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  1. High Miles Club: how many miles on your Pilot?

    2009-2011 Pilot
    How many miles on your 2nd gen Pilot? Any over 200k or 300k miles? What repairs have been needed so far? 2009 EXL has 166K mi. Items that failed: Alternator, O2 sensor, exhaust flex pipe, Rear shocks
  2. Tips for buying 2009 honda pilot

    2009-2011 Pilot
    Good luck! Sounds like it has been well maintained. With good care Pilots can last over 300,000 mi
  3. Tips for buying 2009 honda pilot

    2009-2011 Pilot
    I would look for a 2012 even if a little more $ or miles. It has updated styling, better mpg, and some other reliability improvement/fixess over the 09-11 Pilot. Will hold its value better as well. If it has a few more miles the timing belt may be done already.
  4. Rattling sound near pillars/windshield?

    2009-2011 Pilot
    2009 EXL. At about 50mph + I am hearing an annoying rattling sound outside near pillars/windshield. Anyone familiar with this and how to fix?
  5. rubber hose from engine filter to intake has hole

    2009-2011 Pilot
    Just replaced mine. Local honda dealer had it for about $40. Had a long crack in the ribbed area. Not happy about unfiltered air entering the engine for months!
  6. 2011 Pilot Lifespan?

    2009-2011 Pilot
    bzwyatt: my 2009 had clanging/rattling in front last year. Installing new sway bar end links made it quiet again. About $100-150 installed. (Front).
  7. timing belt change

    2009-2011 Pilot
    Also shame on Honda for keeping the timing belt around this long. The current gen has it too. Toyota uses timing chains and started phasing out belts in mid 2000's. The belt is a cost saving design measure and often a headache for owners.
  8. Air Intake Tube

    2009-2011 Pilot
    That's odd but not a show stopper. Ask for a discount so you can buy an intake hose. If not I would change the air filter now and annually. Much more important are questions like have the timing belt and fluids (trans, rear diff, .etc) been changed (with proof). Have they? I bought my 09...
  9. timing belt change

    2009-2011 Pilot
    Do you know it has not been done? I bought my 2009 Pilot with 140k and called dealers nearby and found the belt was recently done (fortunately). Looking at the carfax report, I was able to tell where the prior owner lived, and then call Honda dealers near that. If not, have the...
  10. Tapping noise when accelerating

    2009-2011 Pilot
    Robyn what did you find out? Did you try premium fuel?
  11. Tapping noise when accelerating

    2009-2011 Pilot
    Might not be the CAM. Excess carbon buildup on the valves and combustion chamber can cause this too. On the valves, this buildup can cause the noise, or if the chamber has too much buildup, the compression will actually be increased (via less volume from carbon) and you will get "ping" or...
  12. 09 Pilot P0430 engine code

    2009-2011 Pilot
    Update: my 09 Pilot is finally free of the CEL. No more P0430 / P0420 codes! Here's the longer version: A few months ago I attempted step 1 above and used Cataclean, both with no affect. Then last weekend I finally completed steps 2 & 3 above, and also replaced the downstream 02 sensor...
  13. 2011 P0430 @ 100K miles

    2009-2011 Pilot
    Update: my 09 Pilot is finally free of the CEL. No more codes! Here's the longer version: A few months ago I attempted step 1 above and used Cataclean, both with no affect. Then last weekend I finally completed steps 2 & 3 above, and also replaced the downstream 02 sensor ($50 amazon)...
  14. My tractor is faster.......

    2009-2011 Pilot
    OP, what ever happened with this Pilot? You left us hanging!
  15. Which 2009-2011 years or trims have better 4x4/AWD, and glass hatch opens?

    2009-2011 Pilot
    If you can stretch, I would look for a 2012. Honda made some minor enhancements (cosmetic, bluetooth, interior noise reduction, powertrain, 2 MPG better fuel economy), and it will hold its value a bit better. But if on a tight budget, I think the 2009-11 are good, though newer is better IMO...
  16. My tractor is faster.......

    2009-2011 Pilot
    Did you figure out what this was?
  17. My tractor is faster.......

    2009-2011 Pilot
    Have you determined the cause yet? I am curious about what was behind this...
  18. Pilot 2009 atf

    2009-2011 Pilot
    The rear diff requires Honda VTM4 fluid, anything else could damage it or cause performance issues. Change this with Honda VTM4 fluid asap to be safe. Need 1 gal. Amazon.com: Genuine Honda Fluid 08200-9003 VTM-4 Differential Fluid - 1 Gallon Bottle: Automotive For the Trans, you can use...
  19. My tractor is faster.......

    2009-2011 Pilot
    I would not start throwing darts blind, it may not be the valves. This is a serious issue. Take the Pilot to the Honda dealer for a repair quote. Maybe 2 dealers to compare. A dealer level scan tool and diagnostics can determine the root cause. I would not mess around with this issue, it...
  20. should I do a Transmission Fluid drain at 150k ?

    2009-2011 Pilot
    It is rated for honda DW1 & Z1. Says so on the Valvoline container and the spec sheet below: http://www.carquestprofessionals.com/catalogs/chemicals/V-6217%20ATF%20Application%20NON-Laminated%20Guide%206.10.13.pdf Many on the forums feel Valvoline full synthetic is superior, if not the best...
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