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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,548 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.

2009 Honda Pilot electrical problems

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2009 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 052015

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


The check engine light came on. I adjusted the fuel cap but it kept coming I took it in to learn that I had little, if any oil. I had the oil changed at the Honda dealer less than 2 months prior to this happening! no indicator lights came on to say that the oil was low. I did research online and noted that similar Honda owners were having this problem. The oil is leaking at an excessive rate. So I got the oil replaced. Now, 2 months later, the check engine light is back on due to low oil levels, which were just replaced. There is an issue with the oil staying in the vehicle, and there are several complaints with this issue!

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 062014


  • 112,000 miles
The change oil indicator never came on and my engine light came on so I immediately took it to an autozone to have the code checked. It was a code P3497. That was a Saturday, I took it to the dealer on Monday. They were about to let me drive away with no oil because the code was cleared. I insisted they check into it due to all the complaints online with same problem and it being the computer letting to car use all the oil quickly. It turns out I had no oil, and I had just changed the oil professionally and used the best synthetic in my car. Which should last longer. Very dangerous. Engine could of locked up on a high speed road with my three kids and we could be killed or seriously injured. Please recall the computer problem and parts.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 152014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Pilot. The contact heard an abnormal sound coming from the engine and noticed that the service engine warning indicator illuminated. In addition, the key failed to turn in the ignition on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Averill Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 292009


  • 22,191 miles
2009 Honda Pilot with 22,191 miles. Vtm-4, vsa, ABS and two other warning lights remained on. Took vehicle to the dealer who tested and said the sensor to the right rear wheel was bad. Further investigation and they said it looks like wire has been cut. No one ever under the car except for Honda dealership. Showed me wire and it looks like a slight cut into the wire. Honda would not cover under warranty. My letter to american Honda motor co to register complaint and "design flaw" went to deaf ears. I feel it is a design flaw because the sensor wire comes up the middle of the undercarriage and splits out to both rear wheels where the sensors are located. The wires are "unprotected." They should be encased in a flexible conduit of some type. Since this is a 4-wheel drive vehicle and may go in rough terrain, it is certainly possible that something, rock, branch, etc. Could cut into wire since it is unprotected. The wire and sensor is one piece and must be purchased as a complete unit. Should be separate so the customer just needs to purchase the wire or the sensor. Honda said when the sensor was not working, I did not have ABS or the other features. But, sent me home with the car saying it was safe; not sure this was true. Must be a reason that ABS was installed as a safety feature!

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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