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#237 of 408 Original owner of 2003 Pilot
Apr 29, 2011 (11:46 am)
At 130K miles, I found out I need a new tranny. Don't know if any of these are related to the problem, but at 74K, check engine lite/code p0128/engine powertrain control module replaced - - at 120K, flashing D/code p1740/4th gear pressure switch replaced. i remember at some point after 60K during a service appt mentioning to the tech that the trans seemed to be shifting late from 2nd to 3rd, or 3rd to 4th - he dismissed that as no problem. Then about 130K it would intermittently not shift to 3rd as if putting the clutch in & the engine winding out to 5000. Also a 1 - 2 second hesitation developed engaging into reverse. I have had the car religiously serviced by Honda, and they suggested & performed a fluid change last visit, resulting in news that I need a new transmission as a result of 'normal wear.' NO, I'LL NEVER OWN ANOTHER HONDA!!!!!!!!!!
BTW, my quote from Honda was $5400.
Now, to the NHTSA (www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov) site to file my complaint.
#239 of 408 2005 Pilot with 67,000 miles needs a new transmission?!
May 09, 2011 (2:38 pm)
Very annoyed that just had to get a new transmission for my 4WD 2005 Pilot. It started with a blinking D4 light -- first visit to Honda Service: $500 to flush the A/T system and replace the third clutch pressure switch.
Two days later, D4 light blinking again. Send husband with car -- get a "goodwill gesture repair" for a torque converter exchange and some sort of new computer that we're told is worth thousands. No car for a week.
Two days later, blinking D4 light again. Back to Honda -- Honda Service consults with grand poobahs in California -- Honda Service tells us we need a new transmission at ~ $4,000!! After lots of heated discussion, price reduced to $1000. No car for another week.
What's interesting is that I take my car in for an oil change and Honda Service pesters me for days for feedback on their service. Have not heard from Customer Satisfaction people on my last four visits -- guess they know not to call.
Posted this in case there's a trend with the 2005 transmissions.
#240 of 408 Re: 2005 Pilot with 67,000 miles needs a new transmission?! [alexg_fll]
May 09, 2011 (8:34 pm)
I believe it was the 1998 - 2005 years that had the transmission problems. Let me know if you get any recourse from Honda...I just sent letter to Attorney General. Do the same...send copies to AG and NHSTA.org. Hopefully, there will be another class action lawsuite - if enough people complain to all the many internet columns. Carcomplaints.com is another good one. Keep posting, the squeeky wheel gets the attention. Diane
#241 of 408 Re: vtm-4 on 2005 pilot [wildjackle]
May 20, 2011 (9:10 am)
I saw the problem you relayed several times - every 70,000 miles or so on my 2003 Pilot. It's plenty strange that the VTM-4 errors show up (electronic computer error, not drivetrain error), but the real problem is where the exhaust gas is recirculated into the intake manifold. The first time I opened this up, I was getting misfire (cyclinder 5) plus the VTM-4 errors. When I took the cover plate off the intake manifold, the whole thing was full and clogged with what looked like dirt (it is burned exhaust debris). Once you clean all the gunk out of the intake area, things run perfectly again.
#242 of 408 don't forget the EGR port
May 20, 2011 (9:56 am)
Just cleaning the carbon out of the intake manifold didn't fix my problem. I had to clean out the EGR port that runs from the manifold to the EGR valve. Soak the port for a couple hours with Sea Foam Deep Creep, run weed eater line attached to a power drill and bore the crud out, then blow it out.
#244 of 408 Honda Pilot Transmission
May 24, 2011 (7:30 pm)
Pilot 2003 with 132,000 miles--Transmission had no problems until now. Gears ruff shift at about 40 mph and a hard down shift thru 40 mph. Its at the Transmission repair shop and a torque converter appears to be in the future. Est. $1800-$2200 big.
#245 of 408 2005 Pilot tranny issue
May 27, 2011 (5:29 am)
Did you have any luck with this? I have a 2005 and just had the tranny replaced. I'd be in on the class action.
#246 of 408 honda polits are JUNK!
May 28, 2011 (5:38 am)
no, traded my 2011 pilot off with only 600 miles! lost $6000.THE VCM OR ACM IS WHAT IS KILLING THE TRANNYS!