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Old 04-03-2007, 12:27 PM
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I'm considering one of these to pull my 38' Fountain w/quads across the country.....

The Admiral, after an exhaustive search process, has settled on the Pilot. I'm looking at low milage used ones ('05 & newer) - since she wants a sunroof, and I was told they didn't put sunroofs in until '05.

Also, I noticed that the '05's are rated at 255 HP, and the '06's are rated at 244 HP. What's up with that?

Any first hand experience or suggestions concerning this vehicle are appreciated.

Thanks,
Chris
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:03 PM
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We have an '03. Wife loves it - no problems at all.

Towing capacity is limited to 4000 lbs for trailers but boats can go to 4500 lbs.
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:21 PM
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I have an '06 EX-L 4wd. Take a look at the Edmunds.com forums. There were some vibration issues at highway speed. Mine rides fine and I do tow with it. Plenty of room for stuff in the back. The 3rd row of seats comes in handy with the kids.
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:13 PM
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Are you sure you didn't miss April 1 by a day or two? There is no way a Honda Pilot will tow that boat, not even across the street, let alone cross country. A 38' Fountain has to weigh a lot, my little 22' dual console with aluminum trailer weighs in at 5,000 pounds when we load it up and drive to the lake.
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Old 04-04-2007, 08:52 AM
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coastboater - 4/3/2007 12:27 PM
Also, I noticed that the '05's are rated at 255 HP, and the '06's are rated at 244 HP. What's up with that?

Any first hand experience or suggestions concerning this vehicle are appreciated.
Girlfriend has one, and it is pretty nice. IMO the honda interiors didn't impress me until you step up to the leather package. (which I think you'll have to get for the sunroof anyway?) We looked at used because she drives crazy miles a year (hers is now 14 months old and 40,000 miles without a single trip to the shop) but they held their value so well we did MUCH better off just buying a new one. I think she paid ~$28k for hers (ex-L awd) new - the used ones out there were asking 24-25k. Engine is strong, driveline feels good.

It is a nice vehicle and well put together but for little reasons I can't quite put my finger on I'm just not crazy about it. Like I can never QUITE get the A/C to make me comfortable, tire noise is pretty loud, and something about the seating position makes me uncomfortable. Maybe I'm just used to the slop in american SUVs, but the driving experience is a little too tight and sterile for my taste.

Overall though it's a solid vehicle and obviously well made, but see what kind of deal you can make on a new one before you buy used. Also you can get the honda extended warranty (the real "hondacare" one) online for dirt cheap from a few vendors, I think she paid $1200ish for a 7 year 100k mile extended. I know it is a honda but when you start talking about power everything, a strung-out V6, all wheel drive, etc, I'd rather pay the $1200 up front than have potential high $$$ repairs down the road.

BTW I don't know the actual milage that it gets (no gauge) but I suspect it is not great. To be honest I suspect it may be worse than my Hemi Durango. Reading online sounds like it is in the high teens at best - a little surprising for a V6 but then again it doesn't drive like a V6. They added cylinder deactivation in 07 (?) which is supposed to help a tiny bit on the highway but definitely check out the user reported milage ratings on this one...
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:24 AM
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Save gas and get a CRV...
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:55 AM
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Hey guys - thanks for the replies.

I found out a little more about the HP difference between '05's & '06's - there is no difference - the guidelines for rating HP changed and Honda adjusted.

Concerning gas mileage, I expect it to get about the same as my TL since it's the same engine - ~17 city, low 20's hwy - maybe a little worse since it's heavier. It'll seem fantastic compared to a Suburban.

The CRV is too small according to the Admiral.

Thanks for the advice on high speed shimmy - I'll check it out. And while I'm at it, might as well hit the new car lots and bust some saleman's balls...

And for JAL - the 38' Fountain won't be full of fuel so I should be fine.....

Thanks again, Chris
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I get around 22-23 on the highway and around 17 in town. Towing ~ 3700 lbs I get around 14.
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