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langgle

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Posted: 09/12/07 01:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone tow a Honda Pilot all four down. I know that Honda says its not towable but I've heard that it can be towed.

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Posted: 09/12/07 01:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Its the same drive train I belive as the honda odyseey. I belive Remco has a note on there site.

Personally I wouldn't do it, the Honda transmission is not known to be bullet proof as it is. I would never flat tow my 05 oddy.


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I've considered the Element, but the chance of losing warranty coverage scared me off.

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Posted: 09/15/07 11:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not sure what year model you are inquiring about but my 04 Honda Pilot states in the book that it can be towed 4 down ONLY, at no more than 65 mph & must be started every 8 hours & run through the gears. Haven't towed far yet, but sure counting on the information in the book to be accurate! Mac


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Posted: 09/12/07 02:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

apr67 wrote:

Its the same drive train I belive as the honda odyseey. I belive Remco has a note on there site.

Personally I wouldn't do it, the Honda transmission is not known to be bullet proof as it is. I would never flat tow my 05 oddy.


As I remember the Pilot is all wheel drive, none of the Ody's are. A few '05 Pilots came through with four down towing instructions in the manual, but Honda has been rescinding that.

And WHY would someone take Remco's word on towing a Honda? They won't pay the bill if the trans goes out (although they will sell you an almost worthless "insurance policy") Cost is $400, max payout is $2000 and only good for 50,000 miles. Wonder if they're licensed to sell insurance? Bet not.

I wouldn't after they way I was treated by one of their support people. I know of three people in our club that used to use Remco products. All three had transmission failures that Remco wouldn't stand behind. NO ONE in the club uses any Remco products

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Thanks for the response. After I posted the question I found more info. Goes along with what you both have said, its not advisable to tow the pilot. Thanks again.

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Posted: 09/16/07 10:29am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Pilot is NOT TOWABLE after 2005. The drive train is the same as the 05 and earlier models, but they had a problem with frame separation, so took the tow rating off of them in 2006.

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jahapp wrote:

The Pilot is NOT TOWABLE after 2005. The drive train is the same as the 05 and earlier models, but they had a problem with frame separation, so took the tow rating off of them in 2006.
It was removed in 2005. I delt with Honda directly on our 2005 Ody and suggested a trade for an '05 Pilot, they emphatically stated that the 05's were not towable even though some owners manuals were mistakenly released saying they were towable.

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brinasmemaw,

In 2005, Honda started changing their tune about flat-towing. You are one of the "lucky ones" in which it is supposedly "OK".

When you do tow, make sure you follow the pre-tow shift procedure TO THE LETTER, and I personally repeat the process about every 4 hours (or less...whenever we stop for a break) and try to keep below the 65 mph rating as traffic allows.

You should also notice that Honda requires a more frequent transmission fluid change interval if the vehicle is used for towing.

We've been towing our 2001 Odyssey...no problems....YET! I'm keeping my fingers crossed...but it IS hard to drive that way! LOL

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We are a Honda family and love our Hondas, but we just had to sell our Ridgeline because it was not flat towable. We traded it for a CRV which is the only new Honda that is flat towable. Honda told us that any Odyssey or Pilot that was a 2003 or older could be flat towed without transmission damage. Just follow the instructions in the owner's manual to the letter.

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