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:
133,411 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.

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 152012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 156,234 miles


Vehicle low beams stopped working. Further investigation showed charred wire and melted connector. This issue has been recognized by Honda for the same model on an earlier model year (NHTSA id 12V136000). Honda part designations and failure description match recall. I would recommend Honda expand recall to cover all effected vehicles.

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 012012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
My low beam passenger headlight socket melted resulting in the headlight to become inoperative. It has significantly reduced my visibility and increased the risk of a crash. The same issue has been recalled in the 2003 Honda Pilot, see NHTSA campaign id number 12V136000. Despite the fact that the same parts are also used in 2004 and 2005 Honda Pilot, these model years are not included in the recall for some unknown reason. Based on the number of complaints regarding this issue, it appears to be a common issue with 2004 and 2005 Honda Pilot owners. Please revise the recall provided above to also include 2004 and 2005 model years as well.

- Lakeland, TN, USA

problem #1

Feb 172010

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles
My wife called me one morning on her way to the shop. She was frantic saying "my steering wheel is smoking. I don't know what to do. I'm just about a minute from the shop. Should I pull over or just try to make it to the shop?" I told her, if it's not too bad and she is that close just keep coming unless it gets worse. When she made it to the shop, I pulled off the plastic cover around the steering column. And found the yellow wire going to the headlamp switch burnt. The molex plug and headlamp switch were also melted. I called local Honda dealer and asked them if their was a recall for this. They said no. Also saying this never happens. I had to purchase a new headlamp switch and make repairs to the wiring and plug. I own an automotive shop. If not this would have been a very costly repair..I also have pictures of the burnt wire and molten plug and switch if needed...updated 04/19/12 updated 05/11/12 updated 05/17/2012

- Scott, LA, USA

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