Switching off VCM affects CAFE. Auto start does not. So it is a bit different. CAFE penalties are costly, there are no penalties for auto start.ECO noise/vibration - VCM issue
It's hard to believe that with all the noise about this issue, Honda is still not offering a software option to disable this feature.
This scenario is no different than the outcry of BMW owners when BMW started to deploy their "Auto Start" feature not too long ago.
BMW listens to their customers and now offers to re-program the vehicle to disable the "Auto Start" feature if requested.
OK, I misunderstood what auto start was (auto start/stop) - I was thinking remote start. It is used in a smaller percentage of BMWs vehicles compared to Honda's VCM. Having to use the the lower non-VCM mpg in CAFE calculations would have a much greater impact for Honda.Auto Start does affect CAFE for its idle reduction, but perhaps not as much as VCM.
+1 on this. We bought our 2009 Pilot with about 24k miles on it in 2012. I think after about 6 months or so my wife and I both noticed a vibration or shudder occasionally. I had the transmission fluid changed and it went away. The fluid has been changed two more times since then because the maintenance minder has called for it and we haven't had the issue since. Seems odd to me that it would be related to VCM, but it's hard to say with engines/transmissions being so closely connected. It's not like the transmissions of 20+ years ago that we vacuum operated or electronically controlled but gave no feedback to the engine.I wanted to also say that transitions to eco mode became unnoticeable after the first time I had the transmission fluid changed by honda added bonus i guess
How many miles are on your Pilot, now?We bought our 2009 Pilot with about 24k miles on it in 2012.
I had the transmission fluid changed...the fluid has been changed two more times since then because the maintenance minder has called for it ...
Unfortunately ours is at the dealer right now in need of a front head replacement.
That I do attribute to the VCM system.