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2004 Honda Pilot EX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Leather, Navigation (3.5L 6cyl 5A) EX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Leather, Navigation (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
My 2004 Pilot EXL is still great after 8 years and over 200,000 miles. I bought it in spring of '06 when it had 50k miles, so someone before me drove a lot, too. I've not had all the issues I've read about, but I don't abuse the vehicle. I get oil changes every 5-6k miles, but do spread out the scheduled maintenances and fluid changes a bit more due to quickly rolling up highway miles. My Pilot replaced a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 that had the gas-guzzling 5.2 liter V8. The main reason I replaced the JGC was due to terrible gas mileage (9-15) and slipping transmission. I've not had any transmission issues with my Pilot, but I don't abuse it, either!
Very comfortable seats, good gas mileage for an AWD SUV, good cargo space and 3rd row seating when needed, smooth ride on freeways and maneuverability in city traffic, fewer blind spots than in other SUVs, and nice styling (not over the top like where some SUVs have gone). While this is mainly a suburban/city vehicle, I do take it regularly to our cabin in the mountains which has a hilly gravel road and it does fine with the steep drive, slippery gravel and occasional mud--but I don't treat it like I'm going 4-wheeling in my nephew's old-time Jeep CJ!
The only thing I don't *love* about my '04 Pilot is that the rear tailgate window doesn't open independently of the tailgate, but this window does open in newer models. Other than that, I hope Honda has corrected whatever transmission issues some other owners have had.
2004 Honda Pilot EX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Leather, Navigation (3.5L 6cyl 5A) EX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Leather, Navigation (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
This is a great SUV, more comfortable than 2004 Toyota Highlander. I made right choice.
2004 Honda Pilot EX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Leather, Navigation (3.5L 6cyl 5A) EX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Leather, Navigation (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
The fit and finish is the best of any SUV/Van I have owned. There are no rattles and squeeks. Lots of interior flexibility/space for large or small families. Sharp turning radius comes in handy for tight parking spots. Climbs over hills/mountains effortlessly with 255 HP engine.
I have had my Pilot first the get-go. It is fun to drive, seats the kids and dogs and groceries and whatever I pick up during the day. The GPS could be better, more detailed. The MPG is NOT the advertised MPG I get...I get much less. Wish I could have gotten the GPS and the DVD system together...wanted Honda to add DVD on but they said no go.
GPS most times, can be tricky deciding town vs township,etc. Locates Honda dealers on the map tho!!!
Make it possible to have DVD and GPS. Have actual fuel/mileage be accurate. Could have added heated mirrors and seats to the 2003 models, we trusted you first Honda! and to those who waited, rats!
This is one of the best riding most confortable cars I've ever been in. It's got a very smooth ride that you really can see when you drive over bumps or tracks. The interior is extremely friendly and convienent to the driver. The passenger seating is also very confortable. The center cosole with power outlets inside the cosole allows the phone to charge while out of sight. 4 power outlets throughout. Interior lighting great for all passengers individually. Rear seat (for 3) folds completely away easily for increase storage space. Visibility is excellent in all directions. I love my Pilot!!
Excellent Honda reputation, questionable ergonomics. Uncomfortable drivers seat. Steering wheel position and driver's seat hard to match for comfort. Small radio/cd buttons on dash, steering wheel controls seem lilke afterthoughts, not as user friendly as controls in new Accord. Great drivetrain, confidence building trip through the Deleware Gorge in the rain, filled the back with antiques and a dog, got 20 mpg over 900 miles. The Nav comes only with continental USA software.
Interior room. Great visibility. Honda reputation, 3.5 L V6
Better front seat cupholders, better radio/cd dash buttons, lower rear load height, completely fold flat 2d row seats, larger navi screen, more comprehensive navi database
It is a really fun car...its really spacious and really fun to drive... the 4WD works excellent
We've driven this 5,000 miles so far, and are very pleased with the Pilot. The only problems so far are the uncomfortable headrests, and the fact that the seats don't recline fully as they do in a Dodge Caravan. We bought Honda for its name, though, because we've had good luck with them in the past - our 1991 Honda Accord has 250,000 miles on it and is still going strong!
The DVD Navigation system makes yard sales a breeze! No more hunting around looking for tiny signs with a tiny map! We just took a cross-state trip to an unknown (to us) city. We were able to go yard saleing all morning long with nothing but a local newspaper and our Pilot.
We wish the back seats would recline, and that the front seats would recline more fully. The gas tank noise is annoying. The headrests are very uncomfortable. While reclining on a road trip, the passenger has nowhere to rest their arms. Needs more cup holders in the front seat.
My wife drove mine and was so utterly impressed with styling, comfort, ergonomics and options, that she bought a new one in 2004. Have a Porsche Cabriolet 2003 and a MBZ 55 AMG 2004...but we love our Pilots just as much! Crazy but true. Great all around vehicle for moving things from family to bulky items (plenty of storage room) in style and great driving comfort. Easy over the bumps and much roomier than Toyota or the American SUV's.
Navigation system and DVD player. Roomy trunk area with fold down seats that are the best in their class. We know we checked it out thoroughly.
Better gas mileage. Offer an 8 cyl. too.
After dealing w/ a Ford for 3 yr, having the Pilot is a welcome relief. It is GREAT to drive- comfortable, smooth, good turning radius. The size is a bit cumbersome to park, but I expected that. Good fuel economy for a SUV. My only gripe: you hear a noise under the car from the fuel moving in the gas tank. Does not affect the car's performance or handling, but is a little irritating. I'm told by Honda that this noise is a result from the fuel tank design.
Navigation system, cup holders (they're everywhere!), room in the back for shopping bags
Fuel tank (to eliminate the noise), automatic lights
In the last 12 months I have had my Honda Pilot in to replace the rear drive unit (entire axle), rear spoiler (missing gasket and radio (broken cd button). We have always been a Honda familty but this latest round of Honda Quality has been very dissapointing. It is no wonder that Honda has slipped in thier overall consumer quality ratings (at first I did not belive this). In addition, the Navigation system has very few roads when compared to the Hertz Neverlost System (available in rental cars)and other OEM products. We are at the point where we believe that the premium we paid for the Honda name was not worth it when compared to other vehicles.
I upgraded from the CRV because it didn't quite have enough room or capability to take a family of four+ on vacation, or even on a long weekend, easily. The Pilot has that capability and much more. It is an excellent cross- country cruiser but also fine around town for hauling kids or just stuff. It is not an ideal commuter but its tight turn radius, compliant suspension, good sightlines and medium size makes it a very tolerable in traffic and city parking garages. It can carry more people and stuff than the Odyssey and get just as good gas mileage as any mimivan. It's got getupandgo! It is never phased by any weather it's seen. The navsystem is really good.
The seating flexibility is really outstanding. You can go from seating for 2 to seating for 5 in a heartbeat. Going to 8 is just as easy provided you don't need to deal with headrests. They are a little trickier. The 50/50 split seatbacks provide even more flexibility.
I'd like to have the extra 25 horsepower of the MDX for driving in the mountains with a full load but I'm not willing to spend the extra $9 grand to get them. The seats could use a little extra lumbar support, the Nav and RES should be available together, and sunroof should be standard
Moving Drivers Seat
Bigger storage, possibly under rear seats, and a better stereo system.... also bigger tires and automatic, button- operated seats throughout the car. and a better navigation system; it has errors sometimes.
navigation is excellent fun to drive perfect car for the family
Lots of room, good gas milage, plenty of storage compartments, 9 cup holders. I have a bad back with 3 lower disc herniated and the comfort of the seats are unmatched. I would highly recommend this suv to anyone looking for a mid size car.
The seats are my favorite but there are many great features. I like all the storage compartments, stereo, cup holder, the gps, etc.
I wish that the stearing wheel tilted a little higher. I also wish the second row of seats folded flat.
Test drive many mid-size SUV's but none can match it's roomy interior. Great SUV for golf equipment which was my main reason for selecting this model. Best value for the price.
Roomy interior especially lots of room in the console. Very nice finish throughout.
Driver seat should have at least memory for two driving positions; larger screen for navigation system; better insulation for road noise.
When Hi technology meets reliability, only Honda seems to know how to do the trick. Navigation system is superb plus there's tons of standard features for a reasonable price, Leather interior very well appointed for a honda badged car. Plus great room in first two rows. Exterior can use a little front grille restyling .Its biggest flaw is no sunroof (what were you thinking?). Overall, this is a very versatile vehicle considering its size, that drives like a sport sedan, great suspension, definetly not a van like ride like somebody suggested.more than the average SUV and a lot of car for you buck.
Navigation System. Roomy interior
SUNROOF, Rear seats are somewhat stiff, can use some extra cushion.
Do not buy one of these unless you want to spend A LOT of time at the dealerships service waiting room. Brakes sqeak, overheats, air will not work when its hotter than 80 degrees, seats uncomfortable, cd player eats cd's. Nothing to reccomend
I could not think of one thing
Dealership saleman was pomposs. It was like I was doing him a favor. Could of got a new Durango for less money, and more reliable.
Just purchased this car in the last couple of weeks. Rides very smoothly for an SUV. Great interior space for both passengers and cargo. Love the navigation system.
Navigation system. Easy cruise control and stereo controls on the steering wheel. Sunglass holder and great glove and storage compartments.
Should have mult disc CD. My 2002 Passport held six CDs. This one has the one at time type. At these prices they should have included the multi disc. More selections in colors would have been nice.
I drive the Pilot from "The OC", up to Lake Arrowhead,(elav 6000'), twice per week. It climbs the mountain effortlessly, handles great, and has outperformed my toyota pickup 4x4, 3 suburban 4x4's, and audi quattro in the snow !!!
Utility, 8 passengers or a ton of stuff
Better gas mileage, (a hybrid version !!)
Best SUV I have ever had... Drove a Jeep for years.. This is the best ride I have ever had in any car I have ever owned
Nav. System On Steering wheel controlls
I would like ot see Honda allow Nav. + dvd + Xm system in the future
It ROCKS!!! I am very impressed with fuel mileage for size of vehicle, and will buy mine at end of lease
Less interior noise when all windows closed, and work on your brake system
The car in general is great, especially if you get all the upgrades and only chose the Saddle color for the interior. The leather will as I have seen in many 03 pilots lose its shape and have lines on the sides. The saddle color will minimize this visible lines. The Pilot is deffinitly not sound proof and you will hear the wind hit the windshield. Apart from that I really love this SUV
Stearing wheel, engine, interior size and Navigational system
Wind noise and quality of the leather
The honda piolet is the most reliable car i have had in a very long time. It is extremely comfortable while driveing my long commute to work and people ask me what kind of car it is and how much it was because they like it so much. And so do I.
Interior and exterior desighns.
Nothing could be improved in this car its practically perfect.
I think it is a great car that can go anywhere and it is very reliable
Excellent family vehicle. Versatile and fun to drive. Great handling and performance. Safety is an important feature- the Pilot has the best safety rating in it's class. This is important for my family.
Outstanding navigation system.
Improvements were made in the 2004 model- 1. Heated seats 2. Choice of interior colors- greater selection. "Sunroof option!!!!!"- a must have.
It's one of the best car's i have ever own. Its so comfortable. It has a really nice style to it
sun roof. slide down window in back door
I love this car, it is reliable, drives quiet and smooth. I traded in a BMW X5 which handled alittle better, but drove harder and was noisier. The navigation system could use some simplification, but overall for the price this SUV is a best buy.
The ability to seat 7 passengers and all that cargo space were my main reasons for buying a larger SUV. The Honda Pilot although bigger than the BMW X5 I came from, is still easy to drive, quiet and handles very well. The ride is car like, the fit and finish flawless.
The navigation screen could be larger and easier to use (Like the one in my Lexus SC430) Other than that, I have no complaints with the car.
i test drove lots of suv but the pilot was the best.it has better gas millege then other suvs. iam a 6ft person and i could fit in the 3rd row seat.the ridding is smoth.looks good.dont listen to honda haters. try itand youll like it
cames with navigation system.
This suv handles like a car. I would definately buy this suv again.
Steering wheel audio controls, navigation, heated seats, third row, leather
automatic headlights, a "seek" button for the steering wheel audio controls, heated rear seats, emergency brake should be a hand brake not a pedal, gear shifter should be in the center console not in the steering wheel column
I just love this SUV! Drive is smoooth and quiet, lots of power, lots of room. View is great, there is a lot of windshield. Gas mileage isn't wonderful, but I knew it wouldn't be when I bought an SUV, so can't complain. Drove in a freezing rain/snow mix recently, very well behaved, good traction and braking.
We have the navigation system, and it is very easy to use. Makes me want to take a trip! Love the heated seats, also, now I can stay warm when the heat is turned low.
Two minor problems - wish it had a handle on outside of back lift gate, and the clock/radio numbers are too faint to see in daylight, even on high. Other than these two minor flaws, this is a great vehicle.
I was very impressed with the pilot after driving a passport for 3 yrs.It was bigger and more comfortable
heated seats,controls on steering wheel,better radio and 40 horses
bi\etter gas milage
After owning a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero we wanted something less truck-like. At the end we had to decide between the Mitsubishi Endeavor and the Honda Pilot, both cars drive great, in fact the endeavor drives a little better but we ended up with the Pilot because it can seat up to 8 (endeavor seats 5) and it has Honda's high resale value, unfortunatelly our Mitsubishi Montero depreciated enormously. Up to now we are happy with the Pilot and for the money it's the best deal around in semi-luxury SUV's.
Smooth ride, great 5 speed transmission, good horsepower to pass, convinient features like heated seats and mirrors and second row A/C controls, above average gas milage for SUV's, large cargo space with second seats down, can seat 5 adults and 3 children.
The front seats headrests are EXTREMELY uncomfortable, I don't know how Honda could have missed this, you can't rest your head on long trips unless you bring a pillow. Almost decided to go with the Mitsubishi endeavor for this single reason, headrests need to get redesigned fast.
Great SUV, you feel very safe while driving. You get the same car as the Acura for $8,000 less, while using regular fuel. Acura needs Premium! Mileage is good for a car this size. Drives like a dream!!!
Navagation system was worth the extra money. Just think, you will never have to ask for directions again. The techno style interrior is much better than the Acura's fake wood.
Stereo could be better, but unless you are very picky, it works just fine.
The build quality, ride and interior space are exceptional. Other than not having a sunroof it has all the creature comforts one could ask for.
3rd row seat
Be able to have both the Nav system and the entertainment system.
Settled on this vehicle beause of interior volume and the fact that we did not truly need the off road capability of the 4runner.Toyotas with Navigation were priced quite a bit higher. Honda is a quality product: good fit and finish, nice dash layout and solid feel on dry pavement and on snow. We took it to Inlcine Village during the storm on 12/27. 12in. on streets.Solid handling with 3 & average baggage.Predictable & fun in the loose stuff. 4 wheel drive kicks in flawlessly and without fanfare. Perfect for the 460 mile round trip from Bay area.
Sound system is quite acceptable and there is provision for adding a cd stacker if you want it. Convertible to 8 pax in a pinch with the small bods in back of course. Car feels solid as a daily driver. Theres plenty of heating and cooling capability. Nav is smart and works well.
Whats up with the small cup holders?
I bought my wife a Pilot to safely carry our new child (and her!) in the Shenandoah Valley winter, in October of '03. Since then, we've had three good snow storms, and the Pilot never skipped a beat! Driving on the frozen, snowy roads was a breeze. I've taken the Pilot up to the Appalacian Trail, and the ride up the fire roads was like driving up my driveway. The AWD system works like a charm and is seamless (i.e., you don't even notice it or feel it engage). We've carried large, heavy loads thanks to the fold down 2nd row seats. Thanks to the NAV system, I no longer have to take calls at work to tell how to get where she's going! We love this vehicle!
NAV system; Very good sound system; flexability (seats/storage); AWD system; steering wheel controls; and Honda reliabilty (hopefully!).
Reconfigure the gear selector and wiper control; I frequently wipe my windows when I shift into Drive.
Square back design gives max. cargo area vs the "sloping" designs that are visually appealing but severely limit cargo area in other SUV's. Door openings are very good and, unlike most SUV's, I don't bump my head when trying to get into the Pilot. Power is adequate for vehicle itself, but one might find it under-powered when pulling a 4,500# load through hills and mountains.
As you'd expect, the navigation system "mapping" is a work-in-progress (especially in less populated areas). I expect this will improve with bi- annual updates. It's excellent in the large cities I've visited so far.
I would like a voice volume control on the navigation system.
Best SUV vehicle I have driven. Love the feel behind the wheel and the pickup. Lots of room and options with the seats. Added back up sensors which are great. All around good bang for the buck.
Ride and handling, comfort. Pick up is great and sound system
More options on passanger seat. Bigger sounding horn. Heated seat option.
like the car in many ways, but I find the seats hit me mid leg and cause worse leg fatigue. the center console being open catches way to many things and is sloppy. The performance of the car is reliable, one of the best I drove when I was looking.the navigational system is wrong often.and the voice is annoying.the seats don't fold down flat.seats are not heated..
make it more comfortable. have heated seats. make seats in back fold down flat.
This is the nicest SUV on the market!! This Honda replaced my 99 Passport that was dying a fast death at 43,000 miles!! After seeing many Pilots come and go at Desert Honda, I decided that it was time to get me a Pilot!!! The first time that I brought one home to my wife, it was equipped with every, and do I mean every option that was available through Honda. From the Rear- view camera, to the back-up and side sensors, this Pilot EXL w/Navigation had it all!!! Upon showing my wife this Pilot, she was so impressed that she wanted it right then!! I ended up waiting 4 months to get mine. What a long wait that was!!!
The ride is the best!!! The fact that the 3rd row of seats folds flat is great!!! Good size storage in the center console and armrest area.
Dual Heated Power seats (standard in 2004 EXL's), 6-disc in dash CD changer, 2nd generation Navigation system (voice activated), and I can't believe that Honda doesn't offer a moonroof yet!!! Dual climate control would be awesome!!!
I had a Ford Explorer Limited before I got he Pilot. I love Honda anyway and I just love the Pilot! It drives like a sport's car! I actually got four friends, who were looking at other SUVs to but the Pilot and they all LOVE it!
I love the way it rides, how well it handles, and I also love the look. A GREAT car!
HONDA should have running boards on them especially the EX models. Also the CD changer should be in the dash.
Had to wait 4 weeks to get the vehicle, but dealer experience was very positive. Loaded vehicle up with many dealer installed options, we hope that was not a mistake. Dealer's servicemen took a lot of pride in prepping vehicle.
Saved 6K over comparably equipped Acura MDX. Rear camera. Sliding second row. Dealer arranged for aftermarket RES DVD. Room for 8. Large cargo space. Stereo. Honda Dealer 2mi from home (closest of any dealers).
Seats off keyfobs/self charging key in ignition/more controls on steering whl/computer to calc MPG/3row side airbags/integr handsfree phone, still no MDX/Bypass Nav ok btn @ time igntn starts/ NAV&RES in 1 as factory option/closer Acura dealer 120 mi away
I've had my car for 6 weeks now and I love it. Pleasant buying experience and no regrets!
navigation system; 3rd row seats; lots of storage pockets; lots of cup holders; center consol
would like to see auto door locks; memory driver seat; illuminated radio / cruse control on steering wheel
Our Pilot was delivered with a deffective engine and after disputing our request for a replacement vehicle, Honda and the dealer provided us with an entirley new sample some 5 weeks later. Despite this poor start, we are impressed and extremely satisfied with the Pilot. With a family of six, the seating for 8 was a major plus on purchase. What impresses most after 11,000 miles is the comfort and spacious feel together with the responsive drive experience. Only con is serious off road use, don't plan to go there. Awaiting still an assessment of winter performance in the Sierras.
Better access to third row seat, adjustable second row seats, bigger Nav system screen, and better headlights.
Extremely happy with our new 2004 Honda Pilot EX w/ Nav System. I recently drove to Napa in our Pilot and the ride was very enjoyable. I loved the 240 V6 horse power, the convenient volume adjustment buttons on the steering wheel, the improved Nav system (proved especially helpful when taking some back roads) and the heated seats. It did take me a while to get used to driving the SUV as it does feel like you are driving a truck at times. But you get over that very quickly. With the third row back seats down the extra cargo space was really helpful. Pricing was also very reasonable at $32,500 (which included destination fee and trunk mat).
Recommend Honda add a driver seat adjuster memory and an automatic seat adjuster for the passenger side.
I've had my Honda Pilot EX with leather and the navigation system almost a year now and I can't say enough good things about it. It handles like a car in town and climbs like a cat off road. When I bought my Pilot I actually had to start up my old vehicle twice and get ready to pull out of the dealership before they ran out after me. With $1,800 worth of additional accessories over the sticker value of the car I ended up paying $500 over sticker for it which I thought was an excellent deal since I was reading of everyone paying $1,500 to $2,500 over sticker at the time. Go out and buy one and you won't regret it.
Car like handling and great acceleration and the satellite navigation system that talks to you.
I would only change the coin holder in the console. It is tilted for easy removal of the coins but some of the coins can fall into the console if you close the lid too hard.
The Pilot for 2004 is an improved version of the 2003 model. The leather seats and outside mirrors are now heated. It is powerful, accelerates and brakes well, and steers easily. The new smart air bags are standard, and it gets a very good safety rating. The navigation system is easy to use. Holds up to 100 personal addresses - use them for destinations; for instance to easily return home after a cross- country trip. The voice prompts are nicely tied into your location and give count downs to a turn. Much better than the portable navigators. My 2004 was discounted $1700 off MSRP!
Navigator great. Dark blue color has nice pearly sheen. Powerful engine. The third seats easily fold completely down and out of sight. The second seat slides forward easily to allow passengers into the third seat. Dealer installed options, like fog lights and air deflector.
Bring back the light blue color. Cargo net is one-sided - a net should have 2 sides to hold stuff. Cargo cover needs to be standard, not an option.