Transmission Problems, Recalls Frustrate 2016 Honda Pilot Owners

Honda signageThe 2016 Honda Pilot is advertised as a modern family SUV. It’s sporty and spacious, but when it comes down to basic shifting gears the transmission can be problematic.

Many new owners of the 2016 Honda Pilot are frustrated that they have serious issues with their brand new vehicle involving the transmission. One driver complained his vehicle went into “engine limp mode,” after grappling with hard shifting, grinding and engine shuddering. Loss of power issues are common among owners of this model.

Imagine driving your car when all power is lost or the vehicle keeps shifting into other gears. Some owners were told their transmission cooling unit failed and they had to replace the transmission within a year of buying the new car. Others have had the problem fixed, but then had the same problem with the repaired or replaced transmission.

Some of the Honda Pilot issues owners have had to deal with include steering problems, electrical, consumption and dashboard problems. Owners who have suffered repeated problems with the same issue may eventually have a claim under California Lemon Laws and wish to have the vehicle repurchased or replaced with a different vehicle.

Some common complaints about the vehicle include:

  • Bluetooth is unreliable; works 50 percent of the time. can’t keep up with Apple iPhone system updates.
  • Transmission, gears slip in and out, hard shifting, limp mode, shuttering and loss of power, Eco button problems.
  • Sudden power/engine shut off.
  • Transmission coolant leaks.
  • Sudden/unexpected acceleration.

Help for Honda Pilot Owners  — Call 800-235-6801

Lemon Law AttorneyMotorists who are grappling with ongoing problems with their Honda or other vehicle could be eligible for compensation under California Lemon Laws.

Johnson Attorneys Group has helped thousands of clients resolve their lemon law cases and we can help you. Call us for a FREE CONSULTATION at 800-235-6801. Remember that our attorneys fees do not come out of your settlement because the manufacturer is required to pay them directly to us under California Lemon Laws.

2016 Honda Pilot Recalls

  1. American Honda Motor Co. issued a recall on July 29, 2016 for the 2015 and 2016 Honda Pilot 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles due to a faulty fuel tanks. The tanks were manufactured with insufficient welds that could separate and allow fuuel to leak, potentially causing a fire risk.  Other vehicles affect including the 2015 and 2016 Honda Odyssey and certain Acura vehicles.  The auto maker will fix the problem free of charge and owners may call Honda customer service at 888-234-2138.
  2. The automaker also issued a recall involving defective warning lights operating on the dashboard for the 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD vehicles made between May 4 and Sept. 8, 2015 and 4WD vehicles made May 7 and Sept. 4, 2015. The instrument panel may not illuminate to alert the driver of electrical problems such as anti-lock brakes malfunctioning. Honda acknowledges that without this system operating properly, a driver is put at risk of a crash.  Honda has agreed to update the instrument cluster software in affected vehicles free of charge.
  3. Finally, Honda is also recalling 2016 Honda Pilot vehicles made between May 4 and June 5, 2015 due to problem with its third-row seat belts. The seatbelt may become trapped between the rear seat and the rear sideliner. A person unable to buckle up their seat belt is at risk of injury if there is a collision.

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4 Comments on “Transmission Problems, Recalls Frustrate 2016 Honda Pilot Owners”

  1. I own a 2016 Pilot, jerks alot through shifting and RPMs go up and down. Just very frustrated. Asked at the dealership about problems and they told me that it has 9 speed transmission and i just have to get used to it. Am in Imperial County. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  2. Our Honda Pilot Elite AWD has had so many problems since we purchased it. The latest almost cost us our lives. The car suddenly shuts off when stopping either in traffic or on traffic lights. The other day the car completely shutoff and could not restart while on a freeway with fast speed cars coming behind us.. this is extremely scary and frustrating. I hope you can help us.

  3. Hi, I live in New York. Since I bought the 2016 Honda Pilot Touring the transmission has failed me. I took it to the Diler Honds where I bought it and they could never solve the problem. They were always different bugs but they never changed the transmission. Then the warranty expired and they told me they will change the transmission. I never went back I have changed 3 transmissions and the failure after a few months comes back. 2016 Honda Pilot is a mess. It is frustrating for a parent who needs to bring food home, that he needs his vehicle. Honda never helped me.

    1. Hi Jose,
      Thank you for reaching out to us, but we only handle cases in California. We are not licensed to practice in New York. I’m sorry you are going through this and please consider contacting a New York Lemon Law attorney about this situation.
      Take care.
      Susan Schaben,
      Johnson Attorneys Group

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