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#1085 of 1186 Mileage Update
Jul 11, 2010 (2:00 pm)
Okay, I know I haven't been around for awhile, but I'll post my mileage update. The vehicle for this is "The Beast" my 2006 Honda Pilot EX (with added off-road suspension and Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor 235/75 R16's)
My current mileage on the odometer is reading just shy of 57k and this is a combination of both highway, city and off-road driving (and when I say off-road I mean fire trails, driving through streams, 3 wheel angled turns, mud, sand and rocks, etc etc etc.) I have kept a small notebook listing every fill-up and my mileage. The lowest I have ever had during a one tank trip was 11.5 (lots of off-roading and idling) and the highest I've had on one tank is 27.4 (all highway with big rig traffic). On average I'm getting 20.3 MPG. Would I like better mileage? Sure I would. Am I happy with what I'm getting now? Yeah, considering what I put "The Beast" through.
I'm lookinging forward to a nice drive from Hershey, PA out to Chicago, IL and back coming up at the end of Sept. which will be mostly 90% highway driving.
That is all for now.
#1086 of 1186 Florida Vacation
Aug 23, 2010 (7:05 pm)
We have taken three trips from Missouri to Florida in our 07 AWD Pilot. The first two trips were an average of 22.0 then 21.0. This year we ran the same route as before with 2300 miles and an average of 21.3. Pretty consistent. We usually drive 3-5 over the limit and had two adults and 2 kids with on board.
#1087 of 1186 Re: Florida Vacation [tld]
Aug 24, 2010 (6:44 pm)
that is pretty good for a 2007. do you use cruise control?
my 2010 pilot ex-l 4wd average 20.2. my best was 21.3. I always warm up my car in winter time, and drive in snow. I am happy with mpg on the pilot.
#1088 of 1186 Re: Florida Vacation [kingfans1]
Aug 24, 2010 (7:20 pm)
Yep, we use cruise control and make sure we have a stack of books on CD to listen to We've gone down with a 2008 Odyssey and they can get 26 and 27 on this trip following us.
#1089 of 1186 Re: Mileage Update [odie6l]
Dec 01, 2010 (5:59 pm)
I'm looking for suggestions from anyone about improving mileage. Considering what I've read here, I guess I was really lucky before. I bought my 2004 Pilot when it had only 21,000 miles on it. I regularly got 23 to 25 mpg here in town. (small city, Shreveport) When it dropped down to 21 I realized pretty quickly the culprit was the cheap gas with ethanol. I switched to only Chevron and it jumped right back up to 25 mpg. On a trip from Louisiana to Wyoming in 2008, I even got 28 mpg on two of the tanks of gas! I was ecstatic.
I now have 106,000 miles on the car. It has been running fantastic since I bought it in 2007. This summer I had the transmission serviced with no noticeable changes. But the last time I had the oil changed, there was a dramatic drop in mpg. I mean A LOT. I now am getting 16 to 19 mpg. It was sudden - from one tank to the next, not a gradual drop.
I brought it back to TimeIt Lube, where they said the fuel system was due to be cleaned out, and they guaranteed that would improve the mileage. It didn't. So they said I needed spark plugs - got that done at Firestone. Still terrible mileage.
Is it possible it has the wrong kind of oil in it? Would that mess up the engine, or just cause a drop in performance?
Any feedback would be helpful.
#1090 of 1186 Re: Mileage Update [ameliam]
Dec 02, 2010 (4:01 am)
>"Any feedback would be helpful."
Some of this post may seem like I'm preaching, or a "know it all", but maybe it will help! I had an '03 Pilot that got great mileage for it's size. So good that many didn't believe it. Your 04 is pretty much the same vehicle. So here are some helpful tips.
FWIW I traded the Pilot for an '09 Ridgeline that gets within a mile or two per gallon of the Pilot in small town driving, and 2-3 mpg less on the road. Not great but still better than my neighbors RL and most of the post I've seen on forums.
25 MPG in any type of local driving seems pretty high, unless there were a lot of straight shots from here to there with no traffic lights, stop signs and so forth, and involved at least 10+ miles each way.
Cold weather and the addition of just 1 or 2 forced stops can seriously affect mileage for short trips. With all that in mind here are some tips.
1. Do an ILP. For info on that, go to page 11 and post 201, of this thread for the information. As you will learn I got a lot of static concerning the ILP. But I was getting great mileage and the non believers were not! If your battery has been disconnected, replaced or discharged for any reason, the ILP should be done.
kipk, "Honda Pilot Real World MPG" #200, 27 Dec 2006 7:15 am
2. If you have "Climate Control" the AC compressor runs all the time and simply adds more or less warm air to control the temperature. Be sure the AC compressor is turned off if you don't need to cool.
3. Many of those quickie oil change places think that 10W-30W oil is good for everything. Not true! Honda requires 5W-20W for the early Pilots. Check your owners manual. Also the filter is important. Me thinks Honda knows more about the requirements of their engines than anyone else, Therefore I use their "HONDA" Brand oil filters. Realizing there are likely other filters that are just as good or better but Honda brand we can be sure of. If your engine is not lubricating properly, mileage will drop and engine damage will be done. Oil and the way it flows are the life blood of your engine, so do it correctly.
4. Transmission should have been serviced a couple of times by now. If your Pilot is 4WD the rear axle should be services also. Use Honda lubricants.
This is important. Old fluids and incorrect ones can cause real problems.
5. It is nearing time for a timing belt replacement. Get it done.
6. Use top tier gas, as it has considerably more cleaners than the government requires. Shell, Chevron, Texaco, ant QT are just a few. Cheap gas is cheap gas.
Read everything in this link to better understand the importance as well as who sells it. http://www.toptiergas.com/ .
7. We can spend fortunes trying to "Fix" things that went wrong because we tried to save a few bucks on oil changes and such.
Check your odometer against a Scan Gauge ll, a GPS, or Highway mile markers.
Hope this helps.
#1091 of 1186 Re: Mileage Update [kipk]
Dec 02, 2010 (7:24 pm)
I use chevron 87. my 2010 pilot 4wd still have break in oil. 8000 miles. 20% oil life left. average 22.3 mpg.
#1092 of 1186 Re: Mileage Update [kingfans1]
Dec 03, 2010 (4:55 am)
You might want to change the oil, just due to it's age.
My understanding is that "Dino" oil in an engine tends to develop acids over time that are not particularly good for the engine. And that synthetic oil is more forgiving.
Is that 22+ mpg the average for all the miles you have put on the Pilot? Or is that for highway driving only.
#1093 of 1186 Re: Mileage Update [kipk]
Dec 03, 2010 (6:29 pm)
yes. break in oil is 1 year and 2 months old. I should change asap. i have coupon for only $10. I am gonna go with castrol gtx or castrol syntec.
during 8,000 miles. i average 20 mpg. mostly driven in the snow.
22.3 mpg is 300 miles driven. no snow. 60-65 mph. 99 % highway. didn't use cruise control.
after 8,000 miles, honda engine is better and stronger, more responsive. today I drove 100 mph for 10 seconds..
I have been use chevron 87 for last 5 fuel up.
#1094 of 1186 Re: Mileage Update [kipk]
Dec 07, 2010 (8:58 pm)
I finally change oil on my pilot 4wd. total cost $29 for the castrol syn blend oil change and rotate tires. I told them to set tire pressure to 34 psi.
so whats your opinion on the psi? what psi give you better handling in the snow ??
maybe I am thinking 34 in the front, 32 in the rear?
I think I need to buy tire pressure guage ASAP. so I can monitor.
after 8900 miles. my tires are 10/32 and 7/32. maybe I was driving 26-30 psi all the time..