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#2927 of 3436 Re: Battery indicator green, but dies in accessory mode [bigdadi118]
Oct 29, 2008 (12:11 pm)
I took my 06 Pilot (with 27k miles) in for a routine oil change, and when they returned the keys to me they said they changed the battery. It was covered under a warranty.
I am in Las Vegas so temps are 100+ between May and Aug, so batteries do not last as long here.
When I bought the Pilot back in 2006, I noticed the brand of battery was "Delco". At that time I thought wow, that is going to come back haunt Honda. It did!
#2928 of 3436 Re: Battery indicator green, but dies in accessory mode [vibo]
Oct 29, 2008 (6:59 pm)
You mean that Delco is not a good brand? I've seen Honda batteries before. Do you mean it should have been a Honda battery?
#2929 of 3436 Re: Rear License Plate Bracket [yessir2]
Oct 30, 2008 (9:19 pm)
I have a 2008 Pilot and had the same problem. I had mounted a fairly heavy alumni plate and it vibrated every time I closed the rear door. One bolt tore out completely and the other is part gone. The dealer wouldn't cover it and the auto body shop estimate was nearly $300. I have taken off the alumni plate and jury rigged a 1/4 inch toggle bolt. Needless to say I expected the dealer to do something and he will not be getting any repeat business.
#2930 of 3436 Re: Battery indicator green, but dies in accessory mode [mitch65]
Oct 31, 2008 (10:08 am)
I apologize, it was not a Delco battery, it was a Delphi battery.
I have no opinion as to Delphi or Delco batteries.
My point is that Honda is very particular about its suppliers of components. For example, when you read through Honda owner's manuals, it specifies Honda fluids and parts in every situation, from refill to replacement.
According to the owner's manual, Honda brand fluids are required. If other brands are used, it is necessary to have that system flushed and replaced with 100%Honda fluids.
I have owned GM, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Audi vehicles and none of these manufacturers have been so particular about use of its own parts and fluids as Honda is.
In this situation Honda probably misjudged the quality of the Delphi battery and is doing a great job at replacing these batteries for their customers at little or no cost.
Other than a fabulous lawnmower, My 2006 Pilot EX/4WD is the first Honda I have owned. There have been ZERO issues with this vehicle. I live in Las Vegas, and it performs well in the heat. We drive to Utah to ski 2-3 times per winter and it performs well in frigid cold, deep snow, and steep icy terrain. This past summer we drove from Las Vegas to northern Utah. It was an 1100 mile trip with the A/C full blast with two adults and two kids and all the luggage. I did try to keep the speed at 75mph or less. MPG for the trip was 25.2.
I would buy another Pilot.
#2931 of 3436 Re: Battery indicator green, but dies in accessory mode [vibo]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 31, 2008 (10:14 am)
Is Honda particular or are they just trying to send more business to their dealers?
The Magnuson-Moss Act generally prohibits tie-in sales to keep a warranty in force.
"Such a provision would require a purchaser of the warranted product to buy an item or service from a particular company to use with the warranted product in order to be eligible to receive a remedy under the warranty." Federal Trade Commission
If your dealer tells you that you can't use a conforming but non-Honda branded oil or fluid in your car, you may want to contact the FTC or your local consumer protection agency and ask them to investigate.
#2932 of 3436 03 Pilot using oil
Nov 01, 2008 (6:23 am)
Has anyone had problems with their Pilot using oil? I'm going through about a quart every 1000 miles and one dealer told me that Honda considers that an acceptable rate of use. Doesn't sound right to me.
#2933 of 3436 Re: 03 Pilot using oil [ljm2043]
Nov 03, 2008 (9:36 pm)
I agree it's nuts. I tend to replace the engine oil at 4,000 or 5000 miles, which would mean 4 or 5 quarts of oil gone at service time ?! But the engine takes about 5 quarts in total, so your engine would be almost without any oil in it at service time. Engines without oil tend to melt !
Our 2008 Pilot is our 4th Honda, and I always saw less than 1 quart of oil consumption for 5000 miles. I didn't drive any of our Hondas more than 100,000 miles though. Perhaps you have a very high mileage Pilot, which could explain the wear on the engine ... and perhaps the dealer saw the high mileage, that's why he said it was normal.
#2934 of 3436 Re: 03 Pilot using oil [rodut]
Nov 04, 2008 (7:27 pm)
Well, it's a 2003 with 112,000 miles. Not high mileage considering I had a 91 civic with 185,000 miles and didn't have a problem like this.
#2935 of 3436 Major brake malfunction '05 Pilot EX-L
Nov 05, 2008 (6:23 am)
In the discussion relating to the '03 to '05 Pilots, seven people have brought up a potentially life-threatening brake problem which seems specifically related to the '05 EX-L model. I don't know whether the problem properly belongs in this discussion, so I thought that I would at least bring it up here. Ralph
Nov 05, 2008 (2:24 pm)
True, that's not high mileage. Perhaps you have a leak, not a worn oil-eating engine. Do you have an oil spot on the pavement where you park your car ? That would be a leak. Also don't forget that some gaskets leak only when you drive the car, not when it's parked. Have a technician lift the car and look underneath for oil leaks. They are way cheaper to fix. If you replaced the oil often enough I would say it's impossible for a Honda engine to burn that much oil, that's why I am thinking at a simple leak.
Ralph, what brake malfunction ? And what's the difference betwee the EX-L brakes and the other models brakes ? I thought all of them were exactly the same.