The Honda Pilot blends the best features of an SUV, wagon, and minivan. You'll find a comfortable ride, responsive handling, quick acceleration, a versatile and well-designed interior, and good fuel economy.
Alerts
There are 14 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC available in 2005, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.
Road Test

The Honda Pilot blends the best features of an SUV, wagon, and minivan. You'll find a comfortable ride, responsive handling, quick acceleration, a versatile and well-designed interior, and good fuel economy.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (240 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2003 Honda Pilot owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"NOISE"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"at 363000kms the tie rods and ball joints needed replacement.... not suprising"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

"Bushing on right side and boot needed to be replaced"

Neil K., CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Both Compliance Bushings cracked and had to be replaced"

Don B., CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Front torsion bar bushings were worn out and causing a distinct front rattling noise. Bushings were replaced, which eliminated the problem"

Judith C., MN (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"steering bushings failed, needed replacement"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Getting rid of Pilot due to ongoing steering problems that Dealer and non-Dealer could not fix via various part replacements (3rd PS pump, both axles, one wheel bearing). Now told its the rack"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The vehicle was parked at the airport in winter, when we returned found that the power steering was frozen. The power steering fluid was being forced out through the fill cap"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering Pump failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering pump failure; required replacement. had approximately 150k miles at the time though"

Dean F., HI (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering not functional at low speeds"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"We've had the power steering go out on the Pilot 2 times over the years. This is the 3rd time, but we're not fixing it this time due to the high mileage on the car"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"O rings failed at power steering pump"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Struts were leaking and shocks had worn out"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"all needed to be replaced caused extra wear on tires destroying 2 sets of tires"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Condition of state roads caused the struts and suspension to require replacement"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace bushings and rear shocks"

Anonymous, AR (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"At 12 years old and 171700 miles the rear struts started leaking and recommended by the dealer to be changed"

Delbert L., CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"New struts needed. I live in mountainous area with some very bumpy roads"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace struts"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Struts and shocks replaced at 190,000"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"I took a trip to Baja Mexico and the road conditions contributed to the problem"

Abdelaziz K., AZ (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"This car had over 175,000 miles on it, so I would not see this as a major issue, since it was fixable and was not outrageously expensive. This is a great SUV"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The right rear torsion bar has broken 3 times"

Larry C., CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Struts failure not the fault of Honda"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"I guess it was wear and tear since the car is over 12 years old and has over 200K miles. I have the original transmission"

Irene M., MS (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"NOISE"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Linkage on passenger side was replaced, was noticed because it made clinking noise on hard turns"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rack had to be replaced. Cost approx $3000"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Will be getting this fixed soon"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Steering vibrated due to worn compliance bushings and also upon braking due to warped brake rotors"

Don B., CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Felt vibration on acceleration. Mechanic spotted split boot on CV joint recommended replacement. Problem solved. First problem other than normal wear on vehicle at 240000 miles"

J P., GA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"This is related to to the brake wear, but recently not able to move the gear shift out of Park without several tries"

Cynthia S., TX (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"At higher speeds there is a steering vibration. At lower speeds there is a pulling to the left"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"linkage broke"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"No noticeable problem but Honda dealer check found warned front end parts. (Took it to my independent guy for the repair.)"

Mark D., MD (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"tie rod broke"

Peter L., PA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Needed replacing..high mileage, not complaining"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Tires in rear are having uneven wear. I think it is out of camber. Dealership presented me with $4K "problems" including needing new steering rods but I took it to two well known, respected local places and they said it was bunk. I have a lot of mileage on tires so it's about time to replace them"

Irene M., MS (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"the A/C stopped working recently and I can't seem to fix it myself and understand it may be expensive to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"failed to engage when system was on"

D J., MI (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Compressor needed replacement at 150K miles"

Dean F., HI (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"leak in AC compressor requiring replacement with a new compressor"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"It failed and I replaced it"

Anonymous, DC (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"It stopped working and according to my mechanic all three components were replaced comp, cond, and evaporator"

Jeffrey K., NY (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"compressor froze up and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"A/C compressor core melted and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Bearing failure in A/C compressor"

Anonymous, NE (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"This was a replacement for the OEM compressor. The replacement failed but was a warranty piece which the installer paid for"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The pump had to be replaced"

Michael S., WA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Failed"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"a/c system not functioning"

Anonymous, HI (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear climate control quit working. Googled the problem. Seemed to be a common problem. Was the rear power transistor. We bought a new one and installed it ourselves"

John S., IN (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Auto climate control has failed. Continues to heat when turned off"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Control module failed. Rear climate controls were inoperable"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Cabin temperature AUTO button no longer cybernetically manages temperature. The heat will stay on well past the set temperature"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The 'blend door motor' quit working properly more than a year ago. Two trips to the dealer service shop, they couldn't identify. Two more trips to an independent mechanic & finally diagnosed. A $350 part only available from Honda and now the climate control works again!"

Eileen S., OR (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The blower fan makes noise when the heat or a/c is operating"

Bryan B., IL (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Blower motor failed"

Chuck K., MA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Risiser or transistor failure to the rear seat blower fan"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"just worn out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Noisey motor"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The rear blower quit working"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Blower for rear compartment needed tobe replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"condenser malfunctioned when the compressor did not work"

D J., MI (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"The unit that controls the heat/air system stopped working. I had it fixed for $500. The same unit that controls the rear of the cabin broke too. The fix would cost about $400 so I have not fixed it"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Temperature control failure and blower motor control failure"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"never works correctly, always too hot or too cold, not easily adjustable"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The colder it is the worst the heater works. Had dealer look over it twice with no real answers. Still not fixed"

Loren W., CO (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"rear hose leak refrigerant"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"There is a leak in the refrigerant system. Sealants don't work. The only solution is to go to a mechanic and have them perform a costly search and repair"

Bryan B., IL (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Refrigerate requires a recharge annually in 2014"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"I expect normal wear on brakes. The air conditioner leak was not expected"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Slow leak of refrigerant requires recharging about every 6 months. To fix leak is over $1000"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"System needed recharging after 13 years; no leak repairs"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Leak in rear refrigerant line. Has to take apart center console to repair leak"

Paul W., VA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Expensive to fix, but not unexpected in a 14 year old vehicle used in a severe climate. Ive had AC failures on other cars much sooner"

Steven B., NY (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"The cabin power plug frame comes out when pulling out an adapter plugged into it. Also, the power door locks stopped working"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Often smartphone plug and charger burns fussibles"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Alarm does not work. Have not bothered to have fixed"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Honda Pilot 3.5-L V6)

"Door locks started acting up"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Body control module

"Power seat control panel first became dislodged, then stopped working. This is on the driver's side so cannot adjust the seat"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Cruise control

"Cruise control only goes on about 75% of the time now. It also sometimes slips off when it's been working for many minutes"

SUSn L., NC (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Gauges

"it's those little lights behind the heating options, etc. They are going out one by one"

H S., WI (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Dash lights (speedometer, tachometer, gas/battery) stopped working"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"would get another!"

Tom F., OR (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"I had to replace the housing on my headlights due to a leak in the gasket"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Low beam on right side failed"

Anonymous, HI (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The car burs our headlights at a rate of about 3/year. Had the recall long ago done on the headlights but it still has a problem. Had the dealership check again and the confirmed the change was done"

Jon H., TX (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Cracked and blurred pl¿ica o ver the lights"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Both headlights have failed repeatedly in the past 36 mos. They have been fine for the past 10 mos or so"

David H., FL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Normal beams work, but high beam does not - bulbs are good - seems to be an electrical problem"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"fog lights"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"passenger light would not go on when door was opened"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Backseat passenger light comes on of its own accord and is difficult to turn off"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"I had to replace all of the dash lights when about 50% burned out. Stems to electrical problem with car"

Jon H., TX (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Interior lights remain on if you don't close doors before starting car. Began after ignition in steering column was repaired"

Cathy B., KY (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"I have had to replace all of the actuators/relay to lock my doors. I had to replace the left passenger actuator a second time this year. Car would lock manually but would unlock unless I crawled through the car to unlock which was a pain"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The front passenger door lock has ceased to operate automatically"

Anonymous, LA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Remote does not work anymore, the driver's door lock control does not operate all of the doors"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"I had to change the actuator for both front doors"

Abdelaziz K., AZ (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Keyless entry works sporadically on passenger side front door (the colder the temperature, the better it works)..Keyless entry does not work at all on passenger side back door"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"All locks stopped working at different times. Super expensive to fix each one"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Expensive service was the remedy for a manual lock/unlock system that at times, would not open the back doors, required unlocking the trunk to unlock all doors, and keyless entry that would unlock all but the back passenger side door"

Jeff A., IL (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger door lock stopped working"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The automatic door locks on 2 of the 4 doors quit working. When I click the keyless entry, the doors will not unlock"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The doors only intermittently open with the key fob. Two of the electric locks don't work-- trunk and rear passenger doors"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Power locks on both passenger side doors are not working"

David H., FL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The key no longer worked in the transmission"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Brake light indicator was on"

Anonymous, HI (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear wiper motor not working. Not worth fixing"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"It would lock in Park position and not release"

Bonnie S., CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Had to be replaced"

Connie W., UT (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Not only the car does not engage the 3th, 4th and 5th gears, but the downshifting is very rough. Driving the car became dangerous"

Walter V., ON (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"required new transmission"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rough shifting most often happens between low gears and when going up hill. Honda dealer says there is no fix"

Joel A., AL (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission fails to shift to next gear. Coasting for a few seconds will typically get to go"

Richard L., MN (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission stays on 1st and second gears. Does not shift to 3rd, 4th and 5th gears. Transmission will have to be replaced soon, according to dealership, which is very unusual for a vehicle with 87,000 kilometers on the odometer"

Walter V., ON (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"When transmission is thoroughly warmed up, it will occasionally miss shifting into 3 gear"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"required new transmission"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"transmission slipping between 1st and 2nd gears"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Tranny started missing gears at 133000, Have milked it til now and will consider a rebuild in the next year"

Richard L., MN (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission, most of the time, slips and can be rough or "jerky", especially from 2nd to 3rd gear but 1st to second gear also - varies and seems to get a bit worse the longer/further one drives. Occasionally, the transmission will not engage when shifting to 2nd or 3rd and the engine will "rev" but then engages. Always pulls off in 1st gear. This began happening about 1 year and 4 months ago or at 154000 miles! Independent garage mechanic looked it over and feels it needs an overhaul. I'll driv"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Just went in for oil change and they said a small leak in transmission fluid that would cost $410"

Peter P., VA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"After replacing my original transmission with a factory rebuilt transmission, a return hose leaked oil"

Anh N., CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission was replaced with a rebuilt one several years ago. Ever since, the transmission experiences occasionally hesitates on the first acceleration after sitting overnight. No one has solved the problem, which I consider minor but annoying"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"transmission temp sensor and transmission switches had to be replaced"

John L., WI (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"cooling senser went bad"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"It is not yet resolved but involves the emissions light and the codes given when put on the machine. If all options fail it will involve replacing the transmission"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The 4th Gear solenoid had to be replaced because it failed after 14 years"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"Rear window trim around spoiler is falling down onto the rear window"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The faux chrome foil on the front interior door handles is peeling off leaving a sharp edge exposed that can cut your fingers when you open the door(s)"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Bad clear coat on hood required a complete repainting, removed paint all the way down to the metal and completely repainted"

Mark G., CA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"BUMPER PAINT"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Clear coar peeling from plastic trim including bumper"

Kenneth L., NY (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"bumper paint peeling"

Boi Q., CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"[aint peeling off running boards"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint lifting and subsequent peeling only from the plastic trim panel on driver's side door. Lifting started several years after purchase and gradually worsened until peeling started this year"

Herb C., BC (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Clear coat is peeling on plastic body parts and is now starting to peel on metal parts. Appears to be a common problem with Honda"

Kenneth L., NY (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The front side of the rear view mirror plastic covering is chipped and starting to peel. The hood paint is starting to appear corroded at the windshield wash dispensers"

Cynthia S., TX (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is worn off and peeling. Started on hood and now is worn at doors and rear"

Anonymous, NV (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"some body rust in wheel well areas above trim strip liner that was repaired by independent collision shop"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"rear drivers side quarter-panel - rust on seam"

Bruce O., MA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rust where dent"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Normal rustin wheel wells due to long winters and not being able to wash as often as we would like"

Andre-Marilynn P., ON (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"rust on top of doors, rear hatch, undercarriage and under the hood. also rust around mounting brackets of luggage racks"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear Bumper had to be replaced due to rust"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rust starting in left rear qtr panel, where rear fascia attaches to the body"

Rick N., NJ (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Torque converter had to be replaced"

Jim B., OH (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"It all had to be rebuilt twice"

Connie W., UT (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Trans replaced three years ago and needed to be replaced again. Covered under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Mechanic said around 125,000 the transmission in pilots were needing major repairs. Mine had to be rebuilt"

John S., IN (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"transmission begun to slip at 170k, had to have it rebuilt, seems to be a common issue, but the car is still in good shape and most American made cars don't even last that long"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"There as a factory recall on the transmission several years ago; but our car passed at the time. Two years later when the transmission failed, Honda would no longer honor the recall, so we had to pay"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission went out at 105000 miles. Had it rebuilt with no help from Honda. I will never buy another Honda! Rear window fell down. Replaced window mechanism"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Could feel the slipping of gears while driving"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"3rd gear malfunction"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"A transmission rebuild apparently is common with both the pilot and odyssey as they both use the same. I spoke with several shops stating that it's a common thing for the transmission to fail right at 100K miles"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"When the gear shift is in "drive" the transmission will drop into neutral when the car comes to a stop, and then doesn't engage again when step on the gas to go again. You have to manually shift into 1 or 2 to get the transmission to engage again"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to have transmission rebuilt in order to continue to be Able to drive the car. Had an upgraded transmission installed. Extra coolent system added thus was an Arizona car. ( I'm in Michigan) due to the high temps there and rugged train probably should of had that to start with. Car was still an excellent choice"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Tranmission making noise when shifting between gears"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission broke while car had 4 passengers and was towing an empty uhaul cargo trailer less than 1000 lbs"

Anh N., CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission started slipping around 228K miles. Had a local Mom and Pop established business do a new transmission installation. Had some issues afterwards-minor, fortunately, and the business did the adjustments. All is well now"

Irene M., MS (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission 2nd failed suddenly leaving the car without power for 10 seconds when merging onto the freeway. Shop rebuilt transmission but this failed after 2500 miles. This was replaced with a 2006 model transmission which has worked well for almost a year. 2003 transmissions are very unreliable according to shop"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission almost completely failed at 205,000 miles"

Jannette T., AR (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission went out had to be replaced. It still shifts rough"

Joel A., AL (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Had leak in brake and I think calipers had to be replaced or repaired. I paid for it and it was expensive"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Had a rear brake caliper hang up which led to the wearing out of the brake pads and damage to the rotor"

William S., IA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"calipers on one wheel were almost worn through, discovered on a routine servicing"

Joseph P., IA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Front and rear brakes corroded/rusted needing replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"THE COST WAS QUITE HIGH IT SEEMED TO ME / $800"

S M., OH (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"the suv is over 10 years old, there will be some problems, new brakes were installed but it still squeaks"

Anonymous, DE (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"I have replaced pads and rotors but breaks still work poorly"

Roy J., PA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"heavy vibration during braking. dealer misdiagnosed, and repaired rear brakes. Problem was in front brakes"

Timothy G., GA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Have had to have brakes done twice in one year with very little driving and more than four decades of driving w/1 ticket for 40 mph in 35 mph zone, cautious driver, judicious brake use. Why? Honda getting too expensive. Repairs too expensive"

Anne B., CT (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"brake pads have to be replaced in 16,000 miles"

Anonymous, HI (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Vehicle was left parked for approximately 4 weeks. Rotors rusted so badly the needed to be replaced"

Robert L., CT (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Chugging was uncomfortable"

Anonymous, NV (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"brake pads and rotors had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"Broken engine mount and bent wishbone discovered while performing recall repair"

Kenneth G., TX (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Fluid filled mounts failed. Split open. Lost fluid. If I had not seen the fluid leaking would not have known the mounts had had failed. I had the car into the dealer 6 months earlier for what i thought were supension noises. They did not find the pr"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"worn out due to age of car"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Inspection found several mounts which had failed and needed replacement"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Major oil leak caused by failed gasket on pump housing"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"replaced rear main seal: O ring + crankshaft seal"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Not real serious. mostly due to age and fixed at same time as timing belt replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Main engine oil seal which required dropping the transmission out to repair"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"suspicious oil leak right after scheduled mainteance"

Eppie C., AB (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Drive shaft seal was leaking"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear main seal was leaking, requiring transmission to be dropped to access for repair"

Luke B., ID (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"No oil pressure to engine"

Kim L., LA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Accessory belts or pulleys

"Throttle cable came off"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Water pump failure and replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Gadgets around doors are finally beyond there life expectancy and need to replace them"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Hear sounds as if window is not fully closed"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The seals around doors and windows have been rotting away. I need to replace them"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"thumps in rear when going over potholes"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"For almost 2 years my wife was complaining about front end noise. Turns out a "vibration damper bolt" was missing from the right front suspension. Honda dealer could not find it. Local Brake repair shop suggested probable cause and demonstrated probl"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Clunks when hitting small bumps"

David A., NY (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Due to age of vehicle am very pleased with reliability for over 14years"

Richard J., FL (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"this car is very noisy, I wish Honda would put more effort into making their cars quieter"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Difficult to hear radio at turnpike speeds"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"noisy car, but great and reliable"

Tom F., OR (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Loud inside the cabin"

Richard J., FL (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"driver side door lock does not work with remote, when using key to open or lock other doors driver side door lock does not work"

Boi Q., CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Door locks stopped working electronically"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Right front door no longer responds to the RF key fob. Must lock it manually"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to repair and finally replace ignition switch. Just wore out and wouldn't turn. The door locks have stopped working and am told needs whole replacement so just unlocking the old fashioned way by pushing up from the inside. All of the silver cover on the interior door handles have worn off"

Anonymous, NV (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"passenger seat to fix would have to buy whole seat so welded the seat adjustment to sit straight up. I can not sit at an angle"

Les M., CA (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Rear drivers seat latch does not work and seat will not fold down to allow loading of cargo in the rear. Requires seat back removal and installation of a new cable retention latch"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Bolts that hold seat to body stripped. Cost to replace:$2000. Can't drive without the seat"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - temperature

"failure in seat heaters"

Roy J., PA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"Had regulator replaced drivers side rear window"

Kenneth L., NY (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear drivers side window would not go up. Regulator had to be replaced. Cost $300"

Kenneth L., NY (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"no battery lasts forever"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Ignition switch

"Ignition switch failed and the key would no longer turn to start the car. We had to replace. Upon searching the web found this was a common problem, but there had been no recall and we had to pay to fix. It was expensive. Didn't seem like a part"

Lynne P., CT (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"difficulty in putting key in and taking out progressively worse until it just would not go in. replaced ignition switch"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Alternator

"Alternator failed"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Starter

"Towed in 3 times before problem was found. Another $600. Plus diagnostics on the first visit"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Check engine light came on. Needed to replace EGR valve and clean intake ports"

Anonymous, ND (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Egr system not communicating with computer"

Anonymous, NB (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Catalytic converter failed at 100K mileage, had sensors and converter replaced"

Kevin W., CT (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Check Engine light came on. Went to Honda dealer. They said this problem is hard to diagnose-they said "this could be expensive - we will start with the fuel cap". They sold me a new fuel cap and said "let us know if this doesn't work". It was the fuel cap"

Richard P., CT (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"O2 sensor failed and it caused the car to shift roughly and slip out of gear"

Robert B., CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"The bolts that hold the engine on needed replacing"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
CV joint

"Boot torn and leaking lubricant"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"CV joint broke on passenger front - required towing. Replaced passenger axle rod, 2 cv joints, both front tires with alignment. $2000 all in"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Replace flex pipe twice"

David A., NY (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"was loose, banging on tail pipe"

Gary L., WI (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Pipes

"exhaust system began to make lots of noise. Mechanic had to weld in replacement flex joint to correct"

L T., NY (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

"bearing failure in tensioner pulley"

Bruce O., MA (2003 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Mileage on the vehicle resulted in a recommendation to replace the timing belt as a preventive measure"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"CD player failed after 3 years and the dealer replaced it for free"

William C., PA (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Leaking. Had to be replaced"

James R., NY (2003 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
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