hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,738 miles

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2004 Honda Pilot fuel system problems

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2004 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #6

May 082015


  • 99,430 miles


Hello. After smelling gasoline type fumes off for some time (no one else in the family could smell it) and after consulting the Honda Pilot forums, I decided to replace the factory ngk pzfr5F-11 spark plugs at 99,430, rather than the Honda recommended 105,000 miles. I was surprised to discover that the middle rear plug was only finger tight and as a result combustion gasses were escaping between the plug and the head. According to what I read, loose plugs are an issue with this engine and can eventually damage the cylinder head and coil packs, leading to costly repairs. A second plug (passenger rear) was excessively tight when I removed it but the replacement plug appeared to thread back in fine.) I believe this issue deserves further investigation. Thank you. Frank J. leskovitz

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #5

Nov 012014

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
When we step on the gas pedal, it sticks, when you press down a little more, the car lurches quickly, causing a dangerous sudden acceleration. The worst is when we back out of our garage (we have an uphill driveway), but it happens in forward from a stop also...

- Novato, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 012012


  • 136,000 miles
2004 Pilot came standard with 19 gallon tank, and would start filling to overflow at nearly 22 gallons. This has happened several times with the tank either taking in excess of 20 gallons or not taking more than 0.75 gallons before stopping automatically. The tank then has to be slowly fed for nearly 25 minutes to get 16 gallons into the tank.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 052011

Pilot 6-cyl

  • miles


Unable to refuel vehicle. Fuel pump shuts off after 3/4 gallon when filling. Dealer replaced orvr valve, but fix did not work. Yesterday I was able to pump about 2.5 gallons, but gas began spilling out of the tank.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 012011

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Often during refueling of my vehicle the gas pump shuts off after a few moments of refueling. At times, the gasoline backs up in the tube and spews back out onto the vehicle and the ground despite having a near empty fuel tank. It has become necessary to squeeze the pump handle lightly and trickle the gasoline into the fuel tank. I have also found this to occur at different gas stations as well. Thank you for your assistance into this matter.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 012010

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The shift interlock allowed the key to be removed without the Pilot being in park. This caused the Pilot to roll backwards in a parking lot. Luckily the lot was fairly flat, so it didn't roll far or hit anything (or anybody!). a Honda dealer confirmed the issue, and contacted Honda about it. Honda said they wouldn't fix the issue due to the mileage, and the fact that I purchased the vehicle used (from carmax).

- Austin, TX, USA

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