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Old 07-29-2002, 10:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What vehicle did your Pilot replace?

Now that Hunt for Pilot is over or nearing the end for many; what vehicle is your Pilot replacing...and what were your primary criteria for selection?

For us, we had a 95 Dodge Grand Caravan AWD that the Pilot is replacing.

Primay criteria was:
1. Safety
2. All wheel drive capability like the GC AWD.
3. Fuel economy, capacity, reliability, resale value, and everything else.

Guess we were most interested in safety.
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I replaced a '91 Isuzu Trooper w/ 5 speed manual transmission. My criteria were similar to yours, with #3 being the hardest to find a good compromise. I have three dogs all >50 lbs and a baby on the way, so I need a good amount of space. But I wanted the best fuel economy I could find. The baby, however, put safety up to the top of my list. I wanted AWD because I do a good amount of fishing in the N. Georgia mountains. I haven't had the chance to test it up there yet, but it sure performed well during a gully-washer last week. So far I'm very happy with my decision.
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Havasu blue EX-L replaces 1994 mercury villager LS 125000 miles

1 didn't want another mini van
2 4 wd
3 style
4 Honda reputation
5 eight pass. capability(kids)
6......Love it!!!!!!
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In the end the Pilot replaced a Range Rover.

Got a '02 CR-V,
Sold the wifes Range Rover
Wife drove the CR-V
Got the Pilot
Wife now drives the Pilot
I now drive the CR-V
and my Intripid is for sale.
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I replaced a 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4WD/6-Cyl/4 Door with 85,000 miles on it. My criteria was:

- Bigger (6+ passengers/ 3-rows for Mom, Dad, Kid, Grandma, Grandpa European Adventures)
- Full-time AWD, low gear no longer required, no more part-time 4WD/bad for roads that are mix of clear and snow/ice!
- Smoother ride than the Jeep with plenty of horsepower for 100 MPH cruising
- Price/Value

Second choice was Volvo V70XC or the new 90 (both with 7 passenger seating), however price ($38K-42K) and reliablity (see www.v70xc.com) was a factor. Also lack of horsepower/turbo was an issue. Also, Volvo (owned by Ford) seemed to miss the little things like safety lights on the doors and remote gas cap doors. Expected better for $40,000.

Other car - 1999 Honda Accord EX was primary vehicle for road trips, although it was tight with lots of luggage and three in the back seat.

Glad we made the right decision!
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Not replacing anything.

Criteria:
1. 4WD
2. Honda Reputation (both car quality and service)
3. Enough room to haul a whole bunch of people around
4. Looks nice
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Replaced a 1995 4WD Explorer

Reasons to buy the Pilot:

--It is NOT a Ford
--Needed 6+ seating
--Reliability, safety, and better visability
--Not a minivan
--Better driver comfort--I'm 5'3" and had to sit really close to the steering wheel on the Explorer due to how far back the accelerator pedal was.
--With substantial BSM, I don't worry about door dings so much as if I had a MDX.
--Gas mileage better
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I replaced a 1994 Isuzu Trooper 5-speed with an EX-L Navi.
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Replaced a 1997 Honda Passport

Criteria:

3. Had to have as much or more cargo room
2. All Wheel Drive
#1 REASON: IT HAD TO BE A HONDA!!!
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Replaced a 1996 Acura Integra GS-R . Didn't want to get rid of her but with a baby on the way we needed more room.

Reasons for buying the Pilot:

1) It's a Honda
2) It's a Honda
3) It's a Honda
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Replaced a 1996 Ford Taurus

My wife's criteria:
1. AWD
2. SUV type vehicle
3. Cargo capacity
4. 4 doors

My criteria:
1. Comfort (for long road trips)
2. Front wheel drive (good traction in snow & ice)
3. Style (something new and refreshing
4. Price (under 30k)

We've leased a Ford Explorer , Mercury Villiager , and the Mercury Mountaineer . In our opinion the PILOT is a superior vehicle.
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Not replacing anything.

Have two kids, so the Accord was a bit of squeeze. Honda reputation, allure of an SUV, desire to take it to the skiing areas without requiring chains and best of all the possibility of 8 pass if needed.

Wife drives the Pilot primararily during the week and I drive the Accord.
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1997 Expedition, still have it though for messy cargo.
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I won't be getting my new SS Pilot for another 6 weeks or so , but when it finally comes in, it will be replacing a '93 BMW touring sedan (station wagon) with 108,000 miles on it. Very fun car but with three kids and a dog there is no room--it only seats five and then rather tightly. My criteria was safety first, more seating and storage capacity, reliability and something was not as expensive to maintain.
I have really enjoyed my car, but it was very expensive to repair, for example, a new set of brakes would cost me around $1,000. and in the six years that I have owned it (we bought it used), I have replaced them twice.

I am so envious of everyone who have received their Pilot and are enjoying it. I can't believe how tight the supplies are here in Boston!! Anyway, congratulations to everyone and continue enjoying. Hopefully, someday soon, I will be posting right along with you and comparing notes.
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