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New Pilot owners! My daughter's first car!

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So today I picked up an '09 Pilot that a family member generously gave to my daughter, as her first car. It has approx. 190,xxx mi. Said family member was the only owner. Supposedly was regularly maintained, but I think that meant regular oil changes and brake replacement. I do not know if tranny fluid or rear diff fluid was done. I plan on doing those myself.

Anyway, I am glad to have found this forum and will probably ask many questions! After using "search" of course lol
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Hello, glad you found us.
Yes, it’d be good to know the maintenance history. Hopefully the timing belt was changed at least once. That to me at this moment would be the most important thing to find out. Honda recommends it to be changed at 105k miles or every 7 years, which ever comes first. When this is done, most shops replace the water pump with it. It’s a great time to drain the radiator for a 2 gallon flush of the coolant when this is done.
 

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The first checklist is more complete and was originally created for a 1st generation, but most items also apply to a 2nd gen. The second checklist is specifically for a 2nd gen.



https://www.piloteers.org/threads/first-gen-pilot-buyers-guide-checklist-the-final-version.168910/
First-Gen Pilot Buyer's Guide Checklist - The Final Version
Shopping for a First Generation Pilot This is the final version of a checklist that was collaboratively developed to help prospective buyers evaluate first-gen Pilots (2003 - 2008). Many of the most experienced forum participants as of late 2020 contributed ideas, reviewed the content and...
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Welcome to the forum. I agree with above that verifying the timing belt was changed is of highest importance.
 

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Thank you for your feedback... there is a sticker in the engine bay that looks like it says the timing belt was done at around 80K, so I am having it done, along with the water pump, etc. right away.
Unfortunately, the A/C compressor needs to be replaced, so I am having that done as well. Oil change and air filter were already done. I think I will buy the S-VCM and install that. I also have the VTM-4 fluid so I can do that change myself. There are some other minor repairs that I need to do...
 
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