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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
/
  • 21
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


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.




2003 pilot - 7 yrs

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

I've had this car for 7 years and like all Hondas, it's been super reliable. I had to replace the stereo a year ago (it broke for no reason). It was $1000 to replace, so I bought an aftermarket, but the steering wheel controls won't work with it now. The interior door handle was plastic with "metal tape" over it and it was peeling, so I had to replace it. I hate the removable headrests for the 2nd/3rd row seats (big pain), but they've redesigned them in 2009. Overall it's been a great car and I'm buying another Pilot now (2010), which is even better designed. I love Hondas!




Transmission failed

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

Having owned and driven multiple Honda Accords since a 1979 model, I was expecting a similar non-eventful and reliable experience with a 2003 Pilot that was purchased used. But the transmission has just failed at 140k miles. Sadly, this is standard for the Honda Pilot if you quickly glance around the internet. The same problem extends to other Honda models with the V6: the Accord, Odyssey, and Acura TL. These and other Honda transmission issues have been subject of numerous recalls and class action suits over the years. I am otherwise a Honda fan and enjoy the Pilot, but this one reliability issues is a serious shortcoming that anyone purchasing must be financially prepared for.




Excellent ride!

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

I had a ford explorer before but the Honda Pilot is better by far. It has more room and it rides smoothly. I am so glad I bought this car.




Superior to any competitor in

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

Just why does anybody buy an SUV? Practical, go anywhere, looks, roomy, fun, features, price...and a few more. Without being an offroad pretender, this unit meets it all. My favorite, I never have to take my golf clubs out to run errors or pick up the kids.




Nice car but buyers beware

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

This car runs great, love the interior except for the consoles. Gas mileage is horrible I feed this baby once a week. Problem with dampness/wetness on the carpeting from drivers side and passengers side. Had it serviced twice. So buyers beware, have it serviced by a mechanic before you purchase a used Pilot.



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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.

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Talk About The 2003 Pilot

2003 Honda Pilot Discussions See all Started By

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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