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2006 EX-L - 180,000 miles

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This is my favorite part of this forum and it is not updated nearly enough, so I thought I'd help out.

I never planned on owning a Pilot, but I ran into some financial trouble and needed an extremely reliable 4WD priced under $10k. I picked this up in December 2018 with 118,000 miles for $7,995. A year and a half of owning one, and I can confidently say it was one of the best purchases I've ever made.

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I can confidently say it was one of the best purchases I've ever made.
Same here. (y)

Nothing on this earth lasts forever, but maintain your PIlot well and it will repay you in longevity and reliability.
 

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So unfortunately, some idiot merged into me at about 5mph while I was going about 15mph and then took off. I was concerned that it being a 2006 with 191,000 miles it was going to be totaled, but even with $3,500 in damage, it somehow was not.

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10 days later after being in the body shop, she's looking even better than before, with a brand new bumper and a new headlight to boot.

Of course. it drives me nuts that the driver's side headlamp is clearly 14 years old whereas the other one is crystal clear. I'm sure I'll cave in and replace it eventually, so she can enter her 200s with vigor.

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So unfortunately, some idiot merged into me at about 5mph while I was going about 15mph and then took off. I was concerned that it being a 2006 with 191,000 miles it was going to be totaled, but even with $3,500 in damage, it somehow was not.

10 days later after being in the body shop, she's looking even better than before, with a brand new bumper and a new headlight to boot.

Of course. it drives me nuts that the driver's side headlamp is clearly 14 years old whereas the other one is crystal clear. I'm sure I'll cave in and replace it eventually, so she can enter her 200s with vigor
Pilot still looks sharp.
 

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Happy for your outcome. What was your deductible?


some idiot merged into me at about 5mph while I was going about 15mph and then took off.
If you ever find him again, ask him to come do the same to my two rear wheel wells, where rust is starting to show up. :)


Of course. it drives me nuts that the driver's side headlamp is clearly 14 years old whereas the other one is crystal clear. I'm sure I'll cave in and replace it eventually, so she can enter her 200s with vigor.
I doubt I'd last a week. :)
 

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Deductible was only $500. Still waiting on my insurance company to find the other driver's insurance company (if any). They'll reimburse me if the other driver was insured.
 

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That's taking quite a while. In the meantime, how are you holding out looking at those two headlights side by side? :p
 

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At least they didn't send you a sampler box from this place...

 

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That's taking quite a while. In the meantime, how are you holding out looking at those two headlights side by side? :p
To be honest, it's not as bad as I thought. I spent about 30 minutes buffing the 2006 headlight, and the difference is negligible. Also -- I'm due for a valve adjustment ($800) and at 194,000, it's almost time for the second timing belt/water pump change ($1,200), so the headlight can't be priority yet until about tax time 2022. Lol
 

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Another accident. Was in stop-and-go traffic on the freeway and came to a stop -- the Kia Spectra behind me did not. Hit me at about 15-20mph. The damage was barely noticeable, just a scuff on the bumper about dead center, but I could see that the exhaust was bent a bit. When I started to roll away, there was a horrible repetitive grinding noise. I couldn't see anything rubbing, so I had it towed.

Estimate came in at $1,500 and even though the car has 236,000 miles she is getting repaired and should be back on the road shortly! Between this and my previous accident, I'll have two brand new bumpers. I'm starting not to mind these fender benders. Lol
 

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Wow, what a tough companion that Pilot is!
 

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It is with a heavy heart that I announce the retirement of my resilient 2006 Pilot. We ended our journey together at 245,000 miles and approximately 2 weeks after I placed $1,000 worth of Michelins on her.

I have a 5,000-mile road trip coming up and she began throwing P0741 and riding at higher RPMs than usual. (Think cruising at 60mph @ 2,200rpm and 80mph @ 2,900rpm). There was also a strange internal shudder when I stayed around 2,000 rpm's. It appeared to be the potential beginning of the end for the transmission which, by the way, has never shifted perfectly smooth since I got it with 118,000 miles. I'm amazed that it lasted this long. Anyway, when coupled with the P0420 code I've had for almost a year, this was going to be thousands of dollars just to pass emissions (due next month), so I made the choice to trade her in for $1,500.

She never left me stranded and I am so glad she made her issues apparent before I got on the road. I can easily say that she was the best car I've ever owned.

Now I've moved on up to a 2012 Touring 4WD. VCM Muzzler already ordered. Thank you to everyone who helped out with my issues in the first gen forum!
 

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Congratulations on your new ride! Sorry you had to part with your old one but it sounds like it was the right time. I hope you'll someday be able to say your 2nd Gen is the best car you've ever owned.

I had an '02 Camry I loved so when the transmission went out at 262k I decided to replace it. 2 months later I was in a 6 car accident and it was totaled. The amount insurance originally offered was less than the cost of the transmission I had just put in. Luckily they increased the value to include the cost of the transmission but I learned not to spend more than a car is worth on repairs. I got a '12 CR-V to replace it but always missed the Camry. Now that I have my Pilot the Camry is still a fond memory but I definitely don't miss it anymore.
 
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