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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,414 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.

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2010 Honda Pilot engine problems

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2010 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 202016


  • 72,000 miles


Engine consuming oil. Engine went from full to empty in oil capacity between oil changes.

- West Warwick, RI, USA

problem #8

Jul 152015


  • 77,000 miles
Oil consumption

- Landenberg, PA, USA

problem #7

May 202016


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Honda Pilot. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle made an abnormal noise as if a tire were deflated. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road and noticed that there were smoke emitting from the engine. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the timing belt detached, which caused the engine to fail. The engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 152015


  • miles


I took my vehicle to all star Honda in milwaukee wi when I received a letter of recall for bushings. I explained I had been having multiple other issues that I had not had time to be without my car to leave it for repair. The service agent explained spark plugs were recalled which would resolve the sluggish take off I reported. She also said the transmission switch I had replaced was in need of an update which would further cure my problems. Finally they were to check the bushings due to recall. She assured me the recalls would cure all but the radio issue I had but they would check that out while they had my vehicle. They found nothing but the bushings. I filed complaint with Honda Corp that dealer wont uphold recalls as they dont get error codes. They told Corp rep they had my car several days which is a lie. They had it about 4 hours from when they opened until I picked up. Corp rep said nothing else we can do. Meantime, I have no brakes on cold winter days and my car puts along getting on the freeway until it jerks, RPM's drop and then I zoom up to speed quickly. I would have to check receipts for exact date I was at dealer & filed complaints.

- Greenfield, WI, USA

problem #5

Dec 242014

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
My wife was driving down the street and she was going to get into another lane she checked her mirrors and took a glance over her shoulder. When she looked back she noticed a car had stopped in the lane. She then slammed on her brakes in which at that time she said it felt that like the car was still pulling against her braking. After she hit the person in front of her pushing the adverse vehicle forward. Her car then continued accelerating as she was braking and slammed into the adverse vehicle again. Her car only stopped by putting the car in park.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012014

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 77,400 miles
Our Honda Pilot routinely becomes sluggish and hesitates during acceleration. This pattern only takes place at speeds between 20-35 mph. This is very dangerous when entering a highway and attempting to accelerate to join the flow of traffic. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 032013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 48,400 miles


Driving along at normal highway speeds and the emission management indicator light started blinking. Took vehicle to Honda dealership for inspection and found out that there was a software update needed for the fuel management control systems as Honda was getting multiple complaints of early spark plug fouling due to incorrect management of the eco drive state. We found out that we had lost 4 out of 6 cylinders due to the spark plugs being fouled. This could have been a serious safety issue and could have caused a major accident on a interstate highway had all the cylinders been lost at one time. Was traveling with wife and 2 kids at time of incident. To me there should be a recall for 2010 Honda Pilot as this is a known problem through Honda. The software update was still covered under warranty but the replacement of the plugs was not as they are considered a normal wear and tear item even though they lasted for less than half of the expected life of a spark plug.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #2

Mar 142013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 40,927 miles
Cruising on the highway the "check engine" light came on and car started putting and decelerating (loss of power). Pressing on the gas paddle could hardly sustain speed. Drove to dealership and it was determined that it was a faulty spark plug. The same has happened before with another spark plug (that time under warranty). According to Honda dealer spark plugs are replaced at 100,000 miles and this vehicle has 40,000 miles. Since it happened twice already most likely it will happen again and it is a defective series of spark plugs. Honda us declined to assist stating that it is out of warranty (even though the dealership did include it under warranty understanding that this is un-acceptable). This seems to be a prevalent problem in Honda Pilot (see other complaints on the internet). Can you help? I would like Honda to replace all spark plugs.

- Davidsonville, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 172012


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the bolt on the engine weld tanker came apart, causing the engine to stall. The vehicle was merged to the shoulder and then towed to the dealer. The vehicle was not drivable. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that the engine weld tanker bolt came apart and the engine needed to be replaced. The dealer also stated that there were no recalls or warranties addressing the failure. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 11,000.

- Jamesville, NY, USA

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