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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,206 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 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 152014


  • 137,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. The contact stated while driving approximately 10 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and failed to respond without warning. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic where it was diagnosed that the radiator and the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 137000.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #1

Jul 182005

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,411 miles
Radiator failure due to lack of protection, resulting in puncture, loss of coolant and engine over heating. Possible engine fire.

- Adna, WA, USA

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