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#396 of 411 Honda Pilot 2004 transmission problem
Aug 10, 2013 (7:22 am)
I'm on my 4th Honda and have had my first major problem. At 107k miles, my torque converter went at a cost of $1750. Hate to bad mouth Honda as I've been a loyal owner, but after seeing all the posts, I'm rethinking my next purchase. Maintenance was done on time so it appears to be a design problem. Anyone run into this problem? If so, was there subsequent transmission failures? I'd like to keep the car but don't want to spend this kind of money again.
#397 of 411 Chech oil lubrication hoses under brake booster
Aug 10, 2013 (4:21 pm)
My trans blew up because it was not getting any oil from oil supply to the extreme left side and rear of trans on top side. Read previous posts.
#398 of 411 2011 EXL D3?
Oct 22, 2013 (11:47 am)
We recently purchased a 2011 EXL with AT. There's a D3 indicator next to the D in the instrument cluster that occasionally lights up. There's no D3 on the shifter, nor is there anything in the owner's manual about this indicator. What is it?
#399 of 411 Re: Honda Pilot 2004 transmission problem [jw0407]
Oct 24, 2013 (1:31 pm)
Did you end up getting yours fixed? If so, have you had anymore problems? I just received the same diagnosis with the same cost. I'm trying to decide if I should keep it or not.
#400 of 411 Re: Honda Pilot 2004 transmission problem [cakester]
Oct 25, 2013 (7:08 am)
I purchased a used trans from a wrecker, and my grandson installed it still cost $2000. if you buy used make sure to drain oil from trans and converter before installation (not possible after), and get extra warranty. My old trans was not repairable, bottom of case was fragmented.
#401 of 411 Bought new 2009 honda pilot, after resent service now has flashing D
Oct 25, 2013 (1:12 pm)
Our Honda has never missed a service in it's life, however the last 2 visits to the local Honda service center has left me suspicious, 36,000 miles on the car and on the previous visit they told us our battery was bad. We had it tested by another source and it was good but they had failed to tighten the negative terminal and the honda suddenly died on us. Sabotage was suspected by the Honda service tech. We risk it and and just took it in for it's needed oil change. we had them check the alignment as well, they charged us 79.99 for an alignment they said did not need to be done. Why no phone call telling us that?? They performed the service and billed for it. Have not driven it over 7 miles and suddenly I have a blinking D light and a check engine light. The D stopped blinking after turning the car off and back on however the engine light is still on. I checked the fluid levels and they remembered to add oil back in. I can't help but suspect they again messed with it to cause this new issue. We have never had any problems with this rig. I hesitate to take it in to them for diagnosis. any ideas?
#402 of 411 2005 Radiator & Transmission failure
Oct 26, 2013 (2:51 pm)
I have a 2005 Pilot I purchased new. It has 87,000 miles. I was a few miles outside of Saranac Lake, NY on a rural 2 lane road traveling around 55 mph when the engine revved and the transmission felt like it was "slipping" for a few seconds. After a few seconds it stopped and appeared to drive normal again. A few minutes later when I stopped at the first light I came to in Saranac Lake, the engine shutdown. I popped the hood and my wife noticed a liquid that looked like chocolate milk leaking from underneath the car. I knew that couldn't be good. The Pilot would not start. Nothing. We did get to meet a very nice policewoman and some great people at the tow truck company before I had it towed on a flatbed 125 miles or so to a Honda dealer near my home.
The dealer charged $96 for 1 hour just to diagnose the problem after I already told them what happened. They said I needed a new radiator. They installed that for $375 and 4 hours labor. Of course, that didn't fix the no starting problem. They wanted to charge me more to take out the spark plugs and see if they could turn over the engine. They told me if it needed an engine and a transmission it wouldn't be worth it to fix.
I called Honda National Customer Relations in California and after they spoke with the dealer, said there was nothing they could do. The vehicle was out of warranty. I talked to them about the 2003 and 2004 Pilots being recalled for the same problem that I was having, but that didn't make any difference. ( I found out about the 2003 and 2004 problems in this forum. Thank you.)
I was stunned to find out that a problem with the radiator could allow antifreeze to mix with the transmission fluid and ruin the engine and transmission.
My 2005 Honda Pilot was probably worth about $10K when I started it that morning and it is now a worthless piece of junk.
#403 of 411 Re: Lurching problem in 2011 Pilot? [bamonson]
Oct 26, 2013 (4:51 pm)
I just noticed that your post is from almost a year ago but I will give you my two cents worth anyway. When my (former) 2005 Honda Pilot was about a year old my "brake assist booster" or some such thing failed and I completely shot through an intersection. After composing myself, I took the vehicle directly to my dealership and they couldn't find a problem and if it happened again I should bring it back. Well-I just about lost all bodily control on the tech and asked to speak to the service manager to whom I told in no uncertain terms that there would not be a next time because I was lucky to be alive this time and my car would be staying there until they came up with something. I was given a loaner car rather quickly and the next day received a rather contrite call from aforementioned service manager letting me know that, indeed they had found a defect in my brakes. I had several more incidents with my Pilot to which I was always made to feel like a complete moron by the service department. My Pilot eventually had the full blown catastrophic engine/transmission failure a few years ago to which the repair quote was over $6000. I left the vehicle at the dealership that day and have since filed a complaint with Honda corporation and also with the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration. I sincerely hope you solve your problem and if you continue to have issues please do us all a favor and file a complaint.
#404 of 411 Re: Bought new 2009 honda pilot, after resent service now has flashing D [maybaby538]
Oct 26, 2013 (7:29 pm)
check for a rubber hose bent to 90 degrees above trans near the brake booster that was the problem with my tranny. The hose will be bent so far that little or no oil can get through to feed the trans bearings in that area. if you look with a flash light the problem can be viewed easily. Hose is about .8 inch in diameter. nr