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#87 of 411 Re: Transmission Failure [boomer55]
Jun 05, 2009 (2:34 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 411 Disappointed in Honda
Jun 20, 2009 (5:57 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 411 Re: Disappointed in Honda [sjnorman4]
Jun 20, 2009 (7:12 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 411 Transmission slipping at 133K miles
Jun 26, 2009 (4:06 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 411 Re: Disappointed in Honda [boomer55]
Jun 26, 2009 (6:43 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 411 '05 Pilot 118K Transmission Fail?
Jun 27, 2009 (5:20 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.
#93 of 411 Re: '05 Pilot 118K Transmission Fail? [bdp1]
Jun 27, 2009 (7:50 pm)
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
That's curious. Did you notice any other signs of damage on the underside of your wife's Pilot?
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#94 of 411 Re: '05 Pilot 118K Transmission Fail? [tidester]
Jun 28, 2009 (3:26 am)
I didn't have a chance to investigate further. She claims no previous issues with the car (only with me). I will interview her a bit more regarding classic cv joint noises.
#95 of 411 Re: '05 Pilot 118K Transmission Fail? [bdp1]
Jun 29, 2009 (3:15 pm)
So, today they (Honda) checked out the car. Thought trans fluid looked strange. Then they drove it. When it overheated, they discovered the coolant also looked strange. No theories from them. I called my "neutral party" transmission shop. With no hesitation the guy identified the likely problem. Seems the trans fluid has a coil in the radiator. If that fails, both coolant and trans fluid cross contaminate. Coolant strips facing off of plates in transmission yielding slipping, trans fluid fouls cooling system. Honda tech impressed with explanation. Replace radiator and trans quoted around $4200. Would prefer a generous trade-in for a low mileage 06 on lot, but not forth-coming. Did I mention that the trans shop with the diagnosis was an AAMCO in Columbus, OH? A very competent individual. Wish the car wasn't 150 miles away from him.
#96 of 411 2005 Honda Pilot with more transmission prob
Jul 06, 2009 (2:29 pm)
It isn't looking good folks... I have a 2005 Pilot. I started having trouble with violent shaking and shimming while trying to accelerate going uphill around 75K. I am now at 120K and I am now unable to down shift( yes I know how..) and my D light is flashing on the transmission indicator... It looks like a new transmission. I wrote a complaint to the NHTSA. I suggest everyone do the same. Honda obviously has not taken care of us by fixing their transmissions. I bought my 05 because I was under the impression that Honda fixed their transmissions after lawsuit. Boy was I mis-informed (by the dealer). My maintenance has been impeccable with Honda fluids. I'll be calling Honda Corp. next. Good luck to everyone in a Pilot.