Originally Posted by Lee Ann P.
I have an '03 Pilot which I put a class 3 hitch on recently figuring that would be more than sufficient to tow the small 13' Casita
I had found. Unfortunately right before I was due to go pick the camper up I spoke to a service guy at a Honda place and he told me that I should put on a trans cooler as well as a heavy duty power steering pump?
HONDA recommends ALL towing set-ups include transmission coolers and power steering coolers to meet the maximum tow rating, at least on the Odyssey, but I suspect they recommend the same for Pilots too. I hadn't heard about power steering pumps...
I highly recommend getting at least the extra transmission cooler on ANY tow vehicle, not just Hondas.
I have a 2003 Odyssey LX. Honda says that the cooler will not
fix the weak transmission problems of that model year which they fixed for the '05s and newer. I had to replace my transmission at 98,000 miles for $5300.00 Since I did not have $30,000 (or the credit) for a new Odyssey, I replaced the transmission. I bought the van with a 15 year equity loan on my house, so I'll be driving it until 2018 at least.