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#70 of 392 2003 Pilot recall re transmission
Apr 29, 2009 (8:31 pm)
NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 04V176000
Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Details: ON SOME MINI VANS, SPORT UTILITY AND PASSENGER VEHICLES, CERTAIN OPERATING CONDITIONS CAN RESULT IN HEAT BUILD-UP BETWEEN THE COUNTERSHAFT AND SECONDARY SHAFT SECOND GEARS IN THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, EVENTUALLY LEADING TO GEAR TOOTH CHIPPING OR GEAR BREAKAGE.
Consequence: GEAR FAILURE COULD RESULT IN TRANSMISSION LOCKUP, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Corrective Action: ON VEHICLES WITH 15,000 MILES OR LESS, THE DEALER WILL UPDATE THE TRANSMISSION WITH A SIMPLE REVISION TO THE OIL COOLER RETURN LINE TO INCREASE LUBRICATION TO THE SECOND GEAR. ON VEHICLES WITH MORE THAN 15,000 MILES, THE DEALER WILL INSPECT THE TRANSMISSION TO IDENTIFY GEARS THAT HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED DISCOLORATION DUE TO OVERHEATING. IF DISCOLORATION EXISTS, THE TRANSMISSION WILL BE REPLACED IF DISCOLORATION IS NOT PRESENT, THE DEALER WILL PERFORM THE REVISION TO THE OIL COOLER RETURN LINE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 21, 2004, FOR PILOT, ODYSSEY, AND MDX OWNERS. OWNERS OF THE ACCORD VEHICLES WILL START RECEIVING LETTERS ON JUNE 28, 2004, AND ON JUNE 29, 2004, FOR OWNERS OF THE TL AND CL VEHICLES. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009 OR ACURA AT 1-800-382-2238.
Units Potentially Affected: 1099796
Recall Initiated By: MFR
Date added to NHTSA datbase: 04/20/2004
File Your complain online -NHTSA
#71 of 392 Yet another 2003 Honda Pilot Transmission Failure
May 13, 2009 (8:45 am)
Hey gang, new to this site and was looking for information on the 2003 Honda Pilot. Mine just went out yesterday afternoon. Took it to the dealer for investigation today, but am 95% sure it needs a new transmission.
Worst of all, my extended warranty just went out a month ago at 99K. I have 101K on it now.
Has anyone had any luck with the "Goodwill Repair" or ANYTHING for that matter to get some kind of assistance from Honda?
My check engine light never came on which is really weird as the jerking or high RPMs before moving to the next gear are both really severe.
I am Sooooooo disappointed in my Honda now and I loved it just last week. I'm trying to figure out how much this is going to set me back and if I do use someone outside of the dealer to fix it, who I should be talking to.
Looks like I'll be driving less one "arm & a leg" by the end of the day.
#72 of 392 Re: Yet another 2003 Honda Pilot Transmission Failure [dallasdux]
May 13, 2009 (9:03 am)
I just went through the same thing ... just 2 weeks ago or so. My story is in this thread somewhere. Anyway, 2003 Pilot ... had flashing D light which the service manager at Honda dealer told me he did not know what it was ... basically 5k miles later the transmission went. I did all of my servicing / repairs at same dealership ... they started with a quote of $3,780 ... and in the end they did a goodwill repair for 2,190 (totally rebuilt transmission). That last price was giving me 50% off on parts. I don't know if they would have gone lower ... it just got to the point where I wanted to get it fixed and over with.
I too am very disappointed that my transmission went at 75k miles. My 5 year extended warranty ended one year earlier (had not max'd out on miles ... just years).
Good luck with the Goodwill repair. My dealership said they were willing to work with me since I had been a loyal customer ... but I think they realize there is something wrong with their transmissions ...
#73 of 392 Blinking D light
May 24, 2009 (7:47 am)
I have a 2003 Honda Pilot, 115K. Recently, the "D" light on the tranny selector has started blinking intermittently. Trans works fine - so far, but, from what I'm reading here, I'm wordering if the blinking light is the sign of impending doom. I wouldn't expect Honda to put out junk, but I just had to replace my daughter's Civic transmission at 80K. Any input?
#74 of 392 Re: transprob [keithmusik]
May 24, 2009 (7:52 am)
Every 15K by me, with Honda fluid.
#75 of 392 Re: Yet another 2003 Honda Pilot Transmission Failure [aatlant]
May 24, 2009 (8:30 am)
Honda is infamous on tranny problems, specially the 99-01 Odyssey - class action settlement.
#77 of 392 Re: Blinking D light [walbond]
May 24, 2009 (11:08 am)
when you changd the tranny fluid were you getting a lot of metal on the magnet??
#78 of 392 Re: Blinking D light [keithmusik]
May 25, 2009 (5:18 am)
Very little metal on magnet, but always some. I have always considered a little bit normal.
May 26, 2009 (10:57 am)
I own a 2005 Pilot LX with approx 41K miles on it. I just recently discovered that I cannot shift into D3, 2 or 1. The shift lever just stops at Drive. Although I have owned the car for nearly a year, I had never discovered this problem so can't say if it's new or not. Any suggestions?