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Honda Pilot, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#1136 of 1186 Re: 2012 4WD EXL [gby]
Jan 13, 2012 (8:11 am)
The problem with Honda Pilot poor gas milage is a very real problem. I have a 2004 Pilot. We have had problems with it from the very beginning. I just want to get help with fixing the bad gas milage problem at this time. About 2 years ago, my wife was driving and the vehicle started reving out of control, lucky for her she was close to our dealer where they know us on a first name basis by now. She drove it in and they changed a fuel delivery part. Ever since then, the gas milage has been no more than 14 mpg, no matter what. Before, it was 20 - 25 mpg. My theory is that Honda and the dealers know exactly what it is and they will not admit and fix it because of liability and public relation reasons. I formerly, for 15 years, worked for a tier one supplier to Honda, and based on my experience as an insider, they will keep any problem a secret, for the afore mention reasons. The dealer will not fix a problem unless it shows up as a problem on their diagnostics computer. They have tried to blame this issue on tire brands as they have only 2 or 3 tires they will approve for installation. We bought Pirellis, then ended up going to Bridgestones, which they approve of, just to prove it wasn't the tires. Yes, I believe we are being mistreated by the Dealers. If anyone has a fix, please share it. Apparently Honda is not looking out for repeat business.
#1137 of 1186 Re: 2012 4WD EXL [wayward]
Jan 13, 2012 (9:44 am)
I also have a 2004 Honda Pilot, but I've had almost no problems with it - other than the sudden drop in mileage. It's a very basic model; I bought it used in 2007 and enjoyed up to 27 mpg on the highway, and usually 23 to 25 around town.
I religiously kept up with the recommended maintenance, which can be expensive (e.g. right now it's due for a timing belt/fuel pump for $1000). Yet last year this dropoff and neither they nor any other mechanic could find anything wrong with it. I bought new tires - very expensive Michelins - then read on some forums that this may have caused the drop in mileage. I highly doubt it. After reading online forums with a number of suggestions, my son replaced one of the oxygen sensors and that helped a bit - we're now up to consistently around 19 mpg. I haven't gotten around to replacing the other oxygen sensor. I sure miss the better mileage, and still believe if I can find the problem, I'll get it again.
Other than that, I love this vehicle. Very reliable.
#1138 of 1186 Re: 2012 4WD EXL [ameliam]
Jan 23, 2012 (5:11 pm)
Thanks for replying. I plan on replacing the oxygen sensors first. I fould out that they require a special socket. I will look for the part that fuel delivery Honda replaced, as I have it in my garage. I will share the part number on the forum and will look for an aftermarket version. I am determined to fix this problem. On the timing belt, my dealer has been nagging me for the last 80,000 miles to replace it on my 99 CRV. I currently have 190,000 miles on it now with no issues. I guess it is an easy $900+ for them, and it is well known that dealers make a large percentage of their profits on repair work.
#1139 of 1186 Re: 2012 4WD EXL [wayward]
Jan 23, 2012 (5:25 pm)
When we ordered the oxygen sensor from Advance Auto Parts, they loaned us the correct sockets for free. (or it might have been a small deposit that we got back when we returned the tools) My teenaged sons did it for me, using the repair manual, with no problems.
#1142 of 1186 Re: Honda Gas Mileage Lawsuit [bobnc]
Feb 08, 2012 (6:44 am)
I have a 2009 Honda Pilot Touring 4x4 with 36,000 miles and drive from NC to Fla about five times per year. I drive with the CC set on 65-70 MPH and my adverage MPG on the interstate, I-40,I-26 and I-95 is 25.5.
Over all mileage ,in town driving and interstate is 22.5 MPG.
I use Shell gas only.
#1143 of 1186 2012 pilot with poor gas mileage but supposed to go to 4 cylinder
Feb 17, 2012 (8:45 am)
I am averaging roughly 18-20 miles per gallon but the Eco light comes on a lot but it doesn't seem to make much difference as I think it should since it would only be running at 4 or even 3 cylinders. This is a brand new 2012 honda pilot, tire pressure is at 32. I was able to get it to around 25 early on but that was strictly highway driving. Are there additional tricks to get better gas mileage? It seems like if I drive faster like around 70, that my gas mileage improves, but even if I were to follow the gauge at 60, I still seem to get around less than 20. Anyone else having this problem or what mileage are you getting.
#1144 of 1186 Re: 2012 pilot with poor gas mileage but supposed to go to 4 cylinder [ryanatwood]
Feb 18, 2012 (3:05 pm)
Wish I was getting 18-20. I average 13-16 on highway and 10-14 in the city. This could be due to all the off-road stuff I have added underneath and the beefier tires, but damn gas prices have been hurting.
("The Beast" - '06 Honda Pilot EX-OR)
#1145 of 1186 Re: 2012 pilot with poor gas mileage but supposed to go to 4 cylinder [ryanatwood]
Feb 22, 2012 (11:05 pm)
I get about 21-22 combine but I guess that depends on how you drive, not sure which model you have. I have Touring with 18inch wheel, manufacturer suggested tire pressure at 35psi.