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Honda Pilot 2006



  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,077
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  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    Hi Kirstie h and nqvincent

    We purchased our Pilot at Berkeley Honda, and I dealt with the owner. And for others, no, I have no interest in Berkeley Honda, nor do I work for them.

    The sales manager was excellent, and the sales person who spent about 30 minutes going over the controls et al inside the vehicle was also courteous and knowledgible, (sp). This was done at 8:30 PM. And we drove home with the new Pilot. And my wife loves her car.

    The experience was A +. And I DO NOT give praise to people unless they are worthy.

    Good luck to all and stay safe.

    jensad :)
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Welcome all - please note that we also have a Honda Pilot: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion so please post your deal details in there for easy access by other potential owners.

    There's also a Honda Pilot: Lease Questions discussion as well.


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  • Folks - Pilot sales are down 25.6% year-over-year in Honda's latest sales report released a couple of weeks ago - and that is even with some very aggressive leasing incentives out there. Most dealers have lots of '05's still on the lots. Demand for SUV's getting under 20 MPG is falling like a rock, so there is absolutely no need to pay more than invoice on a Pilot - or any other SUV- period. Honda and it's dealers still make money on them at that price - so be patient and let the downturn in the SUV market for FOR you....
  • I thought I had heard that the Pilot and MDX were based on the pre-2005 Odyssey chassis -- and that at some point they would be updated with the '05 Odyssey's new chassis.

    Is the '06 Pilot based on the new Odyssey chassis? If not, does anyone know if that's planned for a future redesign?
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Yes, the market will shift towards more fuel efficient vehicles, as it should, but where can anyone get an eight passenger vehicle with all the features of the '06 Pilot for its bargain price? The '06 Pilot is still an outstanding balance between gas mileage, passenger and cargo capacity, features, and price. Shortly, the market will finish making its initial adjustment to the gas situation, as it always has historically. So be careful not to wait too long for the future and miss out on these great deals today. After all, one day you might just trade-in your '06 Pilot towards a Hybrid Pilot, right?
  • I find the road noise is unbearable when driveing with the moonroof open. So much so that I'm considering getting the moonroof visor installed--but not sure if those really even help at all or not. There is always some noise from an open moonroof, but this is the worst I've heard! Otherwise, I don't notice road noise when its closed, or else, it doesn't bother me.
  • hkeinerhkeiner Posts: 11
    What does the AUX portion of AUX/XM button do on the audio system of an EXL? I understand that XM radio exists in the unit but am not clear on whether this AUX button allows you to also plug other auxiliary components into the back of the audio unit. I would like to plug an MP3 player (iPod for example) into the audio unit using an auxiliary cable.

    I called a few dealers and none of the salesmen could answer my questions with any certainty without pulling the audio unit from the dash, which of course they did not want to do.
  • Sorry for the cross-post, but I am new to the boards and I am in the market for an '06 2WD EXL in Memphis, TN. I talked the dealer down (reluctantly) to $28,750 today and he wants to sign by the end of the month - not surprisingly. Based on everyone's research and experience, is this a fair price? I have heard a rumor that Honda may release some dealer incentives in the coming months since sales have been down, so I would kind of like to hold out. the same time my 10 year old car (the reason why I am shopping) is on its last leg, so I do need to make a decision fairly quickly. I look forward to your thoughts!!
  • sas1sas1 Posts: 19
    Iam In the market for a 2wdr EX. Quotes has been sliding down the last 2 weeks. I startet 500 over invoice and now have to offers at invoice which for AZ is 27232. As long as you pay no more than invoice your set.
  • Does any one know what is the right price for
    1. side step (just like running board but round shape and look sportier, in my opion)?
    2. Does 06 EX-L AWD w. NAV including the roof top side bars (was standard in 05)?
    3. Do you know of any Honda or after market bluetooth conversion that will work with the 06 Pilot stereo system.

  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Hondaguy12, Your local dealer may charge a slightly different price on accessories than the recommended retail price, especially if you are at the point of making a deal on the vehicle with certain accessories. The best way to do this is to get the deal on the vehicle at the price you know is fair, then to request the accessories be added at the dealer's cost (which would be less than the retail price of the accessory plus an internal labor rate on installation). To answer the main point of your question, the Honda retail price for the side steps (round bars, not the running boards) is $525 for the black and $650 for the chrome. The crossbars for the roof rack were optional last year and are again this year for a price of $178. All these prices do not include any installation costs. I do not know of any bluetooth option from anyone that will work and I would love to know of one myself. Hope that helps you out. TagMan
  • Tagman,
    Thank you for the prompt response.
    Last year my brother bought the Pilot EX-L AWD with NAV along with cross bar and side steps. He paid $200 over invoice price. He got it around mid December when traffic at the dealer was low. He was suprised that he could get the pilot at that price.

    I hope I can do the same.

  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    I hope you can, too. Market conditions are in your favor! The new nav w/ voice command is very cool! Sounds like a great family Christmas present.
  • That's an excellent price--only about 100 dollars over invoice. We have 5 lots in the hampton roads area of VA and the lowest I could get anyone down to was around 30,000. Sign the papers!! I just bought my EXL on thursday and I love it. I am discovering new things about it every day. You just need to sit in there a while to figure everything out.
  • "While analysts expect Honda to outpace the industry thanks to its fuel-efficient cars at a time of high pump prices, the auto maker said it now expected to dish out more on sales incentives -- as much as $1 billion this year instead of the $890 million forecast three months ago and $690 million projected in April. "


    May be worth the wait I keep reading about on this board.
  • ev6284ev6284 Posts: 5
    I wanted to see if I got a good price on the new Pilot I just bought. I just purchased a 2006 Pilot EX-L with DVD Entertainment system. No navigation. Bought it here in San Diego CA. I was able to get the sales person to include the chrome running board along with the upgraded alarm. Also included were the wheel locks, cargo tray, wheel & door guards, and mud guard in the front and back. I purchsed the Pilot for $31750 plus tax & licenses....How does it sound?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
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  • shimboshimbo Posts: 4
    Hard to say, I just got a internet quote from a dealer in Benton Harbor MI for a 06 AWD EX-L w/RES for $31,900 plus tax and license. I am not looking to buy for a couple of months so I think I can do better. (incentives wise) Anyone have any advice to the not waitiing?
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    There is no evidence to suggest that waiting should cause you a problem. On the contrary, the deals are already favorable on '06's and the inventories are not depleted by any means. There is evidence of some increased incentives from the manufacturer, so as long as the supply/demand remains in the buyer's favor you will be OK. The thing to watch for is a shrinking supply. This is not likely, but at some point, it will balance out. So. always have a current price quote handy, so you can buy at the lowest level. If you should start to see (unlikely for a while) an upward price shift, then you would know you are passing the point of rock bottom prices, and it might be time to purchase. The good news is that this is a fantastic time to purchase an SUV, given the market situation. GOOD LUCK!
  • shimboshimbo Posts: 4

    I will post when I get closer to finalizing a deal.
  • Just got a quote from a dealer for a 06 Pilot AWD w. NAV without any options such side step, roof top side bar, rear mud flap that I want:
    Price $32707
    Destination $550
    Processing fee $100
    Tag and title $245

    I think it is too high since the invoice is $32256 including destination charge.

    Any comments/help? :(

  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    I think a better approach is to buy a car if you are ready to buy a car, and postpone if not. So many factors affect the price that are highly unpredictable that it is like timing the stock market.

    You can make getting the lowest price for a car a full-time job for a month or two if you really want, but if your time has any value, it's hardly cost effective and for most of us, it makes work out of something this is supposed to be fun.

    - Mark
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    I definately agree with you that the best time to buy is usually when a person is ready, but I'm pretty sure that shimbo indicted that it wouldn't be for a while yet. I think shimbo indicated in the post that it was going to be a couple of months before ready to buy, and was concerned if waiting was going to be a problem. I doubt that shimbo was trying to be a "market timer", or "work full time" at it, as you made it sound, but merely was concerned if waiting would be a problem. It was a good and valid question. "Impulse buyers" buy spontaneously with little regard for price, while others look for the "very best deal". As I read many of the posts on this forum, it is clear that the vast majority of people want to get a good deal and are willing to work reasonably at it, without obsessing over it. I agree with the majority.
  • spelispeli Posts: 2
    Two days ago, I bought my Amazon Green Metallic '06 Honda Pilot 4WD EXL with Navigation at invoice with sidesteps, splash guards, cargo tray and auto day/night mirror from Roberts Honda in Downingtown, PA.
    I picked it up last night, and oh boy, what a pleasure to drive. I LOVE the voice input of the Navigation system - I can ask it what time it is, to switch to a different radio station or to take me home, and it LISTENS !
    Love my new toy, and the color is beautiful! :-)
  • Are you saying that you paid invoice and had all those extras thrown in by the dealer for nada?
  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    I agree, but as I said, when somenoe asks "when is the best time to buy", or "can I get a better deal waiting a month or two", to me is about the same question as asking whether a stock is going to go up or down in the next month - it's a valid question but I don't believe there a good answers. There are some major price trends with respect to the introduction of a new model, but once the market has stabilized a bit (as the Pilot market has) anyone saying they they can predict whether the price is going to go up or down in the next few months is blowing smoke. So it's mostly silly to try and time a purchase, especially given the small variations.

    All IMHO of course.

    - Mark
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Best time to buy? A rainy Christmas Eve 15 minutes before closing, provided there's a full moon.

    When to Buy Your Next Car

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  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    Steve, didn't know Edmunds had this feature. Well-written. Exactly on target.

    - Mark
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    THANK YOU! It's no surprise that Edmunds has all sorts of buying advice and tips. In part, that's what it's all about! Great sense of humor, too!
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