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:
82,900 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Honda Pilot transmission problems

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012009

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


My husband and I notice a shudder when you reach a speed of 35-40 mph. We in turn took it into Honda to have it checked several times and to test drive, I even drove the Honda while the service man was in the car and it would not shudder. It is still having the shudder problems, I am taking it in for the 4th time for service and oil change and maybe the service department can tell me what is wrong and why it shudders. From research we have found out that we are not the only Honda Pilot owners with this same problem. There are 98 total discussions on this website ( discussing the same problems we are having, I truly hope that Honda is going to stand good on taking care of this problem or we will no longer purchase another Honda. We have been told that it is the torque converter.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #2

May 112011

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 96,700 miles
I have a shuttering noise when I accelerate between 30-40 mph. I complained about this to the dealer prior to expiration of the extended warranty, when I took it in for a window switch problem. They told me they did not hear any noise. To my dismay, the problem progressed and became worse, so now after the expiration of the extended warranty (8/8/11), took it back to the dealer and said it was the torque converter on the transmission. They stated they can fix it for over $5000 even though I complained about it previously. Their are many complaints about this online, I have since found over 300 complaints about this issue with the Honda Pilot and Honda is aware of the issue but does not want to help fix this problem. Apparently, Honda tried to cut costs and put a transmission in that could not accommodate the weight and size of the vehicle - this is coming from 3 different mechanics and a junk yard owner. Also the parts are so hard to come by if you try to get done cheaper by an outside mechanic. The Honda dealers are the only ones who are able to get the parts faster. Thus creating a monopoly. I have researched this thoroughly and you too can find a lot of dissatisfied owners that had or having the exact same issue with Honda. Please look into this. We should not have to pay for this problem with so many people having the same issue. Thank you.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 122009


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that the vehicle would vibrate excessively when driving at low speeds. The vibration would cease once the vehicle would reach 50 mph. Once the contact slowed down and proceeded to accelerate, the vibration would return. The contact was advised by his personal mechanic that the tires were possibly the cause of the failure. The tires were replaced yet the failure persisted. The mechanic then advised that the failure was caused by the torque converter. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 126,445.

- Urbana, IL, USA

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