2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: the first service stop

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test, first service stop

It’s been six months since we took delivery of our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot Touring AWD, and we have been packing on the miles as quickly as one can. After just over 8,000 miles, our Pilot’s trip computer informed us it was time for its first service stop.

How did we get to over 8,000 miles in six months? Lots of errands, road trips from Atlanta to Florida, Atlanta to Detroit, Chicago, its current home, Minnesota, and, of course, some family road trips to the cabin in Northern Minnesota.

Automakers are calling for longer intervals between service stops than ever before, and while we don’t necessarily love the idea of putting 8,000 miles on the odometer before performing an oil change, we’re abiding by Honda’s recommendations.

So, what does the first service stop include for our Pilot, and what was it like?

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test, first service stop

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test, first service stop

The actual service requested

Our Pilot’s trip computer gave us a chime along with a pop-up notification at 8,216 miles informing us the A 1 maintenance was due soon. Scrolling through the trip computer we noted the Pilot’s oil sensor was reading that there was 15% oil life left.

We called our local Honda dealership and learned the A 1 service is an oil change (that’s the A part) and tire rotation (that’s the 1 part). We made an appointment and off we went.

In addition to the A 1 service we noted a few other things needing to be checked over with our Pilot. One of the clips on the front passenger door’s molding had popped out of place at some point either due to a passenger’s foot hitting it while exiting or from catching on something when closing the door. While we were able to pop it back in ourselves, it wasn’t as tight as it should be.

We’ve also noted some discrepancies in the average fuel economy our Pilot’s trip computer is reporting versus the fuel economy we are actually recording. We reached out to Honda about this and it is being looked into, but as requested by Honda, we noted it to the dealership as well during our service.

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test, first service stop

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test, first service stop

The experience

Upon pulling into the service area on a busy Monday morning we were immediately greeted by a friendly advisor. Soon we were introduced to our scheduled advisor, Angie, and we walked through the required service and other requested items. Within minutes we were off to the waiting room for some free coffee, cookies, TV, and wifi.

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