2024 Honda Pilot Problems Roundup

Top Owner Issues include: Steering, Structure, Service Brakes, and Visibility

Updated on Author: Brian Jones | Reviewer: Sergei Lemberg

The 2024 Honda Pilot suffers from trouble with the steering, structure, service brakes and visibility. Honda has also issued a severe recall alert about the steering. Even though the Pilot has been a large family SUV traveling America’s roads since 2002, Honda still seems to struggle with the basics, leaving customers to wonder if it’s time to learn about lemon laws and switch brands.

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Among the top complaints about the 2024 Honda Pilot, the most concerning may be related to defective steering and service brake systems. There are also frightening reports of trouble with the structure and auto glass.


  • Defective speed sensor: Bad speed sensors are causing warning lights and steering problems with the Pilot. These sensors fail prematurely because they may not have been installed correctly. Yet, even after drivers take the Pilot to have the sensors replaced, some people comment that the same problems continue.
  • Difficulty steering: Drivers have complained about losing steering or having the wheel lock up. These problems seem to come back to a loose ball bearing and it can cause a serious accident to occur.

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  • Sharp edge on door: Pilot drivers have discovered a sharp and hazardous edge coming from the bottom of the doors. One driver had their leg punctured in the calf and needed 12 stitches. This defect doesn’t just lead to unnecessary medical bills, but it could be disastrous if someone got cut in a remote area and was unable to drive themselves to get help.
  • Misaligned fenders: Drivers have spotted strange colors coming from under the clearcoat on the front bumper. When taking the Pilot to a local body shop, one driver was told that the fender was misaligned, which was causing the distortion.
  • Peeling and cracking paint: Many drivers are disgusted at the thought of how much the Pilot costs versus what the paint looks like. Seam filler has been seen on the roof in some cases, with it not even painted over. There have also been reports of the pinstripe peeling off or thicker paint in some areas than others.

Service Brakes

  • Faulty ABS control module: Drivers face serious warnings on the dashboard for no apparent reason. At any time, ten or more warnings can occur related to the brakes and safety systems, such as “Brake system problem,” “Brake performance may be reduced,” and “Steering assist reduced.” For one driver that only had 100 miles on the Pilot, the problem was due to a faulty ABS control module.
  • Brake noise: In conjunction with strange warning lights, drivers are complaining about unusual noises while braking. In some cases, it sounds like an axle noise or grinding, but it has to do with the brake system.


  • Exploding sunroof: While driving down the road, the sunroof can explode for no reason. Drivers report that nothing hits the sunroof and there’s no reason for the glass to break, yet it comes crashing in on the cabin. With people in the car, this auto glass could cause a lot of damage.
  • Moonroof/windshield leaking: With less than 500 miles on the odometer, owners have reported leaks from either the moonroof or windshield. The headliners get wet and moisture increases in the cabin.

What Can You Do About Recurring Problems?

If your 2024 Honda Pilot is experiencing issues with steering, structure, service brakes, visibility, or other recurring issues, it might be time to take action.

For many years, Lemberg Law has been assisting vehicle owners with lemon law cases, and successfully negotiating numerous settlements. If you’d like a free assessment of your situation, contact us by calling our Helpline or filling out a contact form. The law mandates that Honda covers the legal fees for lemon law cases, so you won’t incur any costs. Reach out to us today to get started.

Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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