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Pilot Buyer Beware by Disappointed Family in Sandy on 10/14/2011. Trim: 2005 Honda Pilot EX w/ Leather, Owned 3 years.
Pros: MPG was a great improvement over our mini-van, heated seats, styling cargo room with the 3rd row folded down. We liked pretty much everything about our Pilot except what I have noted below.
Cons: Our Pilot started to have a shimmy at 35-40 MPH in city driving. We did research and found that this is a common occurrence on the Pilot. We got rid of it because it was estimated that it would cost around $4000-$5000 to replace the transmission and torque converter. The cargo space behind the 3rd row is lacking. Don't get me wrong, we loved this car, but decided to rid ourselves of a recurring problem. Do your research.
Overall review: We bought our Pilot 3 years ago to be a long-term family car. We had always loved them and were thrilled when we were able to get a great deal on a 3-year old pilot. The gas mileage was great and even improved our city MPG over our old mini-van. There was ample room for our family. We were very disappointed when the Pilot started to shimmy between 35-40 MPH. We did research and found that this is a common occurrence on the Pilots built before 2008. The transmission and torque converter begin to fail and will require replacement. Look at shelling out $4000-$5000 to replace both. Honda knows this is a problem, but won't do anything to address the problem. We always thought Honda was known for their quality and reliability, but when there are hundreds of complaints we found online without Honda taking responsibility for a known recurring problem, we were extremely disappointed. BUYER BEWARE THAT THE TRANSMISSION AND TORQUE CONVERTER ARE A KNOWN PROBLEM.
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