Last post on Aug 08, 2011 at 9:22 AM
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#16 of 20 2011 Honda Pilot vs. Used 2009 or 2010 Pilot
Jul 25, 2011 (5:40 am)
I'm about to move to the Albany area from overseas (I am American). Neither my wife or I have a car, and I'm leaning towards a Honda Pilot.
I'm particularly interested in any information that would be applicable to Albany, but I'm looking for a general idea of what people would recommend regarding a recently used Pilot vs. a new 2011 model. Any one else go through the same decision process and have any experience to share or recommendations?
#17 of 20 Certified Used was our choice
Jul 26, 2011 (9:08 am)
We looked at the new Pilots before we bought out 08 EX 2wd- for us the $10k-20k difference in price between our Certified used 08 Pilot and a 09- 2011 EX was not justifiable. We also chose the 08 Pilot for the typical reasons (Honda reliability, needed more room for our dogs, family hauling, etc.), and we were also not big fans of the Hummer-wide style front end on the 09 -newer Pliots.
We found an 08 EX in Dark Cherry w/ 28k mi in excellent condition for $20.6k. We've owned a 95 Accord LX and 06 Civc LX, so the Pilot didn't disappoint our expectations. My wife doesn't like driving large vehicles like SUV's or trucks, but found the Pilot easy to drive and park, so she was very pleased. I was happy w/ the Pilot's 3.5l V-6- drive it easy and you can get 22-24 mpg out of it, but it still has the V-tec to surprise most V-8 SUVs when you want to pass. Interior room is also very spacious- can't wait to load it up w/ the family and dogs and take our first long road trip.
I'm also learning about this SUV's quirks too- it has an occasional steering wheel shake, not terrible but enough for my wife to complain. I know this is tire/ suspension related since our Pilot has generic cheapie tires on it installed by the dealer- our 06 Civic had a rough ride so this isn't surprising to me. The stock stereo is also not the greatest- just sounds cheap and in need of some better speakers. We've only had it for a few days, so I'm sure more quirks will pop up. Overall, we are still not disappointed w/ this purchase- we know our Pilot will serve us well in the future.
#18 of 20 Re: 2011 Honda Pilot vs. Used 2009 or 2010 Pilot [peteer01]
Jul 30, 2011 (12:13 pm)
Thought I'd share my buying experience should it be helpful for anyone where I was a week ago.
In contacting dealers for quotes, I was told that "Honda has a current incentive in place in the form of $1,250 cash" for people who finance through Honda Finance.
Trying to find a competitive price on a used 2009 or 2010 Pilot (wanted to keep the current style) against with the Edmunds TMV minus the $1,250 Honda Finance cash...it just made more sense to buy new. (I had absolutely planned on buying used and paying in full, but that turned out not to be the best bang for my buck! I will be paying off the loan in full, but it was definitely worth the $1,250 off!)
#19 of 20 Re: 2011 Honda Pilot vs. Used 2009 or 2010 Pilot [peteer01]
Aug 08, 2011 (9:22 am)
I am in the same situation in looking for an EX-L. Found a few 2009's that are Honda Certified for 25K which is a great deal. I think the reason the price has dropped is because the initial 09's are just coming off a 3 year lease and the residual is around 20k or less.
Since the 25K is the dealer list price, I am sure they will come down some so about a 10k difference between a 2009 and 2011 even with the incentive. Makes me lean toward the 2009. Any thoughts?