I own a 2008 Pilot, purchased in 2010 with 20k miles on it. Around 100k miles the headliner began failing, and now at 195k has completely failed. It also destroyed a torque converter at 140k miles, and needed a another torque converter and trans rebuild around 165k miles. It also needed a new “fancypants” fluid filled engine mount around 120k miles, and another around 180k miles. Not to mention impossible to track rattles from within the front passenger door, and that the timing belt and water pump need replaced every 110k miles.
I don’t mind the other part failures like the starter, throttle position sensor, and O2 sensors, but the latter stuff seems rather absurd for a Honda. The cabin air filter is also a piss poor design by some turd engineer that has never turned a wrench. Most forums seem to hold Pilots with high esteem, but I view mine as a liability and time bomb, and can’t wait to unload it on some poor unsuspecting bastard. And I suspect resale on ones like mine is so poor because dealers and KBB have gotten wise to how failure prone the first generation Pilots are.
Anyone else with a first gen or later that thinks Pilots are garbage? I’ve grown wise to the Honda/Acura cool-aid piss and find Toyotas to be a far superior option.
Read your opening here. I have a 2006. My headliner became crap shortly after I bought it, so I had it replaced for about 250 at a local upolstry shop. I live in Oklahoma City where there are still honest people not trying to tear you a new one like you would encounter in Houston, Texas or a place like that.
I had an MDX and replaced all of the motor mounts (except the very rear one) myself. For around $200.00 or so, it was fine. That occurred at around 275,000 miles.
On my pilot, I beleve that I will need new motor mounts at about 250k. Maybe less, maybe more. Hopefully I will be able to do them in the summer.
Chasing rattles is no fun, but take a saturday and chase it down. If you have the door panels open, I suggest getting some of that dynamat, some closed cell foam, and maybe Mass loaded vinyl and apply liberally on the door panels. I did the same and it improved the sound quality of the car slightly. It was worth it. Good luck with that.
What I am trying to say is that these cars are pretty easy to work on with the exception of that stupid cabin filter. I remember the days before all of that nonsense, so there's that.
What concerns me is the frequent transmission replacements. That is frustrating. Did you get that done at a shop? Did they have any kind of warranty? You may have gotten a crappy transmission and had the work done at a crappy transmission shop. I had that kind of experience with my 05 MDX at a transmission shop in Webster, Texas. When I got the car back, the car gave off a popping noise. Ithink that the bushings in the subframe were damaged during removal. Of course, I can't prove it, and the "warranty" has long expired. I gave them motor mounts to replace, but they just left them sitting int he front seat. When I got the car back, I still ahd other transmission isssues, including a solenoid that I had to replace. I did that one myself too. As for yours, I hope that you can get that resolved. That's ridiculous.
On the pilot, you have to change your transmission fluid. When I bought it I did a 3x exchange and then a drain and refill every year since. I'll keep doing it until the thing dies.
I understand the frustration. I moved from a Lexus ES300 to an Acura TL last year. The lexus was giving a loud valve tick which places wanted 3500 to fix. I just decided that I wanted something different. I think that the V6 toyota engine isn't as good as people say it is, although the later 3.5L models seem to hold up well.
Good luck with whatever you decide. I don't blame you given the transmission issue.