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2016 Honda Pilot repairs by problem area

Engine (18%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (3%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (46%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 100 repairs.
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2016 Honda Pilot repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (4%)

$100 - $499 (13%)

< $100 (81%)

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Chart based on 54 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

280-horsepower 3.5L V6 9-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Honda Pilot in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2016 - Sep 2020
Jul 2016

4800 mi
Tailgate failed to open. A connection had separated and caused the issue. 
Sep 2016

9000 mi
The audio system was displaying error messages and no longer connecting via Bluetooth. The cruise control was malfunctioning and the crash mitigation system was overly sensitive and flashing the brake light when not needed. 
Oct 2016

9700 mi
The audio unit is still crashing and giving error messages. Honda said there would be an update in November to correct but still nothing. 
Sep 2017

21000 mi
Poor shifting and slow operation of the shifter. 
Nov 2017

24000 mi
Plastic cladding at the bottom of the driver door was detached. Dealer replaced trim piece. 
Jul 2019

48000 mi
The rotors are badly warped though the pads are not worn. It hasn't been fixed as the dealer said it was fine though they apparently didn't actually drive it or look at the rotors themselves. 
Nov 2019

55000 mi

US $250
The front rotors were badly warped though the pads were hardly worn. 
Honda Pilot in Alabama, United States
Feb 2016 - Jul 2022
Jan 2017

15500 mi
Radio Fading in and out. Tuner replaced. 
Sep 2018

41000 mi
Fuel Injectors replaced. Oil pressure switch needed replacement. 
Sep 2021

82000 mi
Oxygen Sensor Replaced Ignition Switch Replaced Oil Pressure Sender Switch Replaced 
Nov 2021

84 mi
Timing Belt Tensioner Replaced 
Jul 2022

92000 mi
Windshield washer fluid sensor faulty. Dealer replaced under extended warranty. 
Honda Pilot in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2022
May 2016

6900 mi
Collision mitigation system failed 
Jun 2016

8000 mi
Collision mitigation system failed again. They reset the system again but at this point believe there is a built in software problem. Honda needs to update the software for this system 
Aug 2018

22000 mi
Collision avoidance system. Adaptive cruise control. 3rd time in for these. Honda finally had them replace millimeter wave radar module. This seems to have FINALLY corrected issues with these interrelated systems. 
Honda Pilot in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2015 - May 2022
Dec 2015

620 mi
Roof rail front plastic moldings are lifting up a little. Replacing them did not help. Now are awaiting a Honda fix. Not a big issue at all. 
Mar 2016

2480 mi
Auto Engine Idle Stop stopped working for two months.Reset & now works. However all Honda Sensing features were inadvertently disabled (Cruise, LKAS,CBMS,LDW,FCW,RDM). Awaiting calibration kit from Honda USA (none in Canada). 
Apr 2016

2880 mi
During the process of re-enabling Auto Idle Stop, all Honda Sensing features were inadvertently disabled (Cruise, LKAS,CBMS,LDW,FCW,RDM). Awaiting calibration kit from Honda. 
May 2016

3720 mi
Honda Sensing features all recalibrate and working well. During the process the dealer found a slight front wheel misalignment (pulling left) and corrected it free of charge. 
Nov 2016

8360 mi
Every one out of about 10 car starts the neural audio setting produces a 1 second crackling sound every minute or so on all audio sources. Shutting off neural or restarting the car resolves the issue. Rear tailgate not well sealed. Water accumulates between the rear window and the window seal. When you lift the tailgate almost a half cup of water spills out into the tailgate side drainage channels, no water enters the interior! 
Dec 2016

8060 mi
Audio unit inside rear quarter panel replaced - this fixed the intermittent audio crackling on the Neural setting. Tailgate hinges replaced to better align tailgate seals. 
Jul 2018

21700 mi

C $38
Key fob occasionally not register to start the vehicle. Hard battery reset and reinitialized all systems. 
Nov 2021

42160 mi
Start/Stop switched defective and was replaced. Problem was occasional non start requiring that the brake pedal pedal be depressed heavily. 
Honda Pilot in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2016 - Dec 2020
May 2016

5000 mi
Faulty wire that caused memory seats to stop working. 
Mar 2017

18000 mi
Several warning lights were triggered by a faulty fuse. Replaced the fuse in the trunk area to correct the problem. 
Jun 2017

21000 mi
Car shook when braking from high speeds. Rotors were warped and needed to be resurfaced. Covered under warranty due to premature warping. 
Honda Pilot in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2021
Apr 2016 Humming caused by wires in dash. Trim doesn't seat correctly. 
Aug 2016

7300 mi
Roof rack came off. 
Aug 2020

44000 mi
Known start button issue. The dealer did not know about it until I left it with them. They then found the problem and fixed it. 
Honda Pilot in Florida, United States
May 2016 - Jul 2018
Dec 2017

16850 mi
Glove box lock 
Honda Pilot in Arkansas, United States
Sep 2015 - Mar 2018
Jul 2017

22120 mi
Steering made noise when turning to right at parking lot speed. Noise was inside the car. Honda replaced the entire steering column as the electric steering is all contained within. Did not appear to cause a steering issue but was an annoying noise. 
Honda Pilot in Illinois, United States
Oct 2015 - Mar 2017
Feb 2017

21000 mi
Engine light flashed & car lost power. Pulled over and stopped and restarted. Everything seemed fine. Took it to dealer and they ran diagnostics that pointed to a faulty HVAC panel. Replaced panel under warrantee - Everything fine since then. 
Honda Pilot in New York, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2022
Apr 2016

14000 mi
Rear entertainment screen rattled when driving 
May 2018

58000 mi
Transmission warmer failed. Honda replaced transmission, trans warmer, radiator, hoses, fluids and other parts that are touched by transmission fluid 
Jan 2020

81000 mi
Clogged fuel injector 
Honda Pilot in Illinois, United States
Oct 2015 - Jan 2021
Jun 2016

10000 mi

US $13
Intermittent popping sound through speakers caused by condenser clutch solenoid shocking the condenser clutch relay. Replaced relay. 
Honda Pilot in New York, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2022
Sep 2015 Two system warnings present on first day, 9/9: remote keyless start and idle/stop start. Symptoms: car loses AC/FAN/radio/side camera, backup camera, and sometimes NAV. First dealer said it was just missing a fuse. 
Oct 2015 Warnings continued. Went to original selling dealer 9/21. Parts replaced to diagnose: computer, wiring harness. Actual cause: fuse box replacement. Extra days due to software recall. 
Jun 2016

6000 mi
experienced center speaker (above dashboard) vibration when driving over parts of road. brought car to honda dealership. Not sure what was done but now doesn't vibrate. It doesn't appear any part was replaced. Honda issued TSB for faulty radio tuner. Radio would fade in/out (or sound like it's switching from mono to stereo) as car was driven. Brought car in for repair. They had to order the part so I came back a second time to have it replaced. 
Oct 2016

7200 mi
the rear 3rd row passenger air vent plastic adjuster did not move properly. brought the car in as part of oil change on 9/16 and mentioned this then. They ordered the part and scheduled the replacement today 10/5. the part was replaced. 
Honda Pilot in Texas, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2022
Nov 2021

68000 mi
Auto start/stop occasionally cuts the engine when the brake is released, and at some times will not engage the transmission w/o a restart. Dealer could not find this in the trouble codes, so no action was taken. Did not charge us. 
Honda Pilot in Ohio, United States
May 2015 - Aug 2020
Feb 2016

9600 mi
software update 
Dec 2016

25000 mi
The lower passenger door panel wouldn’t stay in position, sticking out noticeably. A clip probably broke but the dealer ordered the whole part replaced. 
Honda Pilot in Manitoba, Canada
Jun 2015 - Jan 2017
Apr 2016

11460 mi
Bad AC relay 
May 2016

12960 mi
Hole in condenser 
Honda Pilot in Maryland, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Jul 2016

10500 mi
collision mitigation system failure warning. Radar re-aimed and tested. 
Jan 2017

4800 mi
Adaptive cruise control working imperfectly after windshield replacement 
Apr 2017

24000 mi
Auto idle stop not working for months. Dealer needed to call Honda tech assistant to track down problem and fix. 
Mar 2018

33000 mi
engine idle stop wasn't working. They cleared and reset system, and it works again. 
Honda Pilot in Florida, United States
Sep 2016 - Jun 2022
Dec 2019

30166 mi
Collision mitigation dashboard light on. Problem started when traveling on highway with rubber cones in HOV lane. Dealer adjusted system. Problem solved. 
Oct 2020

38085 mi
Automatic shifting jerky at times below 50 mph. Dealer suggested adjusting transmission software. This didn’t solve problem but wasn’t determined to be a failed fix until driving over several hundred more miles. 
Nov 2020

38662 mi
Transmission failed. Dashboard light stated transmission failure. Honda dealership was called and they sent tow truck. Determined the original factory installed nine gear German transmission that was a new model specifically fitted for the Honda Pilot was poorly made (known to the industry) and Honda replaced transmission with a rebuilt one. Dealership kept car for extensive period to ensure new transmission functioned properly, and all electrical systems connected to it worked properly. Update: Almost two years later with 10,000 miles on new transmission, problem appears to be solved. For how long, good question. 
Honda Pilot in California, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2022
Feb 2016

2000 mi
Rear sway bar was loose and causing a banging noise when turning. 
Jul 2016

5500 mi
Trim in rear storage area would not stay attached. Dealer determined the clips were faulty. 
Honda Pilot in Illinois, United States
Jun 2015 - Dec 2016
Mar 2016

7000 mi
Right rear tail light is not sealed correctly, moisture entered lens 
Jun 2016

11000 mi
Taillight came in, dealer replaced 
Dec 2016

16000 mi
Radio was crackling and popping - dealer wasn't sure how to repair 

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2016 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

280-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic FWD

Honda Pilot in North Carolina, United States
May 2016 - Feb 2022
Jun 2017

19250 mi
Adjust hood catch to fix problem with excessive play. Oil leak, bottom of oil pan is wet. Tech sprayed area around oil pan with leak detecting spray, told us to return in 500-1000 miles. 
Sep 2017

24000 mi
Over the course of 5 visits to the dealership, the service techs searched for the source of an oil leak. After re-sealing the oil pan and re-sealing the oil pump, the leak was found to be at the side main bolts. The bolts were removed, cleaned, and the threads were coated with Honda Bond before re-installing. 1K miles later and no leak has been detected. 
Honda Pilot in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2016 - Mar 2018
Feb 2018

15000 mi
Rear hatch kept coming down on me in cold weather only. Dealer made appt., but the service dept. adjusted the door w/o taking it in the shop and told me to try it for awhile. It was ok until today when I had to push the button a couple of times before it would open. I guess I'll waste my time on another trip over. 
Honda Pilot in California, United States
Jul 2015 - Sep 2017
Sep 2017

17000 mi
FM Radio fade in and out; No Signal for Satellite. Just diagnosis, parts ordered, appointment scheduled for parts installation. Advised that the volume fade was due to the Tuner Unit and No Satellite signal due to satellite antenna failure. Tuner Unit; Remote Ordered; Antenna Assembly-Roof ordered. All under warranty. 
Honda Pilot in Alabama, United States
Jul 2015 - Sep 2018
Jan 2016

25300 mi
Recall for computer related issues (dash warnings, etc) 
Oct 2016

23800 mi
Delay transferring phone calls to bluetooth and back to audio on completion of call. Intermittent failure of audio to play and/or volume controls to work. 
Honda Pilot in Texas, United States
Jun 2015 - May 2017
Sep 2015

5000 mi
Cover stripping for roof rack connections went missing. No roof rack on this vehicle. 
Honda Pilot in Arizona, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2022
May 2017

27000 mi
The molding on the roof peeled up while on vacation 

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2016 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

280-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic AWD

Honda Pilot in Baja California, Mexico
Sep 2015 - Sep 2020
Nov 2018

54560 mi

Sun visor replaced would not stay up 
Honda Pilot in Washington, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2022
Jan 2020

47600 mi

US $544
Dash lights flashing and alarm spontaneously going off. Changed battery. Didn't fix problem. 
Feb 2020

48278 mi

US $1381
Dash lights flickering and alarm going off. Replaced gauge control module. 
Mar 2020

48568 mi
Dash lights flickering and alarm going off. Replaced ignition switch. 
Jun 2020

49000 mi

US $405
Flickering dash lights and alarm spontaneously going off. Finally fixed by replacing the keyless access control unit. 
Dec 2020

52684 mi

US $340
Front passenger seatbelt wouldn't latch. Dealer replaced the seat belt buckle set. 
Apr 2021

54000 mi

US $103
Rough shifting, particularly when the engine was cold. Dealer claimed that the fluid was dirty and required changing, despite the fact that it had just been changed a few thousand miles earlier. 
Jun 2022

66000 mi
Safety recall for hood latch striker 
Honda Pilot in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2016 - Apr 2022
Mar 2018

20072 mi
Rear tailgate was very slow, and not going all the way up. Windows were unresponsive at times, and very slow to roll up and down. 
Honda Pilot in Alaska, United States
Apr 2019 - Nov 2021
Nov 2019

62000 mi
Misfire CEL. Fuel injectors replaced under TSB/Extended warranty. Likely cause is carbon buildup due to Direct Injection engine design. Common issue on 3rd Gen Honda Pilots. 
Nov 2021

75000 mi
Leaking valve cover gasket, rear bank. Gasket replaced. 
Honda Pilot in Colorado, United States
Dec 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

35000 mi

US $500
New set of tires 
Honda Pilot in New York, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2022
Jan 2017

13300 mi

US $130
FM volume fluctuated. Issue was covered by TSB 16-025. Dealer wanted to see the car twice to fix. Was easier and less hassle to buy the part myself and repair it myself. 
Honda Pilot in Manitoba, Canada
Sep 2015 - Feb 2018
Dec 2015

1240 mi
Leather issue since the first day. Not solved. 8-10% Inaccuracy of the Trip comp for Average Fuel Consumption (To Optimistic)Not solved. 
Dec 2016

8680 mi

C $170
Audio System fading in and out, Subwoofer does not sound. Does not recognize the key randomly. Remote start fails randomly. Repair attempt was not successful On Board computer displays 7 to 11% to optimistic data for Average fuel consumption all the time sins the vehicle is on the road. Calibration is not available in Honda Digital System. At least I was told so. Some other brands has it. 
Honda Pilot in Utah, United States
Jul 2015 - Oct 2015
Sep 2015

1000 mi
The windshield washer fluid motor/controller did not work, they replaced it with a new one. 
Honda Pilot in North Dakota, United States
Aug 2015 - Dec 2016
Nov 2015

11000 mi
Replaced left rear shock assembly. 
Honda Pilot in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2015 - Dec 2017
Jun 2016

15500 mi
Driver side window switch for the passenger window would not work. Switch / module replaced 
Honda Pilot in Iowa, United States
Mar 2016 - Dec 2018
Feb 2017

9000 mi
Erractic shifting observed. 
Honda Pilot in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2016 - Apr 2018
Feb 2017

19840 mi
Check Engine light was on. Message said "Emissions Systems Problem". They thought it was a cat converter problem, but after diagnosis, turned out the injector block needed replacement because it was injecting too much fuel. 
Mar 2018

45260 mi
As noted from previous problem, the check emissions light came on, but this time, they had a software update to fix the false positive of the check engine light. No charge. (Just wanted to note how awesome they were. I did not book an appointment. I was in the neighbourhood. Asked them about it, and said if i had 30min-1hr, they'd look at it. Left it with them, went and test drove an Odyssey, and when I got back, they were done with the software update. Thanks Maple Honda!) 
Honda Pilot in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2015 - Jul 2017
Jul 2016

4020 mi
Window weather strip was damaged and replaced 
Honda Pilot in Mississippi, United States
Sep 2016 - Jun 2022
Jan 2018

17000 mi
Homelink garage door button inoperable. 
May 2018

25000 mi
Homelink was replaced. Plastic surround also had to be replaced due to damage during repair. 

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