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Avoid Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 5/12/2015 dph1

I am a long time Honda owner (all Accords). I purchased a 2014 Honda Pilot new in April 2014. After two days of owning it, I realized I made a huge mistake. The VCM system causes vibrations and jerks when it transitions from 6, 4 and 3 cylinders. You will not notice on a test drive because the engine has to warm up first for it to engage. Honda posted a software update TSB that helps but did not resolve the problem. If you want to buy a Honda V6 with VCM, insist on a long test drive at speeds greater than 60 on flat roads. I just sold my Pilot for a Sienna - best move ever even if it is a minivan. Toyota knows V6s should run on all 6 cylinders.

Favorite Feature : The Pilot has a huge interior. It is the best of all mid size crossovers in that respect. The controls are simple, and the seat comfort is above average. I liked the boxy look, and the steering had a nice weight to it.

Suggested Improvement : Improve build quality - mine had sun visors that snapped loudly when closed. The dealer claimed it was normal. The rear seat recline lever broke off in my hand. Some interior plastic trim came loose. In addition, I constantly received the check gas cap message regardless of how many times I clicked the gas cap when closing it. Finally, do away with VCM - PERIOD. The system is garbage. If you are thinking about a Honda or Acura with this - google Honda VCM Vibration. Believe me, if you are sensitive to any noise or weird vibrations, it will make you bonkers. Don't make a 40k mistake like I did.

Average Rating : 2.5

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