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Now that Hunt for Pilot is over or nearing the end for many; what vehicle is your Pilot replacing...and what were your primary criteria for selection?

For us, we had a 95 Dodge Grand Caravan AWD that the Pilot is replacing.

Primay criteria was:
1. Safety
2. All wheel drive capability like the GC AWD.
3. Fuel economy, capacity, reliability, resale value, and everything else.

Guess we were most interested in safety. :cool:
 

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I replaced a '91 Isuzu Trooper w/ 5 speed manual transmission. My criteria were similar to yours, with #3 being the hardest to find a good compromise. I have three dogs all >50 lbs and a baby on the way, so I need a good amount of space. But I wanted the best fuel economy I could find. The baby, however, put safety up to the top of my list. I wanted AWD because I do a good amount of fishing in the N. Georgia mountains. I haven't had the chance to test it up there yet, but it sure performed well during a gully-washer last week. So far I'm very happy with my decision.
 

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replacement

Havasu blue EX-L replaces 1994 mercury villager LS 125000 miles

1 didn't want another mini van
2 4 wd
3 style
4 Honda reputation
5 eight pass. capability(kids)
6......Love it!!!!!!;) :p :)
 

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A bit of a story

In the end the Pilot replaced a Range Rover.

Got a '02 CR-V,
Sold the wifes Range Rover
Wife drove the CR-V
Got the Pilot
Wife now drives the Pilot
I now drive the CR-V
and my Intripid is for sale.
 

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Jeep Cherokee

I replaced a 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4WD/6-Cyl/4 Door with 85,000 miles on it. My criteria was:

- Bigger (6+ passengers/ 3-rows for Mom, Dad, Kid, Grandma, Grandpa European Adventures)
- Full-time AWD, low gear no longer required, no more part-time 4WD:mad:/bad for roads that are mix of clear and snow/ice!:eek:
- Smoother ride than the Jeep with plenty of horsepower for 100 MPH cruising
- Price/Value

Second choice was Volvo V70XC or the new 90 (both with 7 passenger seating), however price ($38K-42K) and reliablity (see www.v70xc.com) was a factor. Also lack of horsepower/turbo was an issue. Also, Volvo (owned by Ford) seemed to miss the little things like safety lights on the doors and remote gas cap doors. Expected better for $40,000.

Other car - 1999 Honda Accord EX was primary vehicle for road trips, although it was tight with lots of luggage and three in the back seat.

Glad we made the right decision!
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Not replacing anything.

Criteria:
1. 4WD
2. Honda Reputation (both car quality and service)
3. Enough room to haul a whole bunch of people around
4. Looks nice :cool:
 

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Replaced a 1995 4WD Explorer

Reasons to buy the Pilot:

--It is NOT a Ford
--Needed 6+ seating
--Reliability, safety, and better visability
--Not a minivan
--Better driver comfort--I'm 5'3" and had to sit really close to the steering wheel on the Explorer due to how far back the accelerator pedal was.
--With substantial BSM, I don't worry about door dings so much as if I had a MDX.
--Gas mileage better
 

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Replaced a 1996 Acura Integra GS-R :( . Didn't want to get rid of her but with a baby on the way we needed more room.

Reasons for buying the Pilot:

1) It's a Honda :D
2) It's a Honda :p
3) It's a Honda :4:
 

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Replaced a 1996 Ford Taurus

My wife's criteria:
1. AWD
2. SUV type vehicle
3. Cargo capacity
4. 4 doors

My criteria:
1. Comfort (for long road trips)
2. Front wheel drive (good traction in snow & ice)
3. Style (something new and refreshing
4. Price (under 30k)

We've leased a Ford Explorer :eek: , Mercury Villiager :confused: , and the Mercury Mountaineer :3: . In our opinion the PILOT is a superior vehicle. :10:
 

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Not replacing anything.

Have two kids, so the Accord was a bit of squeeze. Honda reputation, allure of an SUV, desire to take it to the skiing areas without requiring chains and best of all the possibility of 8 pass if needed.

Wife drives the Pilot primararily during the week and I drive the Accord.
 

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I won't be getting my new SS Pilot for another 6 weeks or so:( , but when it finally comes in, it will be replacing a '93 BMW touring sedan (station wagon) with 108,000 miles on it. Very fun car but with three kids and a dog there is no room--it only seats five and then rather tightly. My criteria was safety first, more seating and storage capacity, reliability and something was not as expensive to maintain.
I have really enjoyed my car, but it was very expensive to repair, for example, a new set of brakes would cost me around $1,000. and in the six years that I have owned it (we bought it used), I have replaced them twice.

I am so envious of everyone who have received their Pilot and are enjoying it. I can't believe how tight the supplies are here in Boston!! Anyway, congratulations to everyone and continue enjoying. Hopefully, someday soon, I will be posting right along with you and comparing notes.:D
 

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1997 Subaru Outback Wagon 5speed (50/50 all wheel drive).

1. All wheel drive
2. At least as big as the Outback
3. Capable of towing at least 2000 lbs.
4. front side airbags.
5. Decent fuel economy
6. Room for Bubba in the back (93lb. male doberman)

My wife was going to replace her Outback with another Outback.
When we started the research we realized the only way to get side airbags in the Outback was by buying a limited with the 2 sunroof thing going on. It cuts down rear headroom by about 2 1/2" and severely impares the big dog's ability to stand in the rear of the wagon. My wife would have none of that so we went looking. We looked at the Highlander and we were both unimpressed . She complained the front seats were too short (she is 5'3') but she noticed it. We talked about looking at the MB. Then I found the Honda website for the new Pilot. Since her 97 Outback replaced her 1991 Accord (the oldest son needed it more than she did) which had replaced her 1986 Prelude we went to a dealer in mid-June who had one to look at (not to buy). We looked, we drove, we went home and decided that yes, we could both live with the automatic 5 speed transmission. We hadn't owned an automatic in 26 years but with one 5 speed still in the family (2001 Subaru Forester) we would give it a go.
Very good vehicle. Happy with decision. Tows like a champ. Rides like a dream. Good long distance vehicle. Love the low revs at high speeds.

#09131 SS EX
 

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The Pilot will be replacing my 1987 VW Golf ( 2 door, non A/C, 183,000 miles, 5 speed manual trans.).

I love my VW, but we are in need of more room since our baby was born. Neither my wife nor I will drive a minivan, so a midsize SUV is what we need. (My wife drives the 97 CRV, but with the baby it just isn't big enough for long trips). We really liked the Highlander (better interior in my opinion), but we will be getting the Pilot due to its size.
 

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'92 Explorer XLT with 117,000 miles, 2 transmission rebuilds, a/c system rebuild. I bought it when it was just 3 years old for about $13,000 and, at the time, it was quite a vehicle for me. It was the biggest thing I had ever bought, the most expensive thing I had ever bought, and the only thing with leather I had ever bought. It bounced all over the road (and still does). Nonetheless, it was a good vehicle for me. I certainly got my money's worth out of it, having bought it used and having kept it for over 7 years.

Needless to say, I've made a big improvement in my "quality of drive" with the Pilot.
 
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