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:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,398 miles

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2005 Honda Pilot electrical problems

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #2

Feb 202009


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle slammed into brake mode and came to a complete and sudden stop. The failure continued for several minutes, causing items to be thrown from the seat onto the floor. During the failure, the vehicle stability assist warning indicator was illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing, which produced a low battery voltage code and a brake sensor code. The dealer tested and replaced the battery. They also notified the manufacturer and opened a case. The failure and current mileages were less than 58,000.

- Chesapeake , VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 082005

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
Dt : contact stated on October 8, 2005 the vehicle started by itself. He vehicle will be taken to the dealer on October 17, 2005. There was no forewarning and no noise. There was no remote starter on this vehicle. This is a 2005 Honda Pilot.

- Beacon , NY, USA

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