Notes: It's worrying when the top category for 2016 Honda Pilot problems are transmission problems. Owners report jerking when accelerating. Also as the first model year of the redesigned 3rd generation Pilot, it's not a good sign.

Honda released a TSB on October 29 2016 that's possibly related. The TSB deals with a "a judder from the torque converter lock-up clutch ... while driving between 20 and 60 mph" due to deteriorated transmission fluid resulting from "specific driving conditions". In the TSB, Honda states they are developing a software fix to try to keep the transmission fluid temperature within spec.

We are keeping a close eye on this defect trend because if certain driving conditions can affect transmission shifting in the first year of ownership, we'd hate to think what 10+ years will do.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
50 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. tighten a loose part (1 reports)
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2016 Honda Pilot AC / heater problems

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2016 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 242015

Pilot ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles


First time we drove the brand new car home we started hearing a loud clicking noise coming from the hood, we thought maybe something was left in there and they trying to harm us or punish us, given all the headaches, lies and frustration we went through before buying the car { the General manager had to get involve! } Anyways, took the car back and they found that something about the air condition was off! The tech said something was not properly attached!

- ahyour, Oshawa, ON, Canada

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