really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,286 miles

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2004 Honda Pilot suspension problems

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2004 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 152014


  • miles


Accident on the freeway the car sped out of control hit the center divider. Front and side air bags went off! the steering wheel airbags scarred the inside od my wrist.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Oct 262009


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that while driving 20 to 40 mph the front of the vehicle shudders violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer multiple times but they were not able to diagnose the problem. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty and advised the contact to take the vehicle back to the dealer. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012009

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Started at approx. 70,000 miles. Car shutters/vibrates (as though going over a soft rumble strip) when going approx. 45 mph. Stops once I let off gas or accelerate. Initially happened only once in a while. Now it happens consistently.

- Shorewood, IL, USA

problem #4

Feb 012006

Pilot 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


In approximately early 2006, I noticed the front wheels would shimmy when I applied the brakes at higher speeds. Typically it would occur as I was driving down steeper grades in the mountains. I brought this to the attention of the Honda dealer in April 2006 when the vehicle had 35,418 miles. The Honda dealer dismissed it and said it was probably due to the front wheel still wanting to provide power while the brakes were applied. Consequently, the brake system checked out fine during their inspection. Unfortunately, the problem still persists and is getting worse. I've also now noticed the problem when I drive on flatter surfaces as well. The problem is most noticeable when stopping at speeds over 50 mph and is even more pronounced when driving down hills. My concern at this point is that the vehicle will become unstable because of the excessive shimmy that occurs in the front wheels while braking at higher speeds or on an incline.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Feb 012005

Pilot 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
My 2004 Honda Pilot has a continuous vibrating problem at 75 mph. Several solutions have been attempted, but nothing fixes this problem.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #2

Feb 162005

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
When ever I hit the brakes on my 2004 Honda Pilot exl there is a thumpping noise. I have complained to the dealer about it and he says that is normal. I have researched on the web and there are severral people complaining about the same problem.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 302004

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At speeds exceeding 70 mph there is a vibration which can be felt through the steering wheel, gas pedal, and at times the floor of the whole vehicle. This usually occurs at 73-74mph. After repeated services and balancing of tires the dealership took the tires to perform a road force test. This ruled out the tires causing the problem. After the 4th attempt to correct the vibration a Honda case manager said that it could be a "characteristic of the vehicle". this was not mentioned by the sales person at the time of purchase and I believe it is a defect in the suspension or drivetrain. I found many others have had this complaint. See www.Honda-Pilot.org under forums then sustained vibrations at speeds over 70mph. The service person said this was not a safety issue but I would disagree.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

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