really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,902 miles

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2004 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 122014


  • 133,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Pilot. While driving at various speeds, the rpms revved and the gauge reading fluctuated without warning. In addition, when the brake pedal was depressed, the vehicle violently jerked forward. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the cause of the failure was unable to be determined. The failure recurred on three separate occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 133,000.

- Haslett, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 142015


  • miles
I have a 2004 Honda Pilot with roughly 174,000 miles on it. It has been well cared for and the engine seems to run great. I acquired the car about a month ago and upon driving it I noticed a faint shuddering between gears upon acceleration from 2-50 mph. The weeks went on and it is now very scary to drive it shudders terribly while accelerating and decelerating from 2-50 mph. It feels as if the vehicle is going to just stall or possibly lock up and crash off the road I have an infant son and im afraid to have him in the vehicle. The car was bought outright from a certified Honda dealership for over 10,000 $ a few years back, . and like I said the car is barely drivable the steering is very unpredictable and wild it is unresponsive at times when im turning the steering wheel the car continues to go straight. The noise from the front differential area along with the brakes are so loud when going down hill that they can be heard over the radio on level 24-27. I can feel the constant vibration and upset in the front end so bad while driving that I have to mute the radio at times to make sure the vehicle isn't scraping and sparking along due to a transmission lock up cause it just feels like something is terribly wrong. I M too afraid to even go on the freeway unless absolutely necessary because im afraid of being injured or killed by this all too common problem I've been reading about. This fact is very troublesome because I live where the only way to get anywhere is to go on the freeway so I don't know what im going to do. With the amount of complaints on this exact issue im surprised there is no law suit... I am going to try to see what I can do to get one started... if your product has been proven defective like this obviously has then Honda really needs to own up its not fair how much money we all lose by purchasing this pos for the high resale prices we pay!!!

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #6

Oct 052015


  • 120,000 miles
I was approaching a light where a vehicle was moving but suddenly stopped because of traffic ahead. When I applied my brakes, the brake when immediately to the floorboard and there was a click. My car did not slow down but slid directly into the car in front of me causing front end damage to my car. My rate of speed was 25-30 miles per hour.

- Avondale Estates, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 052014


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard on several occasions. The brake warning lamp and the ABS warning lamp did not illuminate each time the failure recurred. The contact had to slowly release the brake pedal from the floor and lightly depress the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. Also, the contact mentioned that the brakes failed to work while in reverse. The vehicle was not inspected and diagnosed. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 13V092000 (service brakes, hydraulic, traction control system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Scotts Valley, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 282013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • miles
The modules housing the rear lights, including the brake lights, on my 2004 Pilot are defective; red, plastic reflectors inside both modules of my vehicle have detached. The modules are one piece in design and cannot be opened or repaired. Honda knew certain 2004 Pilot had defective light modules because it issued an advisory to dealers to replace them. However, Honda refuses to replace the modules on my car, saying the car is too old. There is no expiration date for safety.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 022014

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 25 miles
Upon taking off at the stop light I accelerated to 35 miles an hour then changed lanes as I was nearing my destination, the car sped out of control and reached speeds over 65 miles an hour, I stood on the brake and stepped on the emergency brakes while steering the vehicle away from other vehicles, the emergency brakes stopped the vehicle, I had a new ignition switch put in at a cost to me of 700.dollars six month in the fall of 2013..this was a most dangerous incident, people must know this., I tried to re[port it online to NHTSA it said ''25 '' complaints only."?"

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

May 142009

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 65,190 miles
Several incidents of gas pedal sticking upon acceleration. On May 14, 2009, I informed Honda dealership and they did a fuel induction cleaning service. However the problem continued. Then on November 10, 2009, I informed the Honda dealer that gas pedal continued to stick and it was hard T push the pedal also. Dealership cleaned throttle body and plate. This problem continues and I have seen on customer Honda websites that this problem is widespread. My wife and I are both in our 70's and are worried about an accident occurring because of the gas pedal sticking. There should be a recall.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 042012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
I was parked in the driveway on a completely flat surface. I put the car in reverse to back out of the driveway. I touched the accelerator pedal lightly to get the car moving, the car accelerated wildly. I stomped on the brake, which went to the floor. I had time to look down and see that my foot was on the brake pedal and to stomp on the emergency brake. The car did not slow down at all. The vehicle continued accelerating until it smashed into a tree going approximately 30 mph (estimated). A couple hours before the wreck a previously unseen brake error light came on the dash. The shop it was taken to refused to look into the brakes, accelerator, master cylinder or the transmission. They stated there were no codes triggered, though they could provide no proof that they even had the necessary equipment to read the codes. State farm insurance refuses to investigate because the vehicle was a total loss. This from a stand still on a flat surface. It was horrific. I would like the vehicle inspected to determine if there was a mechanical failure.

- Asheville, NC, USA

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