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Sorry for the old Ford slogan, but I just got done test driving a new Pilot. I am officially the first person to drive one in San Angelo, TX (I feel like a Hero:p ). Well anyway it is a pretty damn good vehicle. The only bad spot I have to say are the somewhat mushy brakes, lack of a sunroof, and the odd shifter. THAT IS IT! I love this vehicle. Although I would wish I could buy one now, I am going to wait until the 2004's come out. Regardless, The Pilot Rocks and anyone who purchases one will not be dissapointed. Any questions, please ask.
 

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I got to test-drive one last night too in the Bay-Area

I would have to agree that its a great vehicle to drive.

Looks a lot like an MDX from behind, Toyoto (Sequoia ?) from the front.

The only hitch is the space behind the 3rd row is extrememly limited (like any 7 or > 7 seater SUV) and the awkwardness of getting into the 3rd row. I was able to sit in the 3rd row without my legs touching the seat in front (I am not only 5'10") but should be comfortable for kids back there.

Wasn't very impresed with the Glove compartment. Its a little too deep and narrow.

Missing sunroof is not a big deal for me. Sound system was not too bad either.

Most dealers are asking over MSRP which I cannot understand how can they afford to when it brings the price so close to an MDX. But many of them didn't even know how much an MDX costs. Their argument is Odysseys are still going over MSRP so let me go ahead and charge over MSRP for this new vehicle as well..

Thats it for now.

--Vivek
 

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I was very impressed with the 3rd row seating. I am 6ft tall and had no problem getting back there and feeling somewhat comfortable with the 2nd row in their forward position. With the 3rd row up, not a whole lot of cargo room, but what do you expect? But then how often are you going to be hauling 6+ people? And let me add, HEADROOM!!! I currently drive a Civic, a tight squeeze for myself. I drove an Pilot EX with power seats and to test, I put the seatback in the most upright postion and lifted the seat up fully and there were inches to spare. Tall Guys will love the headroom in this thing!
 

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We drove an Pilot-LX this morning and are VERY glad we waited on the Pilot! My husband was most impressed with the headroom; I was most impressed by the SMOOTH-gliding-ride and handling. Handles and turns nicely, too. My complaint, probably NObody else's, is no heated seats. I'd gotten used to those in my Expedition and thought I couldn't live without them - I guess I will.

About an hour after we got home, my dealer called and told us he'd just gotten a call and that mine is at the "rail-head" [whatever that is] in Birmingham and should be in Florence Monday, or Tuesday, or Wednesday. :2: My salesman's going to the Atlanta racetrack on Tuesday to drive PILOTs - that should be FUN!

Y'all be looking for pictures in the next few days!

RRP
 

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You'll like that Redrock when it comes in..I played in one today and its a really sharp looking color (especially next to the silver and havasu blue they had parked next to them)...They had running boards (and cross bars) on it and that looked extra sharp (I normally not a fan of running boards but the black ones looked good on the RR...enjoy
 

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RRP, is your dealer in Florence selling for MSRP with no add-ons? Curious, since same dealer owner is here in Huntsville and want to compare. Also do they charge either Advertising, Administration, or Documentation fees?
 

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Just got our Redrock Red EX-L on Thursday! Handles great, Interior space fits the three chillie beans(2 in child seats) no problemo!
 

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bamacar said:
RRP, is your dealer in Florence selling for MSRP with no add-ons? Curious, since same dealer owner is here in Huntsville and want to compare. Also do they charge either Advertising, Administration, or Documentation fees?
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$30,520 + $460 [Destination & Handling].
I don't know what else they might tack on . . . We're thinking about ordering our add on's - I think they're cheaper at www.hondacuraworld.com . I will try to remember to let you know. It's supposed to be here by Wednesday:2: :2:
Have you dealt with Jerry Damson before? They're GREAT!

RRP:29:
 

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Driving my pilot now and really enjoying it. I went for a test drive on Friday (5/31/02) just to see and try it out. Menlo Honda in Redwood City, CA had 5 of them. I purchased a Silver EX-L and will do an aftermarket Nav/DVD system--dealer will have an in house contractor install it. My husband and 2 kids and I love it! My daughter has claimed the third row seat, my son the second row. It is amazingly roomy inside, but not as big and bulky outside as I had thought. The kids esp. like the tiered seating so they have a good forward view from both the 3rd and 2nd rows. I traded in my '95 Explorer. I didn't realize how bad the Explorer was until I started driving the Pilot. I had ordered (in Feb.) a MDX with touring and nav that was to arrive in the middle of June. Just cancelled the order and will get a refund on the deposit. I would have liked the MDX, but I am so glad I waited for the Pilot.

The handling and acceleration are great. Not as "European feeling" in handling like the MDX--I prefer the Pilot's softer ride and that the steering is not as sensitive. Some road and wind noise. I like the cool radio controls on the steering wheel and the little colorful light indicators on the dash for the gear you're in. The exterior is conservative and quite acceptable. A large center console for storage. The MDX is stylish but somehow reminds my husband of a SUV Pacer. I thought I would have trouble driving such a wide vehicle, but so far I've adjusted. Haven't driven it in San Francisco yet. With the side impact strips, I worry less about the dings--they'll happen regardless. If you get a Pilot, I'm sure you will enjoy it.
 

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I pretty much agree with most of the posts about the 3rd row seat; but it's a nice to have for short rides. It was overall quieter than I expected. I had it up to 70mph on the Interstate and the only real noice I noticed was a little too much tire noise. Based upon some other posts and some reviews I was expecting it to be much noiser. I am coming out of a Lincoln Town Car and, other than the tire noise, I think it is just as quiet. The workmanship appeared quite good and the doors close with that really satisfying "thunk". It was about 95F and the A/C will freeze you out. I rode in the backseat while the wife was driving and I thought the two outboard seats were pretty comfy if they were reclined to the first notch. The engine is really quiet and the tranny is smooth and quick. Overall I really liked it and so did the wife. Have a Sandstone on order and can't wait.
 

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I pretty much agree with most of the posts about the 3rd row seat; but it's a nice to have for short rides. It was overall quieter than I expected. I had it up to 70mph on the Interstate and the only real noice I noticed was a little too much tire noise. Based upon some other posts and some reviews I was expecting it to be much noiser. I am coming out of a Lincoln Town Car and, other than the tire noise, I think it is just as quiet. The workmanship appeared quite good and the doors close with that really satisfying "thunk". It was about 95F and the A/C will freeze you out. I rode in the backseat while the wife was driving and I thought the two outboard seats were pretty comfy if they were reclined to the first notch. The engine is really quiet and the tranny is smooth and quick. Overall I really liked it and so did the wife. Have a Sandstone on order and can't wait.
 
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