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:
124,150 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 202013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles


I was on a circular on-ramp to a highway. My vehicle started losing power upon acceleration so the engine revved but car slowed down. I made it off the ramp to the highway and was able to pull off to the shoulder. The car has an automatic transmission so I thought maybe it wasn't clicking into place properly but it was. I noticed a puddle of fluid. I had it towed to a mechanic who said that the transmission cooling line blew out & the radiator will have to be replaced along with the adapter because there are no threads left on the radiator to grab the connector. He said it was something that's not supposed to happen. It was a mechanical failure. I have read several posts on line on a number of web sites from owners with this same problem. Most people have also replaced their transmissions because the radiator and transmission fluids ruin both when mixed together. My car is still at the mechanics, so I don't know about the transmission yet, but the posts indicate that the car is never the same. I was lucky that I had enough juice to pull over to safety. Apparently there are no recalls from Honda in spite of the numerous complaints that I've seen. Repairs are expensive & this problem seems to occur mostly within the 100,000 mile range, give or take. If I get rid of the car before or after fixing it, it would only be a problem for the next consumer & that's not really fair. I feel that Honda should reimburse current owners for transmissions and radiator replacements on those cars that have had the problem and recall/repair the parts on the ones that haven't. I feel that this is an important issue because my car could have come to a complete stop on the highway and caused a serious & potentially fatal accident. Honda needs to take responsibility for this defect before someone gets hurt or killed. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #1

May 312013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 152,300 miles
I had the manufacturer's safety recall (recall: 13-026 vsa system unexpectedly activates) work done recently. Approximately a week after I had this service done, I experienced sudden acceleration when I made hard left turn. Sudden acceleration persisted for about 3 to 4 seconds. I could not control the vehicle during that time and eventually it subsideed. I am supsecting this has something to with the safety recall fix that was done. I had slightly overshot the left I had to make and made a hard left turn then I realized that vehicle went into a sudden acceleration. I am certain that I did not have my foot on the accelerator.

- North Mankato, MN, USA

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