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I am going to be leasing a new Pilot or MDX when my lease comes up on my Passat in a year and I'm curious to hear from Pilot owners to see what they would rate as the "5 best attributes" and "5 worst attributes" of the Pilot. Any feedback is appreciated. :)
 

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best: smooth ride, strong engine, roomy, versatile, quiet
worst (minor): rattles from window and dash, little noisy on highway, that's it.
 

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Best
1 Size,
2 Space,
3 Comfort,
4 Value,
5 Reliability (assumption based on Honda brand and MDX experiance)

Worst
1 Wife drives it
2 Did not come in the right color (Want S2000 metalic Blue)
3 Not full leather
4 No Moon/Sun Roof
5 Can not use same remote as CR-V

Maybe not in that order.

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Best

1. Value
2. Space
3. Driveability
4. Looks
5. VTEC engine

Worst

1. Cheap leather
2. Fit and finish-includes rattles, scrunchs, etc.
3. Poor choice for OEM tires
4. Towing capacity and cooler requirement
5. The fact that the '03 MDX just trumped the '03 Pilot in terms of features and upgrades...
 

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Best:

1. Drive experience - It's comparitively smooooth
2. Interior - size, seating for 8, other features
3. Value versus domestic suvs
4. Drive train/four wheel system
5. Navigation system

Worst:

1. OEM tires - cheap/low performance (the only serious issue I have)
2. Lack of RES and NAV combination
3. Limited exterior/interior color combinations
4. Gear shift lever - initially took getting used to
5. A little too much road noise from underbelly
 

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:4: PROS:4:
1. Smooth ride for an SUV
2. Good styling, but not too much fluff
3. Large windows for good visibility
4. Roomy interior
5. Excellent power and Torque


:3: CONS:3:
1. Lack of 4W Low gear
2. Fog lights are not standard equipment
3. Should have came with better tires for the price (i.e. michelins)
4. Some road noise, but still better than all the other SUVs/Trucks I have driven.
5. It'd be nice if the LX model came with better Rims.
 

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Pros:

Roominess, seats up to 8, lots of legroom for 2nd row (for backpacks and gear).
Easy to drive and park.
Not pretentious.
Good visability
Powerful engine and AC.

Cons:
Drivers and front passenger headreads are uncomfortable and unadjustable.
Space between center console and seats too small--stuff falls between there and is almost impossible to retrieve.
Fog lights and rear splash guard not standard.
Leather quality sub-par.
Some additional small things--turn signals too quiet, window wiper/washer lever too close to shifter lever, controls on window wiper/washer not intuitive.
 

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PROS:

1. It's a Honda
2. 8 seater
3. RES
4. Smooth Engine
5. Gas Mileage

CONS:

1. Color selection
2. Very conservative Style
3. Promotes Parking paranoiah disease.
4. 1st year production.
5. Paid MSRP
 

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Hey vegasdude,
I like your number three, Con!

I've got it bad. :eek:
 

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Tony said:
Hey vegasdude,
I like your number three, Con!

I've got it bad. :eek:
On second thought my number 3 should have been a PRO....... you get a good workout when parking miles away from everybody.
 

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Pro
1. reputed 19,000 btu air conditioner
2. third row seating/roominess
3. handling
4. expected reliability
5. looks like an SUV should look

Cons
1. Rattles & squeaks-waaaaay to many for a $30,000+ Honda!
2. Very poor delivery experience
3. Styling of wheels
4. Cheap interior (leather, steering wheel controls, a/c louvers)
5. Short warranty
 

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5 Best:
I think these has been repeated, but:
1. Good engine (VTEC)
2. Roomy, as such the utilitarianism
3. Looks I get from people (I live in Edmonton, AB., Canada where there aren't too many Pilots - At least not yet.)
4. Relatively good value.
5. Good handling.
6. Doesn't feel like a truck with an open canopy just plopped on top of it, such as the 4 Runner, Trailer Blazer, Pathfinder and etc.
7. It's a Honda!

5 Worst:
1. Bad, bad, OEM wind deflector, or at least, the dealers should learn to install them properly.
2. Little noises and quirks you need to get used to.
3. No seat position memory.
4. Could use a better mid range RPM power in 2nd and 3rd gear.
5. Honda could've put on a better set of rims and tires.
 

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One more Con--

The middle seatbelt coming down from the ceiling. Would rather it be permanently attached to the left shoulder area of the middle seats.
 

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Pros
1) I love the headrests (but should be adjustable)
2) Headroom out the ying yang (Big deal when you're 6'3")
3) Excellent engine package
4) Solid feel- Begs to be driven - feels good (you get the point)
5) Love that center console storage


Cons:
1) 1st year production (Can't be as bad as the Ford Sport Trac I gave up- Now that thing sucked)
2) MSRP
3) Should have heated seats
4) More Tilt on the steering and maybe a little telescope
5) Listening to everyone complain about no sunroof. I hate those things.

Ted
 

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Pro-

1>Legendary Honda quality(although I'm beginning to wonder about the transmission)
2>Looks good
3>Drives good
4>Good fuel mileage (Durango I drive gets 14!)
5>Spare NOT on back, but underneath


Con-

1>Shift lever in screwy position
2>Screwy angled up turn signal lever
3>Parking brake should be normal "pull handle to release" type

(Above 3 annoy me because I drive two other vehicles with "normal" controls, sometimes I drive all 3 in the same day, the Honda is, well, "different". Still feeling around under dash for parking brake release, every time I get in the Pilot!)

4>Power outlets should stay ON with key off, this I'm gonna change when I get the service manual with wiring diagrams.
5>Honda requiring $4 a qt proprietary trans fluid when other cars are $1.50 per quart. Sure drives up the cost of a fluid change.


Al
 

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5 things i love/hate about my pilot!

(I feel like david letterman here)

5 Great looking SUV
4 Excellent performance
3 Terrific Powerplant
2 VERY comfortable
1 Honda Reliability

now the bad part

5 LOTS of rattles from the undercarriage, which the dealer says is normal

4 Leather quality (or lack there of)
3 Paid MSRP (that kills me)
2 Missing a few options that other american vehicles have in the prine range

1 Why doesnt the rear window open ?
 
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