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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,228 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 172013


  • miles


While parked, upon normal closing of the rear hatchback door, the license plate & frame came off my car and fell to the ground. I picked it up to re-attach to the door and discovered that the metal surrounding the bolts had sheared off from the car leaving gaping holes in the hatchback door. The license plate can not be attached to the car without some form of body work or creative macgyver type skills. My plate fell off the car while parked. My concern is if it had fallen off while moving at a high speed. It could have headed straight for a vehicle or pedestrian behind/beside me.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 142010

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
2005 Honda Pilot with leak under passenger floor after it rains. Taken to dealer, replaced seals around doors. Took car home, it rained, floor soaking wet. Called dealer, brought car back, water test done. Could not located leak but floor of car was soaking wet after water test. Dealer said definite leak in the car but couldn't be fixed until they located source. Searched internet for problem.... seems a lot of other Honda owners are experiencing the same problem. Honda corporate claims they know nothing about this but have opened a claim for me and will investigate. Extended warranty not good on this problem according to Honda.

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 262010


  • 73,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that water was entering into the vehicle whenever it would rain. He was unable to determine where or how the water was entering the vehicle. The water was damaging the floor boards and the contact was concerned about premature rusting. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor was it repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 73,500.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 012010


  • 75,000 miles


2005 Honda Pilot motor mounts broken. Called the dealership seems it is a very common problem as they are scheduling these type of repairs are being scheduled 2 to 3 weeks ahead of time. This should be a recall and can cause much more damage. Honda is trying to get out of a costly defective problem. Please help.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 152008


  • 50,000 miles
I had my front and side motor mounts replaced two weeks ago on my 2005 with 75,000 miles. I suspect they had been torn for 5,000 miles or so. Lots of low load clunking during throttle application, and ever so slight steering wheel vibration. Which I had never noticed, until driving it after the repair and noticed that the steering wheel dead still. But it still is disappointing to spend $450 for (2) motor mounts on a 3 year old truck. Shouldn't Honda to do a recall on this?

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 042006

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,323 miles
The incident happened while driving home from school at around 4:30 pm. Just like always around at certain part of the freeway the traffic began and everyone was slowing down. I began to press on my breaks. This is were things all went to fast and are kind of weird. Going about 60 mph, my SUV was not slowing down and it jerked to the left. There were a lot of bad, scary noises, ones that automobiles shouldn't make. Luckily, I didn't hit anyone else. My thought before I got out of the car was that I totally slammed into the center median. However, upon exiting the vehicle I saw that cosmetically the car was pretty much fine. All the commotion that I heard and felt didn't make sense at first but then it all came to fruition. It seems that going 60 mph with 10-15 feet my car came to a dead stop, resting on two right side tires and to left side wheels. The freeway patrolman went up and down the freeway to make sure I didn't hit anything (because I didn't!), and all he found were pieces of my car and nothing else. Again we don't know what happened, but there is a long list of mechanical, body and refinish work that needs to be done and replaced. So far around 7,000+ in damages. Not to mention they are not sure if the transmission and the frame are messed up. The rear sub frame, the piece that holds the suspension together, broke clean in half. We don't know if the front failed and caused the back to fall apart, or if the back failed and caused the front to fall apart. To correct it they are just going to repair everything that needs to be fixed, most which are being replaced with used parts. The only physical injury that occurred was a big burn/cut I got from the side air bag going off. Plus, by replacing the pieces with used parts, how do they know it won't fail again? especially because they don't know what happened in the first place! thanks for your time.

- Whittier , CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 282006

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle is driven over 55 mph with the rear windows open, there is a thumping noise throughout the vehicle. This causes discomfort to the occupant's ears. The vehicle has not been seen by a mechanic. Updated 07/03/06. The leather seats were cracking.

- Leonia, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 012005

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that while driving the vehicle in the daytime it was difficult to see the instrument panel. The contact stated that the numbers were grey colored against a darker grey background. At night the instrument panel was very easily seen because of the lighting. The contact contacted a local dealer, and they stated that the leather overhang could obstructed the view of the instrument panel because it caused a large shadow over the instrument panel. The manufacturer stated this was the design within the vehicle, and there was nothing that they could do about the problem, but the contact may check to see if there was an after market instrument panel available for this specific type of vehicle. The contact stated that after searching the internet she found that there was no other type of instrument panel for this type of vehicle.

- Suprise, AZ, USA

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