Honda Pilot Owners: Problems & Solutions

Honda Pilot Owners: Problems & Solutions

There are 1962 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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Pilot2003FromCal ifornia

Redwood City, CA

#725 Jan 8, 2008
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
Please let me know if you find the resolution - I changed battery on PEPBOYS and they don't know how to reset that!!!
Pilot2003FromCal ifornia

Redwood City, CA

#726 Jan 8, 2008
Please let me know - PEPBOYS changed battery and then SRS is on - they don't know how to reset that.
Owen

Milwaukee, WI

#727 Jan 8, 2008
Which fuse was it? The 2004 pilot manual doesn't list the one for tail lights...
Greg wrote:
Have you checked the fuse yet. I had that problem when towing a boat at night. Plugged the trailer lights in and the fuse blew when I turned my headlights on. Only the tail lights and dash lights went out.
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MM Johnson

Belen, MS

#728 Jan 8, 2008
Guy: My 2007 Honda Pilot started overheating today..calded the dealer. They said do not drive, hwe will have it towed and Honda will pay towing. Dealer calls me back after looking at vehicle-something (??rock) has knocked a hole in the radiator on the side. No warranty coverage and we are now responsible for the towing bill as well as over $500.00 to repair. Now here is the kicker: my husband (who is a mechanic) finds out that this is happeneing alot with Honda Pilots because there is no protective plate (as other vehicles have) to prevent rocks, etc from knocking a hole in radiator. I will be discussing this with Honda as it is their design that causes this to happen...then I wil be trading this vehicle.Less than a month ago the driver's seat had to be re-uplostered on the side because the leather was torn in several places from the seat belt guide.
MM Johnson

Belen, MS

#729 Jan 8, 2008
marty s wrote:
I purchased an 06' Pilot in December 05. One of my major complaints is the with the seat upholstery. I have a the EX model with cloth interor. My seats are already showing significant wear. Has anyone else experience this problem.
I've also had problems with rough and noisy shifting, doors rattling, and shocks making a noise.
I've been in the repair shop multiple times.
Marty: Just recently had driver's seat reuplostered on the side becuae of cuts in the leater from the seat belt device.
MM Johnson

Belen, MS

#730 Jan 8, 2008
Richard Machold wrote:
The AC compressor on our 2003 Pilot has literally disintegrated, causing metal fragments to create further damage to other components. I understand this has been a common problem among CRVs, but my dealer says this is the first time he has seen it on a Pilot. The total repair job is around $3,000. American Honda is agreeing to cover 25% of the parts, even though we did not purchase the extended warranty. A friend had this happen to his CRV, and they covered 1/2 of the repair. Please advise if this has happened to you or if you have heard of similar instances with the 2003 Pilot.
Consider this-rock or debris thrown into the AC compressor which I am told is near the radiator...rock just got my radiator and we now know tha this has happened alot with Honda Pilots because there is no protective plate..as other vehicles supposedly have to prevent that.
RSV

Santa Barbara, CA

#731 Jan 10, 2008
I have a 2005 Pilot EX and turned of the engine last night, and this morning it was completely dead. Usually if it is the battery, there is still a little juice to turn on the starting lights, and make the usual tones when you insert the key; but this morning it was completely dead. I turn the key and nothing. All black and silent. Cannot turn on headlights, interiorlights or radio. I thought it may be battery or one of the main fuses. Has anyone had this problem or know what it may be?
Don Jollota - Ft Worth TX

Fort Worth, TX

#732 Jan 10, 2008
03 Pilot Tranny Failure
I have 88k on my 03 Pilot EXL-D and have had no mechanical or starting problems to date. A week ago the red engine "idiot light" came on and Honda informed me that I need to have my tranny replaced for about $6200. I currently own 3 Honda's so they offered to do it for $1650. I replaced the front brakes at 86k along with the original Michelins.
kim

United States

#733 Jan 12, 2008
Peter K Dallas TX wrote:
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I have a problem with the key sliding into the ignition - the dealer says the key has a bur on it and has worn the ignition. I had an independant locksmith examine both original keys and he found no bur. I am still in discussions with Honda. Have you learned any more?
My ignition switch on my 2003 was replaced once under warranty and now again at 115K miles. This time to the tune of 997.23 at Clear Lake Honda.
Ridiculous that within 24 months this has to be done two times.
mrrowmantic2k

Miami, FL

#734 Jan 12, 2008
All vehicles need maintenance. When was the last time your battery was replaced? Batteries have a lifespan of 2 to 3 years. Don’t judge your battery is OK just because the car started.
If you never replaced your battery before, it’s time. Recharging it will not solve the problem… the cells on the inside starts to go bad and there is no visual test from the outside (electrolyte test is required). Try to get a battery that has the newest born on date (usually located on the side)
See photo http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg81/meney...
The letter means the month A January, B February, etc, etc, the number is the year.
When shopping, look for the battery that has the longest “free replacement” otherwise, after one year, prorated charges begins. Good LUCK!
RSV wrote:
I have a 2005 Pilot EX and turned of the engine last night, and this morning it was completely dead. Usually if it is the battery, there is still a little juice to turn on the starting lights, and make the usual tones when you insert the key; but this morning it was completely dead. I turn the key and nothing. All black and silent. Cannot turn on headlights, interiorlights or radio. I thought it may be battery or one of the main fuses. Has anyone had this problem or know what it may be?
mrrowmantic2k

Miami, FL

#735 Jan 12, 2008
Has somebody worked on the car? Besides the light flashing, do you see anything unusual? Does the word "CODE" is displayed? If that’s the symptom, then it sounds to me the battery was replaced, discharged, disconnected or radio removed. In order to make the radio work again, you got to enter the security code (5 digits) to make the radio work again.
Martha wrote:
Radio problems: the radio theft light keeps flashing and the radio wont turn on. I have a remote car starter...i started the car with the remote, got inside, turned the key and the radio didnt come on. I checked the fuse and its not blown. Help!
Nancy

Anchorage, AK

#736 Jan 13, 2008
jack wrote:
does anyone here tried NOKIAN TIRES for their honda pilot/s? how was it if ever, please elaborate? thanks folks!
Good so far on wet roads, ice and snow.
ravi1118

Cold Spring Harbor, NY

#737 Jan 16, 2008
bought one of the 1st 2003 pilots..my battery died 3 months after owning the car-dealer said it was my fault must have left the lights on. The struts have been replaced because they were defective. tailgate open light stays lit on dashboard even though the tailgate is locked, interior lights go on and off while I am driving, alarm goes off constantly, i had to finally disarm it. Dealer says hatch latch needs to replaced which will solve all of the above problems. I have the grinding noise coming from the underside of the car sounds like you have gone over a rumble strip,dealer told me it was agressive tires.never knew of the recalls until i searched this forum. told dealer that my transmission recall was never done. he insists it was -the car is 5 yrs old with 53,000 miles on it. I am at a loss for words I know the recalls were not done on the car how should i proceed
John Kim

Memphis, TN

#738 Jan 16, 2008
I really want to replace aircon cabin filter by myself.
Would you please let me know the way?

Since: Jan 08

Memphis, TN

#739 Jan 16, 2008
I really want to replace aircon cabin filter in my HONDA PILOT EX 2004 by myself.
Would you let me know how to change the filter?
T Yung

East Bridgewater, MA

#740 Jan 17, 2008
John Kim wrote:
I really want to replace aircon cabin filter in my HONDA PILOT EX 2004 by myself.
Would you let me know how to change the filter?
Try this.
http://hondapilot.org/forums/showthread.php...
kohoo

San Diego, CA

#741 Jan 20, 2008
I have a 2005 EX-L pilot. Recently the mileage dropped roughly 30%(city as well as highway). I took it to a reputable Honda service non-dealer facility. The mechanic test drove the car and found that even if it is coasting, it gets stuck on 1500 to 2000 rpm which is not normal. Advised me to take to the dealer for in-warranty repair.
I took it to the dealer. A non mechanic drove it and said it is fine.
Does anyone have this type of problems? Please share your experience.
Jim G

San Marcos, TX

#742 Jan 20, 2008
We have a 2005 Honda Pilot and just about ready to turn it back in to Honda after a 36-month lease.
Just started experiencing the blinking Drive light. Called Honda and they told me not to worry about the transmission. Took it in and they put a 3rd switch (whatever that is) and said that should solve the problem.
Got it back home and the next day the Drive light was again blinking. They had also told us that the battery was low and should be replaced soon.
We replaced the battery and have never seen the blinking Drive light again. I really think the low battery was the cuplrit here.
Jim G.
Mike G

United States

#743 Jan 21, 2008
Where can I find instructions how to replace the cabin air filter on my 2003 Honda Pilot. Where is the best place to buy the filter?

Since: Jan 08

Memphis, TN

#744 Jan 21, 2008
Thank you so much ^^
You showed me the way.

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