similar issue and what was the solution?
my 2003 pilot did the same. Dealer told me it was the thottle body
dave

Saint Paul, MN

#313 Feb 17, 2007
Ray, We have been having the same problem you are complaining about. We have a 04 and it has done this since we have gotton it in Oct. 03. We have been unable to start it and have had to leave it in parking lots for hours before being able to start it again. We have gone in with it SEVERAL times and have been told several reason's from flooding it to bad gas, this that and the other. We were told to keep track of weather conditions to see if that had anything to do with it. Bottom line we have been getting the run around and nothing has been resovled. We have also talked to other pilot owners we have run across and found many with the same problem. We are thinking of getting a new SUV because we can not depend on it starting at all times. It won't be a honda!
Ray wrote:
I have a 2003 Pilot, about a year ago I started experiencing the following.
The Pilot would not start. It would just click as if the starter silnoid was bad, or sometimes it would not even click as if the battery was dead. I had battery and alternator tested and both checked ok. I replaced the battery terminals clamps and it seemed that problem was solved, but 2 months later the same problem habppen again. A simple boost and the Pilot started and continued to start for another 3 to 4 months and problem occured again. Had battery and Alternator checked and both checked ok. Has anybody experenced this?
dave

Saint Paul, MN

#314 Feb 17, 2007
Keith wrote:
I have a 2004 Honda Pilot. Lately, when I start the car, it runs for a couple seconds and then dies...like the fuel has been shut off. If I try to start the car after the key has set in the on position for a few seconds, it won't start at all; if I turn it all the way off and then start it from the off position, it will run for a few seconds and then die. The dealer thought it might be the imobilizer, but after trying different sets of keys there is no change. Any input would be appreciated.
Yes,We have been dealing with the same thing for years! have had it in many times and it always starts for them. It's been getting more often and the amount of time it takes to get it started has been getting extremly long. Not comfortable running errors or going places for fear of it not starting and not being able to get home. Love it on all other levels, but lack of trust in it is a good reason to look for a new car.
Steve Caudill

Loganville, GA

#315 Feb 17, 2007
Hi, when you shift from Drive to D3, you don't pull out on the gear shift lever, just pull straight down. However, when you go from D3 to D2 and D1, I think you need to pull out on the lever while pulling down. Likewise to go back from D3 to Drive, just push up the gear shift lever without pulling it out.
Pat wrote:
I just bought a 2006 Pilot 2WD EX. Everything is fine except I cannot shift down to D3 or second and first gear so when I am on a big downhill run I have to constantly step on the brakes. I have called the dealer and they said they will research it. Does anyone have a clue what is wrong with this car? Should I be very worried?
Tony

United States

#316 Feb 20, 2007
Alan wrote:
We have a 2003 Pilot EXL, the interior is not very quiet. The windows make a slight rattling noise, and if we are going above 65mph, there is a wheezing sound coming through the windows. Has anybody else noticed this too?
I have the same problem. It sounds like the drivers side front or rear side window is rubbing on the weatherstripping. I took it in and the dealership lubricated the seal but the noise is still ther. Very annoying.
sam

Santa Ana, CA

#317 Feb 23, 2007
how can i take out the dustboard at the rear door and what to do if i have to install a backing camera at the plate number in my 2007 honda pilot model EX. any idea
ATN

Cleveland, OH

#318 Feb 24, 2007
The dealer should have given you a card with a "code" number on it. If the battery goes dead or it is stolen, the "code" must be entered. If you can't find your code, go to the dealer.
Sam wrote:
The battery on my Pilot went dead because the interior light was left on overnight. After the AAA guy gave the battery a jump, the Pilot has been running fine but there are 2 problems.
1- The CD/radio system won't work. The lights and digital display work but when I try to use the radio or Cd, the display just flashes "CODE". I looked through the owner's manual and there is no mention of anything like this.
2- Also, the one touch power driver's window will not work either.
Please, can someone help?
Thank you
Cindy

Memphis, TN

#319 Feb 24, 2007
Curtis wrote:
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I have the same identical problem with my 2003 Pilot. Have taken to dealer on several times but they always states that everything is okay. Just took it in for smoke coming from intrument panel, don't know if this is related to past history or not. In the past, if I left the door open for 2 minutes with the inside lights on the battery would go dead, simply jump start would start immediately. I think there is a definitely a problem with the Pilot electrial system which the dealerships are not telling us.
Yes, I am experiencing this same problem with an 2005 Honda Pilot and am getting the exact same responses at the dealership. I am on my 3rd Battery. All checks out fine when I take it to dealership but I definitely agree- there must be electrical problem they are not telling us about.
Cindy

Memphis, TN

#320 Feb 24, 2007
PilotPOD wrote:
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my 2003 pilot did the same. Dealer told me it was the thottle body
I've experienced something similar when accelerating from a red light however it just happened again this evening with my husband driving and he indicates it's the anti-brake system malfunctioning and is a hazardous safty feature. The dealership can't duplicate either and diagnostics all check fine.Have you resolved your issue yet?
Cindy

Memphis, TN

#321 Feb 24, 2007
I have a 2003 Pilot, about a year ago I started experiencing the following.
The Pilot would not start. It would just click as if the starter silnoid was bad, or sometimes it would not even click as if the battery was dead. I had battery and alternator tested and both checked ok. I replaced the battery terminals clamps and it seemed that problem was solved, but 2 months later the same problem habppen again. A simple boost and the Pilot started and continued to start for another 3 to 4 months and problem occured again. Had battery and Alternator checked and both checked ok. Has anybody experenced this?
Yes, I have experienced this exact same thing and dealership indicates all diagnotics check out fine. I've have 3 batteries- & drive a 2005 Pilot. The vehicle can't handle the power in my opinion & I feel has an electrical problem somewhere. This happens every 3-4 months. After this 3rd battery if it happens again I will demand they take every electrical component out and check one by one.

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