The Pilot was the first original mid-size SUV that was built by the automaker. Before the Pilot, there was the Passport, which was nothing more than an Isuzu Rodeo. The Pilot was a major success and built on Honda’s reputation of reliability and value. But as was the case with many new models, the pilot was not without faults. The transmission was notoriously unreliable in first-generation models (via Hot Cars).
The first generation of the Pilot was a groundbreaking SUV for the company, but as a used car it’s problematic. The cost of repairs was expensive. The styling was also bland when it first hit the market, and that stands true today. There were many other SUV models on the market at the time, many of which were much cheaper to maintain.