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Old 12 May 2006, 07:39 am
AngusBull
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Hello,

I just got a 06 Pilot Ex and want to get a trailer hitch
installed. The dealership quoted me at about $600 for the all the
neccesary equipment and installation. I found the hitch online for
much cheaper (obviously) but the installation is a little more trouble
than what I want to deal with. What are the chances the dealership
will let me buy the parts from the internet myself and have them
install it for me?
Your choices of dealer responses are:

A) They will laugh me off.
B) Slim to none.
C) "Sure but don't call us if it breaks"
D) Dealerships aren't out to make money just satisfiy the customer.
E) Just depends on the dealership

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Old 12 May 2006, 04:13 pm
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AngusBull wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> I just got a 06 Pilot Ex and want to get a trailer hitch
> installed. The dealership quoted me at about $600 for the all the
> neccesary equipment and installation. I found the hitch online for
> much cheaper (obviously) but the installation is a little more trouble
> than what I want to deal with. What are the chances the dealership
> will let me buy the parts from the internet myself and have them
> install it for me?
> Your choices of dealer responses are:
>
> A) They will laugh me off.
> B) Slim to none.
> C) "Sure but don't call us if it breaks"
> D) Dealerships aren't out to make money just satisfiy the customer.
> E) Just depends on the dealership



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Doesn't the trailer hitch kit include a tranny cooler as well? I'd put
one in and shorten the maintenance interval on the ATF if you start
towing anything heavy / far.

'Curly'
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Old 12 May 2006, 05:15 pm
AngusBull
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It's not included and I doubt I will be towing that much that far.

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Old 12 May 2006, 07:18 pm
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"AngusBull" <jay.angus@gmail.com> wrote in message
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: It's not included and I doubt I will be towing that much that far.
:
I have seen it written (maybe in this group) that Honda will refuse to honor
a warranty claim for a transmission problem on a vehicle that has a hitch
installed but no transmission cooler. Don't know whether that's true, but...
new transmissions are expensive, I'm told.

Paul


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Old 12 May 2006, 07:23 pm
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"'Curly Q. Links'" wrote:
>
> AngusBull wrote:
> >
> > Hello,
> >
> > I just got a 06 Pilot Ex and want to get a trailer hitch
> > installed. The dealership quoted me at about $600 for the all the
> > neccesary equipment and installation. I found the hitch online for
> > much cheaper (obviously) but the installation is a little more trouble
> > than what I want to deal with. What are the chances the dealership
> > will let me buy the parts from the internet myself and have them
> > install it for me?
> > Your choices of dealer responses are:
> >
> > A) They will laugh me off.
> > B) Slim to none.
> > C) "Sure but don't call us if it breaks"
> > D) Dealerships aren't out to make money just satisfiy the customer.
> > E) Just depends on the dealership

>
> -------------------------------------
>
> Doesn't the trailer hitch kit include a tranny cooler as well? I'd put
> one in and shorten the maintenance interval on the ATF if you start
> towing anything heavy / far.
>


Many of Honda's AT models already use an ATF cooler. It's built into the
radiator. If the transmission has fluid lines that go to the bottom of the
radiator, then your model has the built-in cooler.

Eric
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Old 12 May 2006, 09:59 pm
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just ask the dealer if they'll install the hitch for you and if not go to a
well run automotive welding shop and save yourself some $$$$. who wants to
be ripped off by dealers?

-jeff
"Eric" <say.no@spam.now> wrote in message news:44652718.DDFCC42@spam.now...
> "'Curly Q. Links'" wrote:
>>
>> AngusBull wrote:
>> >
>> > Hello,
>> >
>> > I just got a 06 Pilot Ex and want to get a trailer hitch
>> > installed. The dealership quoted me at about $600 for the all the
>> > neccesary equipment and installation. I found the hitch online for
>> > much cheaper (obviously) but the installation is a little more trouble
>> > than what I want to deal with. What are the chances the dealership
>> > will let me buy the parts from the internet myself and have them
>> > install it for me?
>> > Your choices of dealer responses are:
>> >
>> > A) They will laugh me off.
>> > B) Slim to none.
>> > C) "Sure but don't call us if it breaks"
>> > D) Dealerships aren't out to make money just satisfiy the customer.
>> > E) Just depends on the dealership

>>
>> -------------------------------------
>>
>> Doesn't the trailer hitch kit include a tranny cooler as well? I'd put
>> one in and shorten the maintenance interval on the ATF if you start
>> towing anything heavy / far.
>>

>
> Many of Honda's AT models already use an ATF cooler. It's built into the
> radiator. If the transmission has fluid lines that go to the bottom of
> the
> radiator, then your model has the built-in cooler.
>
> Eric



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Old 13 May 2006, 06:52 am
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hondaman wrote:

>>>> I just got a 06 Pilot Ex and want to get a trailer hitch
>>>>installed. The dealership quoted me at about $600 for the all the
>>>>neccesary equipment and installation. I found the hitch online for
>>>>much cheaper (obviously) but the installation is a little more trouble
>>>>than what I want to deal with. What are the chances the dealership
>>>>will let me buy the parts from the internet myself and have them
>>>>install it for me?


Look for someone in the trailer business, and see what they recomend.
bob
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Old 13 May 2006, 07:04 am
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Thanks for the info guys. I am calling the dealership today and will
see what I can swing. Especially thanks for the not about the lack of
a transmission cooler and warranty claim problems.

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