Well, here is what the 2003 Pilot Owner's Manual (31S9V600 00X31-S9v-6000) says:b737gearboy said:I read a review on Edmunds.com that said the MDX requires premium gas. Since the Pilot has the same engine I was wondering if this is really true.
"The Pilot and MDX engines are set up a little different and Yes Honda says use Premium for the MDX and Regular for the Pilot. That's the only opinion you need....so go get your pilot."
Excellent advice, Davisdog!
Just to dispel any contrary false rumors, here is exactly what the Pilot's 2003 Owner's Manual has to say about fuel:
At Page 216: "Gasoline: your Honda is designed to operate on unleaded gasoline with a pump octane number of 86 or higher. Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause a persistent, heavy metallic rapping noise in the engine that can lead to mechanical damage."
"We recommend gasolines containing detergent additives that help prevent fuel system and engine deposits.
"Using gasoline containing lead will damage your vehicle’s emissions controls. This contributes to air pollution."
"Premium fuel is recommended when towing in certain conditions (see page 256)."
At Page 217 "In Cananda, some gasolines contain an octane-enhancing additive called MMT. If yo use such gasolines, your emission control system performance may deteriorate and the Malfunction Indicator Lamp on your instrument panel may turn on. If this happens, contact your authorized Honda dealer for service.”
At Page 256 “Towing performance can be affected by high altitude, high temperature, or climbing steep grades. Therefore, premium fuel is recommended when towing more than 3,500 lbs.”
Back Page Service information summary:
“Gasoline: Unleaded gasoline, pump octane number of 86 or higher.”