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 13 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 2004 Honda Pilot owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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 air is not cooling. Only hot air is blowing into the car"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"blew warm air instead of AC"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"A/c "fades", i.e. continues working but must continuously drop the selected temperature to keep working. I have not yet taken it to be serviced"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The A/C compressor went out completely resulting in only hot/warm air blowing out of the system. Once it was replaced, we got cool air once more"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"In 2016, the rear A/C compressor failed such that the rear seats did not get cold air when the A/C was turned on (the rear has it's own A/C compressor)"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"compressor went out but the car was 10 years old when it did"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"A/C compressor is leaking. Every Summer I have to get it recharged"

John N., NE (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"AC is not working. I do not know the details yet. I will be bringing the car in for evaluation soon"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"replaced the a/c compressor and a leaking hose"

Donald F., NV (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"stopped cooling. This is my 2nd AC compressor"

Terrylyn B., FL (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"For years, at times the car would select its own temp settings, but it would frequently require you to turn the temp down to 63 degrees on a hot day to get cool air. Anything above that would turn on the heat. The dealer and a local mechanic were never able to repair it until a local shop finally repaired recently by replacing a $250 plus labor valve to regulate the heat and air. We were not pleased with Honda on this one"

Craig M., CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"It does not maintain temperature per setting, especially in Winter. It get too hot at 64 degrees, but can be too cool at 63"

Jean A., OH (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Automatic climate system freezes during hot weather and temperature varies greatly with settings. Very difficult to maintain a comfortable setting"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"system would go from hot to cold on it's own. Honda mechanics found the problem and corrected it by replacing a regulator"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Thermostat for regulating heat and air is no working properly. It ether blasts high heat or very cold air. There seems to be no regulation"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"would alternate from heating to cooling despite no interaction with system"

Rich S., SC (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Ac controls were difficult to set"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Automatic climate control stopped working"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Only if we put the desired temp down to 60 will it stop blowing very hot air. Even if we turn the system off, it still blows hot air"

Jeromy B., MA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"rear ac blower not working"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Near constant cycling noise from temperature control actuator when temperature setting is close to outside temperature"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Automatic climate control needs to be replaced or serviced"

Christian K., CO (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Blew only hot air from AC/Heater. Had to replace control module"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Rear blower made loud noises. I had this repaired at a dealer. It was very expensive - over $700"

John K., OH (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Blower(fan) motor stopped working. I took it to two mechanics before it was fixed by replacing a power transistor module"

Richard M., CA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"One day a couple of weeks ago the blower motor just stopped working properly - only a slight trickle of air would come out regardless of setting. It had to be replaced to fix the issue"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Blower made tremendous effort amount of noise on high speeds"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Had the air mix motor repaired at independent shop that services only Honda and Acura at $507 labor and parts"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Have had recurring problem with load noise coming from blower fan. Dealer has serviced and replaced the blower fan twice and still have the problem"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Smoke was coming out of the vents inside the car and from under the hood"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"It stopped working suddenly in summer rendering AC inoperable"

Anonymous, ID (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"hasnt completely failed, but is on the way. gotta hit it to keep it running. replacement is cheap though"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Stopped working, needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Damage to condenser, In area where easy for rocks to hit. Second time had to replace it in last 5 years"

Thomas S., TX (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"An electrical switch that controls the damper (air-mix motor) failed. Part is about $450. Air conditioner works without the switch, but have the constant noise of coolant flowing through the heater core unless temperature selection is at the coldest"

Joseph S., FL (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Can only adjust fan level for climate controls and occasionally selected another mode (on DEFROST, sometimes can select air via upper vents for e.g. but then can't move from that function). Loss function of all buttons on climate panel"

Melissa L., CO (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"The heater worked fine. Problem was getting unit to send out proper hot or cold air and the direction of the driver"

Craig M., CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Constantly blows hot air. Have to override with the air conditioner"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"We've had problems with the heating system which will require an expensive repair"

Frank O., TX (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The car was leaking the coolant"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Hose leak"

Anonymous, KS (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Took car to dealer repeatedly (year after year) for coolant recharge while under warranty-they never actually fixed the problem, just continued to refill coolant"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"O-ring leaks cost several hundred dollars to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Leak on the system"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Passenger seat heater has not been working for a few years. It's simply too costly to repair. Now the drivers seat has a very hot spot in it. this makes it too uncomfortable to use. Again, too costly to repair on an eleven year old car"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Heated driver's seat stopped working at 175K miles"

Thomas N., MD (2004 Honda Pilot EX 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 fell apart when master cylinder failed and lost all fluid, damaging the rortor"

Tara G., NE (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"My rotors became warped. They were aftermarket rotors. I got them resurfaced and the ride is smooth again"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Extreme grinding. Costly service of $900 to repair but I do have very high mileage"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors got wet and warped and became very rusty, made a bad sound and a shimmy when braking"

Geoff S., CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors ineffective as built! I replaced them with drilled and slotted rotors and vastly improved the braking efectiveness! These cars were built with inaduqate brakes"

Louis E., CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced front rotors due to warping without excessive heat buildup due to 'riding' them, or severe maneuvers"

Anonymous, ID (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"all 4 rotors needed milling due to excessive vibration when braking"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"rusted badly and needed replacement"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"front rotors warped 1 year after they had been replaced"

Michael C., FL (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"change brake pads"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Antilock system (ABS)

"driver side door will not lock without key used"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"line disintegrated and destroyed left rear breaks to include damage to the rotor"

Tara G., NE (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace brake pads"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"seems to have excessive break wear to rear brakes"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"noises"

Harvey S., CA (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Brake drums rusted and needed to be replaced while car sat for months waiting for air bag replacement"

William S., NJ (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"wore much more quickly than I would have expected"

David F., CO (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"I had to have both the front and rear brakes replaced. But I believe this was just normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"normal wear on rear brake pads"

Jim S., AZ (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace front breaks"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Seem to wear quicker than I would expect"

Charles M., OH (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Brake reline at 100000 miles"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"front brake pads replaced twice, rotors once"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"brakes last less than 20000 miles"

Anonymous, RI (2004 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 computer

"Getting a misfire error code from the engine computer and have not yet found the reason or part(s) that need to be replaced"

Randall G., IL (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Have had over 2000 work on engine, but engine lights come on if too hot or too cold outside"

Lisa F., TX (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Failure of engine speed sensor caused engine light to come on. Labor for diagnostics per Honda manual exceeded cost the the replacement sensor"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Had to have front and side engine mounts replaced. I read later that this is common in this SUV, but given the mileage and the few repairs I've needed the Honda Pilot has been excellent"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Front and side engine mounts were discovered to be bad and I replaced them"

Randall G., IL (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to have 2 motor mounts replaced by shop"

Bradley S., GA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"While Honda dealer was performing service for an unrelated recall notice, 3 of the 4 motor mounts were found to be broken. This required replacement of the 3 motor mounts"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"3 of 5 Mounts became loose and were replaced"

Peter S., CT (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Broken. Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MT (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"replaced the front mount and the passenger side mount"

Donald F., NV (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"leaked failed"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace engine mounts because engine would rock when stopping. Cost $700"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer found two broken engine mounts that had to be replaced for $700+"

Todd O., VA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"4th time replacing an engine mount since purchase of car"

Jeff S., CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"was told to have 2 replaced for $800, did one, a year later I can tell that the engine is thumping when i step on the gas"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Filter lead and repaired"

Robert B., OH (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Oil pressure sensor leak"

Anonymous, NM (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Small leak around oil pan"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Oil leak from head gasket and ancillary leak from rear main seal"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear seal leaking. Had to replace seal"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Found oil leak around oil pan. Got worse over 5000 miles. Dealer repaired at next oil change"

Gary B., CO (2004 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

Air or water leaks

"Water was coming into the front floorboards through some leak on the firewall"

Timothy T., WA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump failed and began leaking coolant"

Anonymous, KS (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Found large amount of water under front passenger side carpet with some water under drivers side. Changed AC air filter and cleaned out both AC drain tunes. That appears to have resolved the issue"

Bradley S., GA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"every time it rained there are water leaks inside the floor of the passenger and driver side"

Fekade S., MD (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Leaks water into drivers side during rain, soaking carpet, very annoying, dealer indicated could not repair leak"

Mark E., NE (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Replace gadgets around doors and windows"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"aftermarket windshield"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Door panels & suspension are noisy"

Sam-Ruth R., CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle from loose heat shield. Easy fix, just cost $50"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission whines and has since 80,000 miles and Honda says the fix is very expensive ...they said this has been a common problem on Pilot's ....If I had know this I wouldn't have bought the vehicle..the noise is very obvious"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"According to our mechanic: Possible rear hub noise; also left front axle shaft bent"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Has developed a rattle in the dash board area. Also the roof carrier bars came lose and had to replace some parts and tighten, which reduced most of that noise. General squeaks and rattles all over the vehicle"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Heat shield was falling off and the car ages, it has gotten more loud in the cabin"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

":"Scraping" noise when turning. Replaced transmission fluid with assurances it would correct. It did not correct it. Doesn't effect function but irritating and concerning"

Melissa L., CO (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"In the rear of the vehicle there is an occasional squeak. It is hard to isolate and is minor"

Eric B., CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Windshield/dash squeaks"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rattling noises in the dashboard and front doors"

Scott C., FL (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"noise from rear differential when turning or driving at low speeds"

William E., CA (2004 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

"I had been having sporadic problems with the car not being able to start for no reason. I had it towed on several occasions and they never found anything wrong. Then finally a mechanic in another state properly diagnosed the problem and replaced th"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Key would not go in ignition. Replaced lock cylinder and key. $544"

Frank S., NY (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"In cold weather, the ignition switch won't turn unless you trip a piece in the steering column with a screw driver"

Anonymous, OK (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Ignition switch

"Ignition had to be replaced suddenly. When key was inserted the car would not start"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"HONDAS LINE OF VEHICLES EXPERIENCES WEAR ON THE ELECTRONIC IGNITION SYSTEM WHICH CAUSES THE IGNITION TO STICK AND REQUIRES COSTLY REPLACEMENT AT ADVANCED AGES, WHICH IS ENTIRELY LIKELY, SINCE THESE VEHICLES LAST FOR EVER"

Patti D., IL (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Broke and key stuck. Needed to be rebuilt by locksmith"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Keys would not unlock steering colum or start car. Started with keys jamming in ignition they just stopped working"

Todd O., VA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Key stuck in ignition. Had to replace entire ignition switch and re-key car. Service person said most likely due to using the valet key, but this seems suspect"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Starter

"Free running, would not engage the flywheel"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Starter died and car had to be towed for a replacement starter"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"I replaced a battery after 4 years because I had to keep charging it. Two years ago I tried to start the car I an hour after I had parked in town. It did not make a sound and a fried tried it and it started but the CD popped out and the clock had t"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Coil

"Prior to timing belt failure, two coil packs failed and burned up. Required replacement including damaged spark plugs, wires and head"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Engine developed misfire. Check engine and AWD lights came on. Mechanic found 1 of the original factory installed spark plugs had partially backed out of the cylinder head. Escaping gases damaged the coil pack"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"There was a loose sparkplug causing the engine to misfire. To replace this and adjust the valves the head cover had to be removed. Labor and parts for 6 spark plugs was $1200? Airbag was no charge recall"

Frank S., NY (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear spark plug came loose while the car was running on highway. Destroyed coil and stopped car. Pilot towed to dealer and repaired"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

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

"only had to replace one, and again car was 10 years old"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Needed right side ball joint to pass inspection. No noticeable symptom"

George H., NY (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace rack and pinion steering unit as it was starting to leak"

Howard G., TX (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Failed Virginia State Safety inspection, required replacement of the rack and pinon steering assembly"

Ralph M., VA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering pump leaking - pump had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Weak ps"

Gary E., MD (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"excessive noise from pump during cold weather"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"right rear shock and associated fittings broke"

Anonymous, VI (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Seals broken"

Deborah B., MI (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rack and pinion leaking fluid. Cost $1600 to repair"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Tie rod seals leaking. Replaced and alignment completed in less than 3 hours"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear tie-rod ends had to be replaced. Shocks still okay after 350000 miles"

Scott H., GA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"continuous noise due to loose suspension connections. Multiple visits to Dealer. Private shop found and fixed where dealer not able"

Anonymous, IN (2004 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

Body control module

"Electric seat adjust stopped working"

Brett W., PA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"They don't work"

Anonymous, KS (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Headlights burn out quickly"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Headlights fog up and water collects inside the lens. have not been able to figure out how to prevent this. When it happens the headlights dim considerably because of the water and fog on the inside of the lens. Both sides"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Headlights went out, then back on, then continued this way while driving across US at night. Faulty Headlight/turn signal switch. Self repaired"

Vincent W., AZ (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Headlights would fail while driving, Usually on longer drives"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"bulb burned out in R front headlight"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Rear turn signal wouldn't light due to wiring / corrosion problem, not bulb"

Mark S., TX (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"rocker switch for interior lights doesn't always work"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Opening driver door doesn't turn on interior lights. Also, interior lights turn off too quickly when ignition is turned off"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"driver door lock actuator was replaced once and stopped working again. All doors would lock with the keyless fob, except the driver's door"

James H., KS (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"various lights come on sporadically"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"multiple erratic variable electrical problems"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"Very poor design on the front seats side trim secured by three screws and a tab. The lip of the trim keeps getting caught on the driver's clothing and getting pulled off, breaking the trim panel. Very expensive to replace, over $150.00"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Chrome finish on interior door latches peels off resulting in sharp edges of the peeling finish to stick out presenting a cut hazard"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint on hood and roof faded very quickly regardless of regular application of wax"

Craig T., AZ (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The top portion of the Rear hatch is fading. This is a plastic piece"

Scott C., FL (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"paint faded on right rear quarter panel and bumper. this may have been from a previous repair as it is extremely localized to this one location"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rust near rear wheel well"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rusting above rear wheel well on both sides"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The main structural member of the rear bumper almost completely rusted away from road salt and was replaced"

Russell S., PA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rusting above left rear wheel well"

Greg D., MN (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"left rear wheel rim was rusted through and rear end under bumper was completed rusted"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"rust rear corner panel and around rear windows and gas cap"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"even though we washed this car regularly, it started to rust outside and underneath in 2012"

Anonymous, ME (2004 Honda Pilot EX 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

Glass defects

"A rock chipped and spider fractured windshield. Insurance said to call Safelite Autoglass. They came to the house next day and replaced in 30 minutes. Very satisfied"

Frank S., NY (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Driver door lock no longer works"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Automatic locking using the FOB does not lock or unlock all of the doors. The must be done manually. Could cause a door to be unlocked if you don't manually check them all"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Multiple lock actuators failed, and prevented the car from locking properly or setting the security system. Actuators replaced and system works again"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Door latches on inside the car, chrome covering is coming off leaving a very sharp edge"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Seat belts

"Seat belt fasten light stays on. took to dealership. they indicated it would take significant effort and expense to troubleshoot and fix. suggested driving as is"

Craig T., AZ (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Unable to move seat forward or back. Release handle broken"

Mark S., TX (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Driver seat mounts broke"

Anonymous, WY (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Struts fail about every 24 months"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"hydraulic bad"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The right rear, left rear and passenger seat window motors burned out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Doors or sliding doors

"The drivers door open light would come on when the door was closed. Apparently my knee resting on the door had bent the door panel"

John N., NE (2004 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)

"Engine light comes on every 200-400 miles. Have spent $1200 at dealers and it still comes on. All they do reset the light. They can not fined the problem. I now ignor the light"

Jan G., GA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Car was idling rough. Shop diagnosed Egr valve.Had do wait5 days to fully repair"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"A small leak that they told me caused the check engine light to come on and stayed on even after being fixed at the Dealership, twice. I took the car to 2 other mechanics. They said the computer should be replaced. I could drive it safely unless i"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Honda dealers have the only one that fits. Auto parts stores do not"

Kieth M., TN (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"It isn't the fuel cap, rather the gas neck. I've had to replace it twice and believe I may have to replace it a third time now. I can smell gaseous fumes and my light was on but has not reappeared for the last 5 months or so. This is a crazy odd prob"

Terri M., CO (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"part of the same problem previously described. Wasn't sure what to select,"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The engine light comes on and they say it is linked to the fuel cap. I've had it replace but the light has come on again and it is still linked somehow to the fuel cap"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Engine light comes on and dealers can not repair or find gthe problem. I pay for the light to be reset. I now ignor the light"

Jan G., GA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"I'm not sure this is the right category. I developed a leak in the part of the car where you add fuel. the whole thing had to be replaced including some sensors. It cost over $800 to repair"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Torque converter gave out and was replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Have the indicator warning that torque converter is about to fail. Have driven 35000 miles since and have not replaced yet"

Scott H., GA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"During summer the D (drive) indicator was flashing occasionally. then in Fall the transmission totally failed"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission failed and I needed to replace it"

Fred J., NC (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Flashing "D" indicator appeared on the dash while driving out of town. Returned home and took the Pilot to the mechanic. Pulled code that indicated transmission failure imminent. Contacted Honda after reviewing forums on the subject of this being a c"

John M., LA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"a1t 160000 miles we had to replace the transmission"

Anonymous, ME (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"NO problems; dealer covered the cost because vehicle was covered under their warranty"

Larry W., FL (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"started slipping around 165k miles, and got it rebuilt for about $1500"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Needs rebuild Cost more than it's worth fixed Donating car"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 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

"clugging in 2 and 3rd gear did two tranny flushes"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission goes from whirring to slipping. I've had it in the shop quite a bit this year"

David D., NC (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The slipping occurs at 45-50 mph"

Fred C., FL (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Failure to shift into first gear when approaching stop. Not able to duplicate when serviced"

Timothy L., CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Along with the whine in the transmission it also slips and Honda says after 80,000 miles alot of Pilots did this"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"4th Clutch Pressure Switch Replaced"

Anonymous, OK (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"frustrating issue, detents in transmission have failed causing shifter to move very easily, too expensive to fix and seriously devalues vehicle"

Greg B., AB (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Transmission has made noises & vibrations for 100K miles. Dealer said it was "grade logic" & can't be fixed"

Thomas N., MD (2004 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

"Timing belt broken at 140K. Replaced timing belt at 105K per mfg recommendation. Valves contacted pistons. Full engine replacement required"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Timing belt was replaced only because the car had 105,000 mi and the maintenance book said it needed to be replaced at that mileage"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Timing belt did not fail - this was routine replacement"

Peter S., CT (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Timing chain broke-was making high-pitched hum for a long time; problem never identified properly by garage. Resulted in $5000 engine replacement"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The timing belt was worn and neeed to be replaced, i think this was the first time it was done and with 200000 kms on vehicle this is not bad. Was expensive though"

Anonymous, SK (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Car went in for oil pump seal replacement. Dealer recommended changing the timing belt - even though it was changed at 100,000 miles - since the engine would be out anyway"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"I think it's idiotic to have a timing belt, in this case 2, in a V6 eng. The replacement cost is extremely prohibitive. If I knew it would cost me $1500 to replace them, I wouldnt have bought this SUV. Going back to Ford!!! Keep $$$ in US!!!"

Vincent W., AZ (2004 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

"Wheel alignment which the dealer said can only be fixed to 80%"

V S., NY (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Both front driveshafts/axels replaced due to worn CV joints"

Michael D., MN (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Starter went out and had to be replaced"

Carole D., CA (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"First the blower fan went out. After this was repaired the console fan that provides airflow to the rear seats did not work. It required replacing a resistor in the console that cost almost $300. I believe the problems were related"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

"VTM-4 system failure that the dealer cannot figure out"

Russell S., OR (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"CV joints replaced as part of front axel repair"

Michael D., MN (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"Rust caused the need for the catalytic converter to be replaced after 130000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"leak in front pipe before catalytic converter"

Anonymous, RI (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Muffler

"The Honda dealer did not use Honda parts when it was replaced at 80K miles. Connections all nearly rusted through"

Frank S., NY (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Hole"

Anonymous, NE (2004 Honda Pilot LX 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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Gps repeadly fails to load. Updates on system are very expensive and repedly fail"

Louis E., CA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"A CD periodically stops playing and ejects automatically. This only happens occasionally"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The CD player just stopped working...all it says now is ERROR"

Jeromy B., MA (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"Had to replace spool asm which transmits signals to various pieces of electronics"

Howard G., TX (2004 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"Radiator had leaks, needed replacing"

Greg M., MI (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Radiator failed and replaced along with all hoses"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
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