1st Generation (2003—2008) Pilot Problems

Pilot owners with a 2003—2008 model year have the most problems with the transmission (27%), interior (26%), and the windows (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 81 complaints at an average of 123,559 miles in the 2003 Honda Pilot.
  2. Transmission Fluid Leaked Into Radiator 45 complaints at an average of 121,333 miles in the 2005 Honda Pilot.
  3. Ignition Switch Problem 81 complaints at an average of 125,549 miles in the 2003 Honda Pilot.

What Pilot Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Honda model years.

Watch out for the 2005 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2008 30 5 29 20.92
2007 57 5 43 9.52
2006 80 6 52 17.67
2005 142 11 141 36.92
2004 85 10 230 14.4
2003 252 11 302 36.02

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