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#3387 of 3436 Re: What repairs do I expect at 40k? [verybeeg]
Jun 29, 2012 (10:42 am)
Hi verybeeg: I own an Honda Pilot 2011 4WD along with the 100,000 mile warranty. I have about 35K on mine so far, including some towing and steep mountainous gravel road travel, as well as lots of interstate travel.
As to your question, you did not say if you wanted to trade in on another Honda Pilot, or a different vehicle, which makes a big difference in the answer. I say that because Honda is offering 0.9% financing on the 2012 Honda Pilot for up to 60 months right now, which is a FANTASTIC deal if you can find a dealer that is offering a decent price on the new 2012 Pilots, as well as a good trade in, or if YOU are a great haggler. Anyway, as you no doubt realize, 0.9% is like getting a loan from the Federal Reserve! Also, they are offering 0.9%>1.9% on Ridgelines, which if I had to do over, I might have bought instead of my Pilot, since I treat mine like a pickup anyway.
While there are a lot of things about the Pilot that I really dislike, it does have a lot going for it: good mileage for its size (I get 18-21 mpg), roominess, safety, resale, appearance, sturdiness, and towing capacity, to name a few. If those matter to you, then you may want to stick with what you have and save the $7K
Back to your question: what repair costs to expect? If you have the same extended warranty that I do, then you should only be paying for wear and tear items, not warranty problems. I have had mine to the dealer for failure of the left front transaxle seal, which would have cost me $700, but cost me nothing! Also, a minor trim problem with the body that they took care of.
To save bucks, I learned how to do my own fluid changes. So, I do my own oil changes, differential fluid changes, transmission fluid changes and so on. For the last two you have to buy pricey Honda fluids only. But, it was not that hard to do, and there were video tutorials online. So, I have changed my tranny fluid and the differential fluid recently. Both had magnetic drain plugs and both had some tiny metal particles attached to them and both fluids needed to be changed. So, if you are not willing or able to do this yourself, you should pay someone to do it for you, probably the dealer, since the tranny and rear end differential REQUIRE Honda fluids. Put another way, don't go to Iffy Lube to get it done, or you will void your warranty by using non-Honda fluids.
If you had a mechanic buddy, with an air compressor and air ratchets, and the know how, you could change the front rotors and brake pads yourself, but it is a difficult repair if you have not done it before. I would also point out that you can get this done at any competent mechanic, not just the dealership, so a Firestone or reputable tire place could do this for you instead, perhaps at a lower price. You should shop this one around.
One odd thing is that it seems premature to be replacing rotors. Are they warped? If so, why didn't the Honda warranty cover that if it is premature? Your Honda rotors should not warp, and if they have - your dealer should be forwarding your request for assistance to the regional Honda office if your warranty doesn't cover this! IMHO the warranty should, because the rotors should NOT warp. If they are just worn and not warped, rotors can be turned and reinstalled, (as you may know) and you can get another 40K miles out of them. So, this task warrants a 2nd opinion IMO.
Last, but not least, i would say that just because you are replacing the front rotors, it doesnt mean you have to replace the rear ones. In fact the rear brakes get a lot less wear than the front. Quick stopping causes the problems with the front disc brakes, as the weight of the vehicle is transmitted to the front.
So, unless some mechanic has told you otherwise, (and I would question whether the dealership is setting you up if this IS the case), then you should not need rear disc rotors replaced. Pads at the most, and I am even dubious about that.
IMHO, it's too early to do the trade-in, because of the loss of value you mentioned. But, if you do, it's a great time to do it! Also, if you keep it, do the tranny fluid and diff. fluid changes, which are the two big ticket repair items, and are inexpensive maintenance tasks. Use synthetic oil in the engine at all changes and change it when prompted or on time, and you should not have that many problems. Or only minor ones that the warranty should cover anyway.
Hope that helps.
#3388 of 3436 2010 Honda Pilot FWD, EX-L Rattle
Jul 04, 2012 (5:58 am)
I have a 2010 honda pilot, I recently noticed some rattling/something loose in the left front. I saw there was a recall on the 2011 due to some issue with the front suspension, has anyone had this problem with a 2010? I am going to take it to get looked at on Thursday. I hope it's just something loose and can be tightened and nothing major.
#3389 of 3436 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot FWD, EX-L Rattle [jamie1983]
Jul 04, 2012 (10:30 am)
The suspension recall affects both 2010 and 2011 Pilots, so that is certainly a possibility for you. You can go to the website recalls.honda.com and plug in your VIN and find out today. Your VIN can be found on the dash or on your insurance card.
However, my 2011 Pilot was not affected by this recall, but when I noticed an odd popping noise coming from the left front suspension and took it in to be checked out, it turned out to be premature failure of the front axle seal, an issue fully covered under the warranty (Otherwise a $700 repair). So, that's a possibility, too. Either way, you'll need to put it on a rack to figure it out, so a trip to the dealer is probably in order, because it could be a safety issue.
Post back with the outcome.
#3390 of 3436 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot FWD, EX-L Rattle [walk_the_walk2]
Jul 05, 2012 (4:41 pm)
The VIN did not come back as a match, but will be taking it in ASAP. I have hondacare so hopefully whatever it is will be covered as I just hit 36k miles.
#3391 of 3436 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot FWD, EX-L Rattle [walk_the_walk2]
Jul 13, 2012 (12:04 pm)
So I took it in, they put it on the rack, couldn't find anything. I took them for a ride and he could hear/feel the problem. They replaced the lower control arm bushing thinking that fixed the problem....About halfway home I realized it was still do the same thing. I am going to take it back again this week. Any ideas? I may mention the front axle seal.
#3392 of 3436 Brakelight does not work
Jul 14, 2012 (6:02 pm)
Just noticed the brakelight does not working on my 2010 pilot, the problem should not be the lamp because I can see it working when I lock my car. It's my first car Anyone please provide me some information about the repairing.
1. My pilot is less then 3 yrs and I also got hondacare extend warranty, is this repairing covered by the warranty?
2. If not covered, should I bring my car to honda dealer or other auto shop for better price?
3. The estimate of the cost?
#3393 of 3436 Re: Brakelight does not work [fagigi]
Jul 15, 2012 (12:34 am)
The light you see may not be the brake light. The bulbs have more than one element inside. One for running lights and one for brakes. The brake light element is probably bad. Change bulbs and see if it goes away!!!
#3394 of 3436 CHANGE DIFFERENTIAL FLUID (OIL)
Aug 21, 2012 (6:06 pm)
I (2010 pilot 20k )went to my local dealer (metro honda) for changing oil, after the inspection, they told me I should change differential oil aswell, and better do it every 10k, is that true?
I did not do it tdy because they charged $150, is that a resonable price?
Thank you so much
#3395 of 3436 Re: CHANGE DIFFERENTIAL FLUID (OIL) [fagigi]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 23, 2012 (1:00 pm)
do what your owner's manual says, not what the dealer says, and you'll be okay.
#3396 of 3436 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot FWD, EX-L Rattle [walk_the_walk2]
Sep 15, 2012 (3:49 pm)
I will be taking it in for the 3rd time on monday, this time I am meeting with the service manager. When would you notice the popping? Mine almost feels like something is loose, if I am going up a hill the left front wheel is light...driving up hill turning to the left so not much weight is on it...if I hit a manhole cover or bump it really rattles. Any ideas? I just don't want to go through the same thing as last 2 times where nothing is fixed.