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2009 Honda Pilot



  • cwsdadcwsdad Posts: 4
    Same here! Never had this issue before
  • breena16breena16 Posts: 7
    I have a 2006 Pilot EXL with dealer installed remote start to sell privately or trade in - $18,500K. Vehicle has 48K miles. Great condition. Fully maintained by dealership.

    I want a 2009 Honda Pilot Touring 4WD (have to buy for around $27,500). I know this price was possible when Honda was running incentives. Any dealer incentives coming around now?? I'm so ready to buy the new Touring. Let's make a deal!
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    Not sure where you are pulling your target price from, but it doesn't appear to be grounded in reality.

    The invoice on a 4WD with RES & NAV is $36,306.21 plus $670 destination. The dealer holdback on this car is around $1200, leaving you with a dealer dead-cost of $35,106.21.

    I wouldn't sit around waiting for Honda to offer any incentives amounting to $7,606.21.
  • hjharrishjharris Posts: 9
    I want to add either side steps or running boards to my almost 1 year old 09 EX-L. Does anyone have comments good or bad? I learned it requires a Honda Rivnut tool and further learned from the Ridgeline forum about a tool I can make to do the job . Best price for the black finish side steps is $328 at Running boards are $458. What are the pros and cons of the two choices?


  • rlevensonrlevenson Posts: 7
    Good question.

    I have a 2009 Honda Pilot and it is my third as I had a 2003 and a 2006. I had running boards on those but not on my 2009. I think they are a complete waste of money. Even if you are short or have children, they are an unnecessary expense because they don't add significantly to getting in and out of the vehicle.

    No matter what your cost, save your money.
  • shiftshift Posts: 10
    I have a sterling gray 09 ex and I bought the black finished and also purchased in channel rain visor from them and it looks great. My 6 and 8 year old children could easily go in and out the SUV.

    I just went to a Honda dealership Sat 6-20-09 looking for an 09 Civic to replace my 92 Accord and I saw their 09 Pilots and CR-Vs with the exact looking nerf bar/ side
    bars. Cheap too. No special tools. Check for on line coupon codes and call/ask for free shipping. Do not purchase running board on this Pilot, it does not look good. Good Luck.
  • nucargurlnucargurl Posts: 30
    I have premium running boards on my '09 Touring. I think they look great - but that's not the reason for them. I'm 5'2 and I think they ARE necessary for me. Because I'm short, I need the seat up as high as possible. The side of the seats are already high so I was sliding my bum over the edge every time I got in. Even with the running boards I have to stand on the running board to lift myself over the side of the seat. I've heard of people wearing this part of the seat down and I can tell that would happen if I didn't. The quality of the leather is questionable. I negotiated the price of the running boards when I made the purchase. However, there are great posts giving detailed instructions on installation without the special tool.
  • hjharrishjharris Posts: 9
    Thanks for the info, shift. Price looks good. I'll be looking again this weekend and see if I can't find some online coupons etc.
  • hjharrishjharris Posts: 9
    So I got one reply saying that the running boards are the way to go and another saying they don't look good on the Pilot. It's time for me to go back to the dealer and see what both actually look like assuming they have a model with each in stock. I'm ok with the car as is but the wife is a bit short and we're both getting up in years so she wants a step.
    Otherwise I am very pleased with the vehicle.
  • 20009p20009p Posts: 1
    check out on yoube the Russian test honda polit off-road vs the Volva xc90.
    Honda Pilot 2009 off-road vs Volvo XC90 Auto+ (part 2)
  • tldtld Posts: 37
    I agree with the quality of leather issue. We wore three holes in ours and they replaced the leather cover. As for the running board, for little kids it's great. Instead of us having to pickup the child or help them down, they step on the running board preventing some arguments they they are big enough to do it themselves. My wife is 100% for them.
  • My wife is also short, so ordered our 04 Pilot with the tubular side steps. But they are rather narrow and sit close to the door sill, so she rarely uses them. In fact, they are somewhat of an impediment to entry/exit, as you must place your foot further out from the door sill to plant it on the ground. As a result, you can easily get dirt on pants legs about mid-calf level. Recommendation: try before you buy. As for comments on leather seat durability: our 04 just hit 90k miles. At an average speed of 45 mph, that's just over 83 continuous days of squirming in the seat, and countless entry/exits. Drivers seat looks lived in, but leather is still sound, and heater still works.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,602
    In 90k miles -- did you feel like you needed an extended warranty for repairs you had to pay for or if you had a warranty did it pay for itself?
  • hjharrishjharris Posts: 9
    I bought the $250 tubular bars from recommended by "shift". Put them on this morning. The installation went well and they fit and look good, but just as suggested by "commanders" they aren't real helpful because of their position. My 5'2" wife wanted something to make it easier to get in and out but so far she's not saying good things about the new steps. She does suggest they might take some getting used to.......
  • Did not purchase an extended warranty, and haven't needed it. That's why I bought a Honda for my wife. True, every once-in-awhile Honda builds a lemon. But history indicates that Honda's are pretty reliable. I do my own routine maintenance, and have had zero repairs. Is the Pilot perfect? No. But I value reliability and functionality over price and style. So it will probably be another Pilot for us.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,602
    Putting the money toward oil changes, radiator flushes, trans & differential service etc. is the way to go. I learned my lesson on ext. warranties.
  • donixdonix Posts: 16
    remote range.,.... really really sucks!!!! :mad:
  • citivascitivas Posts: 144
    I completely agree. I have complained about this before. It is the worst remote range of any vehicle I have ever owned. It may be my biggest gripe about the Pilot in terms of the daily impact on me. They should be ashamed to have put such a poor feature in a call in 2009 when cars in 1994 were doing better...
  • donixdonix Posts: 16
    This kind of Honda`s remote transmitter is a garbage. Honda should be aware of this!!!
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    I agree, this is easily the worst range on a remote I've ever seen. Another complaint is that it seems that I have to press and hold the button very hard even when close to the vehicle. My other cars require just a very quick tap. I find myself thinking I've locked the car when in fact I have not quite frequently.
  • donixdonix Posts: 16
    the chin technique works! sounds weird but it`s true! it works even 200 meters or more!!
  • tommatetommate Posts: 4
    Hi. I just bought the cargo cover for my 2010 Touring and I also noticed the same thing. Especially, the right side seat belt pushes against the cover when it is being used. I think it is just poor design on Honda's part.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    I have an 09 Pilot Touring and the automatic re-locking power locks drive me crazy. I've had cars that lock automatically before (when started, when shifted out of park, when reaching greater than specific MPH), but most cars with this feature auto un-lock when turned off or when the driver door is opened. I can't tell you how many times I go to open a back door or rear hatch only to realize that they are locked.

    Is there any way to turn this off? It's not my primary vehicle, and as much as I've tried, I just can't get used to it because my primary car unlocks automatically.
  • citivascitivas Posts: 144
    This is a user controllable option. In fact, the Pilot Touring even lets you set different options per each of the two memory/user unique key fobs. I haven't messed with it in a long time and don't have the manual handy -- I know you can change it using that little computer screen that is just below the speedometer and the buttons on the steering wheels. There are at least half a dozen other settings like this too.
  • citivascitivas Posts: 144
    The chin techniques minorly extends the range for me, but not even remotely in the ballpark you are listing. Even with it, it still has the worst range of any keyless entry I have used ever.
  • I just purchased a preowned 2009 Honda Pilot with 17,000 miles on it. Within 2 days of purchase, the screen at the top of the center console started flashing intermittently, typically when the temp is below freezing. There is also a clicking sound that sometimes accompanies the flashing. Also, the headlights will randomly flash brighter, and the headlight indicator light will blink on and off. The dealership is telling us everything is "normal" and that all Pilot's have this issue, which I find hard to believe. It seems like an electrical issue to me - has anyone else experienced this?
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    My neighbor and I both have 09 Pilot Touring and neither one of us have anything like this with our vehicles. The dealer is full of it, push harder.
  • I have the 2009 pilot... Never an issue... :mad: I would love to know which dealer this is. A Honda dealer? :confuse:
  • 2009 Touring owner here: My rear wiper blade has not fall off but it is not cleaning at all. The blade is good (event the dealer agrees with this), the wiper does not appear to touch the glass anymore :confuse: I really do not know which one is worst, having if fall off or there and "working" but not touching the glass :(

    Also, I was told I can not replace the whole wiper (none of them), that only the plastic black part (however that is called, is this the blade? pardon my ignorance on car terms....) can be replaced and must be "cut to order" on all wipers. Usually I would get the whole thing (what I thought was the blade but, you know, they sell those in various sizes in any autopart/walmart/etc.) and change it but that can't be done with this car? Anyone knows? I am confused.... It is 50 in the dealer for all 3. My previous SUV was probably half that on all 3 :(

    I just drop it off for different warranty work and the dealer says they will check out what is wrong with the wiper. I follow the instructions when I go to a car wash. I'll post again when I get more information... crossing my fingers they will fix and cover it!
  • They fixed the rear blade, they had to adjust it (whatever that means and what caused it is still unknown) as part of warranty work. They said we are not the only ones with rear wiper issues... at least we are not alone :blush:
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