Just got my second recall letter last week for the '08 Pilot airbag recall. Gona call dealer again this week. Last time they just said I'm in their computer list and will be contacted when my part arrives.
Was thinking about trying the "I want a temp rental car til part arrives" threat next time I call. Wonder what they will say. Bad thing if they come thru and want to keep my Pilot during the wait, I need my Pilot to haul gear at least 2-4 times a month. I doubt I'd get a SUV as temp auto. But I may just try it. May find that my name slides up the wait list quickly.
I too am at this point just online SUV shopping. Just joined the Kia Sorento owners club to read up on the '16 Sorento I'm considering as trade for my '08 Pilot.
Have to go test drive the Sorento to see if it doesn't feel too small compared to my Pilot. Also, considering the 4Runner, HL, Jeep GC and others. Mostly looking at mid-sized SUV's. I will see if I can live with the smaller sized vehicles.
We recently traded our '08 Pilot and were looking at 3 specific vehicles: 2012-2015 Pilot; 2014-new Sorento; 2012-2013 Acura MDX
I drove the Sorento SXL AND LIKED IT. NICE TECHNOLOGY, FAIRLY GOOD QUALITY MATERIALS.
PROBS: suspension a little stiff, take a HUGE hit in depreciation when you buy it new. ? Reliability after 5-6 years.
2012-2015 Honda Pilot TOURING also liked it a great deal. Very large compared to my '08 Pilot,, holds value
Probs. Technology was "ok," NOT A FAN OF THE "boxy look."
2012-2013 Acura MDX: shockingly, certified used MDX's compared in price with 2012-2015 Pilots. Ride is incredible with the bigger engine. Leather is plush, sound system is amazing. Hands down the best of the 3!
Probs: takes premium fuel... Only about $6 more a fill-up.
Consider looking at a 2011-2013 Acura MDX or RDX (if you want smaller). We were looking at 2012-2015 Pilots and they were too big and cost as much as a used 2011-2013 MDX.
The MDX was the perfect size we needed. Try and find a low-mileage certified one. I think you will be surprised how much easier it is to work with the Acura salespeople. The services they offer are great as well.
I purchased mine at Park Acura in Akron, Ohio