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#1053 of 1127 Re: Side Steps/Running Boards [hjharris]
Jun 20, 2009 (10:31 am)
I have a 2009 Honda Pilot and it is my third as I had a 2003 and a 2006. I had running boards on those but not on my 2009. I think they are a complete waste of money. Even if you are short or have children, they are an unnecessary expense because they don't add significantly to getting in and out of the vehicle.
No matter what your cost, save your money.
#1054 of 1127 Re: Side Steps/Running Boards [hjharris]
Jun 22, 2009 (4:09 am)
I have a sterling gray 09 ex and I bought the black finished and also purchased in channel rain visor from them and it looks great. My 6 and 8 year old children could easily go in and out the SUV.
I just went to a Honda dealership Sat 6-20-09 looking for an 09 Civic to replace my 92 Accord and I saw their 09 Pilots and CR-Vs with the exact looking nerf bar/ side
bars. Cheap too. No special tools. Check for on line coupon codes and call/ask for free shipping. Do not purchase running board on this Pilot, it does not look good. Good Luck.
#1055 of 1127 Re: Side Steps/Running Boards [hjharris]
Jun 22, 2009 (4:44 am)
I have premium running boards on my '09 Touring. I think they look great - but that's not the reason for them. I'm 5'2 and I think they ARE necessary for me. Because I'm short, I need the seat up as high as possible. The side of the seats are already high so I was sliding my bum over the edge every time I got in. Even with the running boards I have to stand on the running board to lift myself over the side of the seat. I've heard of people wearing this part of the seat down and I can tell that would happen if I didn't. The quality of the leather is questionable. I negotiated the price of the running boards when I made the purchase. However, there are great posts giving detailed instructions on installation without the special tool.
#1056 of 1127 Re: Side Steps/Running Boards [shift]
Jun 23, 2009 (2:33 pm)
Thanks for the info, shift. Price looks good. I'll be looking again this weekend and see if I can't find some online coupons etc.
#1057 of 1127 Re: Side Steps/Running Boards [nucargurl]
Jun 23, 2009 (2:39 pm)
So I got one reply saying that the running boards are the way to go and another saying they don't look good on the Pilot. It's time for me to go back to the dealer and see what both actually look like assuming they have a model with each in stock. I'm ok with the car as is but the wife is a bit short and we're both getting up in years so she wants a step.
Otherwise I am very pleased with the vehicle.
#1058 of 1127 Re: 2008 Pilot vs. 2007 Pilot- Buy Now OR Wait [bobw3]
Jun 26, 2009 (5:05 pm)
check out on yoube the Russian test honda polit off-road vs the Volva xc90.
Honda Pilot 2009 off-road vs Volvo XC90 Auto+ (part 2)
#1059 of 1127 Re: Side Steps/Running Boards [nucargurl]
Jul 01, 2009 (9:44 am)
I agree with the quality of leather issue. We wore three holes in ours and they replaced the leather cover. As for the running board, for little kids it's great. Instead of us having to pickup the child or help them down, they step on the running board preventing some arguments they they are big enough to do it themselves. My wife is 100% for them.
#1060 of 1127 Re: Side Steps/Running Boards [hjharris]
Jul 01, 2009 (7:17 pm)
My wife is also short, so ordered our 04 Pilot with the tubular side steps. But they are rather narrow and sit close to the door sill, so she rarely uses them. In fact, they are somewhat of an impediment to entry/exit, as you must place your foot further out from the door sill to plant it on the ground. As a result, you can easily get dirt on pants legs about mid-calf level. Recommendation: try before you buy. As for comments on leather seat durability: our 04 just hit 90k miles. At an average speed of 45 mph, that's just over 83 continuous days of squirming in the seat, and countless entry/exits. Drivers seat looks lived in, but leather is still sound, and heater still works.
#1061 of 1127 Re: Side Steps/Running Boards [commanders]
Jul 03, 2009 (2:23 pm)
In 90k miles -- did you feel like you needed an extended warranty for repairs you had to pay for or if you had a warranty did it pay for itself?
#1062 of 1127 Re: Side Steps/Running Boards [commanders]
Jul 04, 2009 (7:54 am)
I bought the $250 tubular bars from realtruck.com recommended by "shift". Put them on this morning. The installation went well and they fit and look good, but just as suggested by "commanders" they aren't real helpful because of their position. My 5'2" wife wanted something to make it easier to get in and out but so far she's not saying good things about the new steps. She does suggest they might take some getting used to.......