really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,500 miles

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2003 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 012012


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that the chrome plating on the door handles was peeling and causing minor injuries to the contact's fingers. The contact mentioned that all four doors were affected by the failure. The problem persisted for the past two years. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that all four handles needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 042010

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Pilot. The contact stated while driving 25 mph the vehicle felt as though it was surging forward. The contact pulled over and put the vehicle into park and the RPM's started to rev-up on its own. The contact has taken the vehicle to a local mechanic for a diagnostic test. Thecontact stated the vehicle has many safety problem and thinks the manufacturer should be responsible for the repairs. The failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 05/06/10. The door lock cylindeers and ignition switch was replaced. The engine and steering locked up and the vehicle would not start. The key door lock broke and had to be replaced. The heater motor failed. Updated 07/06/10.

- Windsor, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 102009


  • 109,000 miles
. the contact owns a 2003 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that three of her automatic door actuators failed. As a consequence she cannot unlock the vehicle from the outside. If there is an emergency, the inability to unlock the doors increases the risk for safety hazard. She contacted the manufacturer and a representative denied responsibility because there was not an existing recall. The failure has not been remedied.the failure and current mileages were under 109,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 052008

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
Three electric door locks failed on my Pilot, along with the lock assembly for the driver door.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

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