really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 1
Average Mileage:
64,722 miles

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2007 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 052015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda Pilot. While driving approximately 5 mph and pulling into a parking space, the rpms suddenly increased to 6,000 and the vehicle surged forward. The shifter was switched to neutral, but the engine continued to rev. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- East Taunton, MA, USA

problem #8

Apr 182015

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 126,625 miles
The SUV traveled down a gently sloped driveway. The driver's foot was on the brake pedal the entire time so that the vehicle would move slowly. Approximately 5 feet from the garage entrance, with the right foot still gently depressing the brake pedal and no pressure on the accelerator pedal, the car suddenly and violently accelerated. The driver depressed the brake pedal to the floor but this did not stop acceleration or forward motion. The vehicle crashed into the back wall of the garage, causing significant structural damage to the house and deploying the driver-side airbag. The driver's right shoulder and hand experienced soft tissue injuries. A child was in the room struck by the car. This child suffered a fractured tibia/fibula, a mild traumatic brain injury (concussion), and multiple abrasions as a direct result of the collision. A second child outside of the vehicle experienced an abrasion to the left knee as a direct result of the collision.

- La Crosse, WI, USA

problem #7

Dec 202013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Several months ago the vsa light began to come on momentarily, for no reason. This has happened 50-100 X. several weeks later, the steering wheel began to be sometimes (daily) not true (at one oclock), though the car was moving straight. (turning the wheel turned the car.) the ABS began momentarily firing, for no reason, and the car would slow, sometimes severely. (we were not braking.) the car would lose power momentarily, for no reason, though the engine continued to run, and everything else was normal, with no noise (e.g., no ABS). Recently the above happen every day. Sometimes the vsa and ABS happen at the same time. All happened when driving straight or turning. We were not driving fast. There were no emergency conditions. On Dec 20, we began a left turn at 5 mph. The ABS fired for 4 or 5 secs. Then there was a loud noise (not ABS). The vsa light came on. The wheel was as much as 270 degrees from true. Sometimes it took effort to turn the wheel. Sometimes it took no effort but the car did not respond. On Dec 21, at their recommendation, the car was towed to a Honda dealer. The dealer told us the 2 steering bolts were sheared off. They do not know the cause. They note: The bolts are not visible during inspections. The steering and subframe must be replaced. The vsa etc. Are probably fine but we cannot know until everything else is fixed. The dealer has declined to put this in writing. They say there is not anybody at Honda with whom we can discuss this. When asked, they knew of no relevant recalls. There has been no accident or other damage to the car. It is kept in our garage. We have maintained it (last service was Sep 2013). We are fortunate we did not have an accident. Even after the proposed fixes, will the car be safe? on the NHTSA site, we found 2012/2013 recalls for the 2005 Pilot for the same subsystems and similar symptoms.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #6

Feb 272013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 82,354 miles


This has happened 2-3 times during the past month prior to February 27, but I don't know exact dates. When approaching stop sign and applying the brakes, my engine started to accelerate and I really had to jam on the brakes in order to stop. Thankfully, I had sufficient time and space between me and the car in front of me. I geared down to D3 and that seemed to get it out of that high acceleration.

- Hughesville, MD, USA

problem #5

Nov 252010


  • 35,067 miles
I was starting to pull into the garage to pick up my mother and daughter when the accelerator stuck and kept increasing speed and I was unable to get it to slow down or stop. This is a double car side of the garage and my daughters car was on the right side of the garage so proceeding at a slow cautious speed is necessary. The Honda Pilot proceeded to slam into the two refrigerators and one freezer causing extensive damage to the vehicle, the refrigerators and freezer, the house has structural damage, and the airbag deployed causing the me to jam my toe, fracture my wrist in two places, and sprain my back. I had previously scheduled an appointment for the next day to have the oil changed with the local Honda dealer. When I called to cancel the appointment and explained what happen they didn't seem concerned or surprised. I am concerned to find on the arfc website there are three similar related incidents. Even though the body damage will be repaired, will this happen again?

- Eaton, CO, USA

problem #4

Sep 232010

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
I was leaving a parking lot in my 2007 Honda Pilot and had backed out of my parking spot. I was about to turn right onto a side street and was going to make a left on a major road. There was a red light at the intersection. As I was pulling out onto the side street, my tire got stuck on the curb. I lightly pressed the accelerator to get over the hump and the car suddenly accelerated. An eye witness said it appeared that my car accelerated to 30 or 40 mph in just 2 or 3 seconds. I immediately lifted my foot off the accelerator and tried to apply the brake. The brakes did not work. The car continued accelerating even though my foot was not on the pedal. The only control I had over the car was the steering wheel. I was headed straight for a telephone pole and light fixture across the street opposite the parking lot. I believe I hit the telephone pole and light pole several times and then my car swung around in the opposite direction I was originally headed. The impact restored my car back to normal operation. The brakes and accelerator then resumed working again. The front bumper was ripped off my car, the front of the car was bashed in by the passenger side, the windshield had a crack, right front passenger door was no longer aligned and could only open a few inches, the mud flap for the right front tire was ripped off, the right sideview mirror was ripped off, both doors on the passenger side were crushed. The driver's side door could not be opened. The airbag deployed, seatbelt locked and the driver's side window completely shattered on impact. The eye witness was stopped at the intersection waiting for the light to turn green. He said it looked like a manufacturing defect and was shocked at how quickly the car accelerated. It appears that going over the bump and lightly applying the gas pedal afterwards triggered something in the car.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 012010


  • 44,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda Pilot. The contact was braking for a traffic stop when the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The contact was able to stop the unintended acceleration by abruptly depressing the brakes. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer advised the vehicle would not be further inspected because the diagnostic test did not produce any failure codes. The contact stated the failure had occurred four times within six months. The contact stated his foot was on the brake pedal upon each occurrence of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 44,000 and the current mileage was approximately 50,000.

- San Gabriel , CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 292008


  • miles
Car accelerated and brakes failed completely. This was a fatality accident. When approaching a red light the car did not slow down at all. This accident occured in the middle of a clear day. Reports showed the driver had no alcohol or drugs in their system. I have the black box data that was recovered from the scene and can forward it to you as an attachment.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 152007

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 450 miles
2007 Honda Odyssey continues acceleration with no contact to gas pedal. Cause has not been diagnosed.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

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