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2003 Honda Pilot

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.5

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Love the Pilot!

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Apr 25, 2011 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Honda quality
Retained value
Cons: Hard to get into 3rd row seating
Unable to tow much weight
Honda quality not cheap
The Bottom Line:

Honda quality you expect


After owning many American made cars that did not last for years, I decided to jump on the Honda band wagon.   I bought my 2003 Pilot used.  It was 3 years old and had over 40,000 miles.  It looked brand new.  It ran as it was ... read more

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Outstanding quality and function

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Jul 2, 2009 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Indestructable. high quality, 21 miles on a gallon , fits 8 ( 5 very comfortble)
Cons: mediocre styling
The Bottom Line: if this pilot is an example of honda quality I am now a honda man.

This is the first car I ever bought based upon written reviews and friends testimonials about the reliability of Honda. I have 154.000 miles on it - original exhaust in place - 2 cars have been totaled by ramming me in the rear with hardly a scratch on ... read more

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This is the SUV you need

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Apr 19, 2007 - Updated Apr 20, 2007 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fuel economy, Navigation, Reliability, and Comfort.
Cons: Expensive, no MP3 option, Navi upgrade too expensive.
The Bottom Line: If you see one for a good price, run don't walk.

When our old minivan needed to go we were shocked at the price of a new one. We also like having three seats across the middle row for kids and wanted all-wheel drive. Most new Vans do not have AWD so they can have seating that disappears into the floor. ... read more

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Honda Pilot 2003, sporty alternative to boring Wagon

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Aug 11, 2006 - Updated Aug 12, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Nice quiet ride
Cons: Expensive to repair, power steering issues
The Bottom Line: Nice SUV, new or used. Not cheap though

We purchased our Pilot 2003 used two years ago. Miles were high ( 75 K), but price was right ( $18,000 at Toyota dealer with 3% car loan). Pilot, as other Honda vehicles, holds value pretty well. I still see 2003 Pilots for over 20 G's if miles are low. ... read more

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A Honda Lemon? Oh MY!

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Jun 18, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Handling, Ride, Gas Mileage, Power, Rear Seat
Cons: Problems with Honda North America, Horrible Seats, Horrible Dash Layout
The Bottom Line: Its a nice suv, but its over priced and its dealer and corperate network are to corrupt for words

We decided to buy an 03 pilot and an 03 explorer, both in november 2002..We liked them both and because we needed to cars, we decided to splurge and buy both..We traded a 96 Explorer and a 96 Accord for them (the accord for the pilot and the explorer for ... read more

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Acuras MDX , Fords Explorer adds the sport this sport ute is missing

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Dec 31, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Handling, Wind stablity, Resale
Cons: Other than the above, this is just average. Hum drum
The Bottom Line: I like the explorer, highlander and mdx better. Acura dealers seem more freindly and careing and the ford is better for familys. Highlander is perfect for mature couples

We had a 1999 Ford Explorer Eddie Baure with 112K. We had just started looking for our odyssey van and decided to start looking at replacing the explorer as well. We drove a new explorer first, but after owning 5 of them and a jeep grand cherokee, we ... read more

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Honda Pilot SUV 2003

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Feb 14, 2004 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great Standard features, competitive pricing to comparable SUV's.
Cons: Not very stylish, a little stiff driving.
The Bottom Line: In this over-priced auto world, the $31,750 leather equipped Honda Pilot is a great value.

I have been leasing the Honda Pilot for almost 10 months now and the more I use it, the more I like it. I was going to originally lease the Acura MDX but, at 6'4" and 235lbs., I was not very comfortable in the front seat. Acura makes a great SUV but, you ... read more

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Honda Pilot 2003, EXL-NAV

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Jan 8, 2004 - Updated Jan 9, 2004 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Gas Mileage. Insurance Costs Low. U-turns. 3rd row seats for kids.
Cons: Handling(loose steering). Height of the car(definitely need sidestep).
The Bottom Line: It's a great SUV, especially if you are cost-conscious. If you have owned a Nissan Pathfinder before, you may not like it as much on the handling.

The 2003 Honda Pilot is a great SUV for first time SUV drivers. Though for some that have driven SUV's before, it lacks a few things that older SUV's have and also has some good points. The first good point is the Insurance. Having great ... read more

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Not sure if I like it

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Nov 16, 2003 - Updated Nov 17, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Quiet, comfortable ride. Safe. Large cargo area.
Cons: Horrible radio/sound even in EX. Steering too_light. Saggy leather seats. Uninspiring handling. Expensive maintenance schedule.
The Bottom Line: Buy a Toyota Highlander.

My pilot is only 2 weeks old and I am still not sure if I like it or not. I bought it for the following reasons: larger family, all the rave reviews, my friend told me he loved it, and because of supposedly good Honda quality. Cons: I did test drive i ... read more

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Great Family Car

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Nov 14, 2003 - Updated Feb 19, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Comfort, Visibility, Finish, Smooth Power, Value
Cons: No Sunroof Option, Exterior looks aren't awe-inspiring
The Bottom Line: The 2004 Honda Pilot is a perfect family vehicle for those who need a minivan and refuse to buy one. Its the best value around for mid-sized SUVs.

We looked at a variety of SUVs before settling on a 2004 Honda Pilot, which is the best value in mid-sized SUVs. We also loved the Sequoia, but to get one comparably equipped, it would have been another $15,000 or so. The Yukon was too big, too cushy and ... read more

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Not perfect, but still great!

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Oct 29, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Driving experience, interior design, storage room, value.
Cons: Exterior design, 3rd-row seats, road noise, no door guards.
The Bottom Line: An outstanding vehicle with lots of little extras for a great value. Is it perfect? No. But its flaws are minor and it is a pleasure to drive.

I spent several weeks reading all the SUV ratings and recommendations and ended up with a Pilot. I couldn't be more pleased. My Pilot EX-L has Honda's top trim package, and has every major option (rear cargo cover, day/night mirror, 6-CD changer, etc.) ... read more

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Outstanding package overall

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Sep 5, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Decent HP, ergonomics, interior space, ride, good handling for an SUV.
Cons: Some controls should have been illuminated, lack of some basic accessories.
The Bottom Line: Excellent vehicle for the price! Excellent customer service! Excellent all around package!

I purchased this vehicle 3 weeks ago and must say it has, and will continue to be a pleasure to drive. Though I had researched and had been very interested in the Pilot since its roll-out... I had planned to keep a '97 Honda Passport and invest in a 'ca ... read more

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OUCH ... my butt hurts!

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Sep 2, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Worth every penny, 3rd row seat folds flat, 8 passenger (mainly kids)
Cons: Uncomfortable front seat and limited room for 3rd row seat passengers
The Bottom Line: Great Purchase, but Honda has two items to address in the next model release.

We purchased our 2003 Honda Pilot in December 2002 and after having a minivan for 8 years, we were r ... read more

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Updated>Have owned for 1.6 years now, here's the deal.........

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Aug 16, 2003 - Updated Oct 27, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Best SUV Value on the market
Cons: Tires are lame, need's 17's or 18's
The Bottom Line: Great value, needs just a few annoyingly absent creature comforts to be perfect.

OK, 1 1/2 years now and still loving it. I decided to get a CRV as our second car instead of another pilot. I just don't need as much room. The Pilot is the family car and we couldn't be happier. NO PROBLEMS of any sort. As with most Honda's, the ... read more

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Honda Pilot

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Aug 13, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Nice ride, nice interior, good sound system
Cons: Hefty price, gas guzzler
The Bottom Line: Perfect SUV for a family, especially one with teens.

The new 2003 Honda Pilot is a good SUV for a family with a teenager or two who can afford to take on ... read more

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You CAN replace your minivan with a Pilot

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Aug 1, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Love the ride, leather and entertainment system
Cons: Waited 3 months to get my Pilot
The Bottom Line: I love my Pilot - best SUV value on the market.

As an extremely satisfied Honda Odyssey owner, I started shopping for a new Odyssey since mine is on ... read more

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A Test drive of good honda value at a good honda price

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Jul 16, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Honda always delievers, even with their SUVS, feature rich, and ease of driving.
Cons: Not a big time SUV, means it's still an around town deal.
The Bottom Line: If you are looking for an SUV to make the hauls from Home depot and handle your around town deals, then Honda is the car for you

I test drove this car new on the market this year, and honda did not fail to deliver on all the need ... read more

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The only SUV for me

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Jul 11, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Gas mileage, comfort, fit and reliable.
Cons: Parking Brake not tight enough (fixed), loose console cover.
The Bottom Line: If you need to be safe, carry the family, and don't want a van, this is it!

I test drove a lot of cars. I am 40 inches from rump to the top of my head. This car and the Honda ... read more

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How to get a Pilot when you really need a minivan

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Jul 7, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Not a minivan, but can replace one--and more.
Cons: Little price negotiation.
The Bottom Line: Of course you want it. Now how do you get it instead of a minivan?

Now that you want a Pilot (see the other excellent reviews in this section), Iíll try to give you a ... read more

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Good, but...

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Jun 17, 2003 - Updated Jun 18, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: No daytime running lights, 66 inch track, fit and finish good, accoutrements and ergonomics good.
Cons: Doors, parking brake jagged sharp places. Noisy when rear windows down and front up.
The Bottom Line: Very good purchase.

Price was "driveout." Don't yet know about reliability because we got the car April 18, 2003. Hon ... read more

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