Honda Pilot - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Honda Pilot owners have reported a total of 4,542 problems for their cars built in the 17 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Honda Pilot. The 2005 Honda Pilot cars have the most problems reported (853 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Honda Pilot

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 Pilot
33
  2018 Pilot
34
  2017 Pilot
85
  2016 Pilot
434
  2015 Pilot
64
  2014 Pilot
84
  2013 Pilot
256
  2012 Pilot
168
  2011 Pilot
308
  2010 Pilot
116
  2009 Pilot
139
  2008 Pilot
121
  2007 Pilot
206
  2006 Pilot
259
  2005 Pilot
853
  2004 Pilot
590
  2003 Pilot
792

  Common problems of Honda Pilot

The following chart shows the 28 most common problems for Honda Pilot cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (697 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (585 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Honda Pilot

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
697
  Air Bag
585
  Engine And Engine Cooling
483
  Electrical System
418
  Service Brakes
370
  Equipment
309
  Structure
225
  Seats
192
  Vehicle Speed Control
179
  Suspension
174
   
  Steering
168
  Electronic Stability Control
157
  Exterior Lighting
118
  Other Fuel System
85
  Visibility
83
  Seat Belt
72
  Wheel
57
  Tire
49
  Unknown Or Other
44
  Gasoline Fuel System
28
  Latches/locks/linkage
20
  Child Seat
10
  Interior Lighting
6
  Traction Control System
5
  Air Brake
5
  Back Over Prevention
1
  Forward Collision Avoidance
1
  Parking Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Honda Pilot of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Pilot model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Honda Pilot model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Pilot Model Years

Pilot
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 34107,3401    
0.32
  2017 85153,5522    
0.28
  2016 434173,2423    
0.84
  2015 64107,1794    
0.15
  2014 8484,6195    
0.20
  2013 256129,7706    
0.33
  2012 168129,3177    
0.19
  2011 308164,0308    
0.23
  2010 11662,8029    
0.21
  2009 13984,66310    
0.16
  2008 12188,69711    
0.12
  2007 206122,03312    
0.14
  2006 259148,14713    
0.13
  2005 853142,47314    
0.43
  2004 590136,06415    
0.29
  2003 792123,18716    
0.40

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Honda Pilot is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2019 Pilot
26
  2018 Pilot
21
  2017 Pilot
40
  2016 Pilot
89
  2015 Pilot
20
  2014 Pilot
23
  2013 Pilot
99
  2012 Pilot
38
  2011 Pilot
31
  2010 Pilot
7
  2009 Pilot
11
  2008 Pilot
7
  2007 Pilot
21
  2006 Pilot
21
  2005 Pilot
31
  2004 Pilot
46
  2003 Pilot
50


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