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Ignition Switch Problem
2003 Honda Pilot (Page 1 of 5)
This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.
CarComplaints.com Notes: Beware the 2003 Honda Pilot once the odometer reaches 100k miles, when two problem defect trends have shown up: transmission failure & ignition switch problems.
Typically a locksmith can fix the ignition switch or it can be replaced for around $700. However the transmission failure is a far more expensive problem, with the average repair cost at well over $3,000. A major transmission recall of over 1 million Honda vehicles back in 2004 dealt with transmission damage due to overheating, but 2003 Pilot transmissions have continued to fail.
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 125,550 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 81 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- not sure (45 reports)
- dealer to replace ingnition and comp at cost of 450+ (10 reports)
- replace ignition switch (8 reports)
- dealership says not under recall and new switch is required (5 reports)
- have a locksmith replace the ignition switch (5 reports)
- leave key in the ignition (3 reports)
accessories - interior problem
- 2003 Ignition Switch Problem- This Is What Honda Corpo Says - I contacted Honda Corp. They gave me two options to register my complaints-I encourage everyonje with this issue, whether you got it fixed like me or not, to log your complaints with 1. the above safety site and by calling Honda Corp directly select option #7 and ask to speak with John. He is aware of this problem and did say that if Honda and the above site receives enough registered complaints there is a possibility of Honda reimbursing us a percentage of the cost. I do not feel this is a waste of your time as we need to ban together as our Pilots are dealt with on individual VIN # cases. We purchased the vehicle when it first came out; how could they have known of this possible issue. I told John it was a wide-spread issue-it is a malfunctioning part. He is waiting to hear from us. The dealerships need to report the service they provide but if you went with a locksmith, that too needs to be reported by you. * Be sure to call and submit at the above site. Thank you! CCVAGRIMES
- Http://cr4.Globalspec.Com/thread/58151/2003-Honda-Pilot-Ignition-Key-Ignition-Switch-Problem - I came across a not too difficult procedure to remove the ignition module; once removed you bring it to a locksmith to replace the wafers and then reinstall. Maybe an hour to remove the ignition module and a half hour to reinstall. Cost me $60 for the locksmith work, but others in the post were quoting $20-40.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T S
I am just so disappointed that the dealer did not tell me there was a cheaper way to take care of this problem! My key would not go in the ignition after trying over and over! When it finally did wiggle in there, I drove to the Honda place. Itâ€™s not right to take advantage of people who donâ€™t know any better! Seven hundred hundred dollars is almost as much as my pension after taxes! I will never go back to Holmes Honda in Shreveport, Louisiana! This problem should be a recall now that they know what causes it, but I guess they would rather keep ripping people off than doing the right thing!
- Paulette S., Shreveport, LA, US