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  • pilotfanpilotfan Posts: 1
    Bought my 2004 Pilot w/RES (black w/saddle leather) a week ago after extensive research. I love it! Had planned to purchase a Nissan Murano (longtime Nissan owner), but I am so glad I compared these vehicles. Far fewer reported problems with the Pilot here at edmunds and similar sites, plus the fit/trim on the Pilot is better (IMO) than the Murano. Looking forward to owning my Pilot for many years.
  • memojomemojo Posts: 9
    ... after trading in a 2000 Subaru Legacy GT Ltd. Put 200+ miles on it today, with seven passengers, and it performed flawlessly. My only complaint is a small fluid leak that appeared overnight. Can't tell if it's oil, transmission, brake, power steering or what. All fluid levels look OK; I'll call the dealer in the a.m. Hopefully it's nothing serious -- it's been 25 years since our last Honda (a '79 Accord that worked like a charm) and I'd like to believe they've only gotten better.
  • toolatetoolate Posts: 2
    My Nav is erratic. I can't program any "personal address". The system just stalls. The dealers are not too knowledgeable about the nav and how its suppose to work. They gave me a special number for help but all they could do is take orders for updated dvd. I think Honda has a real problem area here. If you haven't used your system much, do so before the warranty expires.
  • Well, our salesman delivered from out of town, to our bowling alley (it was league night) so I asked him to bring it there. We did all paperwork in the bowling alley!! Best of all, paid little more than invoice!! My wife and I feel that it was a fair price. Looking to add accessories now. The kids absolutely love it!
    Our local dealer has no competition, so we looked at Los Angeles angeles, and finally settled on a desert dealer east of Los Angeles. We love our Pilot so far... Still original owner of a 92 Accord DX that drives/looks like BRAND NEW!! What a great site for info. I look forward to reading more posts.
  • massmanmassman Posts: 21
    could you tell me what dealership you went thru looking to purchase in the next two weeks, also have you been happy with vehicle and dealership since purchase
  • I haven't seen much discussion about Honda's certified program discussed here, so I'll share my recent shopping experience. My wife and I were shopping for a new Pilot and we were shown an '04 EX. I liked the '04 alot and was not really swayed to look at the '05's since the only significant changes were a 15 more HP and a sunroof. While on the new car lot, I walked over to the certified car lot and found 3 Pilots, all '03's. The one that caught my eye was a Silver EX with just over 14k miles. I was astonished at how much better the warranty for a certified car was compared to a new one. 7 years 100k miles on the powertrain and an extra 12 mo. /12k miles beyond the 3/36 bumper to bumper warranty. The '03 was no different than the '04 we were looking at other than the 14k miles and it being $5k less to purchase.

    I suppose the moral to this post is if you want to save some money and get a decent warranty on a nearly new Honda, their Certified Used program may be worth a look for you too...
  • abisabis Posts: 4
    I have a 04 pilot EXL.Can I use the synthatic oil from the beginning instead of the regular oil. I am not sure about using synthatic oil on the new engine. Any advice!

    thanks,
    Abi
  • There are clear advantages to syn ove non-syn oil. But if you're chnaging your oil every 3k miles or 3 months, I know I'd be hard pressed to spend the extra $5 per quart at each oil change. What's more, if you have your oil changed every 3k miles at your dealer and should the engine fail, I'd bet you would be in better shape getting help if the engine had a failure with a oil change service history at Honda then if you went on your own with syn oil. Good Luck...
  • tocatoca Posts: 147
    It's not $5 extra. I just got a 5qt container of Mobil 1 for under $20 at WalMart. You can get generic brand oil for about $1, but most name brands like Castrol, Valvoline, Pennzoil, etc go for $1.50 or more (sometimes less when on sale). So the difference is closer to $3 than $5.

    If you are getting your oil changed every 3k miles, than perhaps you are getting it changed to frequently. Depending on a users driving conditions, Honda has a recommended range for oil changes - 3,750 under severe conditions to 7,500 for normal. According to Honda, most people fall under the normal category.

    I'd be curious to know what type of oil your Honda dealer uses for changes (if that's where you get your oil changed). My dealer uses the recommended oil from Honda for the Pilot, which is a synthetic blend and get it changed every 5k miles.

    As for the original question about sythetic oil, I use have used it from day one in my '98 Subaru and have done so with my '04 Subaru. I put about 28k miles a year on that vehicle and the added protection synthetics provide at higher and lower temperatures is something I feel is worth the extra $75 or so per year it costs.

    For more info on the topic, here's an interesting article on synthetics. http://www.patgosscarworld.com/syntheticdifference.htm
  • tomertomer Posts: 1
    Just bought a honda pilot 05 EXL hawk black grey interior today 12-11-04 pick it up tommorow,Owned toyotas all my life great cars have a 90 camry v6 downstairs bought it new and only put in an alternator,Great car,Looked at the Highlander it was nice but all the options were too much compared to the honda hope i like the honda,Paid 29 thats it,Told the dealer heres my offer take it or leave it.Seems like i got a good deal,Moonroof heated seats leather interior 6cd changer,more bang for the buck compared to the highlander.
  • leoleo Posts: 9
    I got the Pilot on 1/28/05. Is a great vehicle. I paid $34,850 take home. I think I have got a great deal. One problem, I kept hitting the windshield wiper stick every time I trying to get to the column shifter.
  • normkolnormkol Posts: 134
    I know what you mean, I washed the windshield once already trying to put it into drive. Funny placement of the trans stick.

    I got my '05 EXL this past Tuesday. It's really my wife's. They expect 3-5 inches of snow today, so it's her first experience driving a AWD in the snow.

    Norm Koller, Staten Island, NY
  • quiptownquiptown Posts: 1
    KarenS,
    I need to know how to get the maintainence required light off on my 2004 Honda Pilot. It has 25k miles and runs great. Thanks.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    I'm not sure Karen can help you, but I believe I can.
    This procedure is also in the owner's manual, by the way ...
    while the car is off, press and hold the odometer trip reset button, then turn the key to position 2 and continue holding the button until the maintenance light goes out. That's it.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • leoleo Posts: 9
    Karen,
    The instruction is in the owner's manual instrument panel section for 2005.
    The steps are:
    1. Turn off the engine.
    2. Press and hold the select/reset button on the instrument panel, then turn the ignition swith to ON(II) position.
    3. Hold the button for about 10 second until the indicator goes off.
    Good Luck.
    Leo
  • rossco1rossco1 Posts: 2
    I have had my Pilot EX-L for about a month. We bought it used with 19000kms on it. Yes I am from Canada. I am looking for accessories such as a roof rack system to go with the factory rails. I hope all the bugs have already been exterminated. I eagerly look forward to searching for information from you experienced pilot owners. ">
  • paglapagla Posts: 11
    After long comparison and research and test drive, finally we bought Pilot EX-L and driving it for around a week now. Feels big and powerful. Only problem is to keep the animal within 65mph in california freeways for first 1K miles.
    I am looking for some seat cover and steering wheel covers. If anyone knows any good stores (web or b&m) and can share ... that would be great ...
    Thanks
    Rahul and Runa
    Rancho Cordova, CA
  • zen76zen76 Posts: 12
    seat covers for EX-L ? Its leather... dosent need any covers...
  • vrmvrm Posts: 301
    Hi, Rahul:

    There are no custom made Pilot seat covers. Your options are:
    1) Buy covers from any automotive store and see how well they fit on the Pilot. Trial and error.

    2) Get them custom made from India. Take pictures and dimensions of your seat (height, width and seat depth).

    Out of curiosity, which other vehicle was on your short list before you decided on the Pilot. What do you like about the Pilot?
  • fred25fred25 Posts: 80
    How would one closed the moonroof in the event of an electrical malfunction. Is there a manual control to closed this moonroof? The owners manual does not have the answer. My dealer does not have the answer. Can anyone provide some answers.

    Thanks

    Fred
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