First Oil Change (frequency thoughts)
I know there's another post with this tag-line ( http://www.honda-pilot.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1513
), but this one's more active so I'm posting here.
First oil change is being performed by the dealer today (only second time in 20+ years of driving that I'm having it done, and that's only because it's free!)
and spoke with the service adviser about frequency.
He agreed that they don't like to see the first oil change until 5K, and rattled-off the company line about special break-in additives, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Personally, I disagree with that line, but didn't feel like getting into this discussion with him. I do
know that dino-oils are almost always used during the break-in period, because their properties are better suited for this purpose.
Which brings me to oil selection. I use synthetic in my more 'abused' equipment (garden tractor, generator - both Honda, of course), and in my motorcycle (Goldwing - Honda, of course). If you look at OEM oil selection, synthetic is mainly used in the high performance vehicles - as much as we'd like to think otherwise, the Pilot isn't quite in that category. I use it in my motorcycle, because the oil is shared between the engine and transmission, and synthetic oils have given me better gear shifts. FWIW, I've noticed an increased idle speed whenever I use synthetic.
As for frequency, I used to use the 3K schedule, until I started reading things on other forums, and talked to an oil company representative. I've now switched to a 5K schedule, mostly because it's really easy to keep track of, but from what I've learned, even 7K to 10K is fine (for my driving). Since I change it myself, it costs about $5 per oil change, so the extra comfort I get out of 5K changes, is worth the small cost.
Usual disclaimers, as these are just my opinions, and your's may vary!