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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,298 miles

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2003 Honda Pilot electrical problems

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2003 Honda Pilot Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #22

Jul 252010

Pilot

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that the key was removed from the ignition when the vehicle was still in the drive position. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the locking mechanism for the ignition needed to be replaced. The mechanic was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #21

Jun 242012

Pilot

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Pilot. The contact stated he was able to insert and remove the key from the ignition, but the ignition would not turn to start the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 115,000.

- South Jordan, UT, USA

problem #20

May 142012

Pilot

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that after inserting the key into the ignition, the key could not be turned and the vehicle could not be started. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileages were 130,000.

- Wharton, NJ, USA

problem #19

May 092012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Neither of the keys will go completely into the ignition switch, therefore the key cannot be turned and the car cannot be started.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #18

May 042005

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Pilot. The contact stated the door locks would not lock and the windows sporadically failed to open and close. The contact also mentioned while driving various speeds, the transmission would shift into gear. In addition, the lights within the buttons on the dashboard stopped working and there was an electrical short in the air conditioner fan. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 120,000. Updated 05/15/12 *

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #17

Apr 172012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns 2003 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the ignition tumblers would need replacing. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacture was not contacted. The failure and the current mileages were 116,000. Updated 04/02/12

- Washington Dc , DC, USA

problem #16

Apr 082012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Having trouble inserting key into ignition. Have to try multiple times, turning the key upside down, right side up, repetitive in & out, eventually it goes in, but afraid that eventually it will not work. Called american Honda as I saw multiple complaints online, but Honda said they never heard of this problem and that it's not widespread enough for them to take notice. I'm afraid that I will not be able to get the key to work, so will take it to Honda dealership for repair (apparently only dealership has to fix it because new keys will need to be programmed. There are 2 different choices for cost, one to just replace the ignition and get new keys, and another choice is to also change the door locks so that the new keys will open the door.) if you're having the same problem, please log a complaint so that it becomes "widespread enough to take notice" and may be those of us who pay/paid to get this issue repaired can get a refund. Thank you!

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #15

Feb 062012

Pilot

  • 80,000 miles
I inadvertently turned the ignition switch off with the transmission still in drive, and I was able to remove the key from the ignition. I then exited the car. The car started to roll backward as I was passing behind it, so I had to unlock the door and climb back into the moving vehicle and apply the brake. This same failure warranted recalls for 2003 Accord, civics, and elements, but so far not for Pilot. I wonder if the interlock mechanism is common among all these different models, and if so, why Honda wasn't required to issue a recall for the Pilot, also? the designs must be very similar for so many models to be experiencing the same failure.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #14

Dec 012011

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
I inadvertently turned the ignition switch off with the transmission still in drive, and I was able to remove the key from the ignition. I then exited the car. The car started to roll backward as I was passing behind it, so I had to unlock the door and climb back into the moving vehicle and apply the brake. This same failure warranted recalls for 2003 Accord, civics, and elements, but so far not for Pilot. I wonder if the interlock mechanism is common among all these different models, and if so, why Honda wasn't required to issue a recall for the Pilot, also? the designs must be very similar for so many models to be experiencing the same failure.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #13

Apr 302003

Pilot

  • 101,000 miles
Low beam headlights symptom when you turn the combination light switch to the headlight "on" position, the low beams may not come on. Probable cause in a rare case, the wire harness may have been misrouted, causing a terminal in the headlight wire harness connector to become heat-damaged, which may cause the low beam headlights to not come on.

- Fl, FL, USA

problem #12

Oct 042010

Pilot

  • 140,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that the ignition would lock abnormally and when the failure occurred, the contact was unable to insert the key into the ignition. When the contact was able to insert the key, he was unable to turn the ignition over and the wheels would remain locked. Additionally, the contact would sporadically have problems with inserting the key into the driver side door. The dealer advised that the ignition switch would need to be replaced. The dealer also advised that he would attempt to repair the vehicle so that the key would fit into the ignition. The contact stated that the key was the original key provided with the vehicle when purchased. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #11

Dec 202008

Pilot

  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2003 Honda Pilot with dvd player and wireless headphones. My wife and I were driving on the highway with our two young kids who were watching a dvd with the headphones. The kids stated that the headphones stopped working and started making a white noise sound. A few minutes later we saw smoke come out of the dashboard, through the tape deck and other openings. We were scared to death and had limited visibility. Fortunately, I was able to pull over without wrecking. We all got out of the car and let the smoke clear. Afterwards, we took it to the charleston, SC dealership. Even though they found burnt parts in the dvd player, they refused to help. They wanted over $1000 to put in a new dvd player. We took the paperwork and left, while the dvd headphones still do not work to this day. I even filed a complaint with the BBB, without success.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #10

Feb 172010

Pilot

  • 144,844 miles
Smoke came out of the steering column while driving. Had car towed to Honda dealership. Honda found burnt connector in the headlight switch due to an electrical short. Replaced entire headlight switch part number 35012-S5A-307, 7743875-35999 set, combination switch.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #9

Jul 232009

Pilot

  • 760,000 miles
2003 Honda Pilot motor mounts broken. Car only has 77K on it. Owned 5 other Honda never had this issue. No rough driving. Cost is over $500 to replace safety issue, could be a serious issue if the mounts fail. Also the key in the ignition is always getting stuck and sometimes takes 20 minutes to get it to turn the car on.

- Foothill Ranch, CA, USA

problem #8

May 152009

Pilot

  • 73,333 miles
Vehicle will not accept key, after playing with it finally get the key into the ignition, but will not start. Play and play with ignition and car finally starts. Take to Honda dealership in el cajon ca, they say because of weight of keys, have a total of 3 keys on my chain, that it has worn out the key and the tumblers in the ignition. They make a new key, it goes right in but the ignition is still not turning over, have to get a ignition. They replace the ignition but now I have two heavy Honda keys because the "new ignition" is a sidewinder and it comes with a key that they can't program to fit the doors. Now my key chain is heavier than before. This cost me $850.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 042009

Pilot

  • 60,000 miles
2 failures: 1) rear air unit failed at 50,000 miles / 5 years. 2) two motor mount broken (front and side) at 60,000 miles / 6 years.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012009

Pilot

  • 125,000 miles
I own a 2003 Honda Pilot exl, lately I've had problems with the switch not wanting to turn on or unlock steering wheel. What should I do...I've own two other Honda and had the same problems.(98 Accord,98 civic);their was recall on them. Is their a recall on the Honda Pilot switch or steering column.

- Zachary, LA, USA

problem #5

Jun 082008

Pilot

  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Pilot. The contact drove the vehicle to work and, later that day, it would not start. He made several attempts to start the vehicle and it eventually started. He drove the vehicle to his residence and, after turning off the vehicle, it would not restart. The mechanic stated that the ignition switch was possibly defective. The dealer advised him to bring in the vehicle for repairs. The manufacturer has not been notified. The current mileage was 10,348 and failure mileage was 7,000.

- Greenville, MS, USA

problem #4

Mar 132008

Pilot

  • 125,000 miles
On or a few days prior to March 13,2008 I was left the parking lot of an area business, upon pulling out onto the road March 13,2008 headlights failed when pulling out of store parking lot replaced both headlight bulbs, fuses&relays low beams inoperable high beams still worked drove home with inoperable headlights March 14,2008 purchased replacement headlight switch from a Honda dealer March 15,2008 found melted wire / harness connector and contacted Honda dealer for recall/bulletin information picked up copy of bulletin number 07-027 dated May 12,2007, which cites "harness may have been misrouted" March 17,2008 contacted Honda customer service, requested goodwill consideration-was directed to have a Honda dealer perform diagnostic and submit form to district service manager March 19,2008 took vehicle to Honda dealer to perform SRS safety recall, and to diagnose the headlight prior to May 12,2008 was told tech did not check headlight problem on March 19,2008 May 12,2008 in frustration, took vehicle back to Honda dealer to perform repairs, paid $3147 for the part, and $9074 for the repair dealer returned the headlight switch, but kept the melted connector and wire June 20,2008 returned vehicle to Honda dealer for same problem, they said headlight sockets were unplugged and were working fine June 20,2008 returned vehicle to Honda dealer, informed them the lights still did not work, they replaced the melted wire and headlight switch socket again dealer kept melted wires and connector and suggested I would have to pay if the problem happened again problem occurred in 5 week intervals causing me to drive at night with high beams or no headlights-creating an unsafe condition I generally do not use my headlights anymore considering the costs to repair them, and the potential fire and entrapment hazards copies of related repair work orders, receipts, and the service bulletin are all available upon request.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 092006

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
Sometimes I cannot take the shift lever out of park even though I am depressing the brake pedal, but when I fiddle with the wires going to the switch that monitors the brake peddle, the shift lever is released. This is an ongoing problem.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

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