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What aspect of the Pilot do you like best?

Is it the look, the drive, a feature of the Pilot, or something else?

I took my Pilot to Berkshire County, Massachusetts, over the weekend and I couldn't believe what a smooth ride the car had on the treachorous Taconic State Parkway through eastern New York State. I've made this ride dozens of times in my Jeep Grand Cherokee and it has always been a horribly bumpy ride. In the Pilot it was silky smooth. I was really suprised what a nice ride the Pilot had.

For me such a smooth ride in an SUV is an incredible feature.

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After 1,100 miles, I still haven't spotted another Pilot on the Road.

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I think for me it is the whole package. Yes it rides great (from my time driving it) and it looks sharp, and it has all the features we are looking for oh yeah and it is a HONDA!!!!!!!!!!
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Here's what I don't like best...

We took delivery of our Silver EX-L on Sat and right away noticed some issues. Some have been previously mentioned, some are new. Check it out-

1. The stereo does not function properly. It will not switch modes from the unit itself, but will from the steering wheel. In other words, if I wanna go from CD to FM or whatever, I have to do it by the steering wheel. Should this not have been checked by Honda and the dealer during the pre-delivery inspection?

2. We too have a leaky driver's side washer nozzle.

3. The 3rd row seatbelt on the right-hand side of incorrectly riveted. When the row is flat, there are clips that you use to keep the seatbelt from rattling against the side of the car. The rivet is used to keep the seatbelt buckle in place. One of them is properly located, the other rivet is placed too high. Hence, when I have the belts clipped, it makes an unsightly loop.

4. The cell phone cradle compartment is too loose. It does not stay in the middle position. Any bump that you drive over, makes it fall flat.

5. The "scrunching" driver's side window issue is there as well.

What is up with all these problems??? My wife and I were so bumed about all of this stuff. Now I have to go monkey around with the dealer? I might wait for recalls or TSBs on some of these things-

Please advise...:confused:
 

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What do you dislike most?

Gupt0014,

I was gonig to wait a couple of days to post the question about what people dislike most about their Pilots, but as long as you've started us off, here's what I dislike like most:

It's the power window controls. If I put the power window controls to on, each passenger can control his own window. If I put the power window control to off, only the driver can control his window (and no other window). I really wish the driver could control all windows without letting anyone else (i.e., my kids) play with the windows. IMHO, this is a serious design defect.

This car was billed as a family vehicle by Honda. Every time my kids ask me to open the windows a crack (especially my 3 year old daughter who claims she's going to puke if I don't - and she's done it three times already) :16: they proceed to open them all the way down. Wouldn't it have been smarter (and safer in a family vehicle) to give the driver the ability to lock out all other passengers from opening their windows and letting the driver control them all?

Besides that, I love my Pilot!!

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Re: What do you dislike most?

Evergreen said:
It's the power window controls. If I put the power window controls to on, each passenger can control his own window. If I put the power window control to off, only the driver can control his window (and no other window). I really wish the driver could control all windows without letting anyone else (i.e., my kids) play with the windows. IMHO, this is a serious design defect.
I think this is a quirk common to all Hondas. At least, my '94 Honda Accord works this exact way.

I've seen a number of comments like this...people who have never had a Honda before getting used to the little quirks. One poster had complained about where the on-off switch is for the cruise control, and it hasn't bothered me one bit on my Accord.
 

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Re: Re: What do you dislike most?

I agree this might seem like a quirk that is perhaps common to Honda's. I didn't notice it since our 'other' car is an Accord and has the same 'feature' (or bug as some may like to call it) ;)

Len said:


I think this is a quirk common to all Hondas. At least, my '94 Honda Accord works this exact way.

I've seen a number of comments like this...people who have never had a Honda before getting used to the little quirks. One poster had complained about where the on-off switch is for the cruise control, and it hasn't bothered me one bit on my Accord.
 

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Likes:

1. Power/Gas Mileage: It's got some low end "grunt-off-the-line" and still gets 20+ MPG on the Highway! I'm so tired of vehicles that advertise high power that you have to wind the RPM's way up to take advantage of!

2. Ride: Quiet and smooth. When I'm going 70 mph on the interstate I don't hear all the noise in the back like most utes. I am extremely comfortable driving my Pilot.

3. Safety: The Odyssey and MDX do very well in crash tests, and I can't see why the Pilot would do any worse. I feel a great deal safer with my wife and kids in the car than the competition.



Dislikes

1. Seating comfort in 3rd row: It would have been so easy for Honda to have made the second row seats adjustable to split the legroom between the 2nd and 3rd row. Why didn't they?

2. Power outlets turning off with the key: All Hondas are like that. If Honda likes this as a safety feature, please make it easy to disable it without having to rewire the whole mess. I'm sure you could put a switch somewhere near the fuse box to let the owner decide if he never wants to get his cell phone charged up!

3. Power Window switch: Another all Honda feature. They probably save a couple of dollars in wiring doing it that way. Why do they have to get cheap on things like that! I wouldn't have noticed another $10 on the pricetag to let me control the windows while the other switches are locked out!

4. Trip Computer: There isn't one! I would have paid for one if it was available as an option!

Overall, so far I love it! The goods far outweigh the bads in this vehicle. Plus I really expect to love the value if I ever trade it in.

Greg


P.S. About the Cruise Control switch, my CR-V was the same way, I finally just turned the darn thing on and left it alone. You can do anything you want from the steering wheel controls, (hint: hit the 2 outer controls simultaneously to disengage it) so just turn it on and ignore it, you'll forget it's there unless somebody turns it off by mistake, then you'll think it's broken!
 

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Re: Trip Computer

Working from memory here so take it for what it is worth, but isn't there a Trip A and a Trip B option for tracking mileage? If so, can't one of these be utilized for tracking any given trip mileage?

Originally posted by homergreg
4. Trip Computer: There isn't one! I would have paid for one if it was available as an option!
 

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I think Likes and Dislikes are going to be greatly influenced by where one is coming from vehicle history-wise. Personally, the Pilot is a big step for our family.
Accordingly:

Likes:
> all mentioned in the above posts + some (ride, power, safety, size, looks, sound system, driver area room & comfort, cargo hauling space, front windshield visibility, all of the "cubbie" space, the many cupholders, ability to trek offroad, front & rear power outlets, independent rear a/c control, Tim selling accessories below dealer cost :4:, meeting fellow enthusiasts on this forum)

Dislikes:
> none. Like I said, it was a big step up. I love my Pilot :10:.
 

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It's a lot easier to let the trip computer compute your mileage for you, estimate how many miles until empty, and tell you all kinds of neat stuff that you could figure out for yourself with a pencil and paper. Just a minor gripe, but many, many other vehicles have this feature.



Originally posted by pjl56
Working from memory here so take it for what it is worth, but isn't there a Trip A and a Trip B option for tracking mileage? If so, can't one of these be utilized for tracking any given trip mileage?
 

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I'll stick with the things I like best:

1) Flexibility of cargo/passenger space. This is the biggest selling point for me, and why I didn't get a Highlander (tho I loveToyotas). The third row works for our carpooling needs, and it folds up quickly, eaily and flatly for "just the family" trips around town.

And I LOVE the 60/40 split of both second and third rows. I can put a long lacrosse stick and gear down the side (with 40/40 folded down) and still seat five (and a half) people. I'm constantly rejiggering the seating ... one day it might be one way; next day, I might need it the other. Much more flexible than my minivan, and I actually enjoy reconfiguring it.

2) Great visibility and feeling of safety. I'm counting on Honda to provide good safety scores, and right now I'm feeling secure in what feels like a well-built and very solid vehicle. I feel like Queen of the Road.

3) Looks. I actually have grown very fond in three short weeks of the Pilot's classic and simple lines. And I think the EX-L's interior is very nicely done -- simple yet filled with enough detail for me to think it's very well-designed. (I like the netting motif, for example, and the lug pattern or whatever it's called across the back). the little details, like cell-phone holder, sliding and adjustable console cargo areas, and hooks and latches, all add up for me.
 

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I concur

with most of the above.

LIKES:
- 48" between the wheel wells- all around UTILITY
- fold flat seating
- chassis/ drivetrain
- Honda-isms
- Drivability/ ergonmics/ comfort/ handling
- Safety- all 3 point belts, 5-star rating( assuming it matches the Odyssey)

WISH IT HAD(optional or standard):
- sunroof
- factory fog lights
- rear quarter vent windows
- heated seats
- rear glass option. lift up(explorer) up or power down(toyota)
- bigger wheels/tires
- lumbar
- head and rear seat air bags
- bigger LCD screen with RES
- foot and back massager...:D
 

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We've had ours for 3 days:

Likes:
1) Our 2 teenage daughters have faith in us again
2) Looks, ride, space, VISIBILITY!!
3) Quiet
4) Safe feeling
5) Versatility, utility
6) Honda styling
7) Sound System
8) Places for everything
9) Reading lights
10) Leather interior

Dislikes:
1) Limited 3rd row leg room (kid's only)
2) can' get the homelink to work so far on the garage opener

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