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Honda Pilots

Does anyone have one? Any major issues? Mileage? Gas Mileage?




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I looked at them before buying my van and the cargo space is super limited. Honda's are very reliable. I think the newer ones have great fuel mileage. I really wanted something with AWD or 4WD, but ended up with a newer Odyssey. My old Odyssey never left me stranded other than a flat tire and we live in the lake effect snow world. Recently I had to drive up a two track covered in ice and I couldn't make it up the hill. The tires weren't knobby enough!

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All I have ever owned are Honda. That's going back to 1996. They all had great reliability, never broke down, put 250-300k miles on each. The new ones are no good. I have a 2013 accord had major break issues at 60k miles. Had to have rear calipers replaced. Never heard of that. My friend has the same model, he had to do it at 80k miles. Both our cars consume oil. Brother has a 2017 pilot. 20k miles. All 6 fuel injectors had to be replaced. $2k if it was out of warranty. Thankfully it wasn't. This one is actually common in the 2016 pilots. From comfort standpoint my accord sucks. Anything longer than an hour or two kills. Very common complaint. Oh and my seat squeaks like crazy. If it were under warranty they would replace it. If I have to pay for it, it will be close to $1k.

Honda is skating on it name, what they are putting out are not as reliable as they used to be. Take a look at the link below. I have bought my last Honda. Toyota, Lexus, even Kia rate above honda. Personally I wouldn't buy a Subaru and that is rated high in this study. Every one I know of has had engine issues needing replacement of the engine under warranty and undercarriage rust issues.

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We owned a 07 pilot and the only thing to go south was a power steering pump seal, It was a cheap and quick fix though. We were pretty happy with it overall, even with the bread box looking sheet metal.
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The excessive oil consumption is a problem on a few models (including Pilots as well as the Honda model I have).

I was convinced for some time that my car was somehow leaking oil. It was not.

Honda has claimed that burning 1 quart per every 1,000 miles is within standard.... well, if you do the math and only check the oil/add more at the 10,000 mile oil change they recommend, you can absolutely run the engine dry. Obviously thatís a pretty sloppy way to take care of a vehicle when you log lots of miles, but hey..... lots of people donít check oil levels anymore, apparently.

Iím not thrilled with the oil consumption, and if you look online youíll find itís a well acknowledged problem. However, the reliability and other merits of the manufacturer outweigh the worry over monitoring the oil level, for me. If the Pilot was on a different price tier when I was in the market, I would have chosen one for myself.
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@WIBackpacker - what year is your car? I see a class action lawsuit for years 2009-2013 over the oil.




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So does anyone actually own a newer Pilot?

Other than Eddie's brother?




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@WIBackpacker - what year is your car? I see a class action lawsuit for years 2009-2013 over the oil.
2014. There's been a lot of grumbling that it should have been 2009-2014 or -15. I was grumbling about this in the office a few weeks ago... My coworker with a 2016 Pilot said she does notice her car burns oil, but not to the extent mine does. She tops hers off before road trips, which is what I do.

ETA, my work vehicle is a Honda Element, which has never consumed an errant drop of oil in its entire life. So I don't think the problem is universal, and I'm definitely not a Honda-hater.
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I really wish Toyota had not ruined the cargo space in all of their Subs. The only options left area the Pilot and Pathfinder for midsize.




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The Pathfinder has less cargo volume (79.5) than the Highlander. The Pilot is about the same - it has 83.9 cubic feet vs the Highlander's 83.7 with all the seats down. The rear bucket seats in the Highlander suck, I have the split bench 2nd row in mine.

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