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My inlaws are retiring their Ford Explorer after getting 270k+ miles out of it. They were the original owners. They drive their cars hard but are very good about maintenance, regular oil changes etc. They have a place in Florida and a place in Roscommon so twice per year they are pulling a trailer through the Smokey mountains.
Is that power train going to hold up to the punishment with proper maintenance? They say it's 23 mpg on the highway which makes me question its power and ability to hold up over the years under that kind of load.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by Ernie Pantusso 22 months ago
engineers get off on building stuff that's *just* good enough to meet specs, anything more is wasteful. there should be specs on the honda website detailing towing performance. as long as the trailer meets the specs, it should be fine. exceeding the limit would be a crap shoot.
why get away from ford though?
looking at the honda site, the pilot get's 25mpg highway, and it's a redesign, meaning there will be bugs. looks like the only motor available is a V6.
This post was edited by Turf 22 months ago
Not sure where the 40 mpg rating comes from but we have one and get 23-24 on the highway. This thing is a solid people carrier but I can't really say about a trailer. What kind of trailer? How heavy?
Sorry about that I just fixed it. I meant to type 20, they said 23.
My inlaws do many many things that I don't understand. Leaving a company that just gave them 270k+ miles is near the top of the list. And it's a very long list.
Not super heavy. It's one of those cargo trailers that some times is loaded down pretty good. But even at a light weight rolling through the Smokies twice a year puts a decent amount of stress on a car.
Have one of the first ones off the line (2003). It's got 180k miles on it, but we've barely towed anything with it. I don't think it was really designed to be a towing SUV though.
The first generation Pilot was not built for towing but could do it, You had to add a transmission cooling package and tow hitch before you could tow.
The second generation Pilot was designed to tow.
The transmission cooler is standard on the 2nd Gen Pilot and the four wheel drive version can tow up to 4500 pounds (with premium gas and a brake assist module which the Pilot is pre wired for).
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by 11B2P 22 months ago
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