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Honda Pilot, Transmission, SUV
#284 of 408 Re: Unfortunate Pilot Owner [pilotowner69]
Nov 10, 2011 (8:22 pm)
My 2003 Honda Pilot has had seat belt recalls, air bag recalls, and has been serviced regularly. In fact, it had a scheduled service yesterday. Today ( with 122,000 miles on the clock, ) it decided to only reach 20 mph on the interstate, with me driving in the rain and dark, with my 11 year old son, coming home from swimming practice. That was a trip from hell. It took me two hours to drive 15 miles. I wish I never bought the Honda Pilot new from the dealership. I should have kept my 9 year old GMC Suburban that never gave me a bit of trouble. I miss " old Reliable" now . It just goes to show that new Honda vehicles are not built with quality if they show they are LESS reliable when brand new, than the 9 year old vehicle that was traded in. I'm very disappointed with my Honda Pilot. I would never purchase another. I think this one was fabricated out of old soda bottles. I only purchased it after researching vehicles on Consumer Reports. Huh. I will take their recommendations with a pinch of salt next time. I'll rely on friends and family reports when I choose my next new car !
#285 of 408 Re: Unfortunate Pilot Owner [hil7]
Nov 11, 2011 (9:06 am)
You think it's a piece of junk after 8-9 years??
#286 of 408 Re: Unfortunate Pilot Owner [hil7]
Nov 11, 2011 (9:34 am)
My only advice is to get rid of it immediately, or it might start costing you an arm and a leg to do things like I had to, like replacing the transmission, motor mounts, rear seals, etc... Honda is definitely not the quality they used to be, they will only make cars that last the warranty period and then leave the owners exposed to thousands of dollars in repair bills, like they did me.
#287 of 408 Re: Unfortunate Pilot Owner [robr2]
Nov 11, 2011 (5:46 pm)
Well, the expectation these days is that when you pay $40k for a vehicle, it will last 200k before having major issues. I don't mind the miscellaneous stuff, but there is no way a transmission should crap out at 100k any more. As much as I love the pilot for it's overall value, I'm not happy with the tranny issue. After my last post and another 5k miles, I am starting to feel the vibrations again, guess I'll take another look at the one engine mount that didn't get replaced and then figure out what to do.
My wife bought an Acura TL and I'm so disappointed with the stereo and nav system in it - basically the technology is at least 10 years old and sucks. Ok maybe the Ford Fusion isn't having the best review with the new MyTouch system, but at least they are going out on a limb and innovating, Honda's still resting on its success from 10 years ago...
#288 of 408 2005 Pilot Transmission problems
Nov 16, 2011 (8:38 am)
2005 pilot, with 55k. No transmission problems YET. Can I do anything to PREVENT this???
#289 of 408 Re: 2005 Pilot Transmission problems [kendall8]
Nov 16, 2011 (1:28 pm)
Your Pilot may well be okay, Mine was the first year that the Pilot was sold 2003 ~ and it's riddled with problems. Not sure when Honda re-designed the vehicle, but I hope for your sake that they built the 2005 better than the 2003 !! Good Luck. There really is nothing you can do to prevent a transmission failure if that's the way the car was designed and built.
#290 of 408 Re: 2005 Pilot Transmission problems [kendall8]
Nov 16, 2011 (7:43 pm)
TRADE BABY TRADE!! had a new 2011 with vibe in trans problems right off the Honda car lot! traded it with only 500 miles on it! lost over $6k! no more Honda junk for me!
#291 of 408 Re: 2005 Pilot Transmission problems [hugh7]
Nov 18, 2011 (9:19 am)
If i may ask, in what city did you trade in your SUV? The reason i ask is because my husband is trying to get one from a dealer in North Carolina.
#292 of 408 Re: 2005 Pilot Transmission problems [toybum2001]
Nov 18, 2011 (7:01 pm)
Jerry Damson Honda in Huntsville, Alabama!
#293 of 408 Goodwill...
Nov 24, 2011 (7:52 am)
Not sure if someone can help me...we have a 2007 Honda Pilot with 104500kms on it...we just found out that the rear main seal has a leak. What are the chances of getting Honda to do a Goodwill repair?
We have taken the car to the same dealership for all our services plus we just bought a Ridgeline from them a few months ago...