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#110 of 392 honda pilot 2003
Aug 10, 2009 (7:13 am)
Hi my Honda pilot 2003 has 185000 miles. It's having problems starting. A few months back it had transmission replaced. After a few weeks of that the break switch died. Car had to be towed cost me 500 overall in rental car charges and repairs. Here are some questions
Is it worth it persisting with this car?
The dealer said starter might need replacing. It's about 600$
it needs timing belt replaced. That's another 500$
do you think the starting problem and break switch failure have anything to do with the transmission change.
#111 of 392 Re: Should I reconsider the 2003 purchase I made? Has new transmission [skc1962]
Aug 10, 2009 (9:28 am)
Same old Honda tranny but rebuilt ... probably won't last longer than the first one.
I would trade it in around its 48K mi service before it acts up again. So far we are hearing tranny problem reports from 2003 and 2004 models.
#112 of 392 Re: Gear Shift Drive ("D") Light Blinking [kijam99]
Aug 10, 2009 (6:20 pm)
MY 2003 Pilot gave me the flashing "D" light last week. After replacing the battery[needed one], the computer reset and cleared the flashing light. Upon a very quick test drive the check engine light and flashing D came on again. Our Pilot has about 79,000 miles and is still under our certified used Honda power train warranty. We had it towed to our Honda Dealer this past Saturday.
UPDATE: Received word today that Honda will be replacing the transmission with a "REMAN'd" transmission, on Honda's dime.
#113 of 392 Re: ????? [pjhrtd]
Aug 12, 2009 (12:06 pm)
My Pilot is a 2004 with 115,000 km (71,000 miles) on it and the orange maintenance light is on, most times I can't shift into D3, D2, D1 and several times (but not consistently), the green "D" has been flashing. My non-Honda mechanic suggests the transmission is about to go and I'm taking it to Honda to check, first. Otherwise, driving it, I have no problems with the transmission or anything else.
Can anyone else shed some info on this, please?
#114 of 392 Re: Gear Shift Drive ("D") Light Blinking [az2003pilot]
Aug 12, 2009 (12:08 pm)
Are you located in Canada or the U.S.?
I'd like to be able to use your post as leverage with my dealer (Canada) if necessary.
#115 of 392 Re: Shifting Problems [jetrocker]
Aug 12, 2009 (8:04 pm)
Dealer said they'd replace the tranny again (2nd one dead at 116K), but only pick up 25% of cost. I pushed on them and had the service mgr talk to the zone rep several times......now they've agreed to 50%. Having it done of course (no choice), but I'm pretty sure we will move to a new car soon after. Looks like the Forrester is our pick.....7 yr/100K drive train warranty and the 4 wheel system is fully mechanical instead of electronic system like Honda. I'm sadly dissillusioned with the Honda Motor Company now. Never thought it would happen.
#116 of 392 Trans problems in 2003 Pilot
Aug 18, 2009 (7:44 am)
There seems to be a littany of problems with the transmission in the 2003 Pilot from what I read. I am in the process of getting a rebuilt transmission in my 03 Pilot at 95000 kms (about 60000 miles) but just after the 5 year warranty has expired at a cost of $4500. Honda must be aware of the problem by now but will do nothing. I suggest anyone with an 03 Pilot get an extended warranty or get rid of it before the warranty expires.
#117 of 392 Check engine light on
Aug 27, 2009 (5:15 am)
I also have a 2003 Honda pilot EX-L and the check engine light turned on. I took to a mechanic and have it diagnose. There is a code P0730 Incorrect gear ratio, Is this a sign of bad tranmission also? I was driving one time and the rpm went up for some reason I push on the gas pedal but the rpm keeps on going up for about 5 minutes, this happen about 3 to 4 times now, is this like a transmission shifting problem. I bought this new and it only has 93,0000 miles. Please help
#118 of 392 Re: Check engine light on [bellmi6413]
Aug 27, 2009 (9:15 am)
The same thing is happening to my 03 Honda Pilot, did you find anything out?
#119 of 392 Honda Pilot nighmare
Sep 08, 2009 (1:55 pm)
I purchased a 2003 Pilot a year ago and now I'm having all of the same problems that are being talked about on here. Downshifting to 1st and 2nd gear at different speed limits, green drive light flashing, now it's acting as if it jumps into first gear when you slow down. We've already put a $1000.00 into it and now we don't know what to do with it. I still owe double what the car is worth because I was screwed when I bought it (my mistake)! Now I have a car that I can't drive because I'm not putting my kids into something that unsafe to drive. On another post I read that Honda has replaced some of these transmissions, but what do they do when you buy a used one and are unaware of this defect and you don't have every single documentation they are requiring showing that's it's been to a Honda dealership 10 thousand times???? Please Help!!!