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Honda Pilot 2003 through 2005



  • I found this posting on the site today...

    Out of State Purchases

    Due to the high demand and limited availability of certain vehicles, purchases outside the State of Ohio will carry a "loss of service fee" on top of the regular selling price. These fees only apply to the vehicles listed below.

    2003 Pilot $3000
    2002 Odyssey $2000
    2002 Cr-v $2000
    2002 S2000 $2000
    2003 Civic Hybrid $1500
    2002 Civic Si $1500

    I have NEVER seen a dealer (much less a Honda dealer) impose such fees. Has anyone else? They are basically saying that in addition to selling the vehicle, they tack on these fees. Exactly how long would it take to spend $3,000 on Pilot service? 7 years???

  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    And then there's the dealer in Oklahoma that's selling 2002 CR-Vs at a few hundred dollars over invoice to anyone, and includes free shuttle service from the airport if you fly in to pick up your vehicle.

    College Hills Honda sounds like they're being "good" little capitalists and trying to take advantage of the "law" of supply and demand.
  • davisdogdavisdog Posts: 99
    I enquired at a SF Bay Area Dealer and said nothing less than$5K over MSRP...he said that's what all the local dealers where doing...told him I'd take the MDX for less than...

    he also said that he heard today that delivery was pushed back until July/August now...Although I didnt believe anything else he said so why believe this
  • zorglubzorglub Posts: 79
    If the dealer I contacted tells me that, I'll tell him/her to stick their Pilot somewhere... While I don't blame dealers for being greedy, I certainly blame buyers for being stupid. Who in their right mind would pay 15% above MSRP just to be the first one on the block? This is beyond me... Anyway, I'm sure I'll find somebody willing to sell at MSRP. I only need the car by next November (Tahoe usually opens around Thanksgiving).
  • subzero206subzero206 Posts: 111
    i feel what ur sayin. u gotta be stupid to overpay just to be the 1st to have it. just wait til it hits MSRP or lower. but i doubt the lower than MSRP, look at the Odysseys and MDX's in their 2nd, 3rd, 4th yrs and still selling at MSRP
  • lfikelfike Posts: 38
    Seems I read that the LX version (Pilot) would have a
    CD/Cass/AM-FM Sterio with 6 speakers.....I'm sure I didn't dream that.
    I worked for Honda for 7 years and we never sold over add on stickers was a small family dealership with no hassle buying....we did what Saturn does years before they ever thought about it.....anyway....I have to agree with the above post....the Pilot won't sell for under msrp for quite some time....remember this is not a Passport (Isuzu).....neat thing about this is that it's always going to be worth a ton....Selling Hondas is a piece of cake....the car simply sells itself!
  • You're nuts paying a dime over MSRP. We've got four dealers here (Milwaukee) selling at MSRP with options at installed dealer cost.

    What about that moonroof?????????
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    No moonroof.

    You want certain things, you buy the MDX. Frankly, I don't understand why they are offering the NAV and RES.
  • pileitpileit Posts: 8
    Will Honda offer the Pilot in a 2-wheel drive version either this year or next?

    The Toyota Highlander has 2-wheel drive option. I would prefer a Pilot (if they change the name) and I don't need 4-wheel drive with the extra weight.
  • Varmint - Have you confirmed that there will not be a moonroof, or is this what you are thinking will be the result?
  • I have not seen any references in Honda promotional videos or magazine articles to a 2 wheel drive version. The model numbers that the dealers use to order Pilots do not contain any differentiation for 2 wheel drive. I think it is safe to assume that there will be no 2 wheel drive version for 2003. Who knows beyond that...but I cannot recall a case where a manufacturer introduced a 4 wheel drive version then later introduced a step-down 2 wheel drive.
  • sjwsmwsjwsmw Posts: 131
    According to College Hills Honda's website:

    Sandstone w/Saddle (August Release)
    Sagebrush w/Fern (August Release)
    Redrock Pearl w/Gray
    Evergreen Pearl w/Saddle
    Havasu Blue Pearl w/Gray
    Taffeta White w/Fern
    Starlight Silver w/Gray
    Nighthawk Black Pearl w/Gray
  • jmurman42jmurman42 Posts: 675
    we dont know exactly how this car will be configured.

  • I'd would question the reliability of the College Hills site. Why does a dealer in Wooster, Ohio, know something every other dealer in North America doesn't?
  • nofeernofeer Posts: 381
    So what vehicles share these colors, so we can look at them. for example redrock pearl is shared with the MDX. Sandstone, and SAgebrush. My wife looked at the ODY beige liked it, darker color on the CRV (not sure what that is) hated it. My dealer here in KY doen't have any info other than what honda gave out at the autoshow. Is there a "honda" official website that would have this so i can share with my dealer. Also, when i said "june" he didn't know, unless that's what he is told to say. It's amazing how little info my dealer has, yet if May-june is "launch" date then production should start soon or a week or two. anyone know any honda worker?
  • towelmantowelman Posts: 28
    Honda released the color abbreviations to the dealers in January on their ordering programs. The official colors and availability were disclosed 3/18. College Hills seems to have someone who is right on top of the latest info and passes it on immediately.
  • towelmantowelman Posts: 28
    I work at a Honda dealership; we've ordered our Pilots for May - don't know target dates for production, but we're expecting to deliver the first ones that month.
  • jmurman42jmurman42 Posts: 675
    Please understand this, any info that is released by dealers that is not backed up from Honda is pure speculation. As a dealer, we are used to this with Honda. We (dealers) dont have to have all of the info before we order cars, and we dont get the info either. Honda releases their info, prices etc about two weeks before the cars actually come out. Honda does this strictly for the marketing and competitive nature of the business.

    Hope this helps you understand a little better.

  • towelmantowelman Posts: 28
    Jerry, what you said is absolutely true. I remember when the CR-V was improved in '99 - we went out and combed thru the new cars that just came in to see what the changes were going to be! The year before we actually had Civics on the lot before we were sure of the new prices. I guess Honda wants to be sure the competition has no opportunity to get an advantage. Sometimes, though it would be nice to get the inside scoop a little earlier - like before the press does . . .
  • sowrsowr Posts: 69
    I'm really excited that the Pilot has a CD player and navigation system. I wonder if it will have real off-road capability or be another fluff-mobile like the MDX (4WD minvan) and Highlander (Camry Wagon).

    I wonder if it's available in 1 wheel drive?
  • I think the only thing Honda makes with 'real off-road capability' are there ATV's and bikes. Considering something like 95% of SUVs don't ever go on a dirt road, I think the Pilot could be a very good choice for a lot of people.
  • subzero206subzero206 Posts: 111
    its based on the MDX so of course its not gonna be a true off-roader. light off-roading would be fine as ive done this with a CRV without problems. if u want real off-road capability ur lookin at the wrong vehicle.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Get a Toyota 4Runner, and wait a couple of years for a recall when the engineers discover that 11 inches of ground clearance + sharp turns = disaster.
  • sowrsowr Posts: 69
    The 4-Runner is underwhelming (and under powered).

    You want great handling? Then get a Lotus.

    Quite honestly I see cars like the Honda Pilot, the MDX, and the Highlander as utterly usless vehicles, they don't handle even as well as a wagon, they don't have as much room as a mini-van and they can't negotiate boulders like a Trooper or a Jeep, what's the point? They are marketing excercises and as such become the ultimate compromise.

    Eunuch, I think is the word that I'm looking for.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Sowr - They do a little of everything. You don't have to mash boulders to have fun off-road.

    I think you had it right with, "ultimate compromise".
  • Another way to look at it is, they handle better than a Trooper or a Jeep,they have more room than a wagon, and they negotiate boulders better than a mini van.

    Sounds like a good vehicle to me!!
    (I've got a deposit on one of the first ones)
  • And add in Honda quality + very strong resale value. I'll take a Honda any day of the week vs. Ford, Jeep, Chevy, Dodge, etc. Anyone ever tried sitting in a Durango? I could not believe how uncomfortable that truck is....esp. the second and third rows. My kids all got carsick in the third row! So what if it might handle a little better going over boulders. How many times a year do you really need to do that???
  • the fact is I don't 'need' to do negotiate boulders...but it sure fun (however you do it). If you really want to go can usually rent jeeps somewhere nearby, or you could always mountain bike. For what SUVs are turning into today, I think the Pilot may be an excellent choice (although I'll wait on final judgment until I've seen and tested one). It all comes down to different strokes for different folks, but why not just get a minivan? They have just as much, if not more interior room (typically) and more than enough off-road-ability for 99.999% of folks.
  • rms41rms41 Posts: 80
    I don't know how many of you checked out the white Pilot that was at the Canadian auto show. You can see it here:

    There are a couple of differences compared to the red one everyone has seen. The wheels are slightly different and the very bottom panels appear to be painted black. I think this gives the vehicle a less boxy look. I wonder if the production ones will be the same? Any other Honda vehicles with this type of paint treatment?
  • nofeernofeer Posts: 381
    We've had that discussion--seen that, done that, got the t-shirt and it was RETURNED",OK.... move on. remember the discussion about "locking differential". I had a "britany spears" take on that. I wish i could remember the post# (if someone knows let me know). But people use their cars for various things, so get off this offroad, onroad, 4wd vs awd compulsion, THe market will determine the winners and losers. The market determines the needs , and the manufactures try to satisfy them, if you want true 4wd then go to another forum. I'm satisfied with AWD, carlike ride, quiet comfort, safty and quality.
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