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#1 of 21 Buyer Remorse
Aug 21, 2009 (8:54 am)
A month after owning the 2010 Pilot EX, I am rethinking if it was the right decision. I traded in a 08 CRV to get this.
My mileage has gone from 22(crv) to 14(Pilot).
On the passenger side, a plastic panel has come loose and even after taking it to the dealer once, its out..
Lack of a conversation mirror means I cant watch my 2 year old's antics anymore. It was standard on the crv.
Braking distance is bad, and I had a first hand experience on the interstate last week.
I am thinking if I should have gone with the Highlander or CX9, instead of putting blind faith in the Honda.
#2 of 21 Cheap Interior
Aug 22, 2009 (8:49 am)
I agree with you. I had the 09 Touring model and got rid of it. did t not care for all of the cheap plastic parts and the gas mileage, as well as lack of power. Dash looked terrible, bezel on the instrument cluster, trims, etc. Honda missed the boat on this one....My 03 Pilot was much nicer.
#3 of 21 Re: Buyer Remorse [tornadog]
Aug 25, 2009 (8:26 am)
I consider a switch from Pilot to CRV AWD, Outback wagon or Forester for reasons
CRV is quite spaceous.
Better gas mileage,
Mostly 1 to 2 person in car, I don't need 8 seaters,
Driver seat not comfortable.
I'm just waiting for the good deal.
#4 of 21 Re: Buyer Remorse [bigdadi118]
Aug 25, 2009 (8:49 am)
I hear you. Sadly I went from a CRV to a Pilot for the extra space. I wonder if I can sell the car back to the dealer, since its under a month from purchase.
#5 of 21 Re: Buyer Remorse [tornadog]
Aug 28, 2009 (12:38 pm)
Yesterday I bought a Subie Outback Wagon 2.5L Limited and traded-in the Pilot 3.5L.
The Subie is 22/28mpg...
#6 of 21 Re: Buyer Remorse [tornadog]
Sep 01, 2009 (6:35 am)
Seriously....two of your big gripes were obvious before you purchased the Pilot (the MPG difference, the conversation mirror). A plastic panel out of place....? I can't believe that would cause buyers remorse.
The braking distance is certainly a concern, however, we have experienced no such problems with our 2010 model. I would let the dealer check the brakes out.
As a counterpoint: we have a 2010 Pilot Touring and absolutely LOVE it! (the Touring does have the "conversation mirror" !) And yes we cross shopped the CX9, Highlander, and others. Overall, we felt the Pilot to be the best choice and couldn't be happier with our decision.
#7 of 21 Re: Buyer Remorse [eric2004]
Sep 01, 2009 (5:33 pm)
It is outrageous that one has to buy the most expensive Touring trim level to get the conversation mirror.
In a brand new $35,000+ vehicle, a plastic panel which pops out can cause lots of remorse. It shows the quality control at the Honda factory.
Buyers need to vote with their feet - dont walk, but run to the competitors showroom! The competition has better vehicles in this price range.
#8 of 21 Re: Buyer Remorse [vrm]
Sep 01, 2009 (7:26 pm)
Wow....some people are REALLY emotional about a conversation mirror!! And I'm sure none of the "vaunted competition" has EVER had a plastic piece out of place....!
People will vote with their feet...and I'm betting most will be "voting" for the Honda, just like us. Is it perfect?...of course not....what vehicle is? But for us, it was the overall best value and choice. Again, no remorse at my house!
#9 of 21 Re: Buyer Remorse [tornadog]
Sep 09, 2009 (8:31 am)
How unfortunate that you have remorse over such an expensive purchase. Did you research and test drive the Pilot or any other vehicles before you made your final decision? The pilot's are big and heavy and thus require more gas to move and more braking to stop. I'm sure your CRV felt like a sportcar to drive vs the handling on the Pilot. Yes, the braking distance should be better and it's too sluggish on take-off but for me these things weren't deal breaker's.
I've had my 2010 4WD EX-L for 34 days and I couldn't be more pleased. I'm getting 19 MPG in town.
Coming out of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, it took me a solid 2 weeks to get the handle on driving this vehicle. I was used to a punch and go style of acceleration and this Pilot is more refined and requires a smoother touch. Once I figured that out, my gas mileage improved substantially.
An regarding the conversation mirror, visit the baby section of your local Target and pick up one of those for about $4. That should solve one of your issues.
#10 of 21 Re: Buyer Remorse [vrm]
Sep 09, 2009 (5:13 pm)
There's nothing worse than buyers remorse on a vehicle. I have big time buyer remorse because I bought a Santa Fe instead of a Pilot. imho, you guys made the right decision going with the Pilot.