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Our Expert Review: 2003 Honda Pilot

All around great vehicle!

by from Saint Augustine, FL on April 5, 2009

Bought the car because we were heading to Pa. from S. Ga. and we needed the 4 wheel drive. It paid off! Lived in Pa for 3 years and if you know anything about Mid-Atlantic winters, you know that I app...
Bought the car because we were heading to Pa. from S. Ga. and we needed the 4 wheel drive. It paid off! Lived in Pa for 3 years and if you know anything about Mid-Atlantic winters, you know that I appreciated having the 4 wheel drive. It never disappointed! Snow and mud in Pa and sand in Fla...never an issue. I've learned that if you change all "change-able" fluids in a Honda at the appropriate intervals, your car won't let you down. And that is the case with my Pilot! After 30+ trips from Pa to Fla and back, 4 trips to San Antonio TX from Pa and from Fla....165K miles so far....the car continues to be a reliable everyday driver. I still take it on 400+ mile trips without giving it a second thought. Truly and extrordinary vehicle!
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Great Family SUV

by from Overland Park, Ks on June 14, 2009

We purchased our 2003 Honda Pilot EX-L new in December 2002. I drove many other SUV's and determined this one had the best combination of features and price. We use this car mainly to transport our fa...
We purchased our 2003 Honda Pilot EX-L new in December 2002. I drove many other SUV's and determined this one had the best combination of features and price. We use this car mainly to transport our family around town and to travel to our grandparent's house. Here is my opinion of the vehicle. *** Great Value - In 2003 a new Pilot was priced at least $2000 less than the competition. *** Great reliability - Since 2003 we changed the battery, windshield wipers, and the normal fluids. *** Reasonable Ride - The ride is comfortable. There is some road noise on rough surfaces. *** Big car - The turning radius is very good. It is easy to turn into parking spaces, but it is a big car. The front bumper disappears making it difficult to determine how far you are away from something. We scraped the front bumper a couple times pulling out of the garage. Luckily we didn't hit the other car. *** DVD Player - We purchased the integrated DVD player with the car. We use it for traveling outside of town. My kids love it. Note you can't start the DVD while the car is moving. You have to interact with the DVD controls in the backseat to start a movie. You cannot start the movie from the front seat. My family and I have been very happy with our Pilot. My brother in law purchased a Pilot during the same time frame and he is very happy with his Pilot. This is a great family SUV. We plan to keep ours for many more years.
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Nice SUV but not reliable

by from Bells, TN on July 18, 2008

I bought my 2003 Pilot because of its room (8 passenger) and reliability. I like the vehicle but it has been very unreliable. My 2003 Certified Used Pilot had a lower control arm ball joint separate ...
I bought my 2003 Pilot because of its room (8 passenger) and reliability. I like the vehicle but it has been very unreliable. My 2003 Certified Used Pilot had a lower control arm ball joint separate causing the front suspension to collapse. This joint is supposed to be greased for life at the factory. Unfortunately no grease had been applied. The boot and retaining ring were in perfect condition but the joint had no trace of lubricant. I also had rear wheel bearing fail. Both of these failures occured before 100,000 miles.
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by from Dayton,Ohio on March 4, 2010

I have owned a Honda Pilot since Dec 2002. Best vehicle with limited problems. Ive driven in snow,rain, sleet, and good weather. Excellent! Best value for the $!!!
I have owned a Honda Pilot since Dec 2002. Best vehicle with limited problems. Ive driven in snow,rain, sleet, and good weather. Excellent! Best value for the $!!!
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Best car I've owned

by from Texas on April 8, 2010

bought ex-l w/navigation in 2006 with 40000 miles, now has 85000, best car I have ever owned, have five kids and interior still looks close to new, I am looking at luxury sedans now and many with less...
bought ex-l w/navigation in 2006 with 40000 miles, now has 85000, best car I have ever owned, have five kids and interior still looks close to new, I am looking at luxury sedans now and many with less than 40000 miles don't look as good as pilot and it is not because kids were that good at taking car of it.
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love the pilot..but bummed at honda right now

by from Marysville,Ohio on October 19, 2010

We bought our used 2003 Honda Pilot in 2007..We loved the room and we bought a Honda because it's suppose to be reliable and run forever... now here I am with a vehicle I've had only 3 yrs with 95,288...
We bought our used 2003 Honda Pilot in 2007..We loved the room and we bought a Honda because it's suppose to be reliable and run forever... now here I am with a vehicle I've had only 3 yrs with 95,288 miles and the transmission is need of replacement!!!!!??? It's gonna cost $3000 but we are getting another opinion..I just can't believe that I would need a new transmission when the vehicle is only 7yrs old????
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Purchases with lots of miles, hoping tranny holds

by from Highland, IN on May 8, 2013

picked up used with 160,000 miles since I just need something to haul stuff and kids with. I like the vehicle a lot, but the transmission does slip from time to time. I'm praying it won't need a new o...
picked up used with 160,000 miles since I just need something to haul stuff and kids with. I like the vehicle a lot, but the transmission does slip from time to time. I'm praying it won't need a new one dropped in anytime soon. Otherwise a nice vehicle.
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Best SUV

by from West Hartford, CT on July 17, 2010

I love the Pilot, it's fun to drive, performs well in all situations. Tons of cargo room. Very Spacious, great for a large family.
I love the Pilot, it's fun to drive, performs well in all situations. Tons of cargo room. Very Spacious, great for a large family.
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Excellent SUV

by from Glastonbury, CT on July 21, 2006

I have owned this car for 3 years now, and I can tell you that the Pilot beats every other car in its class. My EX-L costs less than a comparable 4Runner, its only credible competition. The interior i...
I have owned this car for 3 years now, and I can tell you that the Pilot beats every other car in its class. My EX-L costs less than a comparable 4Runner, its only credible competition. The interior is classy and no-nonsense. The materials are great and the fit and finish is what you'd expect from a Honda. Gas Mileage is great for a SUV this size, but trips to the gas pump will still bring a few tears to your eyes.
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one of the best money spend suv's

by from los angeles on April 13, 2008

It's a good truck, but FUEL economie for the city is 13 mpg and 23 for the highway. I live in LA and 13 mpg at $3.75 its not a bargain. Brakes do not last at all, they always have some issues. Replace...
It's a good truck, but FUEL economie for the city is 13 mpg and 23 for the highway. I live in LA and 13 mpg at $3.75 its not a bargain. Brakes do not last at all, they always have some issues. Replaced all tires at 30K miles. That the major issues i see with this suv. On the other hand, Pilot is GREAT!
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