Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: San Clemente, California
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Our 09 pilot is now at 110k miles. About 15k miles or so ago we finally solved the steering wheel and brake shutter problem by replacing both of the compliance bushings and I had the replaced rotors turned for piece of mind (I replaced the stock rotors initially thinking they were warped - the replacement ones were not warped). They (the compliance bushings) are fluid filled (Rocky, you sound like the service guys at our Hardin Honda stealership - man, I hate that place) and in the early 09's they are a different design. I did the work myself and separating the lower control arm from the steering knuckle wasn't too difficult, but I pierced both the steering knuckle boots - which they do not sell replacements for unless you buy the entire aluminum lower control arm for some gawdawful amount per arm (I found that a '68 Chevy Nova steering knuckle boot fits pretty damn well).
We almost pulled the trigger on a low mile used 2011 Pilot last night ($24k, $1k down and lower payments - and it was silver with black leather instead of this "show all the dirt grey" and beige leather we have now) until I read this post. Sigh. I guess we'll wait to pay this sucker off, continue to drive the wheels off of it and trade it in on another 4Runner. We'll see when the "new" bushings go out. Oh, my letter to American Honda was met with a very pleasant "sorry, we can't help." Bury your head in the sand, Honda. We bought our last of your vehicles . . . .
2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V8
2009 Pilot EX-L
Last edited by Shamus; 10-10-2012 at 04:45 PM.