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If the kids are acting up and you want to get their attention quickly, have I got a "trick" for you!

I noticed a bit of a design flaw quirk today when the following conditions occurred:

> the right rear window was all the way down; others all the way up
> mph increased to greater than 40

Serious "pressurization buffeting" occurred to the point that it was quite painful to the ears (similar to when you're on an airplane and it starts its descent). The family shrieking desisted when I opened the opposite window a bit. I've felt a similar effect in other cars but none topped this occurance. It might just be my Pilot, but I kinda doubt it.

"Kids, quiet down or Daddy will open just the one window again!" "NO, Daddy, NO! :eek: We'll be good!"
 

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Wind Buffeting

I've also noticed this, but in my case it was with both rear windows partially (3/4) down. As soon as I cracked one of the front windows, it stopped. It is QUITE painful.
 

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Re: Wind Buffeting

I would imagine that this would happen on any vehicle. I haven't specifically tried in the Pilot yet but... why would it be any different ?


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I've also noticed this, but in my case it was with both rear windows partially (3/4) down. As soon as I cracked one of the front windows, it stopped. It is QUITE painful.
 

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Try it and you will see. The kids and wife will enjoy it, I promise :22:.

I think JohnK has my back on this but, 03, this wasn't the "normal" buffeting effect. It was more like the following effect on your ears after descending from 10,000 feet :25:.

However, YMMV.

03pilot said:
I would imagine that this would happen on any vehicle. I haven't specifically tried in the Pilot yet but... why would it be any different ?


 

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Re: Re: Re: Wind Buffeting

uh oh. i will try it and if true, will use it as a threat weapon as suggested by you ;)

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Try it and you will see. The kids and wife will enjoy it, I promise :22:.

I think JohnK has my back on this but, 03, this wasn't the "normal" buffeting effect. It was more like the following effect on your ears after descending from 10,000 feet :25:.

However, YMMV.

 

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Very useful idea

I, too, had noticed the pressurization thng -- whoa, it is painful -- but I hadn't thought about its uses :p

My kids and I weren't too freaked the first time we experienced it because we were coming straight from a rental -- a little Grand Vitara SUV -- which had the exact same thing happen. And, yes, the Grand Vitara was painful on the ears -- even worse, I believe, than the Pilot. And even LOUDER!!!

Maybe all SUVs do this, i dunno...

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Wind Buffeting

Maybe all SUVs do this, i dunno...
I've also noticed this in my Pilot. I had the same problem with my 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I haven't tried opening the front windows to reduce the problem, but I'm gonna try it the next time I get out on the road.

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Well, this is definately not an SUV thing as our 2000 VW Passat wagon does the exact same thing with the sunroof all the way open with the windows closed. It is rather annoying but easy to fix once it starts happening. I try not to torture the family too much these days!
 

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My Pilot does it and my '99 Passport did it too. Sometimes you can use to you advantage though. If your wife is talking about somthing really dull and you sitting there going" Huh uh, yes dear"
just roll down the back window and the "lock" the windows before she has a chance to equlize the pressure and I swear the subject will change, in just a matter of seconds! :22:
 

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Probably not as bad as in...

the Toyota Highlander! This is the #1 complaint of the Highlander. I tried it on a test drive....it is VERY painful!

Take a Highlander for a test drive and compare. I hope to drive a Pilot soon so I can compare.

PS: I was just about to ask if the Pilot did this also. I'm glad someone posted on the topic.
 

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The Helicopter

My kids call it the "helicopter" and it is a good tool for punishment!

It never happened in my Integra (maybe because it was a coupe), but it happens in the MDX and it happens with the sunroof open on my wife's Passat.

It's not unique to Honda. Just about every wagon / SUV does it!
 

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It's all HONDA

It's really classic HONDA. Hondas are made quite well with outstanding fit and finish. I have noticed throughout the Hondas I have owned that they are quite air tight, which with one window open can cause the buffeting.

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This is an issue on all similar vehiciles.
I have tried it on my Pilot, my wife's Highlander and My old Mountaineer (going away) they all do it.

I put this in the same category as drinking hot coffee and having a pain in your eye, remove the spoon. If it hurts don't do it.
 

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Our Land Cruiser does it as well but Toyota provided rear tilt out electric windows in the cargo area. Open them and the buffeting ends.

We just got our pilot not quite 2 weeks ago and we got "buffeted" (it's not Margeritaville) the first night.
 

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Haven't tried it in the Pilot yet but my crewcab Ford pickup does it also, so bad the headliner visibly pulses up and down.
Al:4:
 

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lots of cars have that problem. I've noticed in a Jeep Grand Cherekee with the moonroof open and back windows open. In my Maxima, it happens when the moonroof is open and the pass-thru to the trunk (rear seats folded forward) is open. It seems the air gets in and has to "buffet" its way out.
 

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We never drive with our windows down. One reason is that it tends to cause headliners to separate. The other reason is that around here it's usually more comfortable to keep that AC blowing than to roll down the window.
 
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