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I have Lane Depature system and Adaptive Cruise Control....and I do see it switch off momentarily on occasion. Tesla or not...the system isn't perfect and never will be

This is an interesting idea but frankly I'd rather see more work put into adaptive cruise control and automated braking systems than fancy brake lights.My car's frankly antiquated adaptive cruise system has reacted faster than I did on occasion.

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How useful is lane departure warning in a car?

It's a mixed bag, great for some, annoying for others. Recently the cars I've driven with this feature are quite good, not hypersensitive or overreactive. Our 2019 Mazda has a pretty good lane departure warning system and I have driven 3 2020/2021 rental cars with this feature. If you're well rested, a good, attentive driver, it's probably annoying, and you want to switch it off. But if you're distracted, tired, a bad driver, or similar it's probably a safety feature you hesitate to admit probably saved you major damage or injury on several occasions. The problem with many men, myself included, is we bristle at being told what to do, and lane assist can be that irritation. But it has helped save me from damage or harm several times per year. The other thing I suspect is happening, is more and more I see people reading or looking at their phone for minutes while driving on freeway and highway, relying on lane assist and adaptive cruise control. That's a bad practice, but it's happening more and more.

Does driving a Tesla get boring after a few months or years? Are you still as excited as when you bought it?

I’ve had my model 3 for a year and a half now and it is still as exciting and exhilarating as the day I bought it. I use the adaptive cruise control a lot so I don’t have to worry about keeping the right distance from the car ahead of me. I listen to my podcasts from my phone linked to the car’s great sound system via bluetooth while driving or parked waiting to pick someone up, so no boredom. The ability to accelerate away from a dangerous situation regardless of the speed my car is moving at has saved me from getting run into on a couple of occasions already. In my old Camry, the 1–2 second delay between hitting the gas and getting acceleration would have not gotten me out of the way in time.

How is Tesla's autopilot different from adaptive cruise control from other car manufacturers?

Per Tesla’s Model 3 configuration menu, Autopilot includes the following features... Auto Park – perpendicular or parallel parks your car. Traffic Aware Cruise Control – takes control of your accelerator and brake to keep your car at a certain speed, or at a configurable distance behind the car in front of you. Auto Steer – takes control of your steering wheel to keep your car in its lane; includes controlling your accelerator and brake in a traffic-aware and road-condition-aware (e.g. it will automatically slow down to take a steep curve) way. Automatic Lane Changes –intelligently changes lanes (in a traffic aware way) when you ask it to. Navigate on Autopilot – while on a highway, drives your car for you, making lane and highway changes automatically, to reach your specified destination. Summon – allows you to remotely drive your car backward or forward while standing close by. Speed Limit Warning – lets you know if the car goes beyond a certain speed. Speed Limit Calculation – keeps you at posted speed limit or slightly above or below the posted speed limit, even as the posted speed limit changes. Forward Collision Warning – lets you know if you are about to hit something. Lane Departure Avoidance – brings your car back into its lane if it is gradually drifting out of the lane. Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance – brings your car back into its lane if it is sharply drifting out of the lane. Blind Spot Collision Warning Chime – lets you know if your attempt to change lanes will result in a collision. Automatic Emergency Braking – tries to stop the car if you are about to hit something. Obstacle-Aware Acceleration – reduces your acceleration if you are about to hit something. From observing the above, we might conclude that Tesla’s Autopilot includes things that a driver normally does (or should do), that Tesla now takes care of either in part or in full. I’ve pretty much tested almost all of the above, and here are my thoughts on them… Items 6 to 14 work very well, and #9, #10 and #12 have saved me from an accident multiple times. I don’t think I’ve encountered #13 and #14 yet so I can’t comment on those. Auto Park is very good and very dependable. No other car does auto park as well. I have had no safety issues with it ever. The same goes for Traffic Aware Cruise Control – I have had no safety issues with it ever. Auto Steer was a bit flaky a few months ago. Specifically, if your speed was too fast and the road was too curvy, you would get a message to take control just before Auto Steer lost control. If you didn’t take control immediately you could have a nasty accident. However, during this Memorial Day weekend, I drove ~600 miles or curvy mountainous roads with Auto Steer engaged, and I was pleased to find out that it would now slow down on steep curves and didn’t need intervention from me. As an aside, the car drove itself for at least 75% of the drive, even at speeds of 85 mph. Only two times it got confused and I had to take control to prevent it from going astray (this was when Navigate on Autopilot was not engaged). Automatic Lane Changes works well almost all the time. I’ve never had a safety issue with it. However, sometimes it will hesitate (i.e. start a change and then fall back to the original lane). This may cause drivers behind me to get confused. On one occasion, a biker in the lane I was changing into, thought I was messing with him, and made rude signs to me because of the car’s hesitation. Even in ‘Mad Max’ mode (the most aggressive lane change setting) I see the hesitation occasionally, but most of the time there is no hesitation, and the lane changes are very smooth and quick, but not so quick as to be reckless. Per the car’s configuration menu, Navigate on Autopilot is still in beta. It is very good, but (as Consumer Reports said) not as good as a human driver – yet. It automates navigation. It will do highway to highway, and highway to surface road, transitions for you automatically – and it does this well. It will also do lane changes to ‘faster’ lanes or out of passing lanes automatically. For both of those, it is not as smart as a human. I haven’t had safety issues with it (although I’ve heard of others who have). I use it almost all the time for trips that are more than 10 minutes long and for trips to places I am not familiar with, but I am always vigilant. No other car has Autopilot capability that comes close to what Tesla offers. See my analysis of AutoPilot here (,Rosario D'Souza's answer to Can Tesla's "hardware" compete with Waymo for future fully autonomous self driving cars?,).

How capable is Tesla's autopilot driver-assist system?

Tesla has several Autopilot products. Enhanced Autopilot was sold prior to November of 2016, based on a chipset and software from MobilEye, now part of Intel. That’s the system in place for most of the news stories about deaths when using Autopilot. Starting in November of 2016, Tesla switched to a computer using NVIDIA chips and software of their own design, and began selling an Enhanced Autopilot package. The original Enhanced Autopilot had significant features, but significant limitations. The features included: Lane keeping (Autosteer) Adaptive cruise control (Traffic aware cruise control - TACC) Autopark (parallel and perpendicular) Auto headlights and wipers Summon (car can move in a straight line forwards or backwards up to 39 ft. under control of someone outside the car) Manually-initiated automatic lane change Speed assist (reads signs and can lower speed automatically in some situations) Traffic signal warning (warns driver if they are about to run a red light) Those features worked well, with the exception of Autopark, which often failed to present the option to the driver, and required cars on both sides of the parking place before it could work. Also Autosteer was only reliable on multi-lane highways and not so much on rural highways. Enhanced Autopilot under the new computer and software has the same features as the previous system with the significant change that it is reliable on rural highways, and provides visualizations of objects on the side of the road, like trash cans and lane arrows. Enhanced Autopilot is no longer sold. Today all Tesla cars come with “Autopilot” that is Autosteer + TACC. Replacing Autopilot is Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Capability, based on a new proprietary Tesla chipset. In its present incarnation, it provides the same features as the previous Enhanced Autopilot, plus: Traffic signal control (car automatically stops for lights and signs). It chimes when the light turns green. Richer visualization of the road with traffic lights and signs, people, animals, trash cans, Navigate on Autopilot (car automatically changes lanes to follow the route and pass slower cars; it takes exits and merges) Advanced summon (the car will navigate in a parking lot and pick you up, driverless) All Tesla self-driving systems currently require driver supervision and the that driver has a hand on the wheel. So let me address reliability. The current EAP and FSD products generally work well, but there are occasions when a driver has to intervene. They do not work reliably on rural highways when there is a right-angle turn. They will on infrequent occasions briefly stray onto the center line. They don’t work at all on roads where there is no center line. They don’t handle roundabouts (traffic circles). The present incarnations will sometimes stop or slow down aggressively for no discernable reason (Tesla drivers call it “phantom braking”). And neither system can currently handle turns at intersections, or decide when to cross an intersection after the light changes (unless following another car). A year or two ago Tesla recognized that they had hit what Elon Musk called a “local maximum” in its self-driving program — it just wasn’t getting better, so they rewrote it based on video input rather than still images. The fruits of that project are now in the hands of a thousand or so beta testers. That system does automate city driving and has reduced need for human intervention. It makes unprotected left turns, for example, and it can travel on roads without lines and it handles roundabouts. I refer the reader to YouTube videos from the testers for the latest. Two channels of interest are Dirty Tesla and AI Driver. We’re all anticipating beta Version 9 with high expectations.

Would buying a used 2004-2006 VW Phaeton W12 be a horrible idea?

Nick Nguyen,, I would like to disagree with your answer. I live in Canada and have previously owned a 2004 Volkswagen W12 Premiere Edition (Imported from the U.S.). 1) The W12 "Premiere Edition" was a special batch-built group of cars brought over to North America for the Phaeton product introduction in the late fall of 2003. I think these cars were originally priced at about $88K. 2) If you ordered the exact same vehicle, but with a different paint colour (thus making it a 'regular' W12 purchase, not a "Premiere Edition"), list price of the car was about $101K. 3) The W12 Premiere Editions, along with many of the in-stock V8 Phaetons, were not exactly hopping out of the North American showrooms in the summer of 2004, so VW came out with some very aggressive subsidies to the dealers to help them move the product. As a result, there was a flurry of sales of new W12 Premiere Editions for about $70 to $75K in the late fall of 2004. Let me address a few things that you have stated that is incorrect. "It's an incredibly complex car that has aging electronics- for instance, adding an auxilliary input or ipod interface is nearly impossible." A kit made by DICE electronics is available for $120.00. You lose the CD Player function but you can plug in an iPod or AUX. "It's incredibly luxurious in some ways- for instance the trunk hinges on the W12 were manufactured by Campagnolo" Don't forget that the trunk/boot is power operated which will lift up by pressinng the VW logo on the back (Same as the Bentley Continentals - B logo). "It has CD based navigation that doesn't display street names in map view (and it's deeply integrated into the vehicle electronics and isn't replaceable)." It is a CD based navigation. You can purchase a TOMTOM Update disk (The last one I purchased was a 2013 from a BMW 7 series) which works perfectly fine. As well, it also displays the street names on the Nav. "Luxury features like cooled seats, adaptive headlghts, and adaptive cruise never made to the Phaeton in the US either." You get 6 adjustable cool settings on the Phaeton. There are NO adaptive head lights (Currently owning a vehicle that has Adaptive headlights, it's not a deal-breaker) and you can retrofit adaptive cruise control from the European spec Phaeton as all the connectors are on the vehicle. As well, you can also retrofit the keyless push-button start for around $350.00 from the EU spec Phaeton to NA spec Phaeton. "Try to get one with the four place seating package.", These exist but are almost impossible to find in a W12. "the Phaeton was a car created to thank Dr. Ferdinand Piech for his efforts turning the VAG brands around." This is not true at all. Back in the old days, there was a strict retirement policy at Volkwagen set at age 65. As a big bang, Piech wanted to create (in his words), "the best car in the world". Volkswagen having purchased Bentley in 1998, they wanted to create a new vehicle to refresh the model line. However, if Bentley absorbed the entire cost of the research and development of a new car, their books will only record losses. Volkswagen absorbed the cost of developing the Bentley Continental and badged it as the "Phaeton". Otherwise, to address the OP's question. If the ,starter motor, goes, you may as well replace the water pump as well. Being an engine-out operation, It takes 24 hours worth of labour the remove the engine then an additional 2 hours to replace the starter motor. If you live in temperate climates, you may have to look at replacing the ,valve cover gasket, ($1000.00 job). Tire pressure monitoring sensor will always go, (You can disconnect the sensor module). 2 Batteries. The Phaeton has an ,AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat Battery ,- Not aftermarket available $220.00) battery in the left compartment (Powers everything in the car except for starting the vehicle) and the, Starter, battery on the right side. My very mediocre massage seat died (Didn't bothered to look into replacing as it will cost thousands to replace). Brake pad wear sensors,, these have to be replaced with brand new parts ($200.00 for set of 4) or you can just disable it (What I did). Wheel alignment ,(Only available at VW dealerships) 3.5 hours of labour for the job. Low beam bulb (HID), ,to replace the bulb, you will have to remove the bumper. 2 Hour labour charge. Spend $200.00 on the proper OEM bulb and not $80.00 like I did (Died within 3 months). Performance Figures:, V8: 0-60 mph: 6.6 seconds Top Speed: 135 mph (governed) EPA City: 15 mpg EPA Highway: 22 mpg W12: 0-60 mph: 5.7 seconds Top Speed: 135 mph (governed) EPA City: 12 mpg EPA Highway: 18 mpg I averaged 8-14 MPG in my W12. Get ready for 300-400KM (190-250 miles) range at $80 fill ups. Overall, If you have to ask, you can't afford it. I've had another owner tell me that in the 2 years of ownership, he spent close to $19000 in repairs (Covered by his extended warranty) over a 2 year span. Mine was around $8000 (Including windshield replacement - $1300.00) over the span of 8 months. My Opinion of W12 vs V8:, The V8 is the more affordable option (less maintenance and just as fast). The W12 is the smoothest engine I have ever owned. If I were to do it over again, I would still purchase the W12. With another family member owning a Bentley Continental GT Speed and a Flying Spur, I would say that the Phaeton is closer to the Bentley (Same chassis) than the A8 L and much more luxurious over the A8 L. Another Opinion of W12 vs V8 (,Pros, Cons, General Comparison Discussion,:), I suppose I have a pretty unique perspective on this question, as I currently have a 2005 V8 and a 2006 W12. My 2005 is coming off lease and will be returned in two weeks. It has 47,000 miles and I just got home from a 4 day trip from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe and back. I took the V8. It performed great in high temperatures and about 100 miles of solid 90 mph driving (hey, the 5 is a fast interstate).The V8 is different in three dramatic ways from the W12. It is louder (some would say this is good, others would say not so - I just say very different - throaty vs. turbine is an excellent way to describe it). I enjoy the engine sound in the V8, but after driving the W12 now for a few weeks (it has been at ,OEMpl.com, for a number of mods - new spec fog lights, Euro spec chrome trim on front bumper, brake powder coating, new rims, keyless start and a couple of other goodies) I have grown to appreciate the quiet nature of the engine. Somehow, the raw sound of the V8 gets the blood moving, though, in a way the sound of the W12 doesn't, but it is subjective. The second item is the transmission. I am a huge fan of the V8 - I have enjoyed every minute of driving this car, but I do feel as though the W12 transmission is smoother and more seamless. Although the V8 is still silky smooth, in purely relative terms, it "hunts" a lot more than the W12 does. The shifts are also more noticeable. Again, this is subjective. I would say the V8 leaves the driver feeling a bit more engaged since the W12 is so silent and you just don't notice is working through the paces. Third, is speed. I tend to drive fairly aggressive. I enjoy accelerating hard on some occasions, but not every time. Under normal driving conditions, there is not a huge difference is you just go half throttle. However....there is a difference. It is subtle and hard to explain. The W12 simply "launches" in a way the V8 doesn't. The V8 has to work harder to achieve the same results - obviously HP and torque come into play here, but with the W12, you really "feel" the difference, even at moderate acceleration. I think you have to constantly drive one and switch to the other as I have for the last month, to really appreciate this. The torque curve is also much flatter in the W12 and this is where the speeds from 80+ really make a difference. There is a great 2 mile stretch near LAX with no onramps and I have hit the limiter on both cars many times. I can say, without a doubt, and with respect to my V8 comrades, the W12 is just in a different league at speed. I would struggle to justify the 30k price difference in a brand new purchase, but the engine dynamics and power are really amazing and I appreciate the extra juice the W12 offers. I did pay a premium on my W12 but I think it is worth it (that being said, I don't really know what the price of a 2006 V8 with 16k miles would be). Also, I do not notice any particular handling difference between the two. I do think the stereo sounds better in the W12 due to the lack of engine noise (settings are identical in both 270 watt systems). Two different cars, both in a clas of their own. Also, no one will know what it is, no one will care about how nice of a car it is and occasionally, a VW owner will park next to you. Just off the top of my head, feel free to ask me any other questions for me to add.

Have you ever been in a self-driving car? What was your experience?

I have a Level 1 VW Golf (Adaptive cruise control) and find it very useful, especially on one-lane country roads and highways. I would appreciate a queue assistant for those occasions when I am in a traffic jam (with steering as well) though, will look at that for my next car :)

What is the main difference between Mercedes E-class and Mercedes C-class?

I have owned both a C-class Estate (C220 diesel) and an E-class Estate (E350 diesel). Overall the E-class is a big Mercedes and the C-class is a small Mercedes. When I was buying the E-class, one salesman said “This [E-class with V6 engine] is Proper Mercedes territory” and another said “Once you try this, it’s very hard to go back [to the less powerful engines and smaller cars]”. The latter was right. The E-class is significantly better for me. Compared to the C-Class it is and has: Bigger in the cabin - better driving position for me (I’m tall), better seating in the back for the daughter (she is also tall, though she’s not my daughter). Bigger load capacity in the boot, too. - Quite a bit bigger, and I pretty regularly haul around a fair amount of stuff for travel, gardening, etc. Both the E and C class estates have self levelling suspension at the back which is a big win. The E-class is very capacious, though. There are few things you can’t transport in it that you could fit in another car; if it doesn’t go in my car, I pretty much have to rent a van. Bigger on the outside - A bit harder to park, also, but I have the all-round camera system so that makes it easier. It’s definitely max-size for the average parking space, and I do find myself passing by spaces that are a bit narrow or the neighbouring car is parked a bit badly, where the C-class would have fitted fine. But, parking carefully, it fits into standard spaces. Faster - there is no occasion where I have found the E350 to lack power. Put your foot down and you go faster, whether it’s at 160km/h on the Autobahn or 2000m up in the Alps on a steep mountain road. In fact, the limitation is grip, not power. Unfortunately when I bought my E-Class the 4 wheel drive was not an option in the UK. Since then Mercedes have redesigned the 4 wheel drive system and you can get it in the UK now; I would get it if I replaced my current car. The C-class did not lose grip so easily, having much less power. More autonomous - the adaptive cruise control and lane following makes motorway driving much less fatiguing. Better audio - I paid for the better audio option and it does sound pretty good when you crank it up. Thirstier - fuel consumption is higher, although frankly 34mpg (UK miles) is not too bad for such a large, heavy car driven in a not-too-frugal fashion Surprisingly sporty - on a windy road if you set the air suspension to sport and the transmission to sport. You can make quite good progress in country roads in places like Scotland or the north of England, without your passengers feeling too ill. It’s no barge. The C220 was more nimble on small roads since it is not as wide, but lacked power to accelerate out of bends. Still, I also drove the C up the Alps without much problem, just slightly less ,brio,. Big-tired - the tires on the E-Class aren’t cheap, and finding snow tyres for the rears (265/35R18) is a particular challenge. The C had much more common tires. Smoother driving overall - air suspension takes a lot of bumps with ease. Motorway cruising is very pleasant. Only very serious sidewinds will rock the E (the C is also pretty stable, but clearly lighter and pushed around a bit more easily). The E goes where it is pointed without hesitation. Very good at stopping - the E-class has very good brakes. I’ve had to test this a couple of times, unfortunately (like when the idiot towing a trailer at 80km/h pulled out in front of me as I was doing 180km/h on the Autobahn and I had to emergency brake to avoid hitting him). The C-class brakes are pretty good too, but the E has very good brakes and assistive automation systems (emergency max brake application, warning of close approach to vehicle in front, autonomous emergency braking in some cases, etc). Expensive to service - Not that the C-class is cheap, but the E is definitely expensive at a dealer. There is some cost offset in a very good breakdown service if you have your Mercedes serviced at the dealer, which I have used once and it was good. Fairly reliable - one breakdown on the E in 4 years, where a stone holed the air suspension pipes and so the suspension sank to bottom and didn’t work well. No other issues. The C, which I had for a shorter time, never broke down. Design flaws - I didn’t find any real design flaws in the C when I had it. My E has one very irritating design flaw: the cable to the parking brake sticks when cold. After a year or so it starts to stick and you can pay a mechanic to lubricate the cable and then it’s all fine for a month or two, then it sticks again. That means I have to force the pedal up (with my foot under the pedal) to release the parking brake when I pull the parking brake release handle if it’s very cold outside. To give Mercedes a bit of credit, they have replaced this with an electric parking brake in the most recent version of the E-class. To not give them too much credit, maybe they could have got this right the first time? The transmission park position does hold the car OK on a level surface. The E is, of course, rather more expensive, both to buy. I still don’t want to go back to the C-class.

Why don't cars use a digital display to show your speed?

First things first, you won’t know if your car is doing 55 or 56 no matter what type of (factory supplied) speedometer you have. US speedometers are built to SAE J1226 standards, which require plus or minus four percent accuracy (most are calibrated to read high) Cars built in the EU follow Regulation 39 which states that the speedometer *cannot* read less than the actual speed and may read as much as ten percent high. So if you’re driving an American made car and the speedometer reads 55, you’re probably doing 53. If it’s a German car, you may only be doing 50 MPH. (On the other hand, a GPS based speedometer has the potential to be ridiculously accurate) That said, the car I drive (BMW i3) has *only* a digital speedometer It didn’t take very long to adapt to digital-only display and the font is large and clear enough that it’s incredibly easy to read at a glance. (The i3 has one more neat trick: the same camera that watches the road ahead of you for accident avoidance and adaptive cruise control also recognizes and reads speed limit signs! It displays it just to the left of the speed so you can look down and see that you’re doing 45 in a 35 zone - very handy for unfamiliar roads.) On the other hand, I had the need to rent a car on two occasions in the past few weeks and both cars had a more typical analog dashboard. I found the dial very difficult to read in both cases - discerning the scale of the hash marks was challenging at highway speeds (and does a Hyundai *really* need a speedo that goes to 160 MPH?) I’m sure if I drove the car every day I’d quickly learn where the markings were but at a glance the digital speedometer would still be easier to read.

Is the Honda Pilot Elite worth it, or should I get Touring?

This is a very hard choice; Volkswagen Touareg has being around for some time and excellent Mercedes SUV is a very good competition (Made in Vance Alabama) Honda Pilot are Honda and excellent. Edmunds Summary Review of the 2016 Honda Pilot Elite w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System SUV AEdmunds Rating When it comes to three-row SUVs that offer modern amenities, plenty of room for large families and surprising efficiency, the 2016 Honda Pilot is at the top of the list. It hits all the high notes for versatility, comfort and efficiency, not to mention Honda's reputation for reliability. Read on to see what else it has in store. Seemed like a good idea (Review) by RobH on Nov 3, 2017 Vehicle: 2016 Honda Pilot Touring w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) LA little over a year ago we sought to replace our 2007 Toyota Sequoia. With three growing children, we needed a larger SUV and wanted something more fuel efficient than the Sequoia. The 2016 Pilot seemed like a great choice with a fair amount of cargo space and really cool features. Thought we were lucky when we were one of the first to own the new Pilot in July 2015 but turns out we were not so lucky after all. The good: Technology galore: state of the art transmission that shuts off at stop lights to save fuel, side mirror camera, back up camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, accident collision assistance, multiple USB connections, memory seats (I’m 6’4” and my wife is 5’4”)and a touch screen radio with XM radio that has memory and allows me to pause and replay songs. Oh, and whenever I change the channel, it brings me to the beginning of a song currently being played so I don’t have that feeling of “darn, just missed it!”. Fantastic highway gas millage with up to 36 mpg on a 120 mile drive into the Poconos and finally, very easy access to the third row for my 8 year old. The bad: Second row space was not as roomy as I thought and my 6’ teenage son constantly put his knees in the backs of the driver or passenger. Lane departure is flat out annoying with the wheel shake while taking a turn a little tight (sorry, I am an aggressive driver). Fuel door wasn’t flush to the body of the vehicle. Fingerprints all over the radio screen. Adaptive cruise control SLAMS on the breaks when it is not necessary and when driving on a winding road and there is an approaching vehicle on the other said of the road, the Pilot detects that we might have a head on collision. Idle stop did not always work and sometime heisted when starting back up at stop lights. The ugly: My wife HATED this vehicle. Too much technology for her and every so often the radio sound “flickers” and the only remedy is to shut the car off completely and restart (terribly annoying). We even had a couple of occasions when the radio/nav screen was completely blank/off. So while the technology seemed exciting, it needs work. Should have known better to buy a new model. Guess we just expected more from Honda. The result: A year later we traded the Pilot in at a loss for a used 2015 Sequoia Limited which I should have done in the first place. Would have saved me $7K but that is how much we disliked the Pilot. Seeing the transmission problems so many people had, glad we took the loss and moved on. It is a shame because we pretty much owned at least one Honda since 1996. That streak came to an end 20 years later and not sure if/when Honda will be our choice again. Read the full review First and last honda i will ever buy by Jim on Oct 27, 2017 Vehicle: 2016 Honda Pilot Elite w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) My wife wanted to trade our Mercedes GL450 for a new 2016 Pilot Elite. She liked the new design and the features on the Elite cannot be matched on similar vehicles. Her parents have had several Honda's. This was our first. Within the first 1ok miles we had several software recalls. One was for the computer adding miles to the odometer when the car was turned off. Not sure how many miles, but they extended the warranty 12k miles. At 16k miles the transmission started chirping between 3rd and 4th gear. I was told it just needed a firmware reflash. I shared information that suggested otherwise, but the dealer refused to listen. Picked it up the next day and asked if it still chirped. The answer was yes, but that I would have to drive it 40 miles for the system to reteach itself. Drove it 60 and took it back the next day with a louder chirp. Shared several pages from previous owners that stated there was a broken part in the transmission that cross contaminated engine coolant with transmission fluid. Shared that with the dealer. He asked what the resolution was and I told him a new transmission. Turns out I was right. Fast forward to 33k miles. Received a letter from Honda stating that our car now needs a new radiator, all new hoses and O rings and they need to test the engine to make sure it was not damaged. This is all from the original transmission issue. While the car was being repaired, I traded it on a 2016 Lexus GX460. I have been a loyal Toyota/Lexus/Scion user for many years and never should have let my wife talk me into this Honda Pilot. First and last Honda I will ever own! BTW, she loves the new Lexus. Read the full review Used 2016 Honda Pilot Elite w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System SUV for Sale on Edmunds.com

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