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. Curtain airbags, covering all three rows, were introduced as standard equipment for 2006.
Alerts
There are 10 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. Curtain airbags, covering all three rows, were introduced as standard equipment for 2006.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
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 (244 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 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

"Stopped blowing cold air"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Compressor stopped working and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"AC compressor failed and had to be replace. Cost about $1600. Not covered under any warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"the brackets holding the compressor broke from rust and caused a complete ac failure. very expensive repair"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"A/C compressor had to be replaced"

Jason U., NE (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Compressor stopped working. Replaced it"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Went out cost over a 1000 to fix"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"COULD ONLY GET HEAT AT FULL BLAST. TO HOT TO DRIVE"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Blend door needed replacing"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Blower motor for airflow to rear of car stopped working. Did not repair. Too expensive - $1,000"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Blower motor failed"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"A/C Blower motor failed, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Blower fan works but will not switch between various settings (feet/face/windshield,...) and stays on defrost/windshield mode"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"intermittent operation of front blower motor"

Bruce B., ME (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"dealer told me debrie got into the sys ...that was causing the noise .... the motor was fine ... all is good ....its a honda ...my 5th one"

Brendon M., CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The blower was relatively silent and recently started making a loud constant noise when the fan starts. I have not yet taken the vehicle to the dealership to have the issue looked at"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Unknown reason for losing coolant. Refilling it every week. Nothing in driveway indicates drips or leaks"

Joel W., CO (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to add refrigerant as the air condition wasn't cooling the car enough. I have been doing it every summer in the past three years"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Had all of the A/C hoses go bad one at a time. Kept having to have system recharged. Finally, when the Schrader valves had to be replaced and system recharged told them they needed to change the valves prophylactically like the water pump when doing the timing belt"

David C., NY (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Diagnosed slow leak of refrigerant in rear A/C lines -- repair cost estimated at $1,000 -- did not go ahead with work but simply paid $100 for diagnostic and topped up refrigerant. Will wait & see when next cooling season arrives"

Julie H., ON (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Needs refilling every 6 months"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Slow leak in A/C system. Have to recharge annually"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"tubes feeding rear AC controls leaking and had to be replaced. Cost about $800"

Howard G., NY (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"This was the second time I had refrigerant leaks in a 2 year period. The first time was a leak at an O-ring on a piping section to rear seat AC and dealer repaired. The second time I repaired it myself with a refrigerant recharge kit (Cost $35) wit"

James F., NY (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"$600 repair because of no access"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"AC stopped cooling air. Dealer replaced rear AC lines"

Phillip Z., NY (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Continual leak of AC refrigerant"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"This now the 3rd time. This time it goes to an A/C guy and not the dealer"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"We had no cool air when we used the AC in the spring. Car was brought to a dealer in FL who replaced a hose. Later in the summer we had no AC again. We brought car to dealer in NY who replaced a different hose. Problem solved. Also, we have brought c"

D C., NY (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"A/C failed 4 times in the spring of 2014, all due to various leaks; the final being the condenser"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"O ring failure on connection at the compressor"

David H., ON (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"AC coolant was leaking under the car into the insulation foam, so it took a couple of months for the mechanic to find and fix the leak"

Zoran L., NJ (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Leak in system continually drained system. Trouble shooting took numerous trip to service station to repair"

Anonymous, NH (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"was fixed after several visits"

Scott C., PA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Condenser

"Had a condenser issue while on vacation; probably a clogged drain tube or something similar. Fixed for minimal cost by an independent garage. Not major but happened on vacation at the beach, and it gets hot!"

Billy R., WV (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"I was getting much heat. Took it to garage. He replaced radiator twice. .Still didn't work right. Took it to dealer. They replaced a valve on the heater intake . Still no better. They replaced thermostat. More heat now but it still doesn't get ho"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"the heat only blows the highest temperature regardless of the setting"

Anonymous, SC (2006 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

"They are worn out and need replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"For the second time in 2 years the CV boot was leaking oil"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Control arms when bad, causing wear to ball joints and throwing it out of alignment"

Anonymous, RI (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"leaking"

Jay S., NC (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"need to replace bushings"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The control arm bushings are cracking and will need repair very soon--$1000 repair"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"I had to replace the rack & pinion"

Anonymous, OK (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"replaced power steering rack"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The Power steering rack is leaking and will need to be replaced soon"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump started making noises when running. Replaced with remanufactured unit and everything was fine"

Scott H., GA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering pump failed, along with various leaking issues. This resulted in difficult steering, especially at idle"

Anonymous, NM (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering pump replaced due to problem in the filter in the fluid reservoir, resulting in inadequate fluid, which caused premature failure of the pump. Not covered by recall or service bulletin"

William J., LA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"intermittent noise caused by leakage around seal in power steering pump. Seal was replaced and problem solved"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The shocks need to be replaced. They are leaking"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"front stut braket broke damaging tire and requiring expensive repair"

Douglas M., MA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"no big problem; they were just beginning to wear out"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to have struts replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Shock leaked"

Bobby A., AL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"worn out"

Charles L., NC (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"entire suspension system has not held up well to driving on 4 miles of dirt road daily. Not nearly as tough as my old Toyota 4 runner. Many repairs over the years"

Justin P., CA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Was over 100k miles so I didn't consider this unexpected, as I live in New England and the roads .... most of the time"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Puncture in shock absorber"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"All problems probably due to age and mileage. In last 6 months we spent $5,500 on this car. We've kept it too long, and now can't afford a newer car after these repairs"

David R., TN (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rack has developed a leak, and has not yet been repaired"

Robert R., FL (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"It wass leaking fluid"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The front end began making a loud clunking sound when I went over a curb while turning. It took it to the dealer and was told I needed a new steering rack for $2500.00 even though the vehicle was certified and had extended warranty"

Mike D., OH (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"HAD TO REPLACE ALL TIE RODS AND ENDS AND OTHER BRAKE AND STEERING PARTS AT ABOUT 65,000 MILES, TOTAL COST AROUND $1350.00.. THEN WHEN THEY ALIGNED(4 WHEEL), GUESS WHAT, THE RIGHT REAR TIE ROD CAN NOT BE ADJUSTED, IT HAS NO ADJUSTMENT CAPABILITIES OR"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"When car was waited down the rear tires toed out and the shocks leaked. Replaced the shocks but the car never fully sat all the way up and there is no adjustment on the rear ball joint arm to pull it back in"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Wheel balance

"Balance after front end repair"

Don J., MB (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Loud bearing whine at any speed"

Bruce B., ME (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 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

Squeaks or rattles

"Sounds like the power steering pump is dying. Squeals, sounds like the pump is struggling"

Joel W., CO (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Something inside the car has been rattling for a long time. Possibly the air vents"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"When the a/c unit fan is running and we turn a noise like water running into the fan motor or blade"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"tie rods old and needed replacement"

Richard C., NC (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The weight of my daughter's college gear caused a shield around the rear brakes to come loose. Sounded like the wheel was coming off but wasn't too expensive to fix"

Peter Z., OH (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"LOCAL HONDA DEALER, FROM WHICH I PURCHASED THE VEHICLE, CAN NOT LOCATE OR REPAIR CONSTANT SQUEAKS AND RATTLES WHICH HAVE BEEN IN THE CAR SINCE I PURCHASED IT. I HAVE ADDED A TRAILER HITCH, BUT THE NOISES WERE PRESENT PRIOR TO THIS ADDITION. I HAVE"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear gate doesn't shut tight due to loose mechanism that is difficult to adjust and has been that way since the first year of purchase"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The rattles are in the back hatch door and just started in the 9th year"

Kimberly C., MO (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Squeak/clunk when braking from left rear. Dealer has not been able to find source of noise"

D C., NY (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"It has always been a loud vehicle -- with windows up at highway speed, I sometimes check to make sure a window is not cracked. Because it is noisy"

Mary Beth L., NJ (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Car is too noisy!"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The interior cabin is loud with the road/wind noise"

Kimberly C., MO (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Car picks up road noise and wind. The loud noise is Very uncomfortable"

Paul N., DE (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Air or water leaks

"Radiator developed a leak on the right tank"

Anonymous, WY (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"horrible wind noise at highway speeds, can hardly hear cell phone as a passenger"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Radiator leak. Required replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace cracked radiator"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced radiator"

John K., CT (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"leaking radiator"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water leaked into the back roof causing mold to build up in the vehicle"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"I believe the sunroof draining system may be slightly clogged. After receiving serious amounts of rain, I've noticed a musty, mildewy smell inside the vehicle. Unfortunately, I haven't taken the time to correct the problem"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Recall on Drive Side Air Bag"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 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

"Master cyl leak and failure at 110000"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brakes drag constantly, pads/rotors last less than 9 -12 months. $650 to repair in 2016. Honda dealer and private mechanics state this is a common problem with many Honda vehicles"

Anonymous, VT (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"My tires and brakes wear in an odd way. Even using different tire brands and rotating properly my front tires wear way to fast. No dealer in 10 years has been able to diagnose the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"I'm not sure anything can truly be said to premature after 130,000 miles, but I replaced brakes and related parts on the car"

Peter Z., OH (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Had a sticky rear caliper, which caused premature brake wear"

Anonymous, NH (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The brakes wear out prematurely and are noisy way to early in their wearing out period"

Anonymous, NB (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"I have approximately 2,200 miles on the original rotors which were turned last time by the Honda dealer (Darcars Honda of Bowie, MD) and very recently, according to them they are showing some warpage again which I can feel through the brake pedal and are in need of lathe turning again. Darcars claims this single brake task costs a few hundred dollars. Their service prices are no longer within reason since Darcars conglomerate has taken this dealership over along with several other brand dealersh"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced original pads and rotors to fix pulsation and mushy when brakes applied"

Denis M., AZ (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The front rotors had to be resurfaced twice. The steering pulls to the right despite four wheel alignments 5 times"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Vibration of front wheels when braking"

J D., WV (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes keep failing. When taking too long to get them fixed, rotors got worn and needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors go bad very quickly resulting in the car pulsing and vibrating as it goes to stop"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaking when initially started. Groaning when brakes applied in traffic. Had a brake "overhaul" recently"

Jackie Z., TX (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"OEM brakes lasted to 94,000 miles, rotor was still w/in spec after turning - no squeaks on OEM parts but now squeaks in reverse w/ replacement pads which I'll change to OEM next time. Great job Honda engineers!"

John J., AZ (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"After replacing the pads and rotors, the brake pedal is lower than normal yet the dealer indicated no trouble found"

Bob C., ME (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes needed replacing"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"slight shaking when breaking"

L G., CA (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes began squeaking and had to be replaced"

Abby R., OH (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"rear brakes replaced in 2014"

Patricia L., NY (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"As indicated before"

Anonymous, NB (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"brakes needed replacement"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Two major brake jobs at PepBoys 12 months apart; suspect PepBoys, not Honda which was re-shoed at Honda the second time and no incidents since"

Anonymous, TX (2006 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

"Fender is cracking and coming loose"

Akin R., IL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Driver seat leather is cracking and splitting"

Akin R., IL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"back panel on D/S detached & plastic attachment studs are distorted, will not reengage plastic sockets. No kids in backseat, just normal road vibration. Expensive to replace"

John J., AZ (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The headliner fabric is sagging in several places. Appears the adhesive is beginning to fail"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"cloth lined panel of driver side front door below window coming off"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"the paint is very easy to scratch and stains"

Ghislain D., QC (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"2 inch sections of paint falling off hood and roof near windshield. Car has been taken care of, waxed regularly"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"chalking"

Mariko A., SC (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on body trim peeling"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"RUST AT THE REAR WHEEL WELLS"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"It is over both rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Rust is bubbling under paint behind each rear wheel well. Seems to be a design defect. Otherwise paint in good shape"

David C., NY (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"rusting around the passenger side rear wheel well"

Lisa A., MA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rust at lower part of door"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"I've had a number of Honda's over the years and have never experienced rust on any of my cars including my 20+ year old Accord so this surprised me"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Right above the passenger side rear wheel well, corrosion is coming through the paint. No corrosion anywhere else on the vehicle. I have seen this on other similar vehicles around town"

Howard G., NY (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rusting through on right rear quarter panel. Only place on vehicle"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The area around the rear windshield is rusting badly enough that since I plan to keep the vehicle will need repair or replacement of the rear hatch door"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Both rear quarter panels rusted at the seam. Rust on underside of hood"

David H., ON (2006 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

Alternator

"Stopped functioning"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failed, nearly causing an on-the-road breakdown. During this failure, the alternator experienced overheating to the point of overheating insulation and plastic parts"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The alternator went out 10 years after it was made...not too bad. It was easy to fix myself"

T S., MD (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator died. Had it replaced with refurbished part"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator wore out - replaced"

Theodore S., OR (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"alternator went out"

Aaron N., IL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced twice within 30 days"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failed; Caused multiple system problems and necessitated battery replacement as well"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Went bad, replaced with an Advance Auto alterntor for $150 and had a friend put it in for $50"

Gregory O., TN (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"All the wires and spark plugs had to be replaced. Cost about$700"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Sp;ark Plug became loose and caused escape of exhaust gasses, burning plug and coil"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Spark plugs did not make it to 100,000 miles. Replaced at about 93000 along with the EGR Valve (this caused vehicle to run extremely rough and eventually stalled)"

Gonzalo G., CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Computer timing malfunction"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced battery bought in 2009"

Anonymous, LA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"3rd battery on this car"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Interstate battery - 2 years service and dead cell this last month (April 2015) Prorated but only 22.00 credit to new battery"

Stephen P., IL (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Starter

"Starter failed and vehicle had to be towed"

Phillip Z., NY (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Starter quit at 178000 miles. I can live with this"

Gottfried S., MI (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 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

12V power plug

"Plug anything into the socket will burn the fuse immediately"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Fuses burnt very often, there is always an electrical problem with the car"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Drivers seat overheated and burned the insulation/padding"

Steven D., WA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Driver map light not working. Have read this is a chronic problem with this vehicle, a wiring defect"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Overhead light malfunctioned, fixture needed to be replaced"

B H., CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Problems with the interior map light switch, requiring replacement"

Steven D., WA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Map light module not working"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Dome light and reading lights randomly don't work. Dash light burn out frequently"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"one of the map lights will not come on when I open the door. works ok when I push it to turn it on"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Interior lights no longer go on when door is open and two different mechanics cannot figure out why"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"overhead lights whole assy need replacement"

Phil N., NM (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Climate control lights not functioning. Cant see without turning on overhead light"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"one of the two keys will not lock or unlock the doors. Key problem"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced battery in both keys. Still didn't work. Had to unlock manually. Did not want to spend to get it fixed with so many miles on it"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Cruise control

"On-off light not working"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"All exterior lights seem to burn out regularly, headlights and taillights"

Justin P., CA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Check engine light repeatedly goes on and dealer can't fix it. Airbags light repeatedly goes on and dealer can't fix it"

Anonymous, NY (2006 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

"Computer showed engine problem but intermittently. The dealerships said it could be a problem with my fuel cap not being tight enough. The computer continued to go on and off when I was on a road trip and finally came on again when home. My local mechanic put his computer on it and it read a problem with the valves clearance. I took it in to a local Honda dealer who then checked it out on his computer and said it was a valve problem. Seven hundred dollars later it was fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Problems around an on cylider head. It was very expensive and was split between Honda and myself"

Dennis L., CA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"The engine was working. It may have been a lifter. I took precautionary care at 140000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"cam shaft went bad, causing engine to misfire, blew head gasket, required rebuilding much of engine"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"valves had to be replace, head machined gaskets replaced $3000. repair at honda dealer"

Douglas M., MA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Don't know the exact details due to it being examined by a mechanic at the moment, but was told by Honda that engine was failing due to infrequent oil changes, despite the fact that it is REGULARLY changed at no more than 3,000 miles each time"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Engine was extremely noisy, like tappets, for almost 10k miles. I saw 2 dealers and 1 independent shop, all told me it was normal. The car has been serviced better than book. 1 dealer adjusted valves, made the noise worse. Finally 1 dealer listened a"

David F., IN (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Engine died while on the highway and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Engine skipping. Taken to be fixed for several years. This time I asked a different dealer to do a valve job. Skipping finally stopped. (However, the service manager thought it was not needed since their computer incorrectly had 2 service bulletin"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"No failure - routine timing belt replacement for 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"engine started to whine, causing major repair"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Timing Belt fastener started to make noise after 60K service period. Noise got louder and louder. Did not know what it was. Timing Belt replacement was not due till 100K. Had timing belt replaced at 95K miles after master mechanic identified the pr"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"I replaced it as maintenance at the Honda dealer. Be pensive and I think their lack of competency caused other issues"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Decided to replace the timing belt due to age of car"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced due to age and mileage"

Anonymous, LA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Always a big repair but did not replace until auto shop said it needed replacement"

Stephen P., IL (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The orientation of the engine necessitated that the engine be partially removed from the truck to replace the timing belt. The evasive process also prompted the replacement of the coolant pump and gasket. The cost of all of this was quite high"

Anonymous, VA (2006 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)

"Catalytic converter needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to replace catalytic converter"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Fuel cap"

Tom S., TX (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Check engine light. 1 of 3 O2 sensors needed replacement. $900 repair"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"catalytic converters going out,, can't tell which is out so need to replace all 4"

Rebecca M., TX (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"DTC P0420: Catalytic inefficiency, Bank 1 (rear)"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Check engine light came on which was diagnosed to be catalytic converter needing to be replaced"

Ayhan C., TX (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The EGR gets clogged and shows and check engine light with an VTS light"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Engine light"

Tom S., TX (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"A sensor went bad and had to be replaced, costing $250"

Shannon B., IL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Because of the difficulty in replacing the rear catalytic converter (did myself), I also replaced the oxygen sensors because they were off the engine. Additional $150 in cost"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Fuel cap was replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2006 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

"Needed adjustment of valves and computer software updated"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Check engine light frequently displays, only to go off by itself within a few days. Service diagnosis is usually inconclusive"

Chet K., RI (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"At idle, engine "clicks" as if valve's need adjustment. Dealer said it would cost about $350 to diagnose the problem and fixing would be additional. I elected to do nothing and see what happens"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"There is a suspension clunk noise for the past 5 years but it doesn't affect performance. Also there is a clicking noise from engine for the past 6 months, again not affecting performance. I have not had the time or inclination to get these diagnosed. I love my Pilot more than any other car I have ever owned!"

T S., MD (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"took two trips into dealership to get valve tuning to fix sluggish acceleration"

Robert M., TX (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"High mileage engine started leaking from the valve covers. Dealer says that a boatload of other related services were necessary, that according to the service manual are not related"

Scott H., GA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"seals"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The rear engine to transmission seal failed and had to be replaced. Dealer quoted about $1300, got it done elsewhere for much less"

Gonzalo G., CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace 3 engine mounts. Expensive!"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"engine mounts were torn or broken and needed to be replaced"

Ayhan C., TX (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"One of the engine mounts was broken due to wear which caused issues under hard acceleration. Mechanic ended up replacing all the mounts at once"

Mark B., NH (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"Leak in the line for a/c coolant. Second major repair for a/c in the Pilot; had to replace the condenser several years ago"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"radiator leak requiring radiator replacement"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Radiator

"Had car into dealer for regular service. Was advised the radiator needed to be replaced for about $850. I asked why and the service advisor reported that the service technician could see evidence of a leak, the fluid level was low and discolored. I elected to do nothing. At home there are no marks on the concrete drive of any leaks from the car other than A/C, It was difficult to examine the radiator for leaks because it is covered by A/C coil in front and double fan assembly in rear with b"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Radiator leaking. Service shop indicated due to steel radiator connected to hoses by plastic - which they said was "common" with the Pilot. Not a car guy - don't know"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Radiator leak last summer, had to have radiator replaced, only problem I have ever had with this vehicle"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"At 155,000 miles, the radiator developed a slow leak, and had to be replaced"

Chet K., RI (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Overheating

"Car engine started to overheat. Had to replace radiator and water pump"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The catalytic converter leaks and would not pass a smog test. A local shop informed us to take it to the dealer and have it replaced since it was under the warranty mark for "clean air components". Dealer said it wasn't the issue and didn't fix it. Fix something else they claim. Check engine light still comes on"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace converter - no longer providing adequate emissions"

Kent W., NC (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"it burned out"

Frank G., NC (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Both Catalytic converters were not operating correctly which caused a number of other engine issues. Had to replace both Catalytic converters for ~$2300"

Mark B., NH (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Failure of a catalytic converter at 90K mile is uinexceptable"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"It has barely passed emissions test. Dealer has recommended replacement of catalytic converter"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"Loud muffler. Deteriorating and needs replacement aprox. $1,200"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 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 window stopped rolling down. A diagnostic test showed 4 problems; 1) "always on" 12V supply shorted between fuse and door; 2) Window motor wouldn't operate when directly supplied with battery voltage (replacement of motor fixed this problem); 3) pulser in window control unit wouldn't properly work 4) master control switch wouldn't send signal for auto-down and auto-up"

William C., AZ (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The motor for the right rear passenger window (middle row) went out"

Anonymous, OK (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"All windows had regulator replaced"

Mariko A., SC (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"window motor on right rear window stopped working; had to replace it"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Window Regulators failed allowing the windows to drop on both rear passenger windows"

D S., AZ (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Tailgate started squeaking and it eventually became continuous. It was very distracting and extremely annoying"

Mike D., OH (2006 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

"Right front - CV Half Shaft assembly replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The Pilot keeps making this noise as if you were going over the indicators in the road when you drift into the middle or off the road. A sort of loud grinding noise I can feel in the floor boards"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

"Warning came on saying system was not working correctly. Dealer trouble shot for a week, finally resolved the problem with input from head quarters. Had to run jumper wire , around wiring harness, from drive train component to dash"

Marsha M., PA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Differential

"Grinding sound during low speed tight turns"

Davis D., NC (2006 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 got stuck in player as it failed. Had to buy a new complete radio and player"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"CD player jams. Can't get CDs out"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Display goes away"

Michael J., MD (2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"problem with connectors (plug)"

Ghislain D., QC (2006 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

Coolers and lines

"There was a system failure in the cooling lines that allowed violent from radiator to mix with transmission fluid"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Rough shifting

"As a result of complete draining and flushing of systems, transmission shifts are rough"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"I just noticed from time to time that the Pilot would slip a little when down-shifting to go up a small incline"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
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