Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,609 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.

2008 Honda Pilot drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2008 Honda Pilot:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2008 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 022015


  • 142,000 miles


While driving my 2008 Honda Pilot at approximately 35 miles an hour there was a terrible shudder in the transmission and it lasted for about 3 seconds. At that time I lost power and luckily I wasn't crossing over an intersection, or else I might not be here to document this. This occurrence has happened probably 6 times a week. There are other people that are having the same issues as I am. Why is Honda of America not doing anything about this issue, even though it is out of warranty.

- Demotte, IN, USA

problem #7

Jun 082014

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 96,032 miles
Had my Pilot in park with the engine running and I could not shift out of park. I had to push on the release button on top of the steering column to go into drive. It won't reset and my horn doesn't work.

- Chester Springs, PA, USA

problem #6

Dec 092013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
Honda corporation is aware of a non-conformance issue with the Honda Pilot transmission but has not provided a recall or solution to consumers. The "transmission" can fail between 35K to 157K miles when the vehicle is no longer under warranty. The mechanical defect was known in 2000-2004 second gear failure and again in 2008 production to be later redesign in 2009 without consumer notification of such defect. Consumers have filed multiple complaints and Honda has done nothing to compensate buyers.  we the undesigned expect Honda to adhere to the "total repair cost" are "reimburse" the consumer for their trade-in lost due to transmission defect which ever transpired as a result of the product non-conformance issue.

- Fairview Heights, IL, USA

problem #5

May 082013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 101,842 miles


The vehicle was stopped at a stoplight, waiting to make a left turn. When the light turned green, the driver accelerated into the turn, then let off the gas to coast thru the turn. After completing the turn and re-applying the gas pedal, it was realized that there was no acceleration. The engine was running normally and there were no other symptoms other than that there was no power being sent to the wheels. There was no advanced warning of any kind. The incident occurred on a high-speed shoulder less road during rush hour. The driver and her father were stuck in the right-hand lane with cars driving by at 55 mph in the left-hand lane and many cars in the right-hand lane swerving into the left lane just in time to miss the stopped car. It took 20 minutes before police arrived to slow down traffic so this incident could potentially have ended with traffic injuries or deaths.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #4

Mar 222013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Vehicle vibration, from failed torque converter.

- Whitestone, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 112010

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
My 2008 Pilot shudders in the speed range of about 35-40 mph, with light pressure on the gas pedal.

- Gadsden, AL, USA

problem #2

Dec 312009


  • 35,000 miles
Under certain conditions, my 2008 Honda Pilot rolls unhindered down hill when the transmission is in park. To date, the foregoing has only occurred on snow covered surfaces. I possess video footage of the vehicle doing so. Moreover, a representative of american Honda inspected the vehicle and experienced the same occurrence. Despite the foregoing, the representative advised that there was nothing wrong with my vehicle. Rather, he informed me that the design of the vehicle's differential was the reason the vehicle was rolling unhindered while in park.

- East Haddam, CT, USA

problem #1

Sep 022007


  • miles
01) vehicle skidding under slightest water and/or incline on road even though has only 20,500 miles 02) sound from that rear of vehicle (dealer describes that as slashing gas in tank or braking sound).

- Snellville, GA, USA

Not what you are looking for?