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Advice for test driving a used Pilot

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My wife and I are in the market for a used (possibly new) Pilot, wanting to upgrade from her 2009 Murano. We have identified several used 2013 Pilots which fit our budget which have mileages in the 20k's to 40k's. Initially we were looking at year models closer to 2010 so the VCM vibration issues weren't a problem but now that we expanded to newer models it is a concern of mine.

I was wanting to know if anyone had any advice for how to drive the Pilots on the test drive to try induce the vibration to see if that particular vehicle has the issue. From what I have gathered they occur at about 15 rpms for many.

Also, is the vibration something that all Pilots in this model range inevitably experience or is it something that only affects random vehicles? If the vibrations will undoubtedly occur even though they aren't present when we buy it, I'll need to factor that into our decision.

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Greetings Pilot owners,

My wife and I are going to be picking up at 2014 Pilot LX this Thursday.

Although we are excited and thankful that this whole mostly frustrating purchasing new car experience will be over, I'm starting to lose confidence in this investment we are making, based on the number of VCM related issues that other owners on this site have been reporting for some time.

I have called random local Honda dealers in the area and have spoke with service techs who have all told me the same canned Honda response which is 'this is normal operational behavior for the vehicle to shudder when ECO mode engages/disengages, standar on all VCM enable engines."

Anyone provide any advice ?

Thank you !
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