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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
115,408 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace radiator & transmission cooling line (2 reports)
2005 Honda Pilot cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #2

May 182014

Pilot EX-L 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,815 miles


My wife was stranded about 200 miles away from home with our infant. I had to rent a trailer and go figure out how to get it home.

That was a terrible night for my family.

- , Canton, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 172010


  • 95,000 miles

While driving home from my birthday dinner this past Sunday, my car decided to ruin the night.

I was traveling down a country road and all of a sudden my car (2005 Honda Pilot) had no power. The engine would rev up but, the car wouldn't go anywhere.

I was able to back the car off the road to safety. Thankfully my cell phone had some signal (Go Droid!!).

After making a couple calls and getting people there to help, we found that all the Antifreeze and ATF had spilled out of the car. There weren't any big spills on the road, so I think things had been leaking for awhile. I had not noticed anything wrong until the incident.

When I called Honda to verify my warranty, they were very pleased to tell me that my warranty period had expired 45 days before the incident. They were in no way going to help with any information or service.

I had the car towed to a local mechanic (former Honda employee). He had the car for two days and had it fixed for me.

He showed me what happened to the car. The threads that hold the transmission cooling line into the radiator had given out. When the line broke loose it took the threads from the radiator side. So, the radiator had to be replaced as well the cooling lines. He had to replace the coolant as well as the ATF. The cost was around $550.00.

It seems very strange to me that the lines would separate like they did. I am the original owner of the car and put all 95,000 miles on it. The car has never had an accident nor has it had any damage to the undercarriage.

I hope this might help someone else. I would also hope that this somehow makes its way to the powers that be at Honda. I sure have enjoyed this car and will buy another Honda at some point. I would like to get 10 - 15 years out of this one if I can first.

Good luck to all and I hope troubles are small and miles are large!!

Be well.

- , Milton, WV, USA

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