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8.7

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
107,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. torque converter needed to be replaced (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2004 Honda Pilot transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 062015

Pilot EX 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,000 miles

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

I JUST WANT TO KNOW: IS THERE A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM? BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS ON THE INTERNET. MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ON AND IT STAYS ON.

- , clearwater, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 312007

Pilot

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

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torque converter making noise

Another victim. Bought a 2004 pilot off the used car lot for 9,000. Made the "rumble strip" noise on the way home after paying for the car. It made the same noise the next two times driving it over the weekend. The only time it didn't was on the test drive! I realized this car had a bad transmission! Researched it on the Honda Pilot forum and realized it was the torque converter and there are thousands of pissed off people just like me who thought Honda was great. Brought it back to the car lot where they will not give me my money back since it is as is. Honda will not fess up and have heard only reports of "good will" where they will pay only a fraction of the est 4,000 costs. I cannot afford any of this with two daughters in college. Worse yet, what if someone gets injured due to their known neglect. Acura recalled it for same concern. I was planning on doing the timing belt change and driving for another 100K but now I feel real bad that I am forced to dump it on some other dealer and get another car and lose a bunch of money on this deal that I cannot afford. BTW, my decision to buy Pilot was was based on great experience with a CRV and an ATV previously purchased. Too bad Honda has gone totally downhill on this known flaw. I think its way over due for a class action suit!!!! Someone start it and I will help.

- , Deerfield, NH, USA

problem #1

Oct 102009

Pilot EX 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Same complaint as many online. The vehicle was making noise at about 30-50 mph. A washboard or bogging noise. Took it in to the dealer several times, but they were unable to diagnose the problem. Honda was unwilling to diagnose or admit any problem existed. When I told them the complaint existed in many online forums, they denied the validity of them. One Honda technician finally diagnosed with torque converter failure. Honda wanted $4000 to put in the same crappy transmission. Finally took to a reputable transmission repair shop. Cost $2400. Honda makes a good engine, just cant make a transmission capable on handling a V6. Last Honda I will ever own. Honda will not acknowledge a problem lest they have to take responsibility for it.

- , Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

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