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. Notes: The 2012-2013 Honda Pilot have a small complaint trend of owners reporting the engine hesitates sometimes when accelerating.

While it's not a widespread trend with the Pilot, it's a little concerning because of the possibly safety ramifications. While it's certainly something to keep in mind, most Pilot owners are not experiencing this problem.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,130 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.

2013 Honda Pilot suspension problems

suspension problem

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2013 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 152013


  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that there was a constant grinding and rattling noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer more than five times. The technician inspected and test drove the vehicle but was unable to diagnose the failure. The technician provided several repairs that failed to remedy the failure. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer for further inspection and diagnosis. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 262013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 15 miles
Vehicle pulls to the left. The dealer performed an alignment after my test drive and it improved slightly though technician indicated he found nothing. Had vehicle aligned by dealer again at 5000 miles as it was pulling left again. Technician found alignment needed correction. Vehicle stills pulls to left and gets worse the more we drive it.

- Manchester, ME, USA

problem #4

Dec 072012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • miles
2013 Honda Pilot. Consumers write in regards to vehicle shudders, pulsates and vibrates intermittently during normal driving conditions. The consumer stated the shudder, pulsating and vibration occurred intermittently during any and all driving conditions. The consumer was informed by Honda representatives ad technicians that vibration was caused by the variable cylinder control system and it usually started after 1000 miles. The consumer was informed Honda was working on a fix, but may or may not have a solution in the future. Also, there was a very distinct and constant pull to the left in the steering system. The fuel system alert light illuminated after the tank was filled with gas. The consumer was instructed by the dealer, to remove and replace the gas gap. The alert light went out. The consumer stated the vehicle shifted harshly and it felt as though he transmission was failing. The consumer stated the problem became worse as time went on.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #3

Nov 152013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 8,739 miles


This vehicle has had a rattling/scraping sound when going over rough pavement going from the right side of the dash through the right door and down the right side to the back. It occurs in all temperatures and despite the dealer regluing the floor and removing 5 lbs of air from the tires, the noise continues. The dealer thinks that it is an issue of floor panels rubbing against each other and will attempt a repair again this week, but it sounds like alot is loose. Car was bought new and has not been in an accident. The scraping sounds continue...

- Ellington, CT, USA

problem #2

Feb 202013


  • 6 miles
2013 Honda Pilot brand new as I was driving home noticed a vibration coming from front end. More pronounced at higher speeds. Notified dealer and brought in too check out. Dealer started the diagnostics process by sitting in the passenger seat and we went for a ride. Honda tech acknowledge the vibrations coming from the front of the vehicle. Steering wheel shake, bangs, shuttering and low pitched humming noises. Tech and dealer document my concerns and say " we are aware of the problem you have to take this up with Honda. " there is nothing they can do. Contacted Honda after a week of calling daily. Which Honda's response is "yes we starting to get a lot of similar complaints but not enough for too react. This is normal vehicle operation. ". that is unacceptable, I cannot wait for something tragic to happen before Honda reacts.

- Hempstead, NH, USA

problem #1

Oct 312012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 17 miles
As soon as the vehicle was driven out of the lot, 17 miles on the odometer, after the vehicle was purchased, a vibration was felt coming through the seats at 75 mph. And multiple resonance frequencies can be felt through the chassis into the interior of the vehicle. This vibration is constant between 65 mph to 78 mph (highway speeds) and it get worst during longer periods of driving. These frequencies of vibrations are transmitted to your lower back causing stress and back pain. In addition the interior parts of the car (dash, panels, radio, center console, dvd, etc.) are becoming loose and it can be felt during driving causing a distraction to the passengers. Multiple repairs attempts are being performed by Honda dealers and they decided to tell the costumers that this is part of the car design since they re-designed the chassis and suspension to be stiffer for the 2013 models. Multiple complaints are being reported by different customers around the us but not repair has been performed and will not be performed. We do noT want to wait until a tire/wheel becomes loose and kill a family or multiple families on the highways because of an unsafe condition on these vehicles. Also, power steering problems and brake issues (after longer periods of driving, 2+hrs) have been reported without being corrected after multiple attempts.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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