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Old 10-20-2012, 06:55 AM   #15
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Francesca, they are the same thing. I don't use a WDH with my Pilot and Escape 19, but have considered it. The new Pilot (2009 and newer) all have the reciever built in, and really do have a firm rear end (unlike us aging folk), and sinks very little when hitch weight put on it. I think this is just Honda being extra cautious.

I have averaged about 6,000 km between oil changes, and the oil level has hardly dropped a bit during this time. I have never had to add a drop myself.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:31 PM   #16
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Is a load leveling hitch something different from a weight distributing one?

I ask because it's my understanding that the Pilot has an integrated hitch built right in and that Honda advises against the addition of an add-on W/D system.
My mistake. It is a "weight-distributing" hitch. This type of hitch can be used on my vehicle safety to spread the tongue weight to all axles. Also, although my vehicle uses some oil I really like driving it and don't really mind.
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1 Quart of oil per 1000 miles is acceptable?????? NOT.
If a manufacturer told me that was acceptable I would look for something else!
Even my 4 cylinder 2003 GMC Sonora, with 145,000 on the clock, doesn't use a quart between changes every 5000 miles. Doesn't leak a drop either.
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My mistake. It is a "weight-distributing" hitch. This type of hitch can be used on my vehicle safety to spread the tongue weight to all axles.
I think that the Pilot's integrated hitch already functions that way- it's a big selling point for the rig as a small-tow vehicle. It seems like a W/D hitch would be an unnecessary expense that could also prove problematic in other ways.
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1 Quart of oil per 1000 miles is acceptable?????? NOT.
If a manufacturer told me that was acceptable I would look for something else!
Even my 4 cylinder 2003 GMC Sonora, with 145,000 on the clock, doesn't use a quart between changes every 5000 miles. Doesn't leak a drop either.
Hey BOB, settle down! Who said 1 quart per 1000 miles?? You are one of the lucky owners of a good American car!...
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1 Quart of oil per 1000 miles is acceptable?????? NOT.
If a manufacturer told me that was acceptable I would look for something else!
Even my 4 cylinder 2003 GMC Sonora, with 145,000 on the clock, doesn't use a quart between changes every 5000 miles. Doesn't leak a drop either.
Bob, my Subaru only requires an oil change ever 7500 miles and I think my Acura is about the same so would think Honda's are in the same ball park as well ....
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I bought a brand new car... years ago... and in the owner's manual it said to add a quart of oil every 500 miles! The brand name of the vehicle started with a "P" and was high-performance. So, I don't consider "burning" oil necessarily a bad thing... CHECK YOUR OWNERS MANUAL. Don't assume anything...
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I bought a brand new car... years ago... and in the owner's manual it said to add a quart of oil every 500 miles! The brand name of the vehicle started with a "P" and was high-performance.
So you're the other person that bought a Pinto..
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The couple we bought our 17' LD used a Honda Pilot. They went to Texas and picked it up as new, and returned to Apple Valley, CA. After that, they said they used it mostly for camping on the CA. seashore. Apple Valley is some 3,000 " above sea level, so the pilot must have been powerful enough for towing the LD.

However, how WELLit will pull it is another question. 8<o)

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Nay I bet it was a Trans Am! ;-)

Donna your right people do need to check their manuals and my comments were only in response to the assumption made by a poster that a Honda Pilot required a oil change ever 1000 miles. Based on the frequency of oil changes need by other newer Japanese built autos I suspect its more likely that it needs one in the 7/8000 mile range.
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So you're the other person that bought a Pinto..
Yep had a runabout, loved that car... but the "add a quart" car was actually a Porsche... back in the day... when I was young... and cute. Loved that car too, even if I probably spent more money on oil than gas

Whether or not someone should change engine oil every 3,000 or 5,000 or 10,000 miles depends on driving conditions. Like stop-and-go traffic or DUST, or lead foot driving....
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.. but the "add a quart" car was actually a Porsche... ..
LOL it may be even the new ones have the same "add a quart" requirement.
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