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definitely annoying
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Average Mileage:
148,395 miles
Total Complaints:
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2004 Honda Pilot electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 012016

Pilot EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,395 miles


Green key shaped light, located in the gauge display, does not always illuminate. If the green key (symbol) light does not illuminate the security system in the Pilot will not allow the car to start. It turns over, but does not start. Essentially, the key is not being recognized by the car. The car thinks it is being stolen.

Maybe just a coincidence, this problem began happening after the driver-side airbag was replaced.

I brought the Pilot to my mechanic. He thought the issue was the immobilizer and told me that issue can only be fixed at a Dealership. The Dealership did change it out ($400.00), but it did not solve the issue. The Dealership suggested I should replace the Immobilizer PCM to the tune of $1630.00.

I went to another Dealership for a second opinion. This Dealership said they needed to replace the ignition switch in order to solve the problem ($500.00) or at least further diagnose. This did not fix the problem either. I’m not surprised as I told them the car always turned (just did not start) and it never stalled. Two major symptoms of a bad switch.

I’m frustrated that the dealerships are trying to solve this by trial-and-error on my dime!

- , Auburn, ME, USA

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