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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
13,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2016 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 132016

Pilot LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles


I was going to new York for the holidays with my wife and friend and small dog. My wife has a lot of gifts with boxes rapped up, so I wanted more room in the car, so I decided to buy the original oem side roof rails and of course the cross bars, that came out to about 600.00 dollars. If I would had bought it from Honda dealer it would had been properly over a 1000.00 dollars with installation. AFTER I received the items and installed them I FOUND OUT that I couldn't use my Sears X-cargo on the cross bars because you cannot adjust the cross bars my moving them toward the front or back to line them up with the sears x-cargo brackets. On my previous car 2004 Honda odyssey you where able to adjust the cross bars, you cannot adjust the new cross bars for the 2016 pilot . The other problem is that you cannot strap down anything on the side rails since there is no opening, the side rails are flush down on top of the pilot. So anything you buy and want to tie on four sides is impossible due to the side rails. what do I do?

- Rosendo T., Deltona, FL, US

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