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#179 of 408 Acura/Honda Admission of Faulty Transmission
Jul 28, 2010 (5:56 am)
To "gatdammit".....Is Consumer Reports applying the "recommended" designation to specific years or all years of Honda Pilots/Acura MDXs? I'm not sure if the more current model years (2008-2010) are impacted by this problem?? But certainly the CR repair charts for model years 2003 through 2007 should indicate a "poor" status for transmission reliability.
For those who are interested, you can obtain the actual Acura/Honda Service Bulletin that addresses the Torque Convert issue and the repair instructions given to the Acura/Honda dealers if you Google:
Acura Service Bulletin 06-003 pdf
There is also a statement in the document that addresses "out of warranty vehicles" the the procedure for obtaining a "goodwill consideration" repair. It would appear that Honda/Acura was expecting a significant number of vehicles (both in warranty and out of warranty).
I have a 2005 Acrua MDX that was one year "out of warranty" and through persistence and documentation from web sites such as this one and also the 15 complaints filed with the NHSTA, I was able to get Honda/Acura to move from not covering my $2,000 repair to covering 100% of my repair.
#180 of 408 Re: Acura/Honda Admission of Faulty Transmission [kpsmith999]
Jul 29, 2010 (5:47 pm)
I just checked CR's site. It's still a recommended vehicle and all transmission categories are listed as "above average". Actually, the entire span from '03-09 is rated well above average...one of the reasons I was confident buying it in the first place.
CR seemed eager to investigate with reply e-mails almost immediately but I haven't seen any updates in their magazine or site.
It also seems that MDX owners have had more luck than Pilot owners in the area of goodwill repairs, as it should be.
#181 of 408 Re: Acura/Honda Admission of Faulty Transmission [gatdammit]
Jul 30, 2010 (6:21 am)
I'll submit a negative report to CR to see what kind of response I get. There is no way that CR should be reporting a "above average" reliability rating for either the Honda Pilot or the Acura MDX. Regarding the "goodwill" repairs, I believe that this is a large enough problem that both Honda and Acura should have issued a repair recall for both in warranty and out of warranty vehicles. Both the NHTSA complaints and the various forums that follow this issue are all heavily weighted in the "transmission" problem category. Thanks.
#182 of 408 transmission fails at 29,000 miles
Jul 31, 2010 (8:09 pm)
I have a 2007 honda pilot and stall at 29,000 miles transmission problem!!!! under warranty...and returned it after the lease end.. Also have a 2009 pilot with 27,000 miles its almost to 29,000 miles!!!!
#183 of 408 Re: P0730 Code Goodwill Repair [04txpilot]
Aug 02, 2010 (4:42 pm)
what # did you call? Do you know if you had to have warrantee.
#184 of 408 2003 trannie issue
Aug 03, 2010 (5:00 pm)
Just picked up my 2003 pilot from the dealer. It went in with complaint of grinding at 35 mph - I told the dealer it was the trannie. They called me and said it was 2 bad motor mounts and that the transmission sounded good. I paid almost $700 and the problem is still there - there is a trend here - what has helped others? Do you think I should trade it in and let them deal with it?
#185 of 408 Re: 2003 trannie issue [jackerley]
Aug 03, 2010 (9:28 pm)
Please read #177 & #179 above. It has been well documented in many forums (such as this one) that the 2002 through 2006 model years for both the Honda Pilot and the Acura MDX (same transmission) have exceptionally high instance of torque converter failure in the transmission. If you have the grinding/vibration/shuddering noise while accelerating between 30 to 40 mph, it is probably your torque converter. Even though Honda did not issue a Service Bulletin for the Pilot, there was one issued for the Acura MDX (basically the same vehicle) for model years 2003 & 2004. You can read the document at the following link:
The document describes the problem, how the dealer should repair and also mentions a "goodwill consideration" for vehicles that are out of warranty. I would open a case with Honda America and push this issue as far as you can up the ladder. Good luck!
Aug 04, 2010 (7:44 am)
My 2004 pilot started doing that also and then it started having transmission issues!I just recently (in November) purchased a 2004 Honda Pilot. The transmission starting causing shifting problems. The first time it was like I slammed the brakes on but thankfully I was just going up our drive way and not driving fast. I started driving again and it kept messing up. Then the green light started flashing on the D when I was driving and parked. I took it in and they plugged it into the computer and it was a transmission code. There was also a 2-3 shift malfunction. They said my transmission needed replaced. I looked up recalls and my car had a recall for the transmission and it was """fixed""" in May 2006. However, they did not change the transmission, just installed an oil jet kit to keep it lubricated! Apparently that did not help especially if there are chips of metal in the fluid! Everyone I talk to just tells me my car, being at 104,000 miles, is out of warrenty and they have to draw the line somewhere! No crap people! But if you would have fixed the darn thing properly when it had a recall it would not need replaced already! Honda has been horrible through this and refuse to help me. I am a single mother of 3 children and I can not afford a new tansmission at $4,000 especially when it is their screw up and they should have to FIX their recall! I am so angry and will NEVER buy another honda as long as I live and I will tell anyone I know about their horrible transmissions and their bad customer service. They are just trying to cover their butts on this one. It is time they start helping their customers rather than basically saying "its your problem now". From what I see this is an ongoing problem with Honda and I think something needs to be done!
#187 of 408 Re: Transmission problems '03 Pilot [hondagirl60]
Aug 04, 2010 (7:48 am)
Mine started flashing also on my 04 Honda Pilot. Now my transmission needs replaced and they will not help me...I checked the recall and they told me that it was not related to the recall because they fixed it with a new oil jet kit. It DID NOT fix it. It now needs replaced and there are chips of metal in the trans fluid! I'm ticked at honda right now!
#188 of 408 Re: Transmission will not shift past D [dfwhonda]
Aug 04, 2010 (8:02 am)
My problem in my 04 pilot started the same way...could not shift below D. Then started having more serious problems and the green light started flashing on D. When I took it is he noticed a snaped transmission gear shifter cable and also the transmission needs replaced! I have my story on here about my car too. I am so mad...will never own another honda after this!