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Honda Pilot, Transmission, SUV
#83 of 392 Re: Blinking D light [walbond]
Jun 02, 2009 (9:47 pm)
I had the same problem with my 2003 Honda Pilot. The D light was flashing & it was only driven around 70,000 low mileage and never seen too much rough roads. Did you report this to NHTSA? What was the answer from Honda recently? I am still trying to resolve these matters well, without causing much troubles with Honda, but if not I will go with you filing something else.
It is not just us... This was not random, I saw a lot of 2003 -2004 having the same problems and these were just the once reported. Any filed action lawsuit?
#84 of 392 Re: Walbond
Jun 03, 2009 (12:37 am)
I spoke with Honda Corp. and they told me I had to have it checked out by the local Honda dealer. I took it in yesterday and they called within a couple hours to tell me the transmission definately needs to be replaced. Honda Corp. called me today to provide all receipts for maintanance work that has been done while I have owned it. Luckily I saved all my receipts. Honda corp will "review my records" and get back to me. I feel that they should replace it at N/C since this is a known problem and not caused by neglect on my part. I am religious about the maintanance since I drive for a living and I know how important it is to maintain my vehicle. I will post the outcome when I find out.
#85 of 392 Re: Walbond [boomer55]
Jun 03, 2009 (8:26 am)
Thank you very much for your reply.
#86 of 392 Transmission Failure
Jun 04, 2009 (9:20 pm)
Honda initally told me that a new transmission would run approx. $5500 plus. After reveiwing my impecable mantainance records they were "happy" to inform me that they could reduce the charges to $3200! My husband found a completely refurbished tranny on the internet not far from us for $2100 including shipping, also with 3 year warranty. My mechanic had quoted $2500 to $2700 including labor. Does Honda think I just fell off the turnip truck? My attorney also had a Honda transmission replaced for free. I am meeting with him Monday.
Have to call Honda back tomorrow so will let you know what happens.
#87 of 392 Re: Transmission Failure [boomer55]
Jun 05, 2009 (3:34 am)
I took my Honda Pilot 2003 (61,000 miles) to he mechanic yesterday. I was very stress thinking about this possible expense. They told me later on that they just need to replace the transmission fluid. Run it and it was perfectly fine they said. It was a savior but I was still very disappointed with Honda, this car hasn't seen rough roads, driven well yet with low mileage. I am still not sure if I'll take it for a long drive. Battery was totally dead after 1 month I bought it when it was new. Now the remote/door alarm is malfunctioning and I need to get a new SRS switch. Minor things but unusual I will probably trade this one to a Toyota next time. I think you still have a good case to fight your situation. Transmission does not give out just like that and you have more Honda Pilot owners that experienced the same thing. I always had my car service with them. Also, the moment you had another mechanic other than Honda complete the job, it will be something against you.
#88 of 392 Disappointed in Honda
Jun 20, 2009 (6:57 am)
I have had Hondas since 1978. NEVER any major problems. Only minor repairs like brakes. My wife's 2003 Pilot transmission now needs to be replaced, after only 90,000 miles. Car jerks into 2nd gear, after barely making it out of 1st. I just can't believe a transmission could go out this quickly. Checked with two Honda dealers. Not much help there. Took it to AAMCO who estimate between $2400 and $2800. Looking at all these threads on this forum, it appears this is a common problem with the 2003 Pilot. What gets me is it appears Honda QUICKLY issued a recall on this transmission, did a check to cover their A$$ back in 2004, probably knowing there would be issues down the line. That way they can say they "did something" about it. DISAPPOINTED!
#89 of 392 Re: Disappointed in Honda [sjnorman4]
Jun 20, 2009 (8:12 am)
I did have to have a new transmission. Honda lowered the price from $5500. to $3500. out of the goodness of their little hearts. I have filed a complaint with the NHTSB. After we got the "goodwill" offer from Honda Corp, ( negotiated thru the dealer and HC,) the local dealer told us DO NOT try to negotiate a better deal directly or they will take ALL offers back. The dealer also told me that since my maintainance was done elsewhere it counted against me.
I love my Pilot but will my next car be a Honda? Probably not. Honda needs to own up to this problem!
#90 of 392 Transmission slipping at 133K miles
Jun 26, 2009 (5:06 pm)
2003 Pilot. Bought it used four months ago. Assume tranny was the reason previous owner got rid of this car.
Tranny fluid replaced with Honda original, looking on the service records - previous owner serviced it at Honda dealer. Tranny shifting hard and slips sometimes. Gets worse after long highway ride.
Filed complain with NHTSA cause hardly missed another car when slipped when merging highway.
#91 of 392 Re: Disappointed in Honda [boomer55]
Jun 26, 2009 (7:43 pm)
I took my car to Honda today just for an oil change. I was mentioning about the whine that comes from my transmission (which I was told elsewhere was probably from something being scored inside, but to ignore it) and then got to discussing the transmission problem with the '03 Pilots. The service manager was clueless, as though I just made that up. I then went into detail about how I had to have mine replaced at 138k miles and all the problems I've had since. He told me they have had almost no problems with the Pilots, since they came out after Honda's known transmission problems. I told him to check on the internet to see just how large of a problem it is. Either they are in denial, or Honda is not passing out those technnical service bulletins. I was quited about $6000 by my dealer and ended up going to Aamco. Let's not go there!!! Suffice it to say I would have been better off with my 6K remanufactured Honda transmission (probably).
#92 of 392 '05 Pilot 118K Transmission Fail?
Jun 27, 2009 (6:20 pm)
Yesterday with no warning, lights,or codes, my wife's Pilot trans began to slip to the point the car was unable to move. Car towed to dealer (end of the day on a Friday). When I arrived on the scene, the car seemed o.k., but a short drive confirmed slipping/hard shifting. Fine. Left car until it can be checked Monday. As I mentioned, no codes, no flashing D, and fluid looked normal. Walking away, looked over my shoulder and noticed a puddle of grease next to the right front wheel. Now I am wondering if there is a failure mode of a CV joint that would yield those symptoms or if I have just hit the double failure jackpot. Won't know until Monday, but I thought I would put this out there for any thoughts or experiences. Thanks.