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Hey everyone,
I’m the proud new owner of a 2008 Pilot EX-L w Navi in taffeta white and tan interior. Never owned a Pilot before (or a Honda for that matter) and my wife and I are super excited to hit the road in this baby!

We’d been looking for a gently used SUV for months (we were considering 1st or 2nd Gen Pilots, CR-V, RAV4, Highlander, and CX-5), and we finally found the one that checks almost all the boxes. 94k miles, leather seats, third row, a studio apt’s worth of storage, navigation, sun roof, 6 disc changer, frame/body/paint still bright and tight. I’m stoked!

The only down sides are 1) no towing package, and 2) she’s coming up on 100k miles and will likely need some $$ service soon to get her into shape.

We’re in CA and just drove an hour up CA-1 at sunset to celebrate, Pacific Ocean out my window, and on the way back my wife fell asleep in her heated leather seat listening to some Jimi Hendrix. Life is good!
 

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Nice find! Post up some pics... Your description of your drive makes me really jealous sitting in my cubicle on a rainy day.

Do you have any idea on the maintenance history? If you are over 7 years or unknow on your current timing belt I'd be looking to replace that soon.
 
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Great find! Big maintenance item is the timing belt due 7yr/105k. Adding a trailer hitch is relatively simple from etrailer.com as well as a atf cooler
I have it in mind to change the belts sooner rather than later since I am hearing some squealing noises coming from the engine bay. The dealer was cool about this and included 50% off the 105k service when it comes due.
Good to know about the after market hitch! Looking into that now.
 

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Nice find, low miles too!

If you hear a belt, it's the Serpentine, not the Timing Belt. TB is due at 105K miles or 7 yrs, which ever is first
 

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Get both belts done at the same time: timing (ask for the Aisin kit by name) and serpentine.


listening to some Jimi Hendrix
And the answer to the mondegreen is, "Excuse me while I kiss THE SKY." :)
 

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The dealer was cool about this and included 50% off the 105k service when it comes due.
Unless their base price is over $1,400, take that deal. There's no way it makes sense to DIY that job if you can have it done for $700, and you haven't already done it 5 times yourself. Follow the other advice for parts and timing. Make sure you get timing belt, serpentine belt, tensioners for both and water pump all done together. Even if they tell you the water pump is OK, replace it - you have to do the whole job over if your water pump fails the next day.

While you're in there for the timing belt, have them do the front and right motor mounts. They're toast or close, and the incremental cost is basically just the parts.

Once that's done, everything else you're likely to need is a reasonable DIY.
 

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Congrats on the new to you Pilot. That’s great that the dealer has discounted the upcoming 105k mile service. Typically spark plugs get replaced and the valves get adjusted at the 105k mark as well.
 

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Nice find! Post up some pics... Your description of your drive makes me really jealous sitting in my cubicle on a rainy day.

Do you have any idea on the maintenance history? If you are over 7 years or unknow on your current timing belt I'd be looking to replace that soon.
I finally got some pictures posted in the gallery: 2008 Pilot EX-L Creampuff!

Check em out and let me know what you think!
 
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