Honda Pilot - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Honda Pilot owners have reported a total of 4,364 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 (847 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 Pilot
17
  2018 Pilot
31
  2017 Pilot
83
  2016 Pilot
338
  2015 Pilot
58
  2014 Pilot
78
  2013 Pilot
242
  2012 Pilot
161
  2011 Pilot
304
  2010 Pilot
116
  2009 Pilot
139
  2008 Pilot
121
  2007 Pilot
203
  2006 Pilot
255
  2005 Pilot
847
  2004 Pilot
585
  2003 Pilot
786

  Common problems of Honda Pilot

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Honda Pilot cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (685 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (574 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Honda Pilot

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
685
  Air Bag
574
  Engine And Engine Cooling
462
  Electrical System
366
  Service Brakes
363
  Equipment
284
  Structure
206
  Seats
188
  Vehicle Speed Control
175
  Suspension
169
   
  Steering
167
  Electronic Stability Control
152
  Exterior Lighting
116
  Visibility
82
  Other Fuel System
79
  Seat Belt
71
  Wheel
56
  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
  Parking Brake
1
  Back Over Prevention
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 318,8971    
3.48
  2017 83153,5522    
0.27
  2016 338173,2423    
0.65
  2015 58107,1794    
0.14
  2014 7884,6195    
0.18
  2013 242129,7706    
0.31
  2012 161129,3177    
0.18
  2011 304164,0308    
0.23
  2010 11662,8029    
0.21
  2009 13984,66310    
0.16
  2008 12188,69711    
0.12
  2007 203122,03312    
0.14
  2006 255148,14713    
0.13
  2005 847142,47314    
0.42
  2004 585136,06415    
0.29
  2003 786123,18716    
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
12
  2018 Pilot
20
  2017 Pilot
40
  2016 Pilot
87
  2015 Pilot
20
  2014 Pilot
23
  2013 Pilot
98
  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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