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Poor Reliability
15 of 27 people found this review helpful
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By jon_z
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2005 Honda Pilot EX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Leather (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Just purchased my wife's Pilot about 5 months ago.
Ride, handling and comfort are pretty good, but Honda reliability is not there.
The radiator recently "failed" causing the coolant to be circulated into the transmission.
Radiator/thermostat need to be replaced.
The engine and transmission need to be flushed as well.
So far this has cost us $1500.
I'm just waiting for the transmission to fail requiring a $3-4K replacement all because of a defective radiator!
Would NOT buy this vehicle again.
Honda also will not admit there's a problem with their radiators on these Pilots.
This barge replaced a 1998 Odyssey which was a far better car.


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Not Bad
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By cupcake617
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2005 Honda Pilot EX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Leather, Rear Entertainment (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Loved my Pilot I traded it in at 95,000 miles never had any trouble with it. Very reliable for us. My biggest complain was the terrible access to the 3rd row seating. The seat moved up no more then 12 inches, once my kids got in the back I couldn't get back to help them buckle up. Also, gas mileage very crummy.


Best Features

heated leather seats, heather mirrors


Worst Features

captains chairs in the second row seating to allow better access to the 3rd row


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durability questionable
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By honda_critic
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2005 Honda Pilot EX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Leather (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Blown engine at 74k miles. No consideration or
assistance from Honda Headquarters. No assistance from Rt 23 Honda in Pompton Plains NJ
Car was garage kept and maintenance schedule done at dealer. Filter and oil changed every 5K.
car ran well until after sitting in garage for 1 week while on vacation. Starting the car caused car to lurch and make rattling noise from engine.
Car Faltbed delivered to dealer who started the car to determine problem. In doing so continued the rattling noise causing the connecting rod to push though the block and oil pan. The dealer called to say the engine was blown and asked if I had driven though high water. No was the answer. Result Honda
wants $6+K for fix


Best Features

Used to be the reliability and durability of Honda cars.


Worst Features

Better communications from Honda Headquarters. Better Customer service Better diagnostics on customer complaints.


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Ok Vehicle
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By wyowolf
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2005 Honda Pilot EX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Leather (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I am the second owner of this Pilot. Its got about 107K miles on it. I got this vehicle for a replacement for my car. I thought Honda was a good choice, for safety, fuel economy, features, ETC. Well the safety is great. As far as the other goes, I am not sold on Honda. I am getting a whole 13-14 MPG in town. I by no means have a heavy foot, and 16 on the interstate. Other pilot owners I talk to love their Pilot and say it gets great mileage. The sound system is not that great, and its kinda plain Jane for the price.


Best Features

I do like the leather seats, and seat warmers, but as of now that is it.


Worst Features

Figure out what is with the fuel mileage.


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Proud Pilot Owner
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By KellyMarie
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2005 Honda Pilot LX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I've had my pilot for about 8 months now. Between work, college, and family I put many miles on my pilot and find it is still very reliable. Although it cost me more than I wanted to spend this car is truly a great investment. I bought it knowing that I will have a family someday and this vehicle will stand the test of time. Got into an accident a month after I bought it. Totaled half of the other vehicle. My pilot had nothing but a scratch on the bumper and I didn't even know I hit the other car. Safety is one of the best features of the Pilot. I never felt the impact of the accident! I spent a year researching before making my purchase. Glad I picked the Pilot!


Best Features

Steering Wheel Controls, 6 CD Changer, Decent Gas Mileage (for a vehicle of its size), Safety, Enough room for family and friends! Handles great in the crazy New England weather! Great Air Condition and Heat ! Climate controls work very quickly!


Worst Features

Car Alarm isn't sensitive enough. A neighbors son broke the back window with a rock and the alarm didn't trigger. Can't put back windows down if doing over 25, horrible noise!


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