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#3374 of 3436 Re: 2008 Honda Pilot VP Speakers Don't Work [mickpwl3]
Dec 15, 2011 (12:41 pm)
I'm in the same position as you. I got a great deal on a new stereo but haven't installed it yet. Still holding out hope that I'll find a fix but at this point, that probably isn't going to happen. I hate to lose the 6-disc changer but am somewhat excited about having an iPod connection and bluetooth, so the new stereo isn't a terrible solution either way. From my discussions with guys at Best Buy and Car Toys, I feel pretty confident that a new stereo will fix the problem. They said once they pull out the stereo they can test the back it to see if it's even getting a signal. If it is, then the deck is bad. If not, there might be another problem. I also understand that the subwoofer will no longer work with an after-market deck because it runs on an amp in the factory deck, and the steering wheel controls won't work unless you get a separate kit. The kit plus install was spendy enough that I won't do it because I never use those controls anyway. Out of curiousity, which stereo did you buy? I chose the JVC KW-XR810.
Dec 15, 2011 (4:16 pm)
My 2007 Honda Pilot has the following warning lights on: VSA, ABS and Brakes. I took it to the dealer and it read the codes 53 and 121. They said the ABS module needed replacement. I replaced the ABS module myself with a used one from a salvage yard, and the lights are still on, plus a new code 121 came on.
Anyone out there had any issues like this one?
Please help me..
Melrican in Puerto Rico
#3376 of 3436 Re: 2008 Honda Pilot VP Speakers Don't Work [kmilo14]
Dec 16, 2011 (9:23 am)
Thanks for responding. That makes me feel better about replacing the stereo. The Honda is what my wife drives with the kids and she doesn't even like Bass anyway so if the Sub doesn't work that's OK. Crutchfield.com has the adapter for the steering wheel controls for like $70 bucks. I plan on installing everything myself. I bought the Sony Xplod CDXGT55UIW. It's simple for my wife. Has the Hookup for the ipod/iphone. No Bluetooth though. It was only $50 bucks with pretty good ratings. We'll see what happens I guess. I'll keep you posted. It probably won't be till Jan before I aptempt to install it because it's a Xmas present.
#3377 of 3436 Re: 2008 Honda Pilot VP Speakers Don't Work [mickpwl3]
Dec 16, 2011 (9:54 am)
I had to replace the stereo on my 2006 Pilot; (it kept suddenly dying) and replaced it with a Sony MEX-BT5700U with Bluetooth. I also used the XM and steering column adapters; all works well and I love it. Now I can hook up my iPhone easily and use all hands off features.
#3378 of 3436 Bumpy Ride on 2007 Honda Pilot
Dec 26, 2011 (1:52 pm)
I purchased a 2007 Honda Pilot EX 4x4 with 55K miles on it, clean Carfax, one owner, I have driven about 10 Pilots from various years, and never encountered this issue. That is why I bought the car wholesale sight unseen. When I got the car, it is super clean, but I was surprised at how stiff/bumpy the ride is!
I have seen other posts about hard bumpy rides, and the suggestions of adding an Acura vibration pilot subframe brace, changing the old BF Goodrich's to something that is more suitable for off road, ie, Michelin LTX M/S, or swapping the Shock Absorbers, and hopefully improving the ride. Any users with suggestions about solving the hard ride issue, any problem solvers welcome. Thanks
#3379 of 3436 Re: Bumpy Ride on 2007 Honda Pilot [danfortune] - REPLY
Dec 26, 2011 (5:53 pm)
I can't see how it could be just the tires... I have a 2011 Honda Pilot AWD with 26K miles on it and drive it a lot on steep gravel roads in the Smoky Mtns. My vehicle came with Goodyear Integra HLs on it... but regardless, I have not experienced this, and this sounds more like a shock absorber issue to me.
Previous to the Pilot purchase, I suffered with ride issues for years with an Isuzu Axiom SUV, and the entire problem boiled down to the OEM shock absorbers and the Intelligent control system attached to them. I ended up ripping all that crap out and putting in some Monroe Sensatracs and was happy, after years of having a crappy ride, no matter what kind of tire was installed on the SUV. Other Axiom owners used Biltsteins or other high end shock absorbers for the same reason, and there are many postings about this on the Edmunds Axiom forum...
The bottom line is it's all about the shock absorbers IMHO, unless there is some mechanical problem with your vehicle.
Dec 28, 2011 (4:21 pm)
I was toying with the idea of upgrading my pilots ("The Beast") low beams to HID's after one of the standard bulbs finally blew I ended up going with a higher power (6000k) Silverstar Ultra's over the Standard Halogens (3100k). I didn't want to go the HID route after a friend warned me I wouldn't be able to submerge with them in due to the power module. The new lights are out of this world better. Anyone looking for alot better vision at night check them out.
#3381 of 3436 Re: Spark Plugs [jak9]
Feb 01, 2012 (10:00 am)
Had same problem on my 05 Pilot with 86,000. Repair was $6500
#3382 of 3436 Car doesn't always start....
Apr 13, 2012 (11:28 am)
I have 2001 Pilot and ever since we bought it we have had issues with the car not starting...sometimes. I have taken it in numerous times, but they can't recreate the issue. I have noticed that the green key light comes on when it won't start so I think it doesn't recognize the keys. One time I tried all three keys and none of them worked. If you wait a few minutes (one time 20 minutes) it eventually started. Any ideas on how to tell the dealership what is wrong? or how to recreate it?
#3383 of 3436 Re: Car doesn't always start.... [jeng3]
Apr 13, 2012 (11:34 am)
Sorry that should have said 2011 Honda Pilot