Acura MDX or Honda Pilot owners?

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  1. HOT DAMN!

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    He's looking for a reliable kid hauler not an entry to the Baja 1000. :lol3
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  2. BHW

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    Looked at and sat in a Pilot today. It's a 2005 but it looked showroom new...at least the interior did. I've never seen a 7 year old vehicle that looked THAT clean and new. No visible wear on anything inside that car! The others I've looked at had very visible wear on the armrests, steering wheel, and other contact points. This one had 95,000 miles on it, and looked like it was driven by a ghost! No DVD player though! Gonna wait and bring the wife and kids along before I drive anything. I wanna see if the reported road noise will drown out two kids in the backseat! :wink:


    As far as being underwhelmed...I want to be comfortable, and to have a car that's reliable. That means I have to fit in it, and the A/C needs to work well! I'm holding out for a rear seat DVD player as my major luxury item!
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  3. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    I worked in the car biz in a former life.

    The chances of you finding a vehicle as clean as the one you described WITH the RES are pretty low. Most people buy them because they have kids. Most kids trash vehicles. Just about every Pilot or Odyssey we took in track with the RES was in fair condition at best.

    Maybe buy the nice one you drove today and have something installed for rear seat entertainment.

    Like we used to say- there's no such thing as a used car factory- you gotta buy the right one when it comes along.
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  4. BHW

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    Looked at and drove an '06 MDX today, the Touring model, loaded! Kids and wife all loved it. It too looked very good for a 6 year old vehicle, not as nice as the pilot, but the same price! With nlyu about 5,000 miles difference in them, the MDX is a lot nicer...just hasn't been detailed as nicely as the Pilot!
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    My folks have a Pilot
    The 1st gen. No aux jack but you can or at least you used to be able to get a dongle that plugs into the back of the stock head unit and runs a AUX through the same channel that either the tape deck or CD changer uses.

    For me, It's an uncomfortable car, decent size but the seats don't fit my body. with my foot, it gets around 16-19 that's on the freeway with decent gas and around 5 over the speed limit.

    If I needed an SUV or a tall wagon, it wouldn't be my first choice.
    But my folks fit it and really like it, and as far as I know they haven't had any major issues with it.

    I had a buddy who owned an MDX and it was such a lemon he got rid of it and got a Jeep instead (his 4th or 5th Jeep so he knows what he's getting into)

    On the other hand my boss had three MDX's over the course of six years (all on two year leases he bought out the last lease) and never a lick of a problem with any of 'em, and he towed a decent sized boat and had a family of four and two 50 lbs dogs.
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  6. garandman

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    Have you looked at the Mazda 5? The seating setup is really slick and it holds six people. They get very good mileage.
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    And you flip the seats down to a flat floor.
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  7. BHW

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    I had a salesman show me the Mazda 5 when I looked at the really clean Pilot a couple days ago. I've never owned a Mazda..and didn't know much about them so I came home a did a little research. The extra MPGs would be nice, but I'm not sure I could get used to a little 4 banger again...and even though it has 3 rows of seats available, it was pretty small inside. Having a gap between my 4 and 6 year olds, is a BIG bonus. Plus, the rear DVD player is a BIG bonus for us on the Honda or Acura as well. Road trips with boards kids makes for insane parents!

    Planning on purchasing the MDX we drove yesterday, tomorrow, if they didn't sell it after I left. I didn't want to put a deposit on it and my credit union isn't open on weekends. :wink:
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  8. garandman

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    You need a minivan.
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  9. BHW

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    I'm not too proud! I've looked at them. But around here, a similar year/mileage Odyssey costs a few thousand more than a similar Pilot/MDX. They're expensive. It wasn't always that way, but it is now. And the Odyssey or Sienna are the only two I'd consider...and both are very pricey. The ones in my price range have 200,000 miles on them!
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  10. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    My folks also have an Odyssey and I'd take that any day of the week over the Pilot.

    Flat out in just about every way other then snow it's a better more comfortable easier to drive, more enjoyable dare say even sportier to drive then the Pilot.
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    I find it very, very difficult to believe that any MDX is selling for less than an Odyssey. Just sayin'. Some of them are $50,000 new.
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    Yeah, I got a pretty good deal on the MDX I bought today. I got it for about $3000 less than "book value". There was no other 2006 model within $2000 of price. To get a loaded Odyssey with leather, DVD, etc, would be about the same price as the MDX. You can get one cheaper, with cloth interior and 200,000 miles on them.

    But I bought the 2006 MDX today. Dealer did the timing belt, water pump, etc for me on their dime. Definitely the "fanciest" vehicle I've ever owned. Will take weeks to learn all the electronic do-dads in it!
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    have an 04 mdx. bought with 90k on it.

    It does not have an mp3 jack, But does have RCA aux input in the rear. presumably for a video game console.

    Everything has been merry with the rig. Lots of power, excellent creature comforts.

    Rear AC stopped working, Had to DIY the thermal cutoff in the control module. very common

    Front hydraulic engine mount needs replaced, depending on dealer they will replace this out of warranty. Nearly everyone has failed, some with very few miles.

    Front driver seat heating element is kinked/broke very common. I need to fix. not so cheap to have this done.

    Cabin air filter is a PITA to change.

    Tranny is strong with 140k on it. The 03' 4 speed auto is to be avoided. The problem lies in it constantly slips in and out of 4th while driving around. By all acounts the 04' 5speed and up tranny is good stuff.

    We love this rig and plan on running it into the ground. very comfortable and quiet. Plus it will pull a trailer! its got balls.

    Check out mdxer's .org lots of info
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  14. BHW

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    Spend yesterday detailing the interior. Today, gave the outside a decent wash down...now that the 4+days of rain has ended! Today was the 1st time I've driven this thing in sunlight...and noticed how dirty the windshield was....smeared and streaked on the inside! Took care of that too!

    Also did some grunt work, running an auxilliary cable from the inputs in the back, up to the center console so I can run our MP3 players. Was a bit more work than I had hoped, but the install is clean and hidden...and well worth it! This is the 1st vehicle we've owned that will allow us to use MP3 players without trying cassette adapters or FM receivers....neither of which is worth the effort! Yay!

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  15. HOT DAMN!

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    Nice ride, enjoy. :thumb
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