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#165 of 411 Re: 03 Pilot Transmission problems [weezer502]
Mar 16, 2010 (6:26 am)
My check engine light came on yesterday. I am just so stressed out about this car. I have had problems with it since I bought it 3 years ago. I'm just tired and mad now.
I will be going to my dealership today and hope that something happens that will allow me to get the car fixed, at least. Of course, I just don't have faith that I will be a repeat Honda owner. I used to only buy Toyotas but this new Honda had such rave reviews that I decided to try it. Now, I just don't see doing it again- unless the dealer works with me.
I don't know why those people at American Honda even exist. They were absolutely NO HELP. Even though they knew this vehicle had transmission problems and they knew I had the repair patch done on the car - back in 2004 - before I owned it, it took me visiting sites to be aware of the depth of this problem. Maybe now that Toyota is facing such challenges, I can get a good deal.
Hopefully, my dealer will step up and we will see....
#166 of 411 2004 pilot transmission problems
Mar 20, 2010 (11:24 am)
I PURCHASED MY PILOT WITH 21OOO MILES AND HAVE ALL FLUIDS CHANGED AS THE MANUAL SAID, WITH HONDA PRODUCTS. MY ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AND I HAD IT CHECKED RIGHTWAY AND HONDA DEALER SAID MY TORK CONVERTOR IS BAD. THE PILOT HAS 84000 MILES ON IT, SO HONDA WILL NOT FIX. THEY WANTED $3896.00 FOR A NEW TRANSMISSION TO FIX IT AND SAID THEY HAD NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE, YEA RIGHT. I CALLED SEVERAL OF MY FRIENDS WHO ARE MECHANICS AND THEY TOLD ME TO GO TO A TRANSMISSION CLINIC IN MY AREA THAT THEY SAID WERE HONEST. SO I'M HAVING A NEW TORX CONVERTOR AND SWITCH INSTALLED FOR $785.00. THIS WILL BE MY ONLY HONDA THAT I WILL OWN, I'VE OWNED MANY CARS IN MY LIFE AND NEVER HAD PROBLEMS WITH A TRANSMISSION, THIS WAS MY FIRST OFF SHORE CAR AND WILL BE MY LAST.
#167 of 411 Re: EGR or Torque Converter [tiriana]
Apr 29, 2010 (1:24 pm)
Replaced my transmission a few weeks ago because transmission would not engage Drive after stopping at stop signs. Did not fix problem, carried it back and service dept couldn't duplicate problem so I decided it was just a fluke, the new trans needed to be broken in, whatever. It has gotten progressively worse so I've carried it back and they still can't duplicate the problem. Please let me know what you find out.
#168 of 411 Re: 2004 pilot transmission problems [gustafson45]
Apr 29, 2010 (1:35 pm)
Good that you can get just the torque converter replaced. I had heard from several other people that the dealers are requiring that the torque converter and transmission be replaced as a pair.
Your Pilot was probably built in Canada or Alabama. Do you live in Hawaii?
#169 of 411 easy way to fill the tranny
May 14, 2010 (5:31 pm)
I bought a 2003 H P 2 years ago . It had had the recall oil jet installed but what a heck of a place to try to add fluid without contamination and frustration so I bought a $5 plastic oil pump that screws onto a 1 liter ATF container , changed the tubing to a smaller size and added the ATF through the dipstick tube . It was easy . Take care people .
#170 of 411 Yet another Failing Pilot Transmission
May 15, 2010 (6:12 am)
At around 60K (a few years ago), my 04 Pilot was making rattling noises when idling. The dealer told us there was loose metal in the transmission and told me to let it go until it caused problems.
Naively, I listened. Now, at 119K, the transmission is failing. I stopped going to that dealer for maintenance (for convenience reasons . . . they are about 15 miles further away and have worse hours). I'm hoping they will live up their word. I am hearing around $4.5K to fix with a rebuilt transmission. $2.4K for a used one (which, after reading this thread, I will go nowhere near).
What I find really strange about this is that I checked my VIN on the Honda web site to see if they had addressed the transmission recall in my car. It says they had. So, either I got a really lousy fix pre-60K or they didn't fix it post-60K.
#171 of 411 This is a pattern for Honda...
May 15, 2010 (1:17 pm)
I have come to believe that Honda is a 4 cylinder company at heart, and can't or won't build a transmission that can handle a V6's torque. Most Honda mechanics repeat the same line- "The 4 cylinder and transmission are bulletproof, don't touch the 6". A Honda mechanic friend of my dad's told him the current generation Ody transmission has an entirely different problem. Our Odyssey had a transmission fail just outside the warranty period (I had complained in warranty but was told it;s behavior was normal and since no light came on it was OK) and got a $2000 charge for a replacement. This "goodwill" was after multiple letters to corporate from myself and my attorney father. The tranny is acting squirelly again after 4 months.My sister's transmission was replaced ($800 goodwill) at 50K and again at 80K. My dad's previously asymptomatic Accord V6 tranny died on the way to the dealers when he was trading it.
I have the Pilot combo in my Saturn Vue. At 50K it is rumbling intermittently in driveline at 30mph, it has a grinding hum in right front axle. Of course we are completely on our own here, with Saturn gone. We bought it figuring we were safe with a Honda drivetrain...
After 20 years with Honda, I'll walk before I drive another one. I will try American again- even a Chrysler before I buy Honda. Corporate is incredibly rude and unsympathetic. Even my father who stuck with Honda because of the great treatment from his local dealer, says never again.
#172 of 411 Transmission will not shift past D
May 19, 2010 (6:36 am)
The problem in my '08 Pilot does not seem to be similar to what others have mentioned in this forum, but I wonder if it is a precursor to bad things to come.
A few months ago during a cold weekend we could not get the car to shift below D into D3, D2, etc., and since that time the transmission will not shift past D. I have been meaning to take the car into the service department before the odometer reads 36k miles, but have not yet gotten around to it.
Has anyone else experienced a similar problem? Any thoughts appreciated.
#173 of 411 Re: Transmission will not shift past D [dfwhonda]
May 21, 2010 (3:25 pm)
We also have a 2008 Pilot and I've noticed that it is easier to shift from D to D3/D2 by pushing down on the lever (with the back of my hand facing up) then pulling it to D3/D2 (as opposed to the usual way of pulling up on the lever with the palm up and shifting to P or R from D for example). Hope this helps, as I don't know if you've been able to shift to D3/D2 before that cold weekend you mentioned or if that was the first time you tried.
#174 of 411 Grinding/Vibration Noise @ 35 to 40 mph
Jun 26, 2010 (7:12 am)
The Honda Pilot and Acura MDX are basically the same vehicle. This problem seems to affect both models. Starting around 30,000 miles, I began to notice a vibration/grinding noise while accelerating through 35 to 40 mph. The noise would last for 10 to 15 seconds and then stop. I took my MDX into my Acura dealer at 35,000 miles while it was under warranty and they said they could not reproduce the problem. The problem continued to worsen however I was now out of warranty. I did some research on the internet and found 14 reports of the exact same problem on the NHTSA (www.hntsa.gov). Out of 30 total complaints, 14 were this specific transmission problem. I also found a 2004 MDX service bulletin (#6003; NHTSA # 10022468) that states "Torque converter shudder or vibration between 35 and 40 mph". I presented this info to the Acura dealer and they acknowledged the problem and agreed to pay for 75% of the torque converter replacement (the care is 6 years old and has 45,000 miles). Why hasn't someone started a class action law suit regarding this problem given the significant amount of data pointing to a general problem?