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Lol! In my many years of owning cars and mostly doing the routine maintenance (well, I'm getting old, so...), there is nothing better than keeping everything documented! A small notebook kept in the glove compartment of each car for quick reference will go a long way. Mind you, at one time, our family owned 4 cars because I had 3 kids of driving age (can you imagine the confusing state of remembering when to change the oil?). Just hoping that some members may learn from my mistakes over the years of owning my beloved Pilot. Feel free to ask questions. Thanks!
Here is the story of my Pilot:

1/05/05-bought brand new

1/12/05-Break-in period over-600 mi

5/02/05-Fumoto oil drain valve installed.(first oil change--Exxon Superflo non synthetic 5w-20)-7,078 mi

5/16/05-First VTM4 fluid change-8,044 mi

7/02/05-changed oil (Pennzoil 5w-20 non synthetic)-10,763 mi

9/02/05-changed oil (Exxon Superflo 5w-20 non synth)-15,292 mi

9/18/05-2nd VTM4 fluid change-16, 507 mi

11/13/05-switched to Mobil 1 synthetic oil (first synthetic oil)-19,642 mi

1/09/06-changed oil (Valvoline synthetic 5w-20)-23,508 mi

1/12/06-First transmission fluid change-23,669 mi

6/12/06-changed oil (Castrol synthetic 5w-20)-30,683 mi

7/29/06-3rd VTM4 fluid change-29,034 (with VTM4-see below)

7/23/06-2nd transmission fluid change-29,034 (with transmission fluid-see above)

7/06/06-First engine filter change-31,657 mi

11/11/06-changed oil-36,661

5/27/07-change oil-42,128

8/10/07-2nd engine air filter change (switched to K&N air filter)-44,357 mi

8/29/07-4th VTM4 fluid change by dealer -44,954 mi

10/14/07-first cabin filter change-47,440 mi

10/14/07- 3rd transmission fluid change-47,440 mi

8/13/08-VTM4 fluid changed by dealer plus filler plug replaced (I messed it up because it was too tight)-61,166 mi

9/19/08-rotated tires (first and last)-63,509 mi

9/20-08-4th transmission fluid change-63,535 mi

9/30/08-chnaged oil-63,791 mi

9/30/08-changed front and rear brake pads plus bled brake fluids-63,805 mi

10/07/08-changed power steering fluid (siphoned it with a big syringe)-64,000 mi

4/26/09-changed oil-69,986 mi

5/27/09-replaced battery (4 years old)-71,202 mi

7/29/09-changed oil-76,027 mi

11/09/09-changed cabin air filter-76,890 mi

12/15/09-replaced both headlights-78,017 mi

3/09/10-changed VTM4 fluid by dealer-80,657 mi

4/01/10-changed oil-81,076 mi

7/13/10-replaced 2 front tires to Integrity tires-84,446 mi

7/22/10-inflated spare tire to 40 psi for the summer-I try to do this at the start fo every summer (if I remember)

10/08/10-changed oil-85,887 mi

10/24/10-cleaned K&N engine air filter with K&N cleaning solution-86,375 mi

4/14/11-changed oil-90,436 (quaker state synth)

4/15/11-changed transmission fluid to DW1 (drained and refill only)-90,451 mi

4/15/11-drained and refill cooLant-90,451 mi

4/21/11-replaced both headlights with Sylvania Ultra Star-90,498 mi

10/05/11 changed timing belt, drive belts, water pump, coolant by dealer ($1,100)-96,138 mi

10/18/11-Flashing “D” for 15 minutes-

11/05/11-changed transmission fluid-96,828 mi

3/15/12-replaced spark plugs (NGK pzfr5f-11))-97,695 mi

4/2/12-changed transmission gear switch #3 & 4 (this fixed flashing d)-97,778 mi

4/2/12-changed cabin air filter-97,778 mi

4/03/12-replaced blown fuse ACGS (15 amp)-97,800 mi

9/23/12-changed oil-101,943 mi

9/23/12-replaced both headlights-101,943 mi

9/29/12-changed VTM4 fluid-101,990

10/12/12-inspected transmission cooler (per forum”s suggestion) and found corrosion (driver’s side at 80% and passenger side at 40%-102,089 mi

10/18/12-safety recall light switch wire kit installed by dealer for headlight low beam-102,101 mi

7/09/13-air con recharged and valve replaced by dealer-103,627 mi

8/26/13-replaced front and rear brake rotor and pads by Pep Boys ($523)-104,161 mi

10/03/13-changed oil-104,342 mi

11/18/13-changed power steering fluid-105,098 mi

1/09/14-replaced battery-105,322 mi

7/17/14-fixed air bag sensor ($400), fix ac condenser ($720), replaced compliance bushings ($480), 4 wheel alignment, changed VTM4 fluid-106,362 mi

9/09/2014-changed oil and replaced PCV valve (old one still plenty of clicks)-106,586 mi

4/27/15-changed brake light switch due to difficulty changing gear from neutral and also key getting stuck and unable to turn but no effect-110,031 mi

10/23/15-changed oil-110.960 mi

11/02/15-airbag recall-drover’s side fixed by dealer-110,989 mi

4/14/16-replaced ac compressor ($1,200), alternator ($600), starter ($200) by Pep Boys-112,411 mi--starter changed by myself

10/19/16-replaced shifter cable and realign transmission range switch by dealer ($725)—this fixed problem of difficulty changing gear from neutral and key getting stuck-115,722 mi

10/28/16-replaced both headlights-118,978 mi

11/21/16-changed oil-119,792 mi

11/30/16-brake line broke—lost brake brake fluid (and brake!) in the parking lot. Towed to and fxed by Pep Boys ($315)-120,052 mi

10/18/17-changed transmission fluid-124,325 mi

3/08/18-fixed right rear tire valve leak by Mr. Tire ($39)-126,180 mi

5/23/18-changed oil-127,802 mi

5/24/18-changed cabin air filter-127,815 mi

5/29/18-switched engine air filter back to Honda air filter-127,815 mi

6/04/18-changed transmission fluid x3 after a year of rattling noise at 30-40 mi/hr (this fixed the noise)-127,908 mi, 127,918 mi, 128,059 mi

6/08/18-drained and filled coolant-128,054 mi

6/09/18-changed VTM4 fluid-128,059

1/06/19-replaced 4 tires with Integrity due to rot (TPMS light coming on and off), drive belt, air bag sensor by dealer (($1,100)-132,968 mi

5/20/19-dealer replaced 2 rear shocks due to left shock leak ($735)-135,847 mi

5/21/19-Pep Boys replaced front and rear pads (backing plate noisy—and rotors plus fluid exchanged ($696)-135,860 mi

5/28/19-transmission leaked (luckily, without mixing with transmission fluids)--got stuck at traffic light and had to be towed home--136.053 mi

6/19/19-new radiator installed by local shop ($400 labor). Radiator (Denso $110, 2 gallon coolant, 1 case of transmission fluid=12 quarts) from Amazon.--136.053 mi

6/24/19-changed transmission fluid x 3 (for insurance, just. In case…)--136.066 mi

7/16/19-for emission test due in August. Keeping my fingers crossed!

We live in Maryland where winters are sometimes harsh (salted road every winter) and summer is always hot.
And that's it, folks! I'm sticking to my story!

* if not noted, I did the job myself
** from time to time since around 2015 (?), TPMS has been turning off and on randomly (none since the start of this summer)
***03--05 (I read here) share transfer case and transmission fluids--this makes it more important to change fluids regularly
 

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Maryland has some nice crab shops I come down from NY to visit family I always stock up on the crabs that are served fresh... great job on the write up!
 

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Very thorough write-up, nice job!

And hello from Harford County!
 

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Sounds like your Pilot has been well maintained. It’s nice having a concise record in one location instead of having to dig through a pile of work orders.
I’d end up losing a notebook so I’ve been keeping track of everything for my vehicles on an Excel spreadsheet.
 
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Maryland has some nice crab shops I come down from NY to visit family I always stock up on the crabs that are served fresh... great job on the write up!
Thanks! Blue crabs as the specie of Maryland crab is known--is our staple here in the summer. The crab is a native of Chesapeake Bay! I have always imagined the Indians had these crabs since the beginning of time all by themselves, lol! Now, with some. many people vying for its sweet, succulent meat, they cost too much a dozen, esp the jumbo crabs, lol! Oh, by the way, I was a new Yorker before I came to Maryland for good. A Lot of New Yorkers also love our Ocean City beach, by the way.
 

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Sounds like your Pilot has been well maintained. It’s nice having a concise record in one location instead of having to dig through a pile of work orders.
I’d end up losing a notebook so I’ve been keeping track of everything for my vehicles on an Excel spreadsheet.
I agree! I should do the same. But I have been doing this notebook/log book for more than 30 years, it's hard to change the habit now! Fortunately, I have not lost any. Thanks.
 

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My 05 (a May 2005 purchase) just passed the Mass inspection yesterday with flying colors. 238480 miles. I really want to get to 250k so bad....
 

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My 05 (a May 2005 purchase) just passed the Mass inspection yesterday with flying colors. 238480 miles. I really want to get to 250k so bad....
Wow! Congrats! My Pilot is young compared to yours! I actually use it now (for the past few years) to go to the beach. No more short, stop and go trips. My Toyota Previa '92 minivan (remember that odd looking mini-van?) lasted for 13 years and 249k with no major repair (unlike this Pilot). It was used for carpooling, short and long distance driving (work, grocery and out of state travel for 2 kids college hunting all over the east coast and later for college visits). This Pilot replaced that one. No carpool on this Pilot but it lasted two college kids--one in Boston. It also stayed in Boston after that kid graduated from college and stayed there for a few months for his service. Now, I'm driving the Accord '11 for the past 3 years after my wife retired.
 

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I agree! I should do the same. But I have been doing this notebook/log book for more than 30 years, it's hard to change the habit now! Fortunately, I have not lost any. Thanks.
Also I passed this habit to my two boys. I sometimes quiz them on their car maintenance and they pass each time! Thanks to those little notebooks. Lol!
 

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I have a 2005 with currently ~107k miles on it and full maintenance records or parts receipts when I DIY’ed the work. If Beato1 is like me the Pilot isn’t going on the selling block anytime soon. :)
 

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This is impressive.

I will be first in line if you sell it! Lol
Ha, Ha! Impressive what? The amount of money I already spent on repairs or my record keeping? Lol! Of course, the little notebook may have kept it alive longer despite the many major repairs by preventing more of it. After all, our only way of analyzing and then deciding what to do next is faithfully documenting what were done in the past? For without this, we will be groping in the dark? Thanks.
 

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I have a 2005 with currently ~107k miles on it and full maintenance records or parts receipts when I DIY’ed the work. If Beato1 is like me the Pilot isn’t going on the selling block anytime soon. :)
Thanks. Yes, I will never sell it ( I donate all my vehicles, by the way) but for a different reason! I simply do not want anyone to be saddled by its many issues. However, for the life of me, it seems the first gen Pilot is so well beloved and respected by their owners and swear by them! Hmm, maybe it's just my Pilot?
 

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Thanks. Yes, I will never sell it ( I donate all my vehicles, by the way) but for a different reason! I simply do not want anyone to be saddled by its many issues. However, for the life of me, it seems the first gen Pilot is so well beloved and respected by their owners and swear by them! Hmm, maybe it's just my Pilot?
No you made a valid statement... my mom had an '04 Pilot (I think it was '04, I believe they "fixed" the fixed headrest the next year and made them adjustable) in a dark pearl blue color, EX-L with RES and AWD. I LOVED that Pilot and really wanted to inherit it but right as that time was coming we were getting that classic Honda 5AT shake that leads to a transmission replacement, so she offloaded it and got a Rogue at Jones Junction. I drove that thing every chance I got, it was brand new right when I got my license.

Heck my parents drove me to Georgia for college my freshmen year in it... I had ACL surgery the week before and my knee was locked straight in the passenger seat for 8 hours! Memories! First gens are the best!
 

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No you made a valid statement... my mom had an '04 Pilot (I think it was '04, I believe they "fixed" the fixed headrest the next year and made them adjustable) in a dark pearl blue color, EX-L with RES and AWD. I LOVED that Pilot and really wanted to inherit it but right as that time was coming we were getting that classic Honda 5AT shake that leads to a transmission replacement, so she offloaded it and got a Rogue at Jones Junction. I drove that thing every chance I got, it was brand new right when I got my license.

Heck my parents drove me to Georgia for college my freshmen year in it... I had ACL surgery the week before and my knee was locked straight in the passenger seat for 8 hours! Memories! First gens are the best!
Lol! Thanks!
 

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Our first gen, beyond basic maintenance, was bulletproof for its first 80k miles. I’ve had to replace some items I thought should have lasted longer (radiator, motor mounts) in addition to all the maintenance items over the past 25k miles. All in all it’s been a very reliable vehicle that I have confidence won’t break down on my family unlike the Chrysler product it replaced.
And it just looks so much better than all future Pilot models which were influenced by the Ridgeline. The kids first road trip to Disneyland was in the Pilot so there is some sentimental feelings towards it as well. And I’ve developed a lot of my mechanic skills on this Pilot, with much assistance from this forum. Unless something bad happens to it I anticipate my kids learning to drive on it . . . since they won’t be doing that on my Tacoma.
 

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Well, all my 3 kids benefited from its service thru high school and college. Heck, they now have families and cars of their own. However, they are now feeling sentimental about it every time they hear something's wrong with it--they pray hard that it survives the latest problem! And each time, they cheered when it survives! Lol! They come home and see it still in the driveway like they used to see it! And me? Just a proud owner, despite everything I've gone through...and holding my breath when the other shoe will drop (again!). Lol! Oh, the headaches (heartaches?) and the triumphs of owning our Pilots!
 

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Similar situation at my home. Whole family has now become the Pilot fan club/cheerleading squad. Maintaining it well is a good way to get husband/dad hero points.?
 
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