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Honda Sucks - We Hate our Honda Pilot

A tale of agony following the purchase of a Honda Pilot


 


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Honda Pilot experiences frightening incident of sudden unintended acceleration
We bought two new Honda Pilot EX-Ls in 2006. In February 2010 one suddenly opened up full throttle in drive at 5000 RPMs with my husband's foot on the brake. American Honda denied there was anything wrong with the car after 3 days at a local Honda service department. We sold that car (it had 41,000 miles) to an Acura dealer. About two weeks later, on 2.28.2010, the same thing happened with our other Pilot with 46,000+ miles on a residential street with light traffic. This time my husband had the presence of mind to video what happened and we shared it with American Honda. The District Service Representative inspected the car. With the video in hand, Honda still said the car was "operating within normal parameters." It is not a coincidence that these two 2006 Pilots experienced sudden unintended acceleration. There are other remarkably similar complaints on the NHTSA web site (2004 - 2007 models). The problem with these cars must be ascertained or they should be taken off the road before someone is killed. The problem appears not to be unique to Toyota. As Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl said on February 10, 2010: "As Toyota's experience in recent months clearly demonstrates, it is no longer an option for car companies to dismiss consumer complaints, even if the event is difficult to replicate or diagnose." At NHTSA's request, we provided NHTSA with this video and made a report. The Miami NBC-owned TV station ran this news story: http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local-beat/Pilot-Error-Shock-SoFla-Family-8781 3722.html. We still own a Honda Element and a new Acura MDX, though we sold both Pilots immediately and notified Honda.





Honda Pilot Side Steps Installation (Honda Answers #45)
Honda Answers Question 45: How do I install side steps on my 2009-2011 Pilot? (Part # 08L33-SZA-100C) For a complete list of tools and instructions go to http://www.handa-accessories.com/pilot/09boards.pdf Product and parts are available at http://www.handa-accessories.com/honda.html Carmichael Honda's Online Accessory Store The Largest Honda Accessory Dealer in the United States. Offering local order pickup in the Sacramento Area and fast shipping to all 50 states





Wiring Harness Installation- 2010 Honda Pilot - etrailer.com
http://www.etrailer.com/tv-wiring-install-2010-honda-pilot.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today on this 2010 Honda Pilot we will be installing wiring harness part number 118491. The harness itself is located behind the driver side rear bumper, almost right above the Exhaust. First we will disconnect it from the clip that is holding it in place. We will pull it out and remove the cover to the plug itself. At this point we are going to install the wire harness that plugs into it. It just snaps back in. Then we are going to route this over to our hitch, make sure we stay away from the Exhaust and we will be okay. :28 We are going to pull it out through the bumper fascia and out by the hitch. Then we can zip tie the wire harness in any way we see fit. Now the rest of our excess wire here, you can zip tie to take up the length as away you want it to be. We have the stuff behind the bumper done, so lets go back in the rear cargo area and start adding fuses and a relay. :50 There is a panel back here labeled Auxiliary Fuse, we will pop that off with a screw driver and there is a little cap underneath there that we need to remove too. It can be a bit of a bear, but there is a latch on the very top that you need to push down and pull back. We have our lid here that shows our fuse locations. On is loaded stock, it is not going to be used since there is not a metal contact on one half of the socket. Lets go from left to right. The turn/hazard one will get the 7.5 amp. Install the one labeled back. Then we will put a 20 amp on the side here labeled small. And then we are going to need to install the relay on this socket here that is labeled small LT. Alright we can put our cap back into place and put our panel back together. Then we are going to move down to the left, to this storage compartment right here. There is another panel in the back, you need to pull that out. Here you can see where our plug in is for a little black box, that will plug into place. We will leave that pretty much alone. Store it in a secure spot, put our panel back into place, and next we need to go underneath the hood. 1:59 We are under the hood now. We need to install this square, 30 amp fuse here. We are going to install it in this fuse panel right here. There are two fuse panels underneath the hood, you want to do the one that is underneath the intake right here, which will be the driver side of the vehicle. There is going to be one open slot, that is going to be where we are installing our fuse, and reinstall our cap. Now we can go to the back of the vehicle and check our install is working. Lets go ahead and test our 4-pole. First thing we are going to do is hook up our ground clamp to our white wire, then we will check our running lights which will be the brown wire. Next, our left turn signal which is yellow. Then we will try our right turn signal which will be green. Then we will do a brake signal which will be green and yellow at the same time. With that our install is finished. There you have it for part number 118491 on this 2010 Honda Pilot.





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This is our group's 4WD Fail Compilation of 2012, OK - fun times of 2012. That is over a one year period of regular wheeling. All vehicles are daily drivers. Vehicles featured (in order of appearance): - Jeep Grand Cherokee WH HEMI (locked front and rear) with AT's - Toyota Land Cruiser 100-series (open diffs) with HT's - Toyota Hilux 2010 - silver (locked front and rear) with AT's - Nissan Navara 2010 (open diffs) with MT's - Daihatsu Feroza 2nd Gen (open diffs) with MT's - Toyota Hilux 7th Gen - black (open diffs) with MT's - Toyota Land Cruiser 80-series (open diffs) with MT's - Toyota Land Cruiser 80-series (open diffs) with MT's - Nissan Patrol GU (front locker) with MT's - Jeep Wrangler TJ (locked front and rear) with MT's - Toyota Land Cruiser 200-series (traction control) with AT's If anyone wants to see some real action, please watch this video, I'm sure you'll enjoy it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dYv1a1DrK4





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2014 Mazda Mazda3 5 Door Hatchback Review and Road Test
The mainstream compact car segment is the perfect example of the infamous "driving appliance." The Corolla and Civic sell in enormous volume because they are the middle-of-the-road "white bread" option, not in-spite of the vanilla. Unlike many in the automotive press, I don't find anything wrong with that. In fact, I love me some Wonder Bread. But sometimes you feel like a pumpernickel, and that's where the 2014 Mazda3 comes in. Accounting for 30% of Mazda's worldwide volume, calling the Mazda3 their most important product would be putting things lightly. As a result 2014 brings a complete overhaul to every aspect of the 3 and the compact sedan now rides on a platform derived from the larger 6. The "Kodo" design language of the larger sedan has also been brought down to its smaller stablemate to astonishing effect. While the old Mazda3 was all smiles and bubbles, the new 3 is all grown up and aggressive with Mazda's incredibly attractive grille. Before the 3′s release I was quite torn about who was the fairest of them all but now there is no contest. The 2014 dimensions play a huge role in the way the 3 looks on the road. Mazda moved the A-pillar 3.5 inches to the rear making the hood longer, lengthened the wheelbase by 2.5 inches, dropped the height by 6/10ths and made the whole car 1.6 inches wider. So far so good, but somehow Mazda managed to slash the front overhang and increase the wheel-to-front-door distance to an almost RWD like proportion. That would probably have been enough in a segment dominated by slab sides, but Mazda puts two distinctive character lines to separate the 3 from the pack. Out back we have tail lamps that mimic the front styling and your choice of a hatch or a trunk. Opting for the hatch gives the Mazda3 a side profile reminiscent of BMW's X1, not a bad thing to be reminded of. With pricing that ranges from $16,945 (sedan) to a hair under $30,000 (loaded hatch) if you check all the option boxes on a Mazda3 hatch, it's obvious the Mazda spans the price spectrum from white bread in a bag to a paper-wrapped organic artisan cheesy sourdough. Like the Ford Focus, this large price span means the $19,495 iSport and $20,645 iTouring compete with the bulk of Corolla/Civic shoppers while the upper level trims compete with the Ford Focus, Acura ILX, Lexus CT200h, Buick Verano, and the few that shopped Volvo's defunct C30. Compared to the Civic and Corolla, the Mazda3 delivers superior dynamics and more premium dash materials in exchange for less tech and no touchscreen infotainment. This is a dangerous trade in a segment known for placing features before fun. On the flip side, the Mazda3 has everything it needs to compete with the Focus, ILX, Verano and CT200h. Mazda's chassis tuning makes the Mazda the most fun to drive (even considering the ILX 2.4′s Civic Si roots), the infotainment system is entry-level luxury worthy and 2014 brings all full-speed range radar cruise control and ever gadget the Buick and Lexus shopper could want. So is the Mazda3 the perfect pumpernickel for Wonder Bread prices? As good as. Civirolla shoppers who can be convinced to cross-shop will be pleased with Mazda's sexy exterior, comfortable seats and road manners, but those after large seats and large trunks will return to the white bread alternative. I suspect the near luxury shoppers are the ones that will miss out the most however thinking that nothing this tasty could come in a package with a Mazda logo on it. Their loss. Music contained inside is licensed ubder Creative Commons http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/licenses/ Sweeter Vermouth Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/





Episode #124 - 2009 Honda Pilot Lighted Running Boards
Our first installation video for the all new Pilot! In this episode we install one of Honda's brand new accessories. Enjoy. More at www.collegehillshonda.com and www.diyhonda.com.





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Crash Test Award: 2007 Honda Pilot
Go to MYRIDE.COM for more car videos. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick: 2007 Honda Pilot





Honda on the Right Course? 2009 Honda Pilot by Inside Line
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FirstDrives/articleId=125573 Honda knows the difference between revision and improvement, and you can see the evidence in the 2009 Honda Pilot. It looks different, only the same. Or maybe it's the same, only different. But what you can't see are the dozens and dozens of places within this utility package where the Honda engineers have fiddled with the details. It's easy to imagine the Honda engineers swarming over the 2009 Honda Pilot, relentlessly improving space-efficiency, utility, fuel economy and performance. It is the Honda Way, the thorough refinement of a mechanical device into a form that is supremely functional, pure and simple. Only these particular Honda engineers are a bunch of guys from Ohio at Honda R&D Americas, and they've tried to make the 2009 Honda Pilot into the right kind of crossover for Americans.





Crash Test 2003 - 2005 Honda Pilot (Frontal Impact) IIHS
Honda Pilot 2003-05 models FRONTAL OFFSET TEST OVERALL EVALUATION: Good Structure/safety cage Injury measures Restraints/dummy kinematics Head/neck Chest Leg/foot, left Leg/foot, right Acceptable Good Good Good Good Good Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight. Test details: The Honda Pilot was introduced in the 2003 model year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the Pilot in two 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into deformable barriers. In the first test, the frontal airbags deployed late, with the result that high forces were recorded on the dummy's head, indicating the likelihood of head injuries. This led Honda to modify the frontal airbag deployment characteristics on models produced after August 18, 2003. Also, Honda initiated a safety improvement campaign to modify at its cost vehicles produced earlier. The Institute tested a second Pilot with the modified airbags, and the airbags inflated much earlier. Ratings of the Pilot are based on the results of the second test, except structural performance is based on both tests. Honda has told the Institute that the 2006 models are sufficiently re-engineered that the the ratings for 2003-05 models will not carry over. Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled in the second test. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head hitting any stiff structure that could cause injury. Injury measures — In the second test, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.




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