definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,895 miles

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2006 Honda Pilot engine problems

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2006 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 282010


  • 46,685 miles


My 2006 Honda Pilot ex-L experienced sudden unintended acceleration (sua) at 3:53 P.M. on Sunday, February 28, 2010 near our home on key biscayne, Florida. We were driving at around 20 mph and as we gently braked in approach of the stop sign, the engine opened up nearly full throttle at just above 5000 rpms. My husband immediately and firmly applied the brake and placed the gear in park. With his foot on the brake, not the accelerator pedal, the engine continued to roar at 5000 rpms until he turned it off at the ignition after about 30 seconds. He restarted the engine and the engine RPM immediately shot up to 5000 rpms again, with his foot on the brake and the car in park. The tachometer stayed at the 5000 RPM level continuously until he again turned off the engine at the ignition after about 45 seconds. We waited a few more seconds and re-started the engine again. That time, the engine started at a normal RPM and we drove half a block to our house. We recorded a video of the second episode of 5000 rpms with a camera we had with us. We provided the video immediately to american Honda customer service. At the request of customer service, I took our Pilot to brickell Honda in miami on March 1. I showed the video of the sua to the service manager, george ruiz, on his computer. He was astounded by what he saw and expressed his genuine concern that the car was unsafe to operate, regardless of whether his service department was able to find the source of the problem. He said under no circumstance should the engine operate at 5000 rpms without the accelerator being depressed almost all the way to the floor. The district service manager, kevin mcclung, also inspected the car. American Honda determined the Pilot was operating within normal parameters. We were instructed to pick up the car on March 5 and did so on March 8. no repairs were performed. My husband spoke to Honda customer service manager terry nielsen on March 3 who could not explain the video.

- Key Biscayne, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 082010


  • 41,000 miles
I experienced a serious incident of sudden unintended acceleration in my 2006 Honda Pilot ex-L on February 8, 2010 at approximately 11:45 a.M. est near the rear garage entrance to the office tower. As I was approaching the garage entrance at under 10 mph, the engine suddenly started roaring to 5000 RPM. I immediately and with maximum force pressed the brake pedal which fortunately did stop the car from moving forward. I shifted into neutral and then park, and the engine never deviated from the 5000 RPM level. I turned off the engine at the ignition and waited maybe a minute. I restarted the engine with my foot firmly on the brake pedal, and the engine immediately went to 5000 RPM. I shifted back to park and turned off the engine again at ignition. I waited another minute, and restarted again with the same frightening result. A kent security officer for the miami parking authority witnessed (saw and heard) the entire incident and offered assistance. I placed the car in neutral and he pushed it back out of the garage entrance and to the curb, out of traffic, while I steered with no power. I waited maybe three to four more minutes after that and decided to try restarting the car one more time to move it to try to move it into the garage. That time, it started normally. I shifted to drive and drove it into the garage and parked. We are trying to obtain the surveillance video of the entire incident. American Honda examined the car at brickell Honda in miami, driving it 64 total miles and could not duplicate the problem. After 3 days, american Honda in California (chris schroeder 800-999-1009 extension 117703) decided there was no need to conduct any further testing and declared there was nothing wrong with the car. He expressed no concern that it presented any danger in the future and that american Honda would do nothing unless I could duplicate the problem at a service facility.

- Key Biscayne, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 192005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Gas mileage for the vehicle is not as advertised. I am getting 20 mpg for mixed use driving (mostly highway). The epa estimates are 20/28.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

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