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Old 15 Sep 2006, 10:48 pm
ben
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Default 2003 pilot transmission problem

I have pilot and it is making growling or grinding noise from the
transmission. It has 57000 miles on it and has been serviced for the
2004 recall. It happens around 20 mph, 35 mph and 48 mph when the
accelerator is depressed slightly to maintain the speed. Once the car
stuttered while driving at fairly low speed (~30 mph), this was scary.
I am going to make an appointment with the dealer and have them look at
it. Did anyone with the same problem get the Honda to repair the
transmission?

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Old 16 Sep 2006, 10:58 am
'Curly Q. Links'
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ben wrote:
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> I have pilot and it is making growling or grinding noise from the
> transmission. It has 57000 miles on it and has been serviced for the
> 2004 recall. It happens around 20 mph, 35 mph and 48 mph when the
> accelerator is depressed slightly to maintain the speed. Once the car
> stuttered while driving at fairly low speed (~30 mph), this was scary.
> I am going to make an appointment with the dealer and have them look at
> it. Did anyone with the same problem get the Honda to repair the
> transmission?



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Have you changed your rear differential fluid yet? Does it make a
disturbing grinding / shuddering noise when you do tight turns in a
parking lot? Have your tires been rotated regularly, or are the fronts
getting worn smaller than the rears? That will do it when the
differential fluid is exhausted.

30,000 miles seems to be the limit for the fluid, and you've got 3+
years on it too.

Sign in at hondasuv.com and search for 'pump and fluid' in the CR-V
section . . . way more hits than the PILOT forums (same basic
differential).

'Curly'
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Old 18 Sep 2006, 06:06 am
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Default Re: 2003 pilot transmission problem

Had the same problem with my 03 Pilot. If like me, a computer chip needs to
be changed that regulates gear change. Cost $300 Good luck...I had the same
feeling driving my Pilot. Man it's an anoyance isn't it? Should be a quick
fix for the Stealership though
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> I have pilot and it is making growling or grinding noise from the
> transmission. It has 57000 miles on it and has been serviced for the
> 2004 recall. It happens around 20 mph, 35 mph and 48 mph when the
> accelerator is depressed slightly to maintain the speed. Once the car
> stuttered while driving at fairly low speed (~30 mph), this was scary.
> I am going to make an appointment with the dealer and have them look at
> it. Did anyone with the same problem get the Honda to repair the
> transmission?
>



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Old 18 Sep 2006, 02:45 pm
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I had a similar problem also on a 2003 pilot. It did exactly the same
thing as you described. Took it to sislei delaership. One service
manager came with me for a test drive. He experienced a 5 second
shudder when the car got to just under 40Km/h. When I came the second
time to get it examined by the service director he said that it is
normal, and suggested that a tranni flush be performed. It was
performed, but it did not improve by much. Although, they did perform a
transmission jet install a year earlier due to a recall, I believe that
all these pilots that were recalled had a major flaw in the
transmission, and Honda did not really want to do anything major like
free tranni replacement. I was very dissatisfied with 2003 pilot, so
much, that I got rid of it. If you still have the problem and want to
remain with the vehicle you have to take your case directly to Honda
Canada or Honda of USA, depends where you live.
ben wrote:
> I have pilot and it is making growling or grinding noise from the
> transmission. It has 57000 miles on it and has been serviced for the
> 2004 recall. It happens around 20 mph, 35 mph and 48 mph when the
> accelerator is depressed slightly to maintain the speed. Once the car
> stuttered while driving at fairly low speed (~30 mph), this was scary.
> I am going to make an appointment with the dealer and have them look at
> it. Did anyone with the same problem get the Honda to repair the
> transmission?


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Old 18 Sep 2006, 07:42 pm
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highkm wrote:
> I had a similar problem also on a 2003 pilot. It did exactly the same
> thing as you described. Took it to sislei delaership. One service
> manager came with me for a test drive. He experienced a 5 second
> shudder when the car got to just under 40Km/h. When I came the second
> time to get it examined by the service director he said that it is
> normal, and suggested that a tranni flush be performed. It was
> performed, but it did not improve by much. Although, they did perform a
> transmission jet install a year earlier due to a recall, I believe that
> all these pilots that were recalled had a major flaw in the
> transmission, and Honda did not really want to do anything major like
> free tranni replacement. I was very dissatisfied with 2003 pilot, so
> much, that I got rid of it. If you still have the problem and want to
> remain with the vehicle you have to take your case directly to Honda
> Canada or Honda of USA, depends where you live.
> ben wrote:
> > I have pilot and it is making growling or grinding noise from the
> > transmission. It has 57000 miles on it and has been serviced for the
> > 2004 recall. It happens around 20 mph, 35 mph and 48 mph when the
> > accelerator is depressed slightly to maintain the speed. Once the car
> > stuttered while driving at fairly low speed (~30 mph), this was scary.
> > I am going to make an appointment with the dealer and have them look at
> > it. Did anyone with the same problem get the Honda to repair the
> > transmission?


That is exactly what they told me when it was occuring very
infrequently. They said to have the differential fluid replaced. This
was done and now it is happening every time I drive. If they do not
fix or replace the transmission then I will contact Honda of USA
directly. Thanks very much. I am also thinking of getting rid of this
car now that gas price is high and is giving me much problem.

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