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I just hit 500 miles. I was digging through the manual if I should take it for maintenance, given the engine has had a chance to break in, but all I can find is info about Maintenance Minder.

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I just hit 500 miles. I was digging through the manual if I should take it for maintenance, given the engine has had a chance to break in, but all I can find is info about Maintenance Minder.

Any advice?
Nothing to do at 500 miles. Honda is still one of those left who has a 'break-in' oil; however, they want you to run it until you get your maintenance reminder to change it. My dealer wants to see mine at 5K to rotate tires and do a check of everything, which probably would be prudent; however, no need to do anything until then, unless you have an issue. The standards of gentle driving, no panic stops, etc. for the first 1K is wise. The manual speaks of no towing for the first several hundred miles. Pretty straight forward/easy peasy. I did check all the fluids and tire pressures at 500 miles, just to feel better; however, they were all fine (well, the spare needed a few pounds...).

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Break-in oil remains a popular myth. The only difference between regular oil and factory fill is... nil. That being said, moly from the assembly process does get into the oil and quickly turns it dark. But leave it in until time to change.

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This seems to be the place to ask the question. Does Gen II have a NON Maintenance Minder schedule for maintenance as did the Gen I?
 

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Your vehicle is not even broke in yet follow that Maintenance Minder.
Don't change your engine oil to early wait for MM to tell you.
But for sure take it in for service if something is not working correctly but regular routine maintenance follow MM & Owner Manual.
 

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This seems to be the place to ask the question. Does Gen II have a NON Maintenance Minder schedule for maintenance as did the Gen I?
Actually, the G1 RL did not have a maintenance schedule other than the MM. Joe dug up a generic schedule for those who really wanted a schedule. I don't know, but it may have been the same schedule my 2004 Pilot had. The MM was introduced for the 2006 Pilot and the 2006 RL (first MY). My '06 Pilot has it and it confused the heck out of me initially (coming from a 2004 Pilot). I looked all over for a schedule!

My personal observation is that the schedules that float around here tend to be a bit more conservative than the MM. The normal service schedule puts time limits as well as mileage on the TB (7 years) while the MM just runs until it miles out, I believe. The schedule also has more frequent VTM-4 changes too, with a change at 15k, 30k, then every 30k. The MM calls for a VTM-4 change at the OCI prior to reaching 15k miles, then every 30k thereafter, iirc.

I don't know if it's safe to assume the G2 RL MM works similarly or not. But I imagine it does.

I'd like to see the MM portion of the GW RL.
 

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Actually, the G1 RL did not have a maintenance schedule other than the MM. Joe dug up a generic schedule for those who really wanted a schedule. I don't know, but it may have been the same schedule my 2004 Pilot had. The MM was introduced for the 2006 Pilot and the 2006 RL (first MY). My '06 Pilot has it and it confused the heck out of me initially (coming from a 2004 Pilot). I looked all over for a schedule!

My personal observation is that the schedules that float around here tend to be a bit more conservative than the MM. The normal service schedule puts time limits as well as mileage on the TB (7 years) while the MM just runs until it miles out, I believe. The schedule also has more frequent VTM-4 changes too, with a change at 15k, 30k, then every 30k. The MM calls for a VTM-4 change at the OCI prior to reaching 15k miles, then every 30k thereafter, iirc.

I don't know if it's safe to assume the G2 RL MM works similarly or not. But I imagine it does.

I'd like to see the MM portion of the GW RL.
Yes, I've successfully gone 225,000 miles not using the MM. I guess that I remember that Joe came up with that schedule. For my $, I'd say that schedule worked just fine and I'd like to do it again on the Gen II.
 
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