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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
100 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2016 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 252016

Pilot Touring

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95 miles


We just brought this vehicle home after waiting 3 months to have it built and delivered. At less than 100 miles, SOMETIMES when shifting from Drive to Park the engine will try to restart, even though it is already running. It will also try restarting at random other times while you are parked with the engine running. I notified the dealership and the salesman claims he knows of no problems with the 2016 Pilot Touring or Elite 9-speed transmissions.

- taylorblues, Sartell, MN, US

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