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 for a midsized SUV.
Alerts
There are 15 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 for a midsized SUV.

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 (255 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 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

"Alignment veers and darts. May be normal maintenance but seems more common than my other vehicles in the past"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking"

Timothy E., VA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Noise in front end and loose steering. Front engine mount was also replaced"

Gerald M., CT (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"I consider this normal wear for near 120000 miles"

Gregory R., AZ (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Bushings were worn from use and had to be replaced"

Roger-Wendy S., NJ (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"car inspected & cracked bushing replaced"

Jack D., NY (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Too costly to repair - $1700"

Dora C., AZ (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to replace the rack & pinion"

Garry P., CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering rack had to be replace at about 90000 miles due to a crack that was letting air into the system"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Recently the Pilot was diagnosed with minor leakage. Not enough to warrant repairing"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The high pressure hose off the power steering pump began leaking where the metal fitting meets the rubber portion of the hose"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Steering pump needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Hose fitting failed, high pressure line. Leaking fluid"

Alfred L., GA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering pump failed. Had replaced and failed; third pump OK"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"A hose clamp was loose causing power steering fluid to leak"

Morris S., KY (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The power steering pump started making a lot of noise. Some of the failure could be because the fluid was never changed out since purchase. No problems after replacement"

Rob L., VA (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"One front axle was starting to leak, so replaced both axles with attached bearings, and both struts while they were off the car"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Had to have them replaced at great expense"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The rear shock brackets broke and had to be replaced. One this year and the other side last year"

Mark R., NJ (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Normal wear after 170000"

Chris W., MI (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"suspension noisy, struts had to be replaced, normal wear and tear for age of car"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced shocks, struts and front brake rotors and pads due to wear & tear - no mechanical breakdown - simply precautionary maintenance"

John H., MI (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"shocks stopped working, not a big issue after 12 years"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The stabilizing bars broke and needed to be repaired"

Brian D., MN (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Fluid leaking"

Alfred L., GA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Had new tires installed and vibration began; returned for rebalance but not corrected. Had a Wheel alignment and that seems to be OK. Oddly there was no vibration or abnormal tire wear before new tires"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Vibration was most noticeable at about 50 mph"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"Left tie rod created a problem with tire wear"

Francis B., MI (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Tie rods were worn and had to be replaced"

Roger-Wendy S., NJ (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"worn out, replaced everything is fine"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear wheel bearing became noisy. Normal wear for mileage, but dealer first diagnosed it as snow tires (no snow tires on the car) and then found a ball joint on second visit. After repair suggested I get the bearing changed (my diagnosis initially)"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"anti lock brakes would suddenly apply when driving"

Julia R., VA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"sudden acceleration"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"replacement required"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Caliper on right rear froze closed. Wore down pads and rotor. Needed to replace on both rear wheels because of this. Expensive"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Vibration and "sticking" while braking. Have attempted to fix twice with no success"

Justin C., MD (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"new brake parts on wheels installed"

George C., SC (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Should have replaced the prior brake pads with genuine Honda parts. They seem to last longer than other parts"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The problem was just normal wear and tear. Pads were replaced and rotors were turned"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors and trailing arms on rear brakes needed replaced. Only getting about 60000 miles on brakes, much of it due to salt used on New England roads in the winter"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Brake life was very satisfactory considering the car's two primary drivers are very hard on brakes"

James M., OK (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Only the rear brakes had wear"

Chris W., MI (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"No problem normal"

George S., NC (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Went through three sets of brakes in a year and a half. Found out that I had the wrong size of tires installed. I'm not sure that this had anything to do with the brakes wearing out"

Joleen Z., SD (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace pads and rotors on all four corners because of normal wear"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"expected wear"

Ross R., NY (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking brake squeaked during reverse - dealer could not repair - ended up disconnecting"

Rich S., SC (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"wouldn't hold, dealer had to adjust"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"life of brake shoes seems to be too short"

David E., TX (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors warp easily and need replacement more frequently than normal"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors seemed to wear out sooner than usual. Did not have grinding noise, but needed to replace the rotors"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Shimmy when applying brakes at 60 mph or above especially going down mountains here in Colorado. New brakes and dressed rotors have repaired the issue"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The mechanic turned the rotors"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"All the brake parts rusted prematurely, rotors and pads and dust shields around rear wheels, about 30000 miles. Even one of the bolts holding the air cleaner rusted off"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Front rotors need service every time I put the Honda Pilot in the shop for routine maintenance (once per year). Brakes have grating noise when wet weather"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Regular maintenance"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors were replaced 18 months ago. All four ended up with bad rust forming, causing squeaking. All four rotors and pad sets were replaced by Firestone as warranty replacement. Very please with Firestones support"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"There is a noise under my hood and the local Honda dealer has tried to fix it (expensively) but the noise remains"

Joleen Z., SD (2005 Honda Pilot LX 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 stopped working on a 3 hour trip to Canada"

Catherine L., MI (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"had to add coolant for two years in a row. compressor finally went out at 122000 miles"

Glenn S., OH (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"No air"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Air mix motor started chattering. When the temperature in the cabin was reached the air mix motor would constantly move the arm back and forth making an annoying noise"

Anonymous, WV (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"A failed air mix component that adjusts heating and cooling"

Russ C., VA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The air conditioning system completely broke down, creating debris throughout the system requiring a brand new system throughout"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Air mixer control motor chatters and needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, DC (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Heating/cooling dampers work intermittently"

Tom C., CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The blower motor/compressor went out on the rear air unit"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Blowe fan has been loud for most of my HOnda's life. The mechanic tries to fix it, but the loud noise from teh fan keeps coming back"

Joan G., MD (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Blower was flaky, i.e., it made noises from a wheeze to a crescendoed racket, when we bought the car in 2010; we got an estimate for a replacement but it was more than we wanted to pay. The blower finally died this month and will be replaced"

R S., NJ (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Blower had to be replaced"

Matthew K., IA (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"A mouse had built a nest in the ductwork"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"It stopped blowing air. I couldn't get the vehicle to defrost the windshield. Repaired the motor, but it still makes a strange noise and occasionally sounds like something gets stuck (it screams at me). At that point, I have to turn off the fan to stop the noise"

Melissa V., OH (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"My Honda blower motor and air mix motor both needed replacement. Honda has high failure rate on these parts, and take advantage of this by charging a high price for replacement parts"

Steve P., NC (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Centre console air conditioning started making clunking noises, then no air was being blown. I believe the transformer needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Corrosion required replacement of evaporator and high pressure hoses. Cost over $800"

John Q., PA (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The AC emits frosty mist on humid days or when it is raining. The AC then "ices" up and becomes less effective. I need to turn off AC to defrost the unit in order to get it to work again"

Jaime F., TX (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Heater control valve fluctuates continuously. Temperature in car is good just constant whirring of motors driving the temperature control valve"

David C., GA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"required a new radiator"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The heater does not function"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Freon leaked out...not addressed issue yet"

Ricky W., MI (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"'the cabin air filter was clogged as well as the condensate tube and about 1 lb low on freon"

Rick M., OK (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Radiator failure which caused flooding into the transmission and came close to destroying the transmission"

Pierre N., QC (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Refrigerant pipes and pipe supports rooted out beneath the vehicle. Repair cost is expected to be $900"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Have continuous slow leak in the refrigerant system that no one can seem to fix. Had heat exchanger and hoses replaced. Have chosen not to replace compressor due to cost. Work around has been to keep coolant recharge DIY kit in the car. Usually needs 2x per summer season"

John Q., PA (2005 Honda Pilot LX 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

Cruise control

"Cruise control just quit working. When I tried t engage it, it did not engage at all"

Jerry M., KY (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"Have 1 recall that has to be fixed"

Ann L., CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Had three headlights go out in the past year"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"We have chronic headlight condensation in our right headlight. Even after replaced, the problem remains. Causes bulbs to burn out prematurely, we think, as well, as the right light goes out many more times than the left ever has gone out"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace sensor as headlight repeatedly burnt out"

Andrew N., ON (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Have to replace bulbs in headlights about once a month"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The headlights will intermittently just not work. The brights will work, which is helpful, but annoying to other drivers!"

Elizabeth M., CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"These lights are very expensive"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Dash switches for both front seats needs to be replaced. Unfortunately seats have not functioned correctly since repair was attempted by local Honda dealer"

James N., CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"Climate Control and many other dash switch lamps have failed. Two have failed again after being replaced 18 months ago"

Fred N., FL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Light burned out and shorted the interior light system"

Thomas E., WA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Have to replace battery???"

Ann L., CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The key would not open the door. The key battery was OK. The problem was a defective electronic module inside the key which had to be replaced"

Randy C., NE (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Keyless entry was part of key, battery failed and they cannot open key to replace without damaging key, they want $250 for a new key. Given this is a second vehicle I just use the valet key to drive it"

Mike L., MD (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Comes on often"

Anonymous, LA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The dash light comes on with the tire system, but the tire pressure is good"

Kent S., GA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes get a warning light that tire pressure monitor is not working. I just check the tires manually to ensure pressure is good, not paying $$ to fix TPM on 2005 vehicle"

Mike L., MD (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"HAD A TOTAL FAILURE ON ONE. TIRE SHOP SAID PROBABLY JUST AGE"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Warning light is perpetually "on", even when the tire pressure is fine"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Light came on intermitently"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Temp sensor"

T S., MI (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"Same as mentioned about the trim near rear doors. It is discolored and seems to be peeling away from the vehicle"

Anonymous, AK (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"loose exterior molding around the wheel well"

Anonymous, AK (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The side panel housing the driver's seat controls broke off"

Rich H., FL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Back step tread on tailgate bumper came off completely with little or no provocation. Repair was inexpensive. Bought new tread for $65"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Peeling paint, front hood and bumper"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The exterior trim behind the doors is discoloring and looks like it may peel away from the vehicle"

Anonymous, AK (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is chipping off in a variety of places. I have and use a garage"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"My honda pilot had several dents on the doors and on the side"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The paint started chipping around the front glass for the past 3 years and gotten much worst"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"ugly fading on rooftop"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint began losing the clear coat on most horizontal surfaces (roof, top of doors next to windows, but not hood) Required repaint"

Gregory R., AZ (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Just not a very good exterior paint , they should talk to Harley-Davidson who uses a very good and stong exterior paint product"

Beverly P., HI (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Any plastic body surface on top or left side of vehicle has shown significant discoloration and cracking"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Rust along joint where roof top frame meets hatch back door frame. $1000.00 to repair. (A little hard to describe)"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"It is rusting above the rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"some unexpected rust showed up in some areas"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"paint on the rear passenger quarter panel above the wheel well bubbled then rusted"

Ross R., NY (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Both rear fenders rusting above wheel opening"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"There are areas, generally around the wheel wells at the seams where the paint has bubbled up a bit and it is rusting"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Behind both wheels where the two body pieces meet, there was rust. Paid to have it fixed, it was expensive, but I can't really complain the car has been great, so a little rust after 12 years is not bad"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Honda Pilot EX 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

"On cold starts the CD and Radio will alternately play without selection. Alternate speakers will periodically come on and off,"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"main 6 disc CD player hangs"

Anonymous, LA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"6 Disc CD changer jammed and wouldn't turn off. UnUSble and drained battery until I disconnected it. Dissassembled and repaired myself once. Problem reoccurred. Now unUSble and disconnected"

John Q., PA (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Main CD player doesn't take CDs most of the time"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The navigation system ceased working in 2011 - I'm told the solution is to replace the unit"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"System won't read DVD any longer"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Inaccurate route calculations, failure to start up at times - requiring a restart of the car"

Steven D., NM (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Gps I had problems with the gossip unit since the purchase of the new car. At times it freezes or it recycles back to the main menu and repeats the same screen again and again. The dealership was unwilling to do anything. Seat issue The seat mo"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"In dash nav intermittently " freezes " and does not work. Error message comes up that instructs me to take car to dealer. Dealer does not do any repair or diagnostic work on nav system equipment. VERY FRUSTRATING !!!"

James N., CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"doesn't work dealer can't fix"

Charles D., AZ (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"On cold starts the radio and CD player will randomly alternately play"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Clock is broken and the entire radio, cd player, etc must be replaced"

Kenneth R., SC (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"After years of faithful service, my entire radio/cd/dvd interface has given up the ghost. I now use bluetooth speakers and my smartphone as an entertainment / gps system"

James D., MD (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"Screen goes blank"

Robert L., MD (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"not clear"

Charles D., AZ (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"Intermittent electric short/wire loose in unit back-lighting"

Anonymous, LA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Clicking heard from engine. Coil burned up and spark plug disintegrated causing loss of 1 of the 6 heads. Researched showed common problem with this model, and acknowledged by dealer, but vehicle was too old with too many miles and they would not r"

Patrick B., IL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Engine mounts ripped/tore and needed replacement"

Anthony D., MA (2005 Honda Pilot 3.5-L V6)

"two engine mounts were found to be broken. Replaced for $600, no additional problems with them"

Tommy M., TX (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Very costly to replace seals to stop the leak. Almost $2000 which I am not willing to invest in a 10yr old car. Power steering & oil leaks together would cost $3700 to fix"

Dora C., AZ (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Oil pan plug stripped out. Had to replace oil pan $600"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear main engine oil seal"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Appears gasket is leaking but not to the point of dripping yet. Have elected not to repair unless it gets more serious"

Delisa G., MO (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"During the last oil change, the tech told me that there is some leaking around the gaskets, but not enough to be an immediate concern"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Rear main oil seal on engine at about 85000 miles"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"I had to replace the engine with a guaranteed rebuilt engine when I was away from home. The rebuilt engine had an oil leak from a seal that was part of the rebuilt engine. The dealer that installed the rebuilt engine did not honor the warranty. I contacted Honda Customer Care about the dealer. While they seemed to be very concerned they said the only thing they could do was to have there area manager discuss the issue with that dealer and that Honda would maintain a record of my complaint"

David P., FL (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Leak at oil pump gasket. VERY expensive to repair due to large amount of labor required just to access the area of the oil pump. Might as well add in some additional money to replace timing belt, water pump, and some other various parts while they are in there so you don't have to pay for the labor again when timing belt is due every 100k miles"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rear Main Seal started to fail. Replacement of seal was $1,600"

Loren S., MN (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 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

"First shift on cold mornings is rough and slow. Very cold weather overnight outside and will not shift until stopped and restarted. Mechanics indicated transmission can not be repaired but requires replacement. Othwise it runs and shifts well and p"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Result=minor. Transmission fluid change cured it"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Radiator cooler broke sending transmission fluid into my engine and radiator. flushed the trans. 4 times. Replaced radiator and 6 months later the radiator cap seal is gone and the thermomstat is falling apart. and oil is in the coolant"

Anonymous, NH (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"there is a definite problem and Honda knows it.check the blogs,,,there is a clear shudder at around 40mph"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Noticed that the transmission is slipping"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The radiator cracked causing the anti-freeze and transmission fluid to mix, which almost completely ruined the transmission. Luckily this happened while pulling into a parking space, and the Pilot was towed to the dealership from there. The new radiator and the multiple transmission flushes cost us close to $1,000"

E Y., PA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Had transmission seal replaced, but still leaking. will have to take the car back to a garage"

Jeffrey R., VA (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Universal joint seal had to be replaced"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"A sensor failed and was replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission was noisy and not shifting properly but replacing the sensor fixed the problem"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"sensor went bad $400.00 to replace sensor and change trans oil"

William P., FL (2005 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

Locks and latches

"Rear passenger side door lock does not open remotely"

Anne B., PA (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Could not insert ignition key. Had repaired under warranty but Honda would not pay for new keys. Had two sets of keys for too long...one for doors one for ignition. Dealer got the issue resolved"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rear-seat release (to lay seats flat) is cracked and about ready to tear in half. I was told it would be an expensive repair"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Mirrors

"Side mirrors now must be operated by hand"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"Power window modules in left side front and back were replaced"

Bruce B., VA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"power windows stopped working in three of four windows. had windows screwed shut"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The driver's side window has failed twice (four years ago and again this year), both times the window fell into the door and would not stay in place until I had parts replaced (regulator, I think)"

Rich H., FL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Regulator that controls window movement breaks about every 18 months. Driver side has been replaced 4 times, passenger side once. Never covered under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"Seat broke"

Catherine L., MI (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - temperature

"In the driver's seat, only the upper/back heat works. On the passenger's seat, only the bottom heat works"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Replaced radiator"

Patrick B., IL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The Radiator needed replacing after 10 years. The bottom of the radiator blew out leaking fluids all over the driveway"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"cooling fluid mixed with transmission fluid due to leak in radiator"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"leaked, had to replace"

John T., IA (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Gasket blew that intermingled transmission fluid and radiator antifreeze. Required new radiator and multiple transmission flushes to correct"

E S., NH (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission Radiator failed/rust and lost all trans fluid. Replaced with rebuilt radiator assembly"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"During flush and fill the radiator developed a leak and had to be replaced"

Jonathan W., OH (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Radiator was leaking from a small valve. The valve could have been replaced...but it is not sold separately, you have to buy the whole radiator!! It was a $1000 repair"

Ricky W., MI (2005 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

"replacement of the driveshaft"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"It sometimes feels like you're driving over a rumble strip when the car shifts from 3 to 4th gear"

Henry S., OH (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"No personal experience, but Honda recalls"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"In very cold condition 5 or less, while cold sometimes the esc activates the brakes momentarily and then shows an error. I stop the car, turn off, wait and restart and the warning goes away, it can go away when fully warm as well"

Geo I., MI (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

"Traction control reported problems after a long trip. Unable to engage it"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"car is all wheel drive. when in d or drive car shudders at times. doesn't do it in 3rd gear"

Glenn S., OH (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"The rear blower failed. The previous year the Honda failed to correct the problem while repairing the main blower motor and controller"

Madelyn J., AZ (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"This has been replaced twice in the vehicle at 100,000 miles apart"

E B., GA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"We felt the symptoms of the failing transmission before the 100K warranty ran out. Dealer "couldn't replicate" same until the odometer got to 100K. Needless to say, they didn't get the replacement business. We'll probably never buy another Honda"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission started slipping and wouldn't shift smoothly between higher gears nor would it engage in reverse. Had to completely replace transmission"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"IMy ex-husband was driving the car and did not stop before the transmission blew. He is an alcoholic, so I don't know exactly how it happened. He drove an addition 40 miles after the light came on until the car stopped/died. My car has been in excellent shape, short of when he drove it"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to replace with rebuilt transmission"

Laurie R., RI (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"transmission would not go into gear; going uphill was almost impossible, had to drive 5-10/mph to get to repair"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Complete transmission rebuild required on what I later found out to be a new transmission Honda had installed"

Doug R., GA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 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

"The drains were clogged and water was pooling in the passenger and driver floors"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced radiator as it had degeloped cracks to cause leaks"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Sound like u r riding in a wagon moans and squakes"

Charles D., AZ (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Climate system fan makes noises at times"

Delisa G., MO (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"A consistent noise over the past 3 months which sounds like rattling bearings somewhere but I can't isolate. Based on past experience I would say it might be the water pump, but there is no loss of fluid or erratic temperature reading YET"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes when the AC is on, a whining noise happens; it usually stops if we turn the AC off & turn it back on. It never makes the noise when we take it to the repair guy...!"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The seals in the driver and front passenger door are obviously deteriorating because wind noise has gotten much worse in the last 6 months"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"Had to have both O2 Sensors and the Catalytic converter replaced"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The heat shield rusted, came loose, and cause a momentary noise from vibration. It cost $460 to find and fix the problem"

Jim R., OH (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"bad o2 sensor that caused rich fuel mix spoiling converter"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Secondary catalytic converter leaked"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Loose shield and rusted bolts on exhaust pipes under shield blamed by Manuf. of NE chemicals. After all these years , they should have remanufactured the steel parts"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"It became loose, partially unfastened from wear and tear and had to be replaced"

Mark W., IL (2005 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"muffler wore out from age/use and had to be replaced"

Mark W., IL (2005 Honda Pilot LX 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

"The catalytic converter failed and the car wouldn't pass the emissions inspection in VA"

Russ C., VA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Catalytic Converter & sensors had to be replaced. Not a problem due to age and mileage of vehicle but just expensive to fix. All things considering...we love the vehicle"

Fred A., GA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Replacement"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Had sensors serviced once after transmission trouble light came on. Later the transmission light came on intermittently and the next think I knew I needed a new catalytic converter. $1000 to repair"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace sensor for oxygen sensor emissions. Old one worn out"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"check engine light on"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Knock Sensor Failed. Replaced same"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Pilot LX 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

Cylinder head

"spark plug was melted into the cylender"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"radiator blew so engine overheated and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"done be mechanic, amount of labor (time) involved"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"replaced timing belt at 110,000 miles and new timing belt failed after 40,000 miles and 2 years. Failure resulted in substantial damage to engine/valves with cost exceeding $3,500"

Anthony D., MA (2005 Honda Pilot 3.5-L V6)

"No problem. Just needed to get it replaced but it's expensive"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The timing belt was due to be replaced at about 210,000 miles. At 202,000 miles it broke. I fixed the damage which included replacing the valves and reconditioning the head. This is the first repair of any type I have done that wasn't normal maintenance. The car runs perfectly now"

Steven R., WA (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 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

Starter

"Starter failed and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Car would sometimes not start...not turn over...just nothing. Took car to Honda garage, they said it was the battery causing the occasional non start. I replaced the battery. It was still happening! Took it to a local garage, they diagnosed the starter right away! Starting perfect now! After Market starter and labor...$340.00"

Ricky W., MI (2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
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