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By JLarry
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2003 Honda Pilot SUV 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.


Best 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.


Worst Features

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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Poor Mileage
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By gam14
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2003 Honda Pilot SUV EX AWD 4dr SUV w/ Leather (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

The good: Handles well; Fun, smooth
drive; Good performance and seating
options.

The bad: Terrible mileage! My Pilot
averages 14 mpg city/17 mpg hwy.
Dealer explains my cruddy mileage as
being the result of "vehicle to vehicle
variance". Consumer beware!

Another problem is that the driver is
unable to control unwanted backseat
air conditioning.

Finally, leather used in seating
stretches and makes new seats look old
and worn.


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Versatile Family Mover
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By golfer1
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2003 Honda Pilot SUV 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).


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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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suv that drives like a car
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By lulu367
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2003 Honda Pilot SUV EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

best suv on the maket for safety and
fuel economy and fun to drive, feels
like a car not a suv. Its not if 4wd
all the time so you save on gas.


Best Features

i'm a woman and there is a place to put your purse. The cell phone cradle is nice. I love the entire vehicle!


Worst Features

just to maybe add a sunroof and heated leather seat option!


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Honda does it again
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By DO Ridgefield
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2003 Honda Pilot SUV EX AWD 4dr SUV w/ Leather and Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Forget all your preconceived notions of
Honda and test drive the Pilot before
you buy any other midsize SUV. The
ride, interior finish and cabin space
are tops. Do your homework and you'll
find that no other car company offers
anything close to what Honda's offering
at this price. Add Honda's reputation
for reliability and it's a no brainer.
We have two kids so we added the DVD
system and it's worth every penny.
Honda had families in mind when they
developed this SUV and they nailed it.


Best Features

DVD system, Quiet ride, leather seats, smoothest transmission I've ever driven


Worst Features

Better tires and a toggle on the gas cap


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