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Honda Pilot Vibration Problems Are Leaving Drivers All Shook Up

January 07, 2014 By: LemonLaw Category: Honda, vibration

Honda is well-known for their quality and customer satisfaction, resulting in impressive sales and driver loyalty year after year.  Sadly though, they have now fallen into a trend we have seen from other manufacturers–stating an issue is normal when in fact they have no fix.  Despite the numerous drivers complaining of a Honda Pilot vibration problem, the car company insists that it is a normal characteristic of the vehicle.

Honda Pilot drivers have called into the 1 800 LEMON LAW hotline complaining of vibration in steering, braking and the center dash, and while dealers have performed minor adjustments, they are now telling consumers no fix is available.  Some drivers feel the blame should be placed on Honda’s VCM system, also known as variable cylinder management, a system used to disable one back of cylinders during certain periods (ie highway driving) of driving to save on gas mileage.  This is commonly referred to as  “eco boost.” While this has not been proven, we have seen other instances of manufacturers, including Ford and Chrysler,  trying to improve gas mileage while simultaneously causing numerous other usability problems.

If you are dealing with a Honda Pilot vibration issue, make an appointment at an authorized Honda dealership as soon as possible.  Offer to take the service adviser on a drive to illustrate the problem you are experiencing. Make sure when you pick up the vehicle, you receive a repair invoice–do not let them keep the ticket open. If they verify the problem, make sure that is written on the repair ticket, even if they do not fix it.  If they say there is no fix, make sure that is written on the repair invoice.   Once you are in three or more times, it is essential that you look into your rights under State and Federal Laws.

If you are suffering with a Honda Pilot vibration problem, feel free to submit your information here to determine if you are entitled to 100% cost-free help under State Lemon Laws or Federal Warranty Statutes.  You could be looking at a new car, a complete repurchase or significant monetary compensation to reflect the diminished value of the vehicle.  The key is to continue to document the issue and to fight for what you are rightfully entitled to receive under law.

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26 Responses to “Honda Pilot Vibration Problems Are Leaving Drivers All Shook Up”

  1. #1 HONDA PILOT MPG 2014 says:

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  2. #2 JIM bRECHT says:

    Have 2104 Honda Pilot that I have been in 2 times for vibration problem. The dealer and Honda America have told me it is an inherritent characteristic of the car and have no fix at this time. They say my car falls within thier specifications of the Engine Management System.

  3. #3 Darla says:

    2014 pilot – vibration when in Eco mode, when I’m in cruise running 65-67 very annoying. Have had it in twice and they say it’s normal.

  4. #4 Justin says:

    Honda should be forced to develop a software update to program vcm out of the pcm, for those who have issues and/or dont want vcm.
    When the rear bank is disabled, the lack of pressure in those cylinders causes the rings to relax allowing oil to be sucked back into the cylinders, leading to fouling of those plugs, leading to misfires, possible destruction of cats, cat particulates going back into motor, eventually compromising the motor.
    The active motor mounts work overtime as they try to soften the misfire feel, and eventually wear out.
    Ideally its preferable to create a vcm software that skips or rotates the deactivation.
    Id prefer to eleminate it altogether.

  5. #5 Kerry says:

    I have the same issue. The car is scheduled for the second visit next week. After that I will pursue the 3rd visit and then the lemon law remedy. My car rattles the dash at 45mph and 1600 RPM. 2014 pilot. Any others in this category?

  6. #6 Gene says:

    2011 Honda Pilot EX-L. Shakes when I brake usually at high speeds. The car also shakes sometimes when in reverse and breaking is applied.

  7. #7 Adam Keller says:

    I’ve said something about the vibration numerous times to service writer. He stated to try different gas. Idiot. I’ve had problems with door looks from the first year to present. Replaced all door locks and they are again broken. This is a EXL Pilot. Told another service writer the issue among two others. Called new manager and said this is BS that I keep getting pushed around or over on the all my matters. Wife has a EXL Accord and now she has the same problems that I do. However I’m told there are no recalls. I’m told my warranty is out now. Pitched a bitch and now they are willing to re look at the problems. Told today 11/25/14 that there is a new download software for the engine to help the problem. Also now told again there must be a problem with my door locks. Wow Really? I’ve only been bitching about this for over two years. Our last two Honda vehicles are not of the same quality of the past Honda vehicles that we have owned. Honda has become Americanized / meaning putting out Shit. Ridiculous over and over on simple matters. If you can’t fix the small things what are you able to fix. ? .

  8. #8 Adam Keller says:

    Wife’s care / Accord EXL / V-6 has same issues that my Pilot is having. Shudder from 20 mph then again 30 mph. We are told that we must be affecting the engine some how at a certain speed to affect the Eco / just right. Some how we are doing this issue / not HONDA. WOW, no shit you are going to blame all drivers because your shit doesn’t work right. Really.?. Wow it was the gas and now its the way my wife and I drive two different vehicles but the same engine. What Bull Shit.

  9. #9 Adniel Almaguel says:

    Hi, i have the same vibration issue in my 2011 pilot. How many people had won or had been given some compensation or solution, as your concern. Just want to know if really worth it to try to do against Honda even when the drivers are who suffer and paid. BTW does this law apply or has efect in Puerto Rico?.Thanks

  10. #10 Vanessa Alward says:

    My 2012 ex pilot shudders and shakes at various speeds. Last time dealer service said it was the tires. So ridiculous- if that correct it would be always at evry revolution. They’ve had it 3 times now.

  11. #11 Mark Jacobson says:

    I have about 1800 miles on our 2015 Honda Pilot EX-L, and I detected the vibration after only a couple weeks. Called Honda dealer today and have an appointment scheduled for next Friday. See what happens from here. Our 2012 CR-V had zero issues. I hope this one can be solved. We love the Pilot.

  12. #12 MikeM says:

    I was going to purchase a 2014 Pilot. Googled the vehicle before visiting dealership and learned about the VCM/vibration issue. Shame on you Honda. I loved your Accords from the 80s. Now this.

    I bought a 4Runner instead. Wake up Honda.

  13. #13 Sandy S. says:

    I have a 2013 Pilot that “Shudders” and “Vibrates” as well and just feels like it can’t decide into what gear it wants to go to sometimes. It can get really annoying. I have read everywhere that Honda says this is a normal characteristic of this vehicle…really? I am just worried that a few more years down the road there could be engine problems due to whatever is making this happen. Has anyone out there been successful in ever getting this problem repaired? Has anyone been successful in following the “lemon law” way?

  14. #14 LemonLaw says:

    @Sandy: We have been successful.

  15. #15 Leslie says:

    I’m having the same issue, I just bought my Honda 3 weeks ago and it’s already been in the shop twice for the vibration and I’m being told that it’s just the way the car is but that’s ridiculous, I know 4 people who own the Pilot and they tell me they don’t have this issue, if it was just the way the car is then why isn’t everyone having this problem? Does anyone know if a car can be returned if you just bought it and if so, how many days you have to return? I can’t believe the money you pay for a car and now I don’t even want to drive it!

  16. #16 Chis Contrino says:

    I too have begun to feel the minor shudder in my 2013 Pilot when the vcm kicks from 4 cyl to 3 cyl. I called Honda dealer yesterday and explained the problem and they are obviously aware. They stated it is “normal” operation and to bring it in to check the motor mounts. I will probably do that but doubt that will fix the minor shuddering. If you have any further advice or updates please let me know.

  17. #17 Mike Ferretti says:

    I have vibration/rumbling type noise usually at somewhere between 40-55 MPH. It does it fairly regularly at those speeds and usually when I start to give it some gas after slowing down a bit. It’s hard to explain but it is not a brake or tire issue, that I know. I’m bringing it into a dealer this saturday to have it checked out.

  18. #18 Petra Hughes says:

    2015 Honda Pilot with 4k miles; making metalic rattle noise while accelerating 20-60mph

    The noise occurs when the gas pedal is pushed. While in motion the noise happens when the gas pedal is first pushed, then stops. As many time as I was on/off the gas, it was consistent. While doing about 25-60 mph, if I SLIGHTLY press the gas pedal down, the rattle was fairly constant. The noise is like a metalic sounding rattle noise. I took it to the Honda dealer, said they updated the software BUT it didn’t fix the issue. I went to another dealership & same BS.. they told me that they called Honda manufacture and was told it was a common thing. Really? My friend has a 2014 Pilot with NO issue. I will be taking my car to another dealership. If I’m getting the same BS then I will look into the Lemon Law.

  19. #19 George says:

    Like all the others, I have what feels like an ongoing engine miss that reliably occurs any time the vcm kicks in the the ECO light come on. The car wont readilly maintain speed in cruise either, as it slows up to 3 mph when encountering a slight grade It is a “certified 2014 pilot I just purchased about 4/1/15 with just 9500 miles on it. (Another dissatisfied Honda owner?). Immediately noticed the problem and took it in to dealer. They did verify my complaint and updated the eco software with no improvement. A long discussion with the service manager confirmed the Honda position that all Pilots (earlier and current) have this problem and there is no fix. He said “You’ll get used to it”. I like the vehicle otherwise and will TRY to live with it…. BUT it is very irritating. Dealer wont’ buy it back.

  20. #20 Pedro says:

    Just bought a 2005 pilot exl has 148, 000 miles. I am the second owner. Just got it last Thursday and at firslt I thought it was t he road but now I realized what is going on. Aroumd 20-30 miles an hour it shutters. Sometimes worse than others. Bought it from a Honda dealership with no warranty. Any suggestions?

  21. #21 Carolina cortez says:

    I having the same problems as everyone here, I purchase a Honda Pilot 2011 5 days ago, the next day after we purchase my husband took it back to the dealer service department because of the vibration problem, they did the balance but continues like that I took it again 2 days later and they told me that I have to leave the car overnight because they needed to call someone from manufacture office, now I am here and they told me that this is how the car it should be, there is nothing wrong with the car. What I can do? I don’t want to drive a car with vibration issues. Please advise I am located in Florida

  22. #22 LemonLaw says:

    @Carolina: Visit to find a firm in your state that can assist you.

  23. #23 Riz says:

    Honda Pilot 2012/13/14/15 Touring 4×4:
    1 – Steering constantly vibrates at speeds above 45mph. Smoother roads higher vibrations. This vibration increases to extent that you feel that you are loosing control of the car at speed above 70mph and you can see the steering vibrating and moving. So effectively, you can not drive confidently beyond 70mph.
    2 – Transmission shutters at cruising speed above 35mph and searches for gears while going down hill.
    3 – Sudden burning smells in the cabin to an extent of air becoming toxic inside cabin.
    Honda dealer replaced multiple parts like engine mount, drive shaft but no result and problem has become worse. Finally, Honda does not want to recognize that there is major issue so they are washing off hands by saying that it is VCM vibration. The point is that VMC vibration can not be constant and those can occur only when there is transition from 3 cylinders to 6 cylinder or 6 to 3. The vehicle is under warranty as of now but once it goes out of warranty, Honda would never care for it.
    Rather than solving my problem, Honda customer service suggested that I take it to different dealer to take second opinion, why? Why do I have to run, spend time and explain the issue to another person with no guarantee that problem would get solved? Oh, may be because I see it as problem but Honda does not.
    That why I say Honda is not reliable and hide issues in there products which are of poor quality. They don’t know how diagnose the issue. Usually, when such issues happens then one starts with smaller things like tires, wheel bearings etc. rather than replacing motor mounts or drive shaft at 13k miles. Totally out of sync. What level engineering they have?
    That is why I say Honda is not reliable.

  24. #24 Pham manny says:

    Happen with my 2014 this Labor Day ,I’m at Mesa Arizona.all shop close I live at California .weekend get away,400 miles from home.go buy coffee this morning I though rough road my pilot little shake.when I hit on 202 fwy run about normal shooting like one help me by this everyone off.i just worry how to get home Monday me god

  25. #25 Dan D 9/21/15 says:

    I have a 2011 Honda Pilot and have experienced a shudder and the console vibrates at the top of first gear and all the way through second gear third and forward smooths out. It started to be noticed at around 25,000 miles and has been to the dealer 4 times and once replace right side lower bushings and once a transmission software adjustment. They tested with computer and said torque converter is okay but clearly won’t admitted to the water cups in the console that are vibrating to beat the band. I open a ticket with Honda headquarters. I took car to another dealer on Honda headquarter advice and they said yes they see the problem and are going to replace both the front axles tomorrow 9/22/15.

  26. #26 Weldon Smith says:

    It is the VCM. Look up VCMuzzle on piloteers or google it. $75 and its fixed! Dealer will not fix. Corporatiin will not develope a program to kill it. This guys invention disables it without disconnecting oil pressure sensors. Genius!

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