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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. Notes: The 2006 Honda Pilot is a solid trouble-free model year with no major problems reported, except for a minor trend of window regulator failure. However that's an easy fix of a few hundred dollars -- not a big inconvenience for an older vehicle, all things considered.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,545 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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2006 Honda Pilot electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 182017


  • 152,000 miles


Both vehicle low beams simultaneously stopped working while I was driving. I needed to use high-beams to get home. This is very dangerous!! I checked bulbs and fuses and all are in working order.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #10

Apr 082015

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
On the day that the fire occurred, I drove the car approximately 8-10 miles round trip between10:30-10:45 a.M., and then the vehicle was parked in my garage for 3 hours. After that, I drove my car approx. 1 mile, and it was parked outside for a little over an hour. Then, about 30-45 seconds after I began driving my car back home, my son noticed smoke. I didn't see the smoke and thought my window was hazy, so I continued driving. About 1/2-1/4 mile from my home, I saw a little smoke coming from under the hood and my engine began sputtering. It was during this time, I noticed that different indicator lights began displaying. However, my temperature gauge showed normal levels. Because I was so close to home, I decided to continue to drive into my driveway, where I parked and exited the car and noticed additional smoke and flames under the hood. I extinguished the flames with a fire extinguisher. The Honda dealership service office and my insurance company investigated the cause of the fire, which was determined to be an electrical fire caused by the alternator, and the timing belt, battery, alternator and portions of the engine compartment had to be replaced. I was informed there was nothing I could do to prevent this. My insurance paid for the damage. Thankfully, I was close to home when this happened, and could put out the fire on my own, otherwise, the danger to myself and my children and the damage to my vehicle would have been much worse.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 262015


  • 96,000 miles
The key is stuck and wont turn or come out.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #8

Jan 252015


  • 96,000 miles


The key is stuck in the ignition an will not come out or turn.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Aug 242010

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Most of button lights on climate control dash and cruise/vsa/sunroof stopped working. I believe they burnt out. Happened to lots of Honda owner too. Honda dealership asks for $200-300 to fix this. It's ridiculously expensive to fix their mistake.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #6

Jul 082014


  • 126,000 miles
Not one, but both rear windows fell within weeks of each other because of the cheap plastic mechanism that holds them up. Both mechanisms had to be replaced at the cost of $400 each. And they use the same parts!! clearly this is a recall issue, as I have read hundreds of reports like this one. Thank goodness we were not driving on the freeway at the time (both times we had just exited) and the glass didn't break. This could have been not only a costly repair, but dangerous for my kids in the backseat.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #5

Oct 012007


  • miles


Loud popping noise coming from rear speaker when starting the vehicle. On and off for years now.

- Dunwoody, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 212011


  • 50,000 miles
On multiple times, when I start the ignition, a loud noise comes from the rear stereo system speaker. It only happens when the ignition is turned on. It happens 50% of the time when the vehicle is started. It is annoying but I read that somewhere that this could be related to failed anc (active noise cancellation unit) and the cost could be $500. I feel the manufacturer should replace this free of cost.

- Morton Grove, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 022009

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Driver's side seat warmer gets unbearably hot! the seat seems to only warm on the right side, but it is extremely hot!!

- Celina, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 182009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Pilot. The contact started the ignition. There was aloud noise coming from the rear stereo system speaker. The failure occurred whenever traveling at a low speed or the engine was idling. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The failure was contributed to the active noise cancellation unit (anc). The cost of the service repair was $500. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 02/01/11 updated 03/21/11

- Gonzeles , LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182006


  • miles
When we first bought the 2006 Honda Pilot, there was a loud roaming noise coming from the engine, while the car was cruising at any speed, it would just start and stop at any moment, it sounded like a racing car revving it engine to the limit. When we took the car to the dealer, they spent about 2 days trying to figure it out, they said it was some sort of speaker or sensor that was relaying information to the cars computer and what we were hearing was feedback. They said they could not fix it, so they unplugged it so that we wouldn't hear the noise.

- Spring Hill, NY, USA

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