I would go with the Pilot. As an previous owner of a CR-V I can tell you it's pretty underpowered. A V6 Pilot is a better choice, IMO.
BTW, your having to get your tranny rebuilt in your Accord doesn't make me feel warm and fuzzy. I have the same year and number of cylinders as you. After hearing all the Accord transmission horror stories, I cross my fingers everyday and hope mine doesn't suddenly go out on me.
thanks for input hondamon.
I personally would like to go with the pilot also. atleast in this price range. my biggest concern is that tranny. i know the gas mileage will be a little worse, but doesn't seem to be that much real world difference.
As far as my Accords tranny failing at 97k miles... yeah that wasnt cool. and before i bought it i knew the potential issue there, but i figured with some extra tlc and frequent transmission flushes with honda fluids (every 25k miles or so) i would be ok. the day i bought it i had it flushed, the mechanic said everything seems fine. but then about 4 months later it went. ... my mechanic is very good so he got it rebuilt for me . it did cost around 2400.
... i had got a great deal on the car, so looking back i think the seller knew more than he lead on. ... but on the flipside my mechanic says its hard to tell when these transmistions are going to fail. (and ofcourse he broke down a l ot of mechanical jargon that i didn't fully understand. lol.
so hopefully yours holds up. and the fact that you've had yours for a while, you now its ins and outs.
I will say now that its rebuilt, i feel more confident than ever with it. and adding that 2400 back into what i bought if for, i'm probably about at its true value.
and i love the car, so that helps. lol
i dont know about the older models (02-05) but i had a 2011 crv for a little less than a year that was, imo, a complete waste of money. As previously stated, it is very underpowered and where it is a little bigger than say an accord, it really isnt. Interior space is pretty small and so is the trunk/hatch space. Got rid of that and now have a 2011 pilot and its the world of a difference. The pilot of course is more expensive but definitely worth it. Alot of space and very comfortable. i am 6'2 280lbs and i am more than comfortable sitting in the back seat. I also have a son that is 1.5 years and it is so much easier/nicer with the pilot.
good feedback. glad to see that side of the equation.
i am about your same size and have a 1.5 year old. what a coincidence. lol
Originally Posted by geoaccordzantac
How about another option? I know that minivans are about as popular as contracting a venereal disease among some people, but since it is for your wife I would suggest considering a good used 3rd generation (2005-2012) Odyssey. I bought one (08 EX not EX-L or Touring) from a mother in my son's Boy Scout Troop who wanted to get rid of the payment but not the vehicle, as she was in the midst of a nasty divorce. It is surprisingly agile for such a large vehicle and has been very reliable for me. It has more interior space and the same exact towing capacity as a Pilot of the same year. (But I wouldn't tow anything with either vehicle based upon the advice of an independent Honda mechanic I know) Starting in the 07 MY Honda placed the same transmission as in the Ridgeline in the Odys, which was long overdue as the 2nd Gen ones had major problems with their ATs which were very weak. The only drawback that I see is that, is…well, it’s a minivan! PM me if you have any questions on the Ody or look on this forum:
I treid to talk her into considering the Odyssey. cuz i see a ton of them for sale in my area. and i know it would serve a great purpose. my wife feels like she wouldn't be cought dead in one. (like suvs are really that much different). i am sure that sliding door would be amazing. ... we don't plan on having any other children, just the one. so that is another factor in thinking maybe we don't need a minivan. ..... but on the flipside, he will have friends to tote around someday. lol