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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!

  • 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.
  • 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: 135
    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
    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: 22,091
    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.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • leoleo Posts: 9
    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.
  • 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 ...
    Rahul and Runa
    Rancho Cordova, CA
  • zen76zen76 Posts: 12
    seat covers for EX-L ? Its leather... dosent need any covers...
  • vrmvrm Posts: 308
    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: 92
    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.


  • Hello me and my wife just bought a 200f EX the Maroon color with mud guards, white pinstripes 2 inches below side window level, alluminum wheels. 6 disk changer, cloth seats ans got up here what they called the northwest package- interior treatments, paint treatment, invisible bra on front of hood headlights and mirrors and the undercoating done. have about 2300 miles on it now made a 240 mile one way trip and a camping trip which involved narrow gravel roads and some pretty steep hills which was done after the 2000 mile point. Love it and dont plan on getting rid of it till its ready to go to the Pilot heaven. handled awesome even with the stock tires o the twisty steep gravel roads.
  • tom3tom3 Posts: 8
    Hi folks
    Did any body experience out of this fabulous 2005 EX-L .
    Whenever I am driving w/40 mph and up w/right side window pane pullled down and left side up I am getting a grumbling noise .The noise increases as I increase the speed .The same is NOT true when I repeat with left window.

    I was wondering if this is severe .You know what I mean like suspension,struts,ball bearing etc. etc.
    I would appreciate if any body has any suggestion or advice .
    Thanks :confuse:
  • As a longtime Honda fan, I've owned several Accords and a Civic, my 2003 Pilot LX hasn't lived up to expectations.

    I enjoy the car in its present state, but I've had to endure several recalls, a malfunctioning side airbag system, window seal noise, and recently I've discovered the roof rack and bike carrier accessories are poorly designed, rendering them useless for me (see my post in the accessory forum).

    Everything has been addressed, but the issues have left a bad impression.

    I'm glad others are having better experiences!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,091
    just curious, but could you elaborate on this malfunctioning side airbags and several recalls?

    As far as I know, there were 2 recalls for our '03 Pilot. One was simply a reprogramming of the airbag system. Although it worked, they weren't completely satisfied with its timing. The other was for the transmission.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • There was a timing belt issue with the water pump (NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 02V226000), plus the transmission and the airbag software as you mentioned.

    Also, my side airbag light would not go out. The dealer had to replace the Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) unit - luckily it was under warranty. My colleague had a similar problem with a CR-V and she wasn't so fortunate.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,091
    Ah, ok, you had an early model with the timing belt interference issue.

    All in all, I wouldn't say 4 problems should be considered a big disappointment, especially if you have never been left stranded by the vehicle, but, obviously, that's your right to feel that way. good luck in the future.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • Please re-read my first message. I have had 6 issues so far - 3 recalls, a faulty side airbag computer, window seal noise (technical service bulletin) TSB, and the ridiculous roof rack design. I love Hondas but this has been frustrating. I doubt anyone would disagree that this is surprising for a Honda. This would be disappointing for any owner, let alone the prior owner of 4 Honda vehicles.

    Don't get me wrong, I like the Pilot, but I won't buy again during the first year of a new design, and I won't be so quick to recommend Hondas.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,091
    well, the roof rack was designed that way before you bought the car, so I don't consider that an issue .... frankly, that's just poor research on your part. The window seal noise? well, ok, if you really insist on calling that an "issue", so be it.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • Wow, I think you're more of a Honda zealot than I am! Please don't take criticism of a car personally.

    Poor research on the roof rack? How many new car buyers look at the installation and load ratings for roof racks and accessories before purchasing the car -- did you? Others have expressed frustration with this.

    There has been lots of discussion on this site and others about the window seal noise -- it's been an "issue" for many. I had to take the car in twice to have this addressed, the second time was the charm, window seals for all four doors were replaced.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,091
    we don't even own our Pilot any more, and it was the first honda I ever owned. So I think you are reading a bit more into my comments than they deserve. I defend all cars in this same manner when it comes to people complaining about things I don't think are issues that really deserve complaining, that's all.

    our pilot had a little rattle/creaking noise that came from the dash above the stereo, however i never once complained to the dealer about it, nor did i ever complain about it to other owners or potential owners. To me, its just not worth the breath it takes to complain. Same with the infamous gas tank slosh. Some owners acted like you just shot their dog when they heard it for the first time. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you shouldn't get it fixed if its that annoying, but does it really deserve to be listed as a disappointment or even affect your appreciation for the vehicle?

    actually, i did look at the roof rack first. BUT, no, i don't expect all owners to look at it. But those who don't, in my opinion, shouldn't call it an "issue." If its important enough to complain about, its important enough to look at prior to purchasing. That's kind of like buying it to tow a 10,000 pound trailer only to find out afterwards that it won't.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

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