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It is 105K/7-yrs for the 1st gen and I've not heard of any changes for the 2nd gen. I know nothing about driverside.com, but I'd guess they simply have it wrong.
Edit: I just did a little investigation about driverside.com and I'd be a leery of their motives. For example, this article seems to indicate that one of their goals is to sign up garages and drive extra service business their way:
At face value, they're recommending fixed-mileage service intervals for a Pilot in direct contradiction to where Honda recommends using their MM system. There is a great deal of resistance in the car service community to giving up fixed-mileage schedules because it typically results in less unneeded maintenance.
Further Edit: The above URL seems to now be requesting a login credential (weird that it didn't earlier), but here's what the article says:
LOS ANGELES -- A new service-oriented Web site is targeting gun-shy consumers holding onto their rust buckets instead of buying new cars.
DriverSide.com is shelling out maintenance advice and connecting consumers with dealership service departments and independent repair shops.
DriverSide.com, of San Francisco, ran a beta Web site until its official launch, which was scheduled for last week. It currently has about 25 dealerships as clients as well as about 1,000 independent service shops. It also has set up virtual garages for about 250,000 customers.
DriverSide's business case focuses on increasing dealerships' back-shop business, CEO Jad Dunning says. Pilot dealerships have seen a 30 percent increase in service visits from customers responding to DriverSide listings, as well as 25 percent more service revenue from those customers.
What's more, Dunning says, a majority of new customers were those considered lost to the dealership -- people who hadn't been to the store in more than one year.
When a dealership signs a contract with DriverSide, the dot-com team creates a virtual garage for each customer, detailing his or her car's vehicle identification number and repair history. It then establishes an automatic e-mail generator to notify the customer about maintenance schedules, including discount coupons and other incentives. It also notifies the customer about safety recalls or service bulletins.
DriverSide is pairing with independent quick-lube stores for similar services. But once a consumer's virtual garage belongs to a dealership, that owner's records cannot be used by a competing outlet, says DriverSide director Jeff Bell. Bell is a former Chrysler sales executive who left the automaker in 2006 to join Microsoft Corp.
The dealership pays DriverSide a flat monthly fee, Dunning says.
At 7 years we'll have about 42k on the odo. That's going to be a painful repair bill at 42k. Might be time for the new hybrid pilot by then anyway.
I do find it interesting that for Pilots with the MM system, the only spec'ed replacement schedule for the timing belt is either when the MM says so or at 60K for "severe service". There is no calendar-based recommendation in either the owner's or service manual. And I don't think the MM has any real-time clock and doesn't track calendar time. From this, I'd gather that Honda has no calendar-based replacement recommendation for the timing belt if the Pilot has the MM system.
I would be interested if anyone has noted when service "4" (plugs and timing belt) trips on their high-mileage Pilot with the MM system. Does it occur at exactly 105K or does it change up/down based on operating conditions?
Ok, Noob here, first post and hoping I did it right.
Mark - We've owned our 2006 Pilot for just under a year now and the MM 4 (14 to be precise) came on last week at just over 99k.
What's the general opinion here -- have the dealer do it or can the local guys handle it well enough?
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