fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
83,576 miles
Total Complaints:
17 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (9 reports)
  2. replace door handles since American honda will not (8 reports)
2003 Honda Pilot accessories - interior problems

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2003 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #17

Jan 012007

Pilot LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


cheap...cheap...cheap... Honda should recall and replace these!

- , Lexington, KY, USA

problem #16

Jul 162014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

Chrome peeling off inside door handles causes cuts. There needs to be an easy fix.

- , Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #15

Sep 012007

Pilot EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

We bought this car used in 2007 and from the first it has had this problem - the chrome is falling off the inside door handles. This has caused numerous cuts and irritations to members of my family. This really should be the subject of a recall by Honda and the door handles should be replaced for free.

- , Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #14

Nov 012012

Pilot ES 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


I would like to complain about the chrome peeling off of the interior door handles. This is my wife's car, and she never mentioned this to me, but we were going somewhere, and our daughter cut her finger very bad in the chrome peeling off! I am going to order replacements, but am shocked that Honda would not recall this for replacement on there own WITHOUT getting the pressure of the media. This surprised me that this is occurring on many of the pilots. I think people are starting to speak up, and voice their displeasure, and I'm one of them!

Shame on you Honda for "hoping" this issue would just "go" away! It's not, and if you could of seen my daughter's finger, you would not be happy either!


- , Tyrone, PA, USA

problem #13

Oct 032012

Pilot EX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,500 miles

My son cut his right middle finger very deeply and he is a pitcher for the Varsity Baseball Team. He can not throw the ball right now for a few weeks. This problem is serious, it's like razor blades for door handles and Honda should step to the plate and address it. I have never seen this issue with any other car. Maybe they should make real chrome handles and charge a few dollars extra for their already overpriced vehicles. I will replace these handles since my son is the 4th to be injured by these cheezy inside door handles. It's incredible how some petty problems get recalled and more serious ones get ignored.

- , Boscawen, NH, USA

problem #12

Nov 012008

Pilot EXL 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

When opening the door from the inside of vehicle, the peeling cover on the door handle can cut your hand.

- , Corryton, TN, USA

problem #11

Oct 042012

Pilot EX-L 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


Interior door handles are chrome plated. After a while the chrome begins to peel off. This chrome is very sharp and you will cut your fingers. It is ridiculous that Honda will not cover this as it is an known safety issue...Shameful! This is not random thing. My friend has the exact same problem in his Pilot.

- , Winfield, WV, USA

problem #10

Jun 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Really tired of cutting my fingers on the chipping chrome handles. Looking for a solution, hoping it won't cost too much.

- , Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #9

Dec 022010

Pilot EX-L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

Apparently I'm not the only one with this issue, so I'm guessing it's not normal wear and tear on the vehicle. We are the second owners of the vehicle and they have had this issue of the door handle peeling and cutting my hand when i'm not paying attention. Getting ready to call the dealer and ask them about it since I cannot find the parts anywhere else for some reason! POS cheap Honda parts!! Normally I wouldn't say that about a Honda but....

- , Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #8

Jul 162010

Pilot EXL 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,800 miles

Several others have reported cuts due to this problem. I sliced two fingers on the driver's door handle (like paper cuts) deep enough that they bled. I'm prone to infections, so this was not at all a good thing for me.

I have not yet talked to my local dealer but am not expecting any sympathy on a 7 year old vehicle with over 100K. But I agree that this is very cheap on a $30K+ vehicle on the part of Honda. I wonder if they have corrected the problem for later models. I'm also surprised that so far none of the aftermarket sites seem to sell this part.

- , Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #7

May 012010

Pilot ESX(RES) 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


The chrome paint on both front door handles of my 2003 Pilot has peeled off the handle. The drivers door was the worst shape and I had cut myself two separate times before I had them both replaced. To make matters worse the same exact thing happened on my 2003 Honda Civic. Honda really should step up and replace these parts as it's an obvious craftsmanship defect.

- , Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 012009

Pilot EX 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,500 miles

I think that its crazy that Honda couldn't use solid metal door handles instead of going through all the trouble of dipping cheap plastic ones in chrome. It's not like the car is going to be too heavy or something & you would think that for the price you pay for on of these cars they could afford to spring for solid door handles. I am the second owner & after we had the car for a couple months we started to notice the door handles chrome layer peeling off revealing this white cheap looking plastic underneath. One fix I am contemplating is just masking the door & taking some nice flat black spray paint to them. Something that will match the rest of the black trim. I just don't want to go through all the trouble & expense of replacing them with the same junk & possibly have them start pealing on me again in a couple years.

- , Laredo, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 032008

Pilot LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Door handle chrome from interior handle is peeling and creates a cutting hazard to users. Both driver and passenger handles. Now starting in rear door handles. American Honda claims this is not a problem that has been reported previously and will not cover since warranty has expired.

- , Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #4

Sep 302006

Pilot EX-L 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

Same problem here. Sure seems to be a Honda defect.

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 012004

Pilot Navigator V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

Chrome paint is peeling from the interior door handles. It is very sharp. I've cut my finger on it in the past. Now that it's peeled off it does not cut but looks ugly. I'm going to investigate the price of replacing the parts but my car is 5 years old and I've lived with it this long.

- , Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 142007

Pilot LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

The chrome paint is peeling from the interior door handles. It is very sharp, and has cut my son's finger. We will definitely have to replace them soon.

- , Canyon, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 012007

Pilot LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

The driver and passenger interior door handles are shiny chrome painted. This chrome paint is now starting to chip and at times can cut a person and the paint tends to get stuck in a persons hand. I will soon have to just have them replaced.

- , Springfield, VA, USA

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