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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