really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
52,600 miles

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2008 Honda Pilot engine problems

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2008 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 012016


  • miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Honda Pilot. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V344000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 122014

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Honda Pilot was struck (tbone) at 65 mph side curtain airbags deployed and driver was knocked unconscious and leaned on the gas. Car went into full rev and crashed into a wall where the front airbag deployed. Homeless man was sleeping behind the wall and was struck by the runaway Honda Pilot. Shouldn't the vehicle of shut down after airbag deployment? fuel inertia or cut off did not engage.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 102012


  • miles
My Honda often gets the engine light turn on and then a few days later the light is off.. when the engine light turns on, I had taken it to dealer in which they update microsoft but it comes back again. The dealer runs the car into the computer and doesn't find anything wrong with engine or nothing else.. but the light turns on and off often..

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 042012


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that after having maintenance performed on the vehicle, she started smelling burning oil fumes in the vehicle. The contact mentioned that white smoke was emitted from the exhaust pipes. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 132,000.

- Indian Head , MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 102012


  • 45,000 miles
Radiator core failure in 2008 Honda Pilot ex-L. oem radiator failed due to leak at crimp between plastic cap and core.

- West Chester , PA, USA

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