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:
20,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2016 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #1

May 182017

Pilot Elite

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles


Yesterday I pulled into a parking spot at our swim and tennis club. I put the car in PARK causing the car to lurch forward. Fortunately there was a tree/large shrub that stopped the car before it drove onto the tennis courts where several children were playing tennis!!!! I know someone else on this site reported the same problem. Honda should fix this problem before somebody gets killed! There was at least one witness who said "It just lurch forward!" There is severe damage to the front part of my car because it hit the tree. I'm meeting today with my insurance adjuster. In the future, I will just turn off the car when I park it rather than put it in PARK.

- Johanna N., Sacramento, US

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