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Mixed emotions - don't buy a V6 with VCM!
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By pa350z2006
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2012 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Update as of 9/16. I sold this car over 2 years ago. Honda let me buy new tires at 36k citing that was the reason for my vibration. I finally found the sensor to unplug which disables the VCM, and bang no more vibrations. Pissed me off that Lehigh Valley Honda, Allentown PA let me buy four new tires and spend all that money for nothing!!!

I traded it in on a Jeep Grand Cherokee(jeep dealer couldn't sell it, had to send it to auction). Much nicer vehicle inside, my first American car in 20 years and you know what I would buy another one. Jeep stood by their product even out of warranty not once but twice. What does Honda do? Wastes your money and then tells you the vibration is normal. Google VCM Honda folks, all their V6 engines have this issue.

Original review:
I have had my 2012 for 1.5 years now and 25,000 miles later.
No major issues to date that left me stranded, getting the AC noise hopefully fixed this friday and warped rotors already.
What is concerning is the vibration at 70mph.
I would be cautious when buying this car, there is something going on here with the cylinder deactivation system.
My car was fine till around 23k and then all of a sudden I have vibration coming from the front into the steering wheel and car.
Its not alot but can tell its from the engine.
Set the car at cruise 70mph on flat road, let it start to climb uphill slowly in eco mode and you will feel the vibration.


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Great SUV but no where close do MDX
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By brwndoggy
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2012 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV w/Nav (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased 2012 EXl with Nav almost 2 years ago.

Averaging 17mpg city, 21 hwy.
Far less than rated but that's the case on all cars I've driven save my 2008 bmw 3 series that gets more than epa ratings...

Drives well, have issues with front tires on lose ground given the power of the suv, tires do slip especially given the tires since they are for mpg vs handling.

inside, appointments are great.
love the radio, blue tooth syncs well with phones via usb or blutooth.

standard audio package is good, did not see need for upgraded audio.

rear camera - mixed blessing.
use it only as general help, do not rely on it.
use your mirrors and turn your head.
sensors would be nice.


Best Features

=radio =fuel economy better than mdx it replaced. =seating for 8 is amazing pus room for luggage


Worst Features

Keys - Never had i had keys fall apart. These are made out of cheep plastic and both cracked and one fell apart. Honda does not cover these poorly made item under warranty. Simply a joke that a $36k has a key made so cheaply . Breaking distance is not the best but it is a large SUV hdd radio search isn't that good. front wheel spin is annoying and think honda anti skid control could handle better.


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Take a longer test drive!!
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By larabie1967
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2012 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Have a 2012 Pilot for 6 Months bought brand new . The seats are extremely
hard and an inch shorter than my jeep
, the lumbar does not retract far enough , can't shut the middle vents off , accidently knocked it out of gear changing the radio dial, sunroof blow directly on your head ,
very loud over bumps and on highway, can't open one or all the windows without a very loud noise that sounds like it will blow your eardrums out ! Radio / heat controls Not at all easy to control , inside of front tires wearing badly after 12000 miles, 4 adults cant fit comfortably , vibration in the front end . the wiper, and light controls are hidden behind the str wheel , Can't wait to get rid of it !!!!!


Best Features

None !!


Worst Features

Improve the seat comfort, move the shifter to a safe spot ,easy to knock out of gear , Could KILL someone who knocks it out of gear changing the radio in an intersection !! Its loud on the highway !! Dont know how to improve this , Improve legroom, Make the fan shut off with one switch. The radio/heat controls are WAY more complicated than the could be !! Computer controls should ease operation not complicate it !! Add scan/ Tune to steering wheel radio controls , Add shutoffs to middle vents , why this isn't here is stupid, improve air resistance at sunroof, plastic door jams are Impossible to clean !! Can't clean inside of wheels . Front arm rest is curved and short why is this ????


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round 3 12,000miles
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By twowhldoug1
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2012 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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We have taken the pilot to N J and then to disney world.We now have over 12k miles.The pilot has good maners on the interstate.and is comfy on long trips.The mileage seems to average 25.6 or better.I drafted an 18 whlr for a 100 miles and got 27.8 but thats another story.Only things we have found are the audio sys when using a flash drive is unpredictable(songs will repeat come up diff order etc.)And when hot in traffic if you turn right hard then step on gas will 5out of 6 times hesitate before going,will also do same if you leave a light and have to let off gas then get back in it.Over all we are very happy with pilot as compared to
Nissan.Wife has hard time backing in driveway at night.


Best Features

roomy interior,comfy seats.Also like how it behaves at speed on the interstate.Even in the rain it is very predictable.


Worst Features

Heated side mirrors on all models(our nissans had them).Also would really like the option of self dimming side mirrors for extented night driving.


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Transmission/ECO Managment Shuttering Vibration
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By rcookster
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2012 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Have had my 2012 Pilot 2 months. When driving at constant speed the ECO Variable Management system seems to keep transmission from downshifting appropriately and you can feel a vibration/rough driving until you accelerate or cancel the cruise control. First service had it checked. Tech said it seemed to be a problem but did not throw a code. He called Honda Tech line. Told that they have complaints about this, but it was just characteristic of the 2012 Pilot. Today I went to the Dealer and drove another 2012 Pilot. Yep, it did it too.Thought I would work out a trade of my new 2012 for a 2013, but..you guessed it, the 2013 did it too! Beware -Honda definitely has an engineering issue here!!


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