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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,481 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2003 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 302011

Pilot 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,612 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that the engine rpms increased up to 3000. His foot was on the brake pedal but the vehicle continued to lunge forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the idle air control system had an internal failure on the ac motor which needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance because there were no recalls available. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 118,612. Updated 06/01/11 updated 06/02/11

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 092009


  • 60,754 miles
Failed iac valve in 2003 Honda Pilot caused engine surge during parking. This resulted in an auto accident.

- Verona, NJ, USA

problem #5

Mar 112009


  • 90,000 miles
I own a 2003 Honda Pilot. Two of the four engine mounts are bad. From people I have talked to, it seems to be a common problem in many, many Honda Pilot. It seems to me to be defective for so many people to be having the same costly problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 042009


  • 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 #3

Feb 102007

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
- the contact stated that the 2003 Honda Pilot ex-L's check engine light turned on along with the variable torque management 4- wheel drive light. She stated that on any given day or at any speed these lights may turn on together or one at a time. The contact stated didn't have any problems with driving the vehicle when this happened. The contact had an appointment with the dealership on 02/28/07. The contact felt thiswas a safety problem, will submit follow up information from the dealership after her appointment. The failure mileage was 45000 and the current mileage was 46000.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 062003

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
2003 Honda Pilot has intermittent starting problems.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 242002

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
I parked my 2003 Honda Pilot ex in my garage and found oil stains on the driveway. When I looked under the vehicle, all the oil had drained. I looked at the dipstick and there was less than 1/16th of an inch of oil. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. They found the timing belt was stripped. They also found that two of the valves were bent. All these were replaced but I am concerned that more damage has occured to the engine by driving without oil.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

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