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Honda Pilot Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 240 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Honda Pilot

  • The 2003 Honda Pilot is one of the best crossover SUVs in just its first year out. An excellent choice for active families in need of versatility.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Eight-passenger seating, stable on-road demeanor, versatile storage and cargo-hauling abilities, many standard features, Honda's reputation for reliability and high resale value.

  • Cons

    Mediocre towing capacity, smallish V6 can't match torque of domestic competitors' bigger engines, high demand means little chance of price negotiation.

  • What's New for 2003

    The 2003 Honda Pilot is an all-new crossover SUV from Honda. It features eight-passenger seating, standard all-wheel drive, a 240-horsepower V6 and optional DVD-based navigation and entertainment systems.

Full 2003 Honda Pilot Review

What's New for 2003

The 2003 Honda Pilot is an all-new crossover SUV from Honda. It features eight-passenger seating, standard all-wheel drive, a 240-horsepower V6 and optional DVD-based navigation and entertainment systems.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Soooo good, we named it.

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV w/ Leather (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I brought home my first born from the hospital in my new Honda Pilot. After 200,000 miles in ten reliable years, I must say that it has been a pleasure owning it. "Hans" my daughter named it, the ultimate compliment; rides as smooth as it did when first purchased. It would be nice to buy a new car but just can't let go of it to see how far it'll go! Many say it's a 300K miles automobile.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

This car performed better than

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

My wife always liked her pilot better than my RX300. Both are 2003. I traded my lexus after 10 years ln 2013 for a Camry Hybrid, as we no longer need 2 SUV's in the family, and she didn't want to give up her Pilot. We have spent little or no additional money on the car and it now has 111,000 miles and going strong. I have to say, this car is a good buy. She still doesn't want to trade it, but we've been looking for new car that has an automatic lift gate for her. Maybe now?



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Pilot is the best

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV w/ Leather and Navigation System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

We bought the car new in Oct of 2002. The tires were replaced at 84K...still have original brakes at 102K. Never so much as an alignment needed. The usual oil changes and a timing belt is all I've done in 11 years. The best car we ever owned!



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Mine was a very reliable

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I live in the mountains of NC. The roads are very dangerous here, esp. in the winter. I test drove my Pilot in a snow storm, and bought it for its size and great gas mileage. i Never got stuck in the snow. and i drove this past winter for an hour from boone to beech mountain Everyday. nothing, and i mean nothing ever went wrong in the car. the only things i spent money on were literally break pads and a few oil changes. it was at 125k when i recently hit a deer going 70mph and its now totaled and im now heartbroken. there seems to be something seriously wrong with every SUV i consider to replace my pilot with. i loved luxury cars but now im feeling more sensible... and a grille guard is ness



9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Window regulator problem

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV w/ Leather and Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Have really loved the Pilot since we bought it new. We are having trouble with the leather seats coming apart, but that we can deal with. The major problem is we have now replaced all 4 of the window regulators once and one of them twice! Three this year. This is really irritating because they just go down all of a sudden when driving along or when parked at a parking lot we come out and one will be down! We are lucky we haven't had it stolen. Plus in the desert in the middle of the summer it sucks to have a window all a sudden falls down! As well as the $350 it costs each time to fix. Honda rep says there isn't a problem are we the only ones with this problem?!



10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Most expensive vehicle ever!!!!

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Pilot LX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Our Pilot has been family owned since new and was dealer maint. up to 80K. We bought it from her parents with 80K miles. It's hardly even needed any maint. done. I did the timing belt/waterpump/plugs @ 107K, the first brake job was done at 125K. We drive mostly highway. Here's the catch: The first transmission went out at 130K miles. Honda quoted us $3,700 to replace it with a factory reman. with a 3-year/36K warranty. We had them replace it because we didn't want to ever have to worry about it again. Now 2 years later @ 172K and the transmission needs to be replaced again. They won't cover anything because we have put 42K on it. They quoted us $4,700. Can YOU afford one? We can't.



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bblacha
bblacha
12-14-2001
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joew16
joew16
12-14-2008
This noise sounds like a hovering helicopter. At full fan speed the dashboard vibrates and it can be felt in the steering wheel. The heater, however, is producing warm air. Does this sound like a ?...


zzanonzz
zzanonzz
09-07-2002
Some of us were evidently successful in getting NHTSA & Honda to recall a safety defect in the 2003 Pilot (timing belt tensioner pulley misaligned, which may lead to a crash). You should be gettin...



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