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Review after couple of long trips
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By Tom in PA
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2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Had my Pilot for about 2 months and 4000 miles. Good ride, lots of room and good performance. Fuel economy has been good, about 18-19 mpg during drive to work and with bikes and cargo carrier attached, about 20 on long trips without extra stuff (not sure what other people expect from a 4400 lb SUV, better than I ever got with my Jeep). Good power and acceleration. Not flashy but good looking vehicle. Got fog lights, running boards, towing package, cross bars and rear mud flaps added and paid about $1200 over MSRP (about $2200 worth of extras).


Favorite Features

Good on gas for size, lots of room, typical good Honda vehicle.


Suggested Improvements

3rd row OK for small kids only, maybe sliding 2nd row seat. Better placement for gear shift lever. Roll down rear window so you can carry long items without leaving hatch open. Maybe a V8 option with higher towing capacity.


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


Review

Great motor, good transmission, driving enjoyment. Good handling, excellent cargo space, seating capacity good, 4 wheel drive feature excellent for light to moderate heaving going. Gas mileage is good.


Favorite Features

Solid feel, responsive motor, smooth transmission, cargo capacity large, but with the option of seating capacity for larger groups


Suggested Improvements

Captains chairs in second row. Sharpen exterior design in some manner. Rework tailgate ie power and window that lowers


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I love my Pilot
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By Su
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2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV w/ Leather (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Best ride for a full size SUV, great gas mileage. Very comfortable all the way around. After having owned a Ford Explorer I feel like I moved into a luxury vehicle.


Favorite Features

The smooth ride and total comfort of the seats.


Suggested Improvements

None, they got it right the first time around.


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Good, but...
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By JLarry
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2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Owner’s man needs to correct grammar & errors like use dishwash det to wash car & failure to note only elec spray to clean clear plastic. Manual should say replace fuel vapor canister every 50K mi & gas tank not go below 1/4 so no overheat. Needs: timing chain rather than timing belt, split tailgate design, tailgate window to roll up/down, rear seats to adjust & recline, telescoping steering wheel, 42V elec sys, sun roof, compass where outside temp is, 7 yr/100K war, frt & rear side air curtains, color- match metal door-edge guards & elec tire pres monitor sys like Corvette has & govt will mandate soon.


Favorite Features

I certainly am glad that the Pilots produced for the American market do not have daytime running lights, 66 inch track should give a good rollover potential rating when NHTSA does its dynamic rollover test, fit and finish are quite good, well thought out accoutrements and ergonomics.


Suggested Improvements

Doors, parking brake arm have sharp places. Rt-hand seat belt buckle in 3rd row vibrates the plastic when audio is up. Noisy when rear windows down and front up. TSB Eng Cyl block oil leaks 9- 02 notes, “Cast alum eng block may be porous at front, middle or rear.” Honda fix: welding!


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Versatile Family Mover
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By golfer1
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2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV w/ Leather and Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I own both 2003 Pilot and MDX. While Pilot is bulkier in size and handling it is also a softer ride and has superior ergodynamics. MPG is a bit disappointing especially when your loaded up on those ski trips but it has plenty of get up and go. I've had tough time selling mine and trade in is tough with dealers(I was given MDX as part of new job).


Favorite Features

DVD Entertainment system and ample cup holders. Leather seating is high quality. Highway cruising is smooth.


Suggested Improvements

Make middle seats adjustable to allow for more seating in rear. Heated seats and mirrors should be standard in US models too given winter conditions.


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