2013 Honda Pilot Consumer Review: Bad Vibration in ECO mode

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Bad Vibration in ECO mode
By rich_a6 on


2013 Honda Pilot EX-L w/Rear Entertainment 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


When in ECO mode and you encounter a slight grade where there is a light loading on the engine, it vibrates and makes a droning noise.
It does it anywhere from 35mph and up including highway speeds.
It did not do it on my Odyssey in ECO mode.
The shop mechanic first said it was "Normal".
I have had 20+ cars in the last 50 years and this isn't normal.
Then he said this was very typical of the 2013 Pilots.
Honda mad a design change in 2013 and don't apparently don't have a clue how to fix it!

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By rachlk
on 08/01/14 11:39 AM (PDT)

I have had the same issue with my 2013 EX-L Pilot since the first week of purchase! The dealer told me it was normal and that I must be over sensitive to vibration & sound. It feels like a "hesitation" or "stutter" and is NOT normal! I love everything else about my Pilot, but am sad to say I'm currently looking to trade it due to this issue.

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By conard0
on 05/20/14 09:13 AM (PDT)

We have the same issue with our 2013 Pilot EX-L 4WD. I took it to our Honda dealer and they couldn't find anything wrong with it, but sure is annoying.

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