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
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2005 Honda Pilot seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #2

May 042005

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


I filed a complaint one year ago and never received any kind of response. It is ODI id number 10122170.

- Parkland, FL, USA

problem #1

May 212005

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
2005 Honda Pilot - fundamental flaw in shoulder belt center seating position 2nd row. The belt starts in the cealing so far forward that when a person without a thick upper body sits in the center position in the 2nd row, the belt passes next to the cheek rather than the shoulder. In the case of a child who is too big to be in a booster with a back but is still relatively small, the shoulder belt actually passes in front of the shoulder and descends to the buckle without even touching the shoulder or the upper chest! this leaves the child in a position to have her neck perhaps broken or otherwise be injured by the belt in the event of a side collision from the left. Moreover, it also leaves parents with three children, such as me, who need to use the full cargo area for cargo, faced with the unacceptable choice between placing the shoulder harness behind the child's back or placing the the child in the 3rd row and eliminating much of the needed cargo space. The Honda service dealer advised that is just the way the vehicle is designed. Honda customer relations was even less helpfull. The representative simply said it "complies with all government standards" and then refused to refer me to a supervisor or anyone else at Honda headquarters in California or tell me the phone number for Honda headquarters in California. Surely it does not comply with federal rules to design a belt so that it does not even make contact with the shoulder and upper chest of a child once they are too large for a booster with a back and are therefore sitting against the uptight part of the 2nd row seat rather than being moved forward by the booster. Honda needs to place the belt about six inches further back on the ceiling or attach an adapter to the back of the second row that would come over the seat and grasp the shoulder harness when a child or small woman is seated in the second position. Please help before some child is injured.

- Parkland, FL, USA

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