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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,367 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 122005

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,600 miles


While driving,45 mph, the consumer experienced 2 tire blow outs without warning. The police came and told him he would have to have it towed. The vehicle was towed to the nearest auto body. The dealer stated they would not have it towed their establishment and he would have to contact the manufacturer. The manufacturer said they couldn't tow it to the dealer where it was purchased but they would have it towed to the nearest dealer. The consumer did not want to take it to a different dealer. In order to go to the dealer of purchase, the consumer would have to pay for it himself. The consumer stated the vehicle vibrated at 70 mph.

- Lebanon, PA, USA

problem #2

May 202005

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
At 8,000 miles my 2005 Honda Pilot developed a vibration, or jitter at 65 mph and higher. Moderate steering wheel vibration by 73 mph. Owner had an independent tire dealer check and re-balance the wheels as needed. Vibration remained. 2 more visits to dealer who advised no problem found and go see the Goodyear dealer, who wanted no part of this issue. More trips to dealer who advised the vehicle owner should consider replacing the oem tires (now at only 8,500 miles). Owner replaced oem tires with Michelin ltx M/S ($700) and vibration remains. Dealer re-balanced tires on hunter 9700 machine resulting in minor improvement but basic jitter remains. Next visit the deal acknowledges jitter, it's annoyance, and blames tread pattern on the now non-oem tires. Filed complaint with Honda North America and waited 312 business hours for a return call. Honda responded when I mentioned arbitration. Honda North America reports the dealer said 'no problem found'. now at 14,000 miles. Honda says they have no regional rep covering my area (4th largest metropolitan area in the us) and will call me back, soon. The vehicle jitter remains, 65 mph and higher, making the vehicle tiring to drive on trips of distance (vacation travel). The jitter/vibration is distracting and over rides standard 'road feel'. Honda appears to not be interested in my issue, or does not have a solution. Other Honda Pilot owners in my area, and on internet boards, report the same symptom.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 132005

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
2005 Honda Pilot ex-L was purchased on 7-13-2005 it now has 1210 miles on it. A vibration has occured similiar to out of balance wheels and tires at around 70 mph. Dealer has balanced wheels, sent vehicle out to another tire company for rotation and spin balance. Nothing has cured the vibration. The dealer is helpful, but apparently cannot solve my problem. We feel this is an accident waiting to happen. We also understand this is not an uncommon problem, that Honda refuses to address.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

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