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Old 10 Mar 2005, 11:07 am
Richard Minami
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Default Anyone tow with a Honda Pilot?

Hi, just wondering if anyone tows with a Honda Pilot. We currently tow with
our old Ford Exploder. It's just getting a little tired, and the wife would
like something a little newer.

The Pilot is rated at 3,500 lbs towing, or 4,500 when using high octane fuel
(sounds kinda cheesy). The towing prep package is a dealer installed
option. I can't seem to find what it includes. I don't think the Pilot
comes with an extra transmission cooler standard. The engine is rated at
255 HP and 250 ft/lbs torque. It sure rode nice. But I wonder how it would
tow our 1,800 dry Coleman Yukon. I'm guessing that with water, gear, fuel
and passengers, we'd be something like 2,300 lbs (is that good guess for a
family of 4 (2 toddlers) + a beagle?). Our Explorer is rated for 5,000 lbs,
but it seems to work pretty hard. It has a tough truck chassis and good
cooling though. It's been reliable, it just creaks a lot now.

Just wondering if any other people tow with their Pilot. Seems like if
you're going to buy an SUV, and use it as such, you'd want to take it off
road. But you probably can't sleep in it, especially a family of 4. You'd
tow a trailer. Too bad Honda doesn't have a bigger engine for the Pilot.

Oh, the Chevy Trailblazer and new Ford Explorers were nice as well. But
they sure get crummy gas mileage. We only tow out trailer 6 or 7 times a
year, but I'd like to think that will increase as the kids get older!

Thanks in advance for your input.

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'97 Coleman Yukon


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Old 10 Mar 2005, 12:28 pm
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Richard Minami wrote:
> Hi, just wondering if anyone tows with a Honda Pilot. We currently tow with
> our old Ford Exploder. It's just getting a little tired, and the wife would
> like something a little newer.
>
> The Pilot is rated at 3,500 lbs towing, or 4,500 when using high octane fuel
> (sounds kinda cheesy). The towing prep package is a dealer installed
> option. I can't seem to find what it includes. I don't think the Pilot
> comes with an extra transmission cooler standard. The engine is rated at
> 255 HP and 250 ft/lbs torque. It sure rode nice. But I wonder how it would
> tow our 1,800 dry Coleman Yukon. I'm guessing that with water, gear, fuel
> and passengers, we'd be something like 2,300 lbs (is that good guess for a
> family of 4 (2 toddlers) + a beagle?). Our Explorer is rated for 5,000 lbs,
> but it seems to work pretty hard. It has a tough truck chassis and good
> cooling though. It's been reliable, it just creaks a lot now.
>
> Just wondering if any other people tow with their Pilot. Seems like if
> you're going to buy an SUV, and use it as such, you'd want to take it off
> road. But you probably can't sleep in it, especially a family of 4. You'd
> tow a trailer. Too bad Honda doesn't have a bigger engine for the Pilot.
>
> Oh, the Chevy Trailblazer and new Ford Explorers were nice as well. But
> they sure get crummy gas mileage. We only tow out trailer 6 or 7 times a
> year, but I'd like to think that will increase as the kids get older!
>
> Thanks in advance for your input.
>


Take a look thru the ARTICLES section over at hondasuv.com, or sign in
and search 'towing'.

'Curly'

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Old 10 Mar 2005, 03:57 pm
Bob Burns
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Default Re: Anyone tow with a Honda Pilot?

Asked and answered.

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"Richard Minami" <richminami@NOSPAM-hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:d0puro$rsn$1@gnus01.u.washington.edu...
> Hi, just wondering if anyone tows with a Honda Pilot. We currently tow
> with our old Ford Exploder. It's just getting a little tired, and the
> wife would like something a little newer.



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Old 15 Mar 2005, 08:05 pm
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Default Re: Anyone tow with a Honda Pilot?

We have a 2004 EX-L and regularly tow a 3500lb boat (including trailer). The
pilot does quite well. I installed the factory towing package which includes
a larger atf cooler in addition to a power steering fluid cooler. I don't
really understand why it needs a PS cooler, but it's there. I'm considering
upgrading to a larger ATF cooler, since it get's quite hot even in the
winter when not towing. (you can easily reach in from under the fornt grill
and feel how hot the cooler gets.

We've got over 24k miles now on the pilot, and it's been completely problem
free. We've never been back to the dealer since it was purchased.


"Richard Minami" <richminami@NOSPAM-hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:d0puro$rsn$1@gnus01.u.washington.edu...
> Hi, just wondering if anyone tows with a Honda Pilot. We currently tow

with
> our old Ford Exploder. It's just getting a little tired, and the wife

would
> like something a little newer.
>
> The Pilot is rated at 3,500 lbs towing, or 4,500 when using high octane

fuel
> (sounds kinda cheesy). The towing prep package is a dealer installed
> option. I can't seem to find what it includes. I don't think the Pilot
> comes with an extra transmission cooler standard. The engine is rated at
> 255 HP and 250 ft/lbs torque. It sure rode nice. But I wonder how it

would
> tow our 1,800 dry Coleman Yukon. I'm guessing that with water, gear, fuel
> and passengers, we'd be something like 2,300 lbs (is that good guess for a
> family of 4 (2 toddlers) + a beagle?). Our Explorer is rated for 5,000

lbs,
> but it seems to work pretty hard. It has a tough truck chassis and good
> cooling though. It's been reliable, it just creaks a lot now.
>
> Just wondering if any other people tow with their Pilot. Seems like if
> you're going to buy an SUV, and use it as such, you'd want to take it off
> road. But you probably can't sleep in it, especially a family of 4.

You'd
> tow a trailer. Too bad Honda doesn't have a bigger engine for the Pilot.
>
> Oh, the Chevy Trailblazer and new Ford Explorers were nice as well. But
> they sure get crummy gas mileage. We only tow out trailer 6 or 7 times a
> year, but I'd like to think that will increase as the kids get older!
>
> Thanks in advance for your input.
>
> --
>
>
> Richard Minami
> '94 Ford Explorer XLT 4x4
> '97 Coleman Yukon
>
>



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Old 15 Mar 2005, 09:05 pm
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nntp wrote:
> We have a 2004 EX-L and regularly tow a 3500lb boat <SNIP>
> We've got over 24k miles now on the pilot, and it's been completely problem
> free. We've never been back to the dealer since it was purchased.


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I think 24,000 miles is about the right interval to change the fluid in
the rear differential of the Pilot. Check the facts over at hondasuv.com
(the Honda Owner's manual is often wrong about that fact) You can DIY too.

'Curly'

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Old 16 Mar 2005, 07:54 pm
Bruce
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Default Re: Anyone tow with a Honda Pilot?

I'm glad you mentioned that- I had forgotten the rear diff!

"motsco_ _" <"motsco_ _"@interbaun.com> wrote in message
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> nntp wrote:
> > We have a 2004 EX-L and regularly tow a 3500lb boat <SNIP>
> > We've got over 24k miles now on the pilot, and it's been completely

problem
> > free. We've never been back to the dealer since it was purchased.

>
> -----------------------------------
>
> I think 24,000 miles is about the right interval to change the fluid in
> the rear differential of the Pilot. Check the facts over at hondasuv.com
> (the Honda Owner's manual is often wrong about that fact) You can DIY too.
>
> 'Curly'
>



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Old 20 Mar 2005, 01:23 am
Richard Minami
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Default Re: Anyone tow with a Honda Pilot?

Hmm, exactly what I wanted to hear! Thanks so much for everyone's input.
Now I just have to find the time to get one. Finances, trade in, child care
while negotiating...
Richard


"nntp" <brucek750@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:YvMZd.5327$qf2.2702@newsread2.news.atl.earthl ink.net...
> We have a 2004 EX-L and regularly tow a 3500lb boat (including trailer).

The
> pilot does quite well. I installed the factory towing package which

includes
> a larger atf cooler in addition to a power steering fluid cooler. I don't
> really understand why it needs a PS cooler, but it's there. I'm

considering
> upgrading to a larger ATF cooler, since it get's quite hot even in the
> winter when not towing. (you can easily reach in from under the fornt

grill
> and feel how hot the cooler gets.
>
> We've got over 24k miles now on the pilot, and it's been completely

problem
> free. We've never been back to the dealer since it was purchased.
>
>
> "Richard Minami" <richminami@NOSPAM-hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:d0puro$rsn$1@gnus01.u.washington.edu...
> > Hi, just wondering if anyone tows with a Honda Pilot. We currently tow

> with
> > our old Ford Exploder. It's just getting a little tired, and the wife

> would
> > like something a little newer.
> >
> > The Pilot is rated at 3,500 lbs towing, or 4,500 when using high octane

> fuel
> > (sounds kinda cheesy). The towing prep package is a dealer installed
> > option. I can't seem to find what it includes. I don't think the Pilot
> > comes with an extra transmission cooler standard. The engine is rated

at
> > 255 HP and 250 ft/lbs torque. It sure rode nice. But I wonder how it

> would
> > tow our 1,800 dry Coleman Yukon. I'm guessing that with water, gear,

fuel
> > and passengers, we'd be something like 2,300 lbs (is that good guess for

a
> > family of 4 (2 toddlers) + a beagle?). Our Explorer is rated for 5,000

> lbs,
> > but it seems to work pretty hard. It has a tough truck chassis and

good
> > cooling though. It's been reliable, it just creaks a lot now.
> >
> > Just wondering if any other people tow with their Pilot. Seems like if
> > you're going to buy an SUV, and use it as such, you'd want to take it

off
> > road. But you probably can't sleep in it, especially a family of 4.

> You'd
> > tow a trailer. Too bad Honda doesn't have a bigger engine for the

Pilot.
> >
> > Oh, the Chevy Trailblazer and new Ford Explorers were nice as well. But
> > they sure get crummy gas mileage. We only tow out trailer 6 or 7 times

a
> > year, but I'd like to think that will increase as the kids get older!
> >
> > Thanks in advance for your input.
> >
> > --
> >
> >
> > Richard Minami
> > '94 Ford Explorer XLT 4x4
> > '97 Coleman Yukon
> >
> >

>
>



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Old 20 Mar 2005, 10:36 am
Larry J.
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Default Re: Anyone tow with a Honda Pilot?

Waiving the right to remain silent, "Richard Minami"
<richminami@hotmail.com> said:

> Hmm, exactly what I wanted to hear! Thanks so much for
> everyone's input. Now I just have to find the time to get one.
> Finances, trade in, child care while negotiating...


The Pilot is a great vehicle. Honda is still offering a good lease
package on the EX - something like $279/mo for 36 months. 12k/year,
and about $2,800 to start.

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