really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,500 miles

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2008 Honda Pilot transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 262010

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2008 Honda Pilot. Consumer states vehicle rolled backwards. The consumer stated his wife parked the vehicle at the top of the driveway. She put the gear in park and removed the key. The vehicle then rolled down the driveway backwards into the neighbors driveway. The consumer stated after the vehicle stopped, it was still in park.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 212009


  • 15,000 miles
I own an 2008 Honda Pilot (automatic) and would like an investigation of this vehicle's inability to hold in gear on an incline. The Pilot will roll backwards when in drive without stopping on an uphill incline, and will roll forward when in reverse on a downhill incline. I live near san francisco and driving in that area is nearly impossible in an automatic that will not hold its gear. It is worse than a manual transmission because you can't control the gear engagement with a clutch. I am forced to drive with my left foot on the brake and right on the accelerator in order to avoid rolling backwards into following vehicles or cross traffic. I believe this is a defect with not just my vehicle but with all Honda Pilot prior to 2009, as Honda advertised the 2009 model with a new 'anti-rollback' feature. The 2008 model is lacking this feature, but I have driven other automatics of all other types and sizes and never had this problem. In my research, it seems there is a problem with something called a 'torque converter' that could possibly be retrofitted or modified to fix this problem. I have complained to the Honda dealer in my area but with no satisfaction. This is an extremely dangerous issue. After one day in S/F, stuck on an uphill slope in gridlocked traffic, I completely burned out my brakes and nearly struck cars behind me on several occasions. Please investigate and recommend a method of recourse as I can not seem to get Honda to pay any attention to my concern. Thank-you.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

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