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Honda Pilot repairs by problem area

Engine (21%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (12%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (6%)

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Honda Pilot transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (42%)

< $100 (16%)

Chart based on 165 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 6-speed automatic AWD

9000 mi Erractic shifting observed. 

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2015 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

1000 mi Transmission was replaced due to case porosity 

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2013 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

65000 mi

US $185
Boot was leaking when I bought car. Did not notice until 2nd week. Dealer would not repair(not Honda dealership) New CV joint assembly installed 
28000 mi Had computer flashed and proppeller shaft replaced as tsb 14-078 for drivetrain vibration 

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2013 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

12000 mi

US $180
Transmission shuddering at highway speeds and lurching at slower speeds. Transmission fluid leak into transmission coolant suspected. Dealer unable to fix problem during this repair visit. 
13000 mi I traded in the Pilot for a new car so that I didn't have to deal with the headache and hassle with the tranmission repairs. 
64000 mi left front axle was replaced 
66000 mi right front axle was replaced 
58000 mi

US $60
Vibration that occurs after the engine is fully warmed up. Mechanic confirmed the issue, reviewed Honda TSB database and referred me to the Honda dealership. 
151000 mi Change transmission 
16000 mi VCM vibration increasing. Very noticeable from 35MPH - 45MPH. Significant vibration thru driver seat and arm rest; no vibration thru steering wheel. American Honda says its normal. Very unhappy with Honda. Lousy engineering. 
17000 mi Unusual vibration from 35-55MPH. 

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2012 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

75000 mi

US $730
CV axle boot leaking 
48000 mi

US $350
Front Half axle clicking, replaced with Honda factory front axle 

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2012 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

68000 mi

US $1341
Clicking noise heard when turning to the left. Both front axles replaced. Had to drop exhaust, torch bracket around catalytic converter and apply torch to remove right axle. Boots were not torn, no sign of leaking. 
65000 mi Replaced driveshaft and center carrier bearing 

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2011 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

71000 mi

US $35
3rd clutch sensor failed code p0348 ($35). Replaced sensor at home along with transmission flush. Caused stutter between 25-30 mph. These steps corrected the problem. Recommend changing fluid more frequently than suggested. 
25000 mi

US $679
Drained and changed oil to new Honda DW1 Auto Transmission Fluid and performed 30,000 mile tune up. 
78000 mi Broken left cv axle. Repaired under certified warranty 

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2011 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

89000 mi Rough clunky shifting 
58000 mi Replaced gear 3 and 4 pressure sensors 
88000 mi

US $50
Transmission pressure sensor failure. 
39000 mi 3rd gear pressure sensor/sender failed and was replaced under extended warranty 

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2010 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

58300 mi

US $328
Flashing shift (D) indicator. Replaced 3rd gear pressure switch.  
14000 mi Vehicle taken in for transmission shudder when shifting into second gear.  

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2010 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

59520 mi

C $160
3rd gear pressure switch faulty and replaced under warrenty 
64480 mi Transmission shudder when shifting into drive, intermittent issue. 
35000 mi Replaced torn cv boot. 
80000 mi Repaired or replaced failed transmission sensor. 
36760 mi

C $900
Main shaft bearing needed replacement. Had to change the whole shaft. 
67000 mi Engine light went on since. Trans slow to shift into 3rd 

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2009 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

118000 mi Propellor shaft replaced because I was having a persistent vibration at highway speeds. 
58500 mi 2 bolts loose 2 bolts missing at transmission and drive shaft connection. 
190300 mi

US $4208
Light flashing took in had tyranny replaced 
47500 mi All previous warning lights returned about 2 weeks after previous repair. Dealer replaced both Power Control Module and Electronics Control Module. No problems have re-occurred now after about 5 weeks (keeping fingers crossed!). 

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2008 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

244-horsepower 3.5L V6 w/DoD 5-speed automatic FWD

94240 mi

C $350
Up stream sensor 1 bank 1 O2 Sensor 
114000 mi

US $800
Problem occur just a few months after owning the car, assuming the trans fluid never done. Flush it put new Honda Fluid in few days later shows sign on leaking, take it to trans shop replace front seal, torque converter seal, two axles seal. 

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2008 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

244-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

3000 mi Check for oil leak-requires replacement of seals between transfer case and transmission Replaced the seals but then noticed the transmission input shaft seal was also bad so it had to be ordered causing the car to be kept overnight. 
143000 mi

US $602
Replaced trans axle seal 
177000 mi Transmission died! 
18600 mi

C $800
Front left CV axle needed replacement. Likely a defective part as wear unlikely over so few kms? 
103000 mi

US $2218
The transmission suddenly and totally failed, with no advanced warning, as the owner was driving it on city streets. The car was towed to the dealer where the dealer replaced the transmission. 

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2007 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

244-horsepower 3.5L V6 w/DoD 5-speed automatic FWD

51000 mi

US $200
Indication: Warning lights of the wrench symbol, engine symbol and VTM4. Symptom: 4 wheel drive will not engage Fix: Position sensor re-memorization Results: Not effective 
70000 mi

US $2000
Wouldn't shift. 
189700 mi

US $900
Pedal position sensor replacement 
16000 mi Oil leak at rear main seal. 

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2007 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

244-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

85000 mi

US $236
Passenger front CV axles replaced 
64000 mi

US $100
Differential issue 
96500 mi

US $100
Rt front axle leak where axle inserts into trans. replaced seal, part $12 labor $85. 
119700 mi left front axle seal replaced as was leaking due to slight nick in the seal possibly from install, previously replaced by same shop 6 months earlier so they replaced at no charge 
133000 mi Left front axle seal leak, shop replaced under warranty from previous repair. 

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2006 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

244-horsepower 3.5L V6 w/DoD 5-speed automatic FWD

168000 mi

US $60
Replaced transmission range switch. Symptoms were engine would not crank when key was turned, intermittently. Trans indicated park and drive at same time. 
105000 mi

US $700
158100 mi

C $348
VTM, DSM4 and check engine light would come on together intermittently and I was not able to accelerate. I had to pull over and restart in order to continue driving. 

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2006 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

244-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

125000 mi

US $500
Transmission line rusted.all fluid damage to system other than line. 
118700 mi Leaking coolant lines between radiator and transmission. 
113000 mi

US $860
transmission noise when accelerating under 35mph 
114000 mi transmission noise 
124000 mi

C $1100
Front "U" joint was seized so the whole propellar shaft had to be changed. 
41000 mi Rear main seal was leaking and had to be replaced. Transmission was damaged by technician and so a shifting solenoid was replaced as well as another gasket and an o ring.  
81000 mi

US $200
Small leak around transmission power train shaft. Proactively had seal replaced. 
210000 mi

US $300
Replaced Both Front Axles 

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2005 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

255-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

185000 mi

US $72
Noise from intermediate bearing, replaced CV half shaft with rebuilt since it was high mileage and labor was already paid. 
118300 mi

US $200
Leaking cv boot 
63000 mi Replaced transmission and missing engine bolt 
110000 mi

US $5000
Radiator failure and transmission failure due to poorly designed radiator. 
46000 mi Drive indicator intermittent flashing. Diagnosis - transmission pressure switches. 
72000 mi

US $351
"D" in gearshift indicator kept flashing. at high speeds. Traced to short in 4th clutch switch. Switch replaced. 
162000 mi

US $600
CV joint 
197000 mi

US $600
Boot was torn off; right front axel replaced. 
109300 mi

US $115
Replaced two transmission sensors due to Drive light flashing. 
193000 mi Pilot wasn't shifting into Overdrive. Needed Trans Fluid changed 
54000 mi 3rd and 4th gear shift pressure solenoids 
179700 mi Cel came on intermittently, code said transmission related. Dealer could not see an issue. 
194000 mi

US $360
Check engine light 
102000 mi Transmission increasingly rough when cold. 
132000 mi

US $98
I replaced 3/4 and 4/5 shift sensors aka pressure transducers. 
92300 mi

US $150
The Pilot would hesitate when the RPMS were low and the speed was approx. 40mph. 
66300 mi when driving at speeds of roughly 35 mph with light to no acceleration there was a shudder. Took to dealer many times and was told no problems. Finally got it to replicate and wound up being the torque convertor intermittently locking up 

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2004 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

240-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

49000 mi "Blinking D" light. Common occurrence in these Pilots, according to discussion boards. Diagnostic code P0845. "Third gear pressure switch." I asked the service rep to please as Honda to take care of it as this is a common problem and I don't think... 
96238 mi

C $105
vtm4 flashing. 
105637 mi

C $367
113387 mi

C $100
191000 mi Loaned to my son in Phoenix, who didn't check transmission fluid level. When visiting, found it was bone dry. Refilled, but the damage was done, needed rebuild or replacement costing more than the car's value. Sold via 
150000 mi

US $5000
Automatic transmission got rough, started getting difficult to get in reverse, then was too rough to drive 
104700 mi

US $1540
112000 mi Intermittent problem with transmission when sold. Not about to fail, but afraid it might eventually. 
187000 mi

US $200
Shift sensor replacement 
93000 mi SES light was set. DTC code read was P0730 indicating a problem in the shift control system. Light was set when car was started in morning. Transmission fluid was on the low end of normal. Added fluid to bring to full mark. No recurrence. 
129500 mi Transmission light blinking intermittently, later cleared up on its own. 
187000 mi

US $450
Gasket leak in VTM4 differential; needs fluid replacement 
108300 mi

US $350
replaced a switch on the transmission. 
110000 mi

US $870
Pressure switch failure. 
175000 mi

US $2800
Transmission blown. Needed replacement 

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2003 Honda Pilot

Engine not specified

232000 mi

US $2800
Transmission was rebuilt. 

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2003 Honda Pilot 4dr SUV

240-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

147000 mi

US $2150
Entire Transmission was replaced with a rebuilt unit 
99000 mi replaced transmission due to excessive noise 
178000 mi

US $1000
replaced transmission again due to excessive noise. 
96000 mi Transmission would suddenly downshift 2 gears while constant driving at a constant speed. Very hard, abrupt downshift that if uncorrected would have eventually destroyed the transmission and drivetrain. Transmission replaced, but still has probs. 
98000 mi The replacement transmission was replaced again. This time it works fine 2000 miles later. 
114000 mi

US $55
Lockup engaging and disengaging at about 40 mph. Engine RPM fluction accompanying. CEL code 1491 (insufficient flow, EGR) hard starting poor idle cleaned EGR passages. 
197000 mi

US $2400
Ordered new transmission due to failure of original equipment transmission, at about 197000. Note that this transmission had been the subject of a recall by Honda in 2004. 
187000 mi Started making a terrible grinding noise and would stall and jump when put into gear. 
137000 mi

US $5200
Total Transmission failure, 3 and 4th gears bad. honda recommends total replacement 
196000 mi transmission slipping between 2 & 3 gear 
159000 mi

US $172
Inconsistent engine rpm's at idle speed. Replaced transmission 4th gear pressure switch. 
193700 mi

US $462
Noticed transmission slipping when it shifted. Malfunction light came on. Dealer suggested getting vehicle towed. Replaced 4th gear transmission switch. 
195000 mi

US $60
Gearshift difficult to shift into gear. Believe shift cable was seized, possibly related to work done in August. Adjusted shifter cable. 
108000 mi Transmission Service 
186000 mi

US $180
Odd vibration in the transmission traced to the Torque Converter. The cost to repair this was between $3k and $3500. I decided to not get this replaced at this time. 
138000 mi

US $2600
Replaced transmission 
155700 mi

US $2618
Driver noticed transmission was slipping significantly while driving...drove straight to our regular repair shop. 
165000 mi

US $457
Repair shop noticed that rear axles was worn and needed to be replaced. ($231 incl. labor) 
183500 mi

US $450
Replaced solenoid on previously installed rebuilt transmission. 
120300 mi

US $3500
2nd time we have repaired/replaced transmission. first time was about 83,000 miles. 
120000 mi

US $600
drive D light was blinking. 4th gear pressure switch was replaced.abs, vtm, brake lights were always on.  humming noise from drive train above 20 miles an hour. Some gears needed lubricating 
122000 mi

US $525
replaced CV axle 
149000 mi Needed new transmission when sold. 
124620 mi

C $100
All wheel drive system - awaiting final determination 
128340 mi

C $500
All wheel drive system - replaced linkage I think 
129580 mi

C $450
Continued problem with all wheel drive system. $200. 
135780 mi

C $200
Transmission not shifting properly. Codes suggested needed new transmission - but after resetting system by disconnecting battery for 24hrs the problem has disappeared 
146940 mi

C $350
Prior problem with all wheel drive system - repaired by fixing electrical faults 
203360 mi

C $900
Rear drive system 
185000 mi Died, no longer drivable 
131500 mi

US $370
Front right CV boot cracked and leaked out grease. Installed new axles on both sides. had new axles for $45/ea! 
180000 mi

US $2500
Shift solenoid was replaced but the Pilot is still revving a bit when trying to shift into 2nd gear. 
66000 mi

US $217
Shifter interlock locked in "Parked" position. Dealer replaced broken "break light switch" - $115. Dealer charged $91 for 1h diagnostics labor to check for transmission/engine oil leaks, engine mount problems. 

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