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#12 of 68 File Complaint with NHTSA !!!!!
Jul 22, 2010 (5:57 pm)
At last check, there were 15 complaints filed with the NHTSA (National Highway & Transportation Safety Administration) regarding the torque converter issue (vibration/shudder/grinding between 20-50 mph while accelerating). I would encourage everyone who is following this link to take a few minutes and file a complaint. The web site is as follows:
Also, the NHTSA has issued a "service bulletin" for this exact same problem for all Acura's for model years 2003-2004. To view the service bulletin, go to the following web site:
Enter NHTSA item# 10022468 in the "quick search" box. Once you get the record, click "get summary" and you will see the exact explanation as follows:
"Torque converter shudder or vibration between 35-40 mph"
This is exactly the same problem that is so prevalent with the 2005 and on Acura MDX and Honda Pilots. Do not understand why a service bulletin has not been issued for more recent model years???????
#13 of 68 Acura MDX / Honda Pilot Service Bulletin PDF
Jul 28, 2010 (5:56 am)
For those who are interested, you can obtain the actual Acura/Honda Service Bulletin that addresses the Torque Convert issue and the repair instructions given to the Acura/Honda dealers if you Google:
Acura Service Bulletin 06-003 pdf
There is also a statement in the document that addresses "out of warranty vehicles" the the procedure for obtaining a "goodwill consideration" repair. It would appear that Honda/Acura was expecting a significant number of vehicles (both in warranty and out of warranty).
I have a 2005 Acrua MDX that was one year "out of warranty" and through persistence and documentation from web sites such as this one and also the 15 complaints filed with the NHSTA, I was able to get Honda/Acura to move from not covering my $2,000 repair to covering 100% of my repair.
#14 of 68 Re: Acura MDX / Honda Pilot Service Bulletin PDF [kpsmith999]
Aug 21, 2010 (4:38 pm)
ok I just got my pilot in 2009 can i still use this in 2010?
#15 of 68 2005 Honda Pilot shudders & vibrates
Sep 14, 2010 (5:34 am)
My Honda shudders and vibrates when accelerating around 34-40. My mechanic which specializes in Honda/Acura says it is the torque converter. However, there is no service bulletin or recall for the 2005. I first mentioned it to him at 90,000. I now have 125,000. I see where some of you have gotten Honda to pay for this repair. Is it worth pursuing? This is my second Honda with transmission issues.
#16 of 68 Re: Vibration/Griding @ 35 to 40 mph [kpsmith999]
Sep 14, 2010 (5:38 am)
My 2005 Honda with 125,000 has been doing this since about 75,000. I'm just hearing what the issue is torque converter. Do you have information that can help me file complaint with Honda. You say they covered your expenses they are going to fight me on this. This is the 2nd Honda I've owned with transmission issues. The first got covered after warranty ran out but it was a hard fight.
#17 of 68 2004 Honda Pilot EX Transmission Shudder
Sep 26, 2010 (4:30 am)
I am rather shocked that I googled my problem and found that there is a sea of owners that are having the same problem. I am also shocked that this sea of owners are not included on the recall, but all of us are experiencing the same problem. I plan on contacting Honda the NHTSA this week to see if by some grace of God that I may get my Honda fixed at no monetary cost, just inconvenience, to me.
Has anyone had any luck with getting the repair done even if your car was not part of the original recall?
Oct 27, 2010 (4:11 pm)
need some help/answer. I have a 05 pilot and the check engine light and the vtm light comes on. the dealer wanted to charge me $500 to look for the problem and they told me its a hit or miss. I told them to kiss my ass. I took it to a honder mechanic and he told me that its not the transmission I had codes reset several times and now they told me that honda requires a valve adjustment and a gasket need to be change. This is my third honda and beleave me my next car or truck is not going to be a honda product it I have to put the bills. is this problem wide spread and what should I do?
#19 of 68 05 pilot transmission
Oct 31, 2010 (3:07 pm)
I had my 05 pilot valve adjusted thus weekend and all code erase and resett so I will let you all know what happens. so many have tried this already I decided to try anyway. we will see.dont go back to the dealer they will charge you a lot of money and still they wont have an answer for you.
#20 of 68 Re: pilot 05 [trini101]
Jan 01, 2011 (6:51 pm)
I purchased my 04'Honda Pilot in 04'. 1st time something happened was in 06' had to get a new battery, was ok with that, it happens. In 08' my Pilot started to "lull" as I call it. Felt like it wasnt getting gas or shifting into gear, then it died. It would start back up to do the same thing. Took it to the dealer, they replaced a part ( I think a fuel line) - got it back and a couple days later did the same thing. They had to call into American Honda as couldnt figure it out. Ended up being a sensor of some sort that I got covered under warranty. Now in November 10' it started doing the same thing but the VTM and engine light came on. Took to dealer, another sensor & had some motor mounts replaced. Vehicle ready on a Tuesday I picked up, stopped at gas station on way home and guess what, lights on again. Dealer has now had vehicle 4 days again. I am FRUSTRATED! I have always had Hondas - 3 accords ( all with over 130,000 when sold) and this is the 1st time had any major issues with about 79,000 miles.