Notes: We all want our SUVs to be able to stop on a dime, just not randomly and without warning. But that's what was happening to 2005 Pilot owners: their vehicles were slamming on the brakes even when they didn't. A government investigation of this problem led to a recall in March of 2013.

Another issue that keeps popping up is transmission fluid mixing with coolant in the radiator which is causing transmission failure, a costly repair to say the least.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,761 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 222015


  • 206,500 miles


Was having trouble with the tailgate not registering as closed. Upon inspecting I discovered that the latch on the tailgate was moving freely in the tailgate. It was unsecured. Upon removing the plastic tailgate trim, I spotted three specialized machine bolts. These were trapped by the tail gate trim loose unconnected. I determined that these bolts held the latch in position. I was able to properly secure the tailgate latch to the door and restore proper functionality. I believe that more locks will reveal to be improperly secured from the factory. My vehicle has never been rear ended or had any post factory repairs. The risk of injury due to defective torquing of these machine bolts is real as in the event of a crash the tailgate could come open ejecting people from the rear of the vehicle.

- Sherborn, MA, USA

problem #6

Feb 052015

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
It was a three car accident. My car was in the middle waiting behind another car for a pedestrian crossing the road. Honda Odyssey coming from behind in the other lane, changed the lane and rear-ended my car at ~15 mph. My car hit the front car. Airbags deployed in the car that rear-ended me with substantial engine damage. Driver in my car along with passenger in front passenger seat got a vertical lift with seatbelt constraints holding them in place. My car's airbags did not deploy, which is my primary concern at this point. I have received a safety recall notice from Honda Pilot about drivers front airbag inflator replacement. Is there an issue with the airbags deployment too in the current generation of Honda Pilot? I have this incident noted down with american Honda motor company and they have told me that there is no issue. I want to log in this complaint here, to make sure that we are not ignoring or missing on another recall at the cost of getting humans injured. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 242014

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 163,826 miles
Honda Pilot was serviced at ed voyles Honda on 10/22 and picked up on 10/23. Extensive service performed on car...timing belt, transmission, air bags replaced per recall, engine mounts replaced, oil changed, etc. Picked up car on 10/23. On 10/24 backed out of driveway and put car in drive gear. Car accelerated without me putting foot on acceleration. Could not stop vehicle. Acceleration continued and increased. Only way to stop car was to run into a tree. Not sure if caused by recent work or I have read now that 2005 Honda Pilot have had issues with unprovoked acceleration. Usaa insurance company has totaled car and car is at junk yard now.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012012


  • 104,000 miles


When approaching 35-40 mph, my 2005 Honda Pilot begins to shutter and I feel a lot of vibration. I have got new tires, rotated, and balanced them thinking this would help the problem to no avail. When I pass 40 mph, the noise/vibration/shuttering stops.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 152008

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
My wife lost control, 2 lane paved road 45 mph (car damage from bumper till rear end) coming to stop in a ditch to her left. No other vehicle/involved, report was filed with insurance, car repaired ( over $10,000 ) I arrived as police officer was interviewing my wife @ our driveway, she was still crying, never had any accidents before, or speeding tickets ( very passive driver, our kids where in the car 3 and 4 years old @ the time) her explanation: The car was going out of the road to my right on its own, I tried to corrected but the steering was not responding, I felt the car going into the ditch, I pulled hard, it responded crossing the lane violently, tried to control it came back to the right hitting the stop ahead sign, swerved again to the left and stopping @ the ditch.150 feet from the intersection, between telge rd. Westbound and grant rd. Cypress tx 77429 previous owners of Honda CRV, we love theirs cars we thought it was just bad luck, things that happen, we moved on. Since then she/complained/brakes will disengaged and engage again. The car will stop but a couple of feet longer that intended. 1st. Time I replace brake pads, 2nd.time I tried to replicate the experience but no luck. 3rd. Time new brake fluid and complete brake inspection. 12/2012 she told me again. I decided to drive the car to work myself every day. 12/29/2012 coming back from work, stop sing, hit the brakes, right before the car stops the pedal sunk completely, noises came from the wheels as if there was and on/off switch being use for braking. The car stops about 10 feet longer then intended. Being concern about a solution I started looking for any info about this online, so it could fix it this is my kids/wife vehicle. I discover all the similar cases online, I wonder if the steering really when out of control on its own, like she swore to my in 2008.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #2

May 012011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that when it rained water penetrated the driver and passenger floor board. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer advised that they were not aware of the failure, and they advised the contact to take the vehicle back to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 72,000.

- Roslyn Heights , NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 042008


  • 55,000 miles
The part that has failed is the front motor mount on my 2005 Honda Pilot ex-L. the events leading up to the failure is normal everyday driving. Nothing out of the ordinary. This is the first time it has occurred. The vehicle is 3 yrs old and has 55,000 miles on it. The consequences are a 390 dollar bill to have the dealer replace the front motor mount. If it is not replaced the side motor mount will eventually give and cause undue strain on the transmission eventually causing total failure of the transmission. Front motor mount replaced. Old mount is available.

- Lexington, KY, USA

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