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3 Years of Driving
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By zzedo310
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2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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As the title states, I've owned my 03' for 3 years. In that time, I've put 60K miles on it and drove it from AK to FL and several trips in the CONUS. No major issues. Minor issues: recommended tune-ups are costly, both the 60K mile tuneup and 90K mile tune-up were around $1000 each. To get fully installed towing package, another $1000. Drive train belt, another grand. At 100K miles, just as another owner here stated, my speaker system is going downhill. During long trips, I notice a buzzing sound coming out of the speakers. Annoying enough to shut music off. Great storage cubbies in front for maps, flashlights, etc.


Best Features

Very roomy and comfy! You'll definitely feel as if you are driving in first class. Leather seats are actually holding up pretty well. Great for tall passengers. Ride is smooth and fairly quiet. No problem towing & launching 2000lb. boat.


Worst Features

Hopefully someone at Honda will read this and take my advice! Quit putting cheap plastic junk inside your cars! My 'silver' door handles I have found are actually plastic with a silver lining over it, which is peeling off now. Fix the sound system! I'm not the only one with problem obviously.


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2003 Pilot with 210k miles
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By Bad Audio
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2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Have had mixed results with my 2003 Pilot. Have had two major transmission repairs, one covered by warranty and the other one cost me $900. HOWEVER, the biggest disappointment has been the RES (rear entertainment center). There is an annoying low frequency buzz that appears on both radio and DVD play. While it's minorly annoying on the speakers it incapacitates the wireless headphones. Unfortunately, Honda's solution is to replace the whole unit for a fee of $1700. Have mixed opinions of purchasing another Pilot.


Best Features

Great highway riding car with plenty of cargo room. Third seat bench is great for hauling extra kids. Luggage carrier is ornamental and requires purchase of special cargo carrier in order to use.


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Can't Take This Car Down
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By The Tank
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2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I purchased this car used/certified with about 10k on. I have driven it from state to state and just love the way it drives. We have dubbed it the "TANK" because we were rear ended twice while sitting at a stand still and virtually no damage to the Honda. The cars that hit us on both occasions folded up like a slinky. Will drive this car until it falls apart. I LOVE IT.


Best Features

DVD system


Worst Features

Front panel is sometimes hard to navigate in the dark. Once you get used to it, its ok.


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Happy Honda Owner
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By AJM
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2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased to replace a 1997 Suburban, and have been very impressed with the vehicle. Normal maintenance and have followed Honda's recommended maintenance schedule and the vehicle continues to impress mile after mile!


Best Features

Best "driving" vehicle I have ever owned. Tows our boat nicely too!


Worst Features

Keep pushing up that fuel mileage, otherwise none.


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Great Family Vehicle
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By Mike
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2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Average over 20K miles/year with 4 kids and have had minimal issues. Replaced 2 motor mount and other than that just normal maintenance of tires, battery, brakes, etc. Driven to east coast and Florida numerous times from Midwest. Tow boat and wave runner regularly. Excellent responsiveness and great maneuverability.


Best Features

Leather interior, DVD player, maneuverability. Big inside but drives small.


Worst Features

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