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  • All of the problems I mentioned were considered "issues" by Honda (excluding the roof rack), enough to warrant factory recalls or technical service bulletins. You may choose to consider them irrelevant, but Honda doesn't, and neither do I. They adversely affect the owner experience and that's why Honda tries to remedy them - which they've done a good job with, in my experience.

    You may have looked at the weight rating for the roof rack, but I doubt you read the installation instructions for the crossbars and accessories. These reveal the deficiencies in the design. Please read my posting in the accessories forum before commenting. Regardless, just because I didn't research this before purchase doesn't make it right or less of an issue.

    I didn't say the Pilot was a big disappointment, just a disappointment compared to my high expectations driven by prior owner experience.

    I still believe the Pilot is a fine vehicle, it just had some growing pains. I'd love to have the 2006.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,072
    but I doubt you read the installation instructions for the crossbars and accessories

    you assume wrong.

    let's just say we differ on the severity of the word "issue," and leave it at that.

    by the way, a TSB only means there were enough inquiries from service departments on the complaint that Honda issued a standard response for all dealers to refer to when presented with the complaint. Its basically a "ok. stop bugging us. here is our form letter response."

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

  • Let's take this outside. :)

    If I may ask, where did you get the installation instructions and which ones did you look at, before buying your Pilot? They certainly don't come in the brochure. :)

    You're incorrect on the TSBs -- if I'm not mistaken the TSB issued for the window seals compelled Honda to redesign the part and/or acknowledge a defect, much more than a form letter. You're right that some TSBs simply say "By design," e.g. the crazy rear open window noise, but not all.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,072
    i researched as much as i could on another dedicated Pilot forum on the internet. You can find just about every set of instructions there.

    for that item in particular, i wanted to see how difficult it was to install to determine what price I'd let the dealer sell it to us for at the initial purchase. At the time, folks were talking about how you could possibly break some part on them (this was almost 3 years ago, so i don't remember the details). So when the dealer came back with a price of about $25 more than they would cost to buy myself over the internet, we went ahead and let them add the bars pre-delivery.

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

  • Two weeks ago we purchased an 06 Pilot. We currently have 4K miles on it and the only complaint we have is that at highway speeds the driver and passenger side windows make a noise like they are "moving" in their respective channels. Has anyone else experienced this problem ?? Normally this probably would not be noticed but the car is very quiet at highway speeds and of course each window is by your ear.

    Thanks for your input.
  • cjg2cjg2 Posts: 1
    Drove me crazy too. Just bought it and noticed it the next day. Both rear window dividers was loose causing the window to rattle. The front ones the tech made a door adjustment. Rides quiet now. I was disappointed that it left the factory in such condition. It was very noticeable.
  • wrodwrod Posts: 4
    My 2004 Pilot EX-L is the ninth Honda for me, but it's going to be my last. In the past I've always been happy with Honda quality, but the Pilot has not lived up to that standard and their smug attitude has totally alienated me. The transmission recall issues and various brake problems were just the beginning; at least they were willing to do something about those.

    From the beginning my Pilot often produced a loud "thumping" sound when braking; they first refused to acknowledge the problem, then told me that it was a "characteristic" of the vehicle, not a problem. :confuse:

    Then at about 20,000 miles the vehicle started sporadically losing power; it felt like a miss and it would lose velocity on a level highway, requiring me to kick it into passing gear to get back up to speed. Gas mileage went from 19mpg to 16mpg. I have taken it to the dealer several times, and they even had the Honda district service rep to look at it. But because it doesn't show a code on their diagnostic equipment they insist that there is no problem and they refuse to do anything more about it. So I called Honda's "customer service" hotline, and got a smug person who essentially told me that they're not going to do anything to help me because there's nothing wrong with my car. When I tried to escalate, I was told that there was no one to escalate to; I had reached the end of the line. :mad:

    Since there are others who have had good experiences with their Pilots, I have to conclude that Honda's quality control on this vehicle is poor. If you're buying a Pilot you might get a good one or a lemon. :lemon: And if you have to deal with Honda due to problems with your vehicle, you are going to get BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE.
  • Honda has finally lost it....through its bad customer service!
    I called up American Honda to document my ongoing problem w/ my Pilot while still under warranty.
    Its a sluggish acceleration issue which is intermittent.
    I was given a case number and a case manager was assigned to me.
    The problem is, I cannot replicate the symptoms or the problem itself w/ the dealership. The case manager called me up and informed me that American Honda will no longer be responsible for any charges should any Honda dealership charge a diagnostic fee should you bring in your Honda vehicle for diagnosis even if the problem is not replicated.
    So, I asked her....what am I paying for if they cannot determine the problem?
    Their time!

    If you're experiencing problems with your Honda Pilot and you want to show it to the dealer, ask them first if it will cost you anything.
  • Hi, did you ever resolve your braking issue? I had problems with the thumping sound for about 6 months. They said they fixed it at first, but it came back. Now they tell me it is fuel sloshing around when the tank is half full. I have recently had an issue with the brakes where when I apply them, sometimes I will feel the brake pedal move out from under my foot and the car will brake further without me applying pressure. Since the check brake light doesn't come on and the technician who drove it for 10 minutes can't replicate the problem, I am getting nowhere. I haven't called Honda yet, but don't have much hope from what I've read on this site.

  • I just picked up my Pilot 2006 on Dec. 30 I got the exl for total of$30080 out the door that included 5.5 wis tax and 55 dollars for lic.title. I was happy with the price seems great so far except for finding out the screw job on trailer hitch and cross bars.
  • rina1rina1 Posts: 1
    I'm having the same braking problem on my 2004 Pilot. The dealer can't find the problem and so won't fix it. Have you had any luck?? :(
  • trantran Posts: 12

    I lived in NJ and did give my pilot (05 EX-L)an ultimate challenge when driving on beach sand. Although, I flat my tire to around 20 psi, it still got stuck when I stop, The wheel keep spinning!!! I put on the VTM-4 Lock and gear 2. It spinned little bit and started moving again. I noticed a yellow light showing that my trans is over heated. However, it disappeared after the car back on normal paved road and regular gear. I hope I didn't blow my trans and I never want to give it another try! I just wonder if anyone try driving the Pilot on sand like mine! The vehicle did awesome job on snow though. With around 2 feet of snow, the car still handle great without spinning. Just get a feel if anyone has any driving experience on snow or sand .

    Tran :)
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,072
    I have experience with both ... just not with the Pilot. Like you, I found out the Pilot does great in the snow.

    I'm not surprised to hear it was not so great in the sand. I would never have tried it, personally. Sand is a whole different beast and vehicles much more off-roadable than the Pilot have a tough time with it. I AM surprised you got out at all. I didn't think the Pilot could do even that, frankly. I'm not dissing it, of course, I'm just reiterating my point that sand has defeated much tougher vehicles on my watch. ;)

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

  • homeykathomeykat Posts: 11

    I just got my first Honda, a 2006 Pilot EX-L, W/RES and AWD two days ago. My wonderful hubby bought it for me as a graduation from nursing school gift. What planet have I been on to have never bought a Honda before? :blush: I never knew a vehicle could make me so happy! I love my Pilot, really really love it. I am trying to decipher all the vehicle washing/detailing tips, if anyone can help please email me.
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  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    Hello all;
    I'm now a proud owner of a 2006 Honda Pilot EX 4WD in Amazon Green. The vehicle has already been proudly named (Yes, I name all my vehicles) 'The Beast'. Got it with 7 miles on it and by this evening after work, has already gotten 175 miles. Yes, I have been doing some driving by the end of this coming week will more than likely be at 1000 miles. All in all I can say I'm liking the Pilot. I have a running bet with my wife how long it's going to take to reach 5000 miles. :shades:

    Odie's Carspace
  • kalbo607kalbo607 Posts: 12
    Odie...any special precautions you are taking for breaking the vehicle in, I am correct to assume that some of those 1,000 miles will be on the highway do you plan on keeping it under a certain speed since it is a new engine. I guess I am asking is there any special caution needed to break-in the engine?
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    As of this afternoon (monday) I hit 255 miles. I travel 60% highway, 20% Rural (country roads), 10% City, 10% dirt/gravel/trail roads. Mostly the roads around Hershey,Pa are highway roads (55-65mph), but you come across some nice out of the way backroads that don't have much traffic (35-45mph), and some that are twisty(25-35mph). So the break-in period for me is with-in the 1st 5000 miles. I try to stay on the highways during that time more-so. But PA has a max speed limit of 65, but during the break in, unless it's a major highway with 65, I'll stay about 55-60 mph, unitl 5000 miles.

    Odie's Carspace
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    Just bought a 2007 AWD EX-L with RES. I did a lot of research and this is by far the best value for money SUV out there. I used to own a 2002 Landcruiser. The only improvements I can think of is the option to have full-time 4 Wheel drive (All wheel drive) rather than the on-demand 4-wheel drive and more towing capacity. The Mercedez GL 320 CDI can tow 7500 lbs and it is unibody construction like the Pilot.
  • muzmuz Posts: 2
    I have a question about those of you who purchased a Pilot and also had children. I have three children, only one still in a car seat. How many children do you owners have? Do any of you have three children, one in a car seat? How often do you use the third row seats? Do you use this car to travel/where do you put your luggage? Thanks. Any help would be great!
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    Well, I may not have 3 kids, but my wife would say I count as one. I have a 10 month old still in carrier (rear facing) and a (almost) 4 yr old. I keep the 4 yr old behind me (driver seat) and the carrier behind the passenger seat. If I even need to utilize the cargo area for something longer, I drop both double seat sections and move the 4 yr old back to the single seat in 3rd row. As for going on a trip, we have driven down to Knoxville,TN from Hershey,Pa with both kids, wife, myself, and full amount of gear and still had plenty of room. I did learn when packing up the luggage, do not lay them flat, stand them up you will use less space and have a harder surface when stacking.

    Odie's Carspace
  • Yep, me too. Another year and no more car seat for the youngest. We have used the third seat but typically we load the back with lots of stuff and put the three in the second row. I also stand the luggage on their edge and have a soft-type luggage carrier for the roof for the longer road trips.
  • vncoffmanvncoffman Posts: 18
    Just bought a 2007 2WD EX-L, no nav, no dvd. Love it. It reminds me of my beloved 1981 Honda wagon (larger, of course, and with more fancy-poos). I also wish it towed a bit more, but I can deal with it. I love it!
  • Hi, I just got interested in the Pilot and liked the 0.9% (36 month) or 3.9% (60 month) financing. I also liked the $2000 dealer incentive (I'd like to get them to cough some of it up). However, all of these deals are supposed to end April 30th (i.e., tomorrow). Does anyone know if they will extend it?
    Thanks for any quick answers/guesses!
  • pablo9pablo9 Posts: 29
    This thread is aging a bit...thought I would throw in a post and meet more of the current folks around.

    Living just south of Houston, our 2008 Black Pilot SE is the newest designated family truckster for our family of 5. With kids at ages, 1,2, and 6, we have lots of potential to to explore in just how versatile this vehicle can and will be. So far, excellent experience in first three months...this is our 5th Honda so we certaionly have expectations on board, too.

    First road trip last weekend: 1100 miles averaging 65-75 mph with resulting 22 mpg. DVD/RES well broken in with the young set of eyes in back. We're coming out of an 01 Trooper and before that a 94 Grand Cherokee. Loving the additional space and of course the Honda experience.

    Pics will follow if there's anyone still active here...well, links to some pics I guess.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    I'm still here, but with the summer months running strong, I have the Honey Do List's from you-know-where.

    Odie's Carspace
  • I need to use a soft sided luggage bag & I am about to order cross bars - does anyone have any advice for me. Thanks!
  • The Honda Pilot will NOT disappoint! It is a comfortable, smooth ride, great for interstate driving. Lots of room & beverage holders. Most important, it is very reliable. Great on snow & ice. Gas mileage is great for this size SUV, has great features and the interior is very well made. I plan to drive a Pilot forever.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    Well to let you all know how things are going. "The Beast" is now just shy of 99k at 6.5 years old. Still running strong and has been through alot of stuff. No major problems have surfaced and only had to take care of little things (lights, tires, ext.).

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