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Old 11-02-2010, 11:26 AM
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thinking about getting one for my fiance within the next year or so. What's a "good" price for the EX-L package?
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My daughter owns one. Gas milage sucks on it but the car rides well and has all the luxuries you can ask for.
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I bought my 1996 Pilot at the end of 1995. Great car...I've got 120K miles on it and plan to try and keep it to 200K if I can. Knock on wood, hasn't given me any problems.

I tow a small popup camper with it, have large bike racks for the roof. Even used to carry two kayaks. It has been very versatile for us. I disagree slightly about the poor MPG that someone mentioned above. I would say its about average for a car that size. To its credit, it is one of the peppiest mid-sized SUVs on the market and has been a consumer reports #1 mid sized SUV for years (not sure if it still is).

I have the EX-L with Nav. I think I paid about 32K, but that was five years ago...It is still valued about 10K, I believe. So it has held its value well.
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I have a 2010 Pilot with about 30K miles on it. Great SUV gets about 21-22 MPG overall. I have a 20 foot boat that weighs about 3000 pounds and the pilot has no trouble pulling it. I would recommend the Pilot being very dependable and having a great resale value.
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Had a 2006 and it was a great vehicle. The only reason I got rid of it was I needed something that could tow more.
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I helped my ex-wife buy one new in '04. She owned it for about 5 yrs and was really happy with it. No problems after 60k miles...
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Nice vehicle, I am considering one myself right now, same package EX-L, have not had a chance to drive one yet.
Drove a '10 Toyota limited Hilander and a SR5 4Runner the other day, the Hilander is too much of a car and pretty small, I like the 4Runner but it may be too much of a truck for my wife, the 4Runner is about $34k for a loaded SR5 with leather and 3rd row seating, I did not want the limited as it is full time 4WD and comes with 20" wheels.
Considered a '11 Acura MDX but they are around $40k discounted, nice but not worth the extra money in my opinion plus you have to run premium.
Trading in a '05 Honda Odyssey with 75k miles that has been pretty flawless, it is also a EX-L, still worth around $14k trade in.
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thanks fellas

I agree about the Acura MDX, she wanted one of those but it's not worth the extra $. Plus, I think the pilot is bigger. Not worried about the towing capacity as much as I plan to get a 2500 Sierra in a few years. Good to know these are solid SUVs. They are decently priced and seem like a fair deal.

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GF has an 05, I personally am not crazy about the way it rides and the general ergonomics, but it has 97k highway miles on it and the only real problem it has [ever had] is that one of the rear windows sticks. Can't beat that for reliability. I'm not positive on the fuel economy but my impression is that it's not very good. (this was the year before the cyl deactivation)

When buying new we found a big price difference between dealers. A couple certified used ones were MORE expensive than the price we walked out the door with.
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My wife is driving a 2007 Honda Accord loaded w/3.0 V6. I hope she will drive it a few more years as it is almost paid for. She likes the Pilot, but has been eyeballin those new 4-Runners.
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Originally Posted by Tarheel Brand View Post
My wife is driving a 2007 Honda Accord loaded w/3.0 V6. I hope she will drive it a few more years as it is almost paid for. She likes the Pilot, but has been eyeballin those new 4-Runners.
yeah I, being a truck guy, really like the 4-runner. They are very nice with the same dependability. We looked at a few, but we really need to drive them to make a decision. I think the price was pretty much consistent b/t the 4-runner and the pilot?
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Just bought a 2011 EX-L for a little over 32,000. Gas mileage sucks, but i really like it. The truck pulls my 19 key west very good. Wanted a 4 runner but the Pilot had more room.
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www.truecar.com for pricing

www.piloteers.org for Pilot owners info
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post

...thinking about getting one for my fiance...

What kind of vehicle does your fiance want? Maybe she doesn't want an SUV.

The Pilot is a great vehicle, however. I think it is the top selling SUV in the country now, passing the Ford Explorer a year or two ago.
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Originally Posted by gf View Post
What kind of vehicle does your fiance want? Maybe she doesn't want an SUV.

The Pilot is a great vehicle, however. I think it is the top selling SUV in the country now, passing the Ford Explorer a year or two ago.
well we wouldn't be looking at them if she didn't like them...
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If you are willing to accept it for what it is, which is an Odyssey minivan suitably modified for women who don't want to be seen in a minivan, it is an excellent vehicle. Both of my sisters-in-law had Pilots at one point and my ex-wife currently drives one,
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In 2009, the wife wanted to look at a Pilot to replace her Volvo XC90. The Volvo was a hand me down from a friend of the family that was starting to give us issues. We went to the Honda dealership and looked at a Pilot. We test drove a V6 with leather, sunroof and navigation. The sticker was close to 40K. There are a lot of other midsize SUV's for under that price. We ended up buying a Mercedes GLK 350 from the same dealership for 8k less than the pilot. Just making sure you look at all of your options. By the way, the pilot is a nice vehicle. We were inches from buying one.
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Originally Posted by CLang View Post
In 2009, the wife wanted to look at a Pilot to replace her Volvo XC90. The Volvo was a hand me down from a friend of the family that was starting to give us issues. We went to the Honda dealership and looked at a Pilot. We test drove a V6 with leather, sunroof and navigation. The sticker was close to 40K. There are a lot of other midsize SUV's for under that price. We ended up buying a Mercedes GLK 350 from the same dealership for 8k less than the pilot. Just making sure you look at all of your options. By the way, the pilot is a nice vehicle. We were inches from buying one.
GLK is not in the same league, it's nearest competitor is the Subaru Forester, also cannot see how it could be $8k less unless it was a used vehicle.
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brand new 2010 glk 350. not a base model either. if the glk doesnt compare as a midsize SUV to the Pilot, then what does? Surely not an Explorer, not a Tahoe/Yukon, not a Durango.
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Originally Posted by CLang View Post
brand new 2010 glk 350. not a base model either. if the glk doesnt compare as a midsize SUV to the Pilot, then what does? Surely not an Explorer, not a Tahoe/Yukon, not a Durango.
I would compare it to a Subaru Forester, they look pretty similar.
As for pricing, a base GLK with no options is $36,375 a Honda EX-L is $34775, all wheel drive adds $1500 to the Honda and $2000 to the Mercedes on top of those prices, where is the $8000 difference?

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