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  1. 2009-2011 Pilot
    This thread explains all the key details regarding VCM. Rather than re-explaining everything about VCM to every new forum member, they can simply be directed here. Self-service FTW! While there will be plenty of discussion in this thread, this first post contains the key information, so reading...
  2. 2009-2011 Pilot
    I’ve come to believe that my 2009 3.5 VCM EX-L 4WD ran low on oil and blew up. My wife says the car died and coasted to a stop at highway speeds. I was hoping the alternator seized but upon jumping it and starting it the engine sounds like there is some intense internal damage (running rough...
  3. 2016-2022 Pilot
    Let’s talk about VCM! I can already hear the groans in the background on this controversial subject 🤣 I am 3 weeks into owning my new 2021 Black Edition. I thought the drive on my 2014 was smooth, but driving this one is like riding a magic carpet! However I just came to the realization... does...
  4. 2003-2008 Pilot
    2007 Pilot LX 2WD with 241,000 miles. Because it's the two wheel drive model, it has the J35Z1 engine with the variable cylinder management (VCM) system that shuts off the back bank of cylinders to improve fuel economy. The 4WD models have the J35A9 engine with a different version of VTEC, and...
  5. 2009-2011 Pilot
    'lo all, So, I purchased and installed an s-vcm per the recommendation of some helpful people on the last post I made and that seemed to fix the problem almost immediately. I also replaced my pcv valve while I was already in there trying to get Pontius running like new again. He seemed good...
  6. 2003-2008 Pilot
    Hello, I own a 2006 4WD Pilot that currently has a P0420 code. On one of the other forums I was reading a lot of people were saying to disable their VCM and that might help with the emissions code, but I can seem to find if my pilot has a VCM on it or not. If any one could tell me if my pilot...
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  7. 2016-2022 Pilot
    Background I have a 2021 Black Edition (AWD + 9-speed ZF transmission), after 5,000 miles, I have no issues with my car and find it very smooth. After learning about VCM and all the positive feedback from disabling it, I thought I'd try it out. If it didn't work out I can always try it out in my...
  8. 2009-2011 Pilot
    Please forgive my ignorance on this forum and cars in general. I'm trying my best to sort this out. 2011 Honda Pilot EXL (front wheel drive only) 1 owner 143,000 - odometer reading No reported accidents Asking price is $12,800 (from Dealership) I am going to look at a 2011 EXL about 150 miles...
  9. 2016-2022 Pilot
    Hi there fellow Piloteers. I just turned in my 2018 Pilot and got a new 2021 Pilot EX-L AWD with the 9 speed. Literally drove off the lot last night so I haven't driven much to feel any difference comparing to the 2018 model I had. The one thing I want to do is this disabling of the VCM. I am...
  10. 2012-2015 Pilot
    Two weeks ago when leaving the grocery store, the CEL, VTM, and VSM lights came on. Car seemed to be running fine - maybe a little intermittent shudder but maybe I'm imagining things. Got home and hooked up the code reader - P0303 Cylinder 3 Misfire. Left the car parked in the garage until a...
  11. 2012-2015 Pilot
    For all of you out there who've had experience and/or understand the underlying way these devices work, please let the rest of us buying used Pilots know your preference and why you like your choice. It will be a big help for those of us buried in years of posts. Feel free to post a head-to-head...
  12. 2012-2015 Pilot
    In a different forum (3rd gen) a poster said the 2015 Pilot got a redesigned VCM and from 2015 onward many of the issues have improved (so far...). To the experts out there -- is the accurate? The link to a honda.com press release is, unfortunately, dead on Honda's website.
  13. 2009-2011 Pilot
    I own a 2009 Honda Pilot and had the misfiring on cylinder 2 at 158,000 kim (100,000 miles) . I took it in and they replace all the piston rings and flashed ECM under the extended warranty. Then at 181,000 km, cylinder 2 misfired again going up a hill in a high rpm situation. I would shut the...
  14. General Discussions
    DO you disable VCM? If so, How? If your vehicle has VCM, please select the method you currently use to disable it. Feel free to explain why. The pro's and con's you've found. Or if and why you chose not to.... Here are the methods I've come across so far, and their links... VCMuzzler -...
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