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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,520 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Honda Pilot brakes problems

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012015


  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. While driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle decelerated intermittently and the vsa warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the yaw rate sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V092000 (service brakes, hydraulic, traction control system). The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 282013

Pilot 4WD

  • miles
2005 Honda Pilot. Consumer writes in regards to malfunction of alarm system in vehicle. The consumer stated the alarm system went off, while driving. The consumer made every effort, to stop the horns from blaring. Soon after, the vehicle stalled. He put the gear in park and turned off the ignition. He attempted to re-start the vehicle, but it would not go into any gear. The consumer managed to get help, to push the vehicle off the road. The tires would not roll, and shortly thereafter, the brake lights and horns went off, as well as the vsa was lit. The vehicle was towed to a repair facility. The next the day, the same problem occurred, a couple of days later, the consumer received recall notice 13V092000. The description of the recall, described the problem he experienced.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #2

May 012013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Honda Pilot. Consumer writes in regards to a defective vsa electrical control unit recall notice and seeks reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated without warning, the vehicle came to a complete stop in the middle of the intersection. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop, where the vsa/ABS modulator assembly was replaced.

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012009


  • 60,080 miles
2005 Honda Pilot went into a full brake mode (slammed) without anyone touching the brakes from 45 mph. After the car stopped in the middle of the road we limped onto a side street with the brakes continuing to catch off and on. Parked the car and returned later to get it to the dealer. We could not get it to duplicate the problem. This could have been a disaster if someone had been following the vehicle.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

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