I was once a lurker and now I'm a new member. I have been doing some research in to find a good used SUV for Myself and 4 kiddos (yea i've been fruitful). While i was researching I discovered the first gen pilots. They are reasonably reliable if well kept, they look cool with their boxy design, AWD is an option and they offer more offroad capability than a minivan.
So, armed with my First-Gen Pilot Buyer's Guide Checklist I embarked on the quest of finding one in good shape. I've looked at 12 pilots since starting and think i might have found "the one."
I'd like to post some details and photos of the pilot below and see what you guys have to say. I want to make sure i'm not blinded by my excitement to finally own one of these gems and make sure I get a quality one.
Price: 8700 CAD 6454.24 USD
Kilometers: 169000 (105,000 miles)
Carfax: Clean, no accidents, no service records other than yearly Krown rust proofing.
Sale: As traded, no warranty, no safety at a local Acura dealership, no additional details provided by the dealership.
Negatives: Absolutely 0 service history on carfax. However it appears to be meticulously maintained. Potential fluttering sound? Video of sound
Upon my initial inspection I noticed that the brakes, tires, shocks, and some steering/suspension components are brand new. Xpel has been installed on the sides to prevent rust, body in great condition, interior very clean. The engine does have a sound but it may just be the way this thing idles. I'll try and include a video.
Test drive: Drove around town with lots of stop and go, observed 0 clunking, shifts very smooth. Highway, smooth, no clunks, acceleration and deceleration resulted in smooth shifts up and down. Brakes and steering were tight, no pulling in either direction.
Checked fluids, air filter, serpentine belt
Trans, Coolant, Power Steering, Brake, Engine oil all at max level and appear brand new and clean.
Subframe appears to be OK but i'm new and not sure entirely what i'm lookng at underneath.
Thank you all so much. Apologize for the massive post.. Just want to make sure before I pull the trigger. You are awesome