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2011 Honda Odyssey Discussion



  • thanks much for answering those questions. Much appreciated.
  • jdc6jdc6 Posts: 1
    I have a 2011 EXL model, and a few thoughts for those interested, after 2K miles. First, read the New York Times review, as it seems fair and accurate. Notable pluses: seats all around are quite comfortable, as are the logical placements of all controls. Road cruising is a pleasure, and the engine is reasonably powerful. For us, having the capacity to fit three car seats in the second row was critical (compare the Sienna, which does not allow this), but the lowered height of the roof does make it a bit tricky to lift in the snap in middle seat carrying our infant.

    Other minuses, in my mind: cheap plastics for a vehicle costing this much (they are largely the same as the Fit, which we traded in for this, but the Fit cost less than half). The economy is terrible: we have yet to average over 20mpg for a tankful, which frankly should be an embarrassment to Honda; our Prius, after 100k miles, still averages 45mpg. Secondly, and most disappointing, is the steering: road feel is gone. It is akin to driving a '85 LTD. So much for the Odyssey being the driver's minivan -- I suppose their feedback suggested that this is what americans want, but not this one, at any rate. Ah well, it is a minivan, after all. Just don't expect this iteration to be particularly fun to drive; it isn't. Comfortable, useful, and well designed, yes.

    I for one thinks it looks better in person than on the page, and we have had many compliments from strangers on the appearance. Go figure.
  • Has anyone experienced "squeekling" coming from the sliding doors? We have annoying/loud noise coming from both sides - seems associated with weather "rain or snow.
  • Yes, I did notice that in my 2010 Honda Odessey. Gave that report a few days after picking it up (Sept. 2010). But Open Road Honda, Edison NJ said, there is no problem. It is normal. I have to get used to it. But it is really disturbing not to have a quiet cabin. I understand you totally.
    But my biggest concern right now is the problem with filling up the gas. Everytime the gas station fill up the gas tank, the "click" thing from nose nozzle and it will stop filling up, I realized I am not yet totally filled up. Brought this problem to Open Road honda again and again and now service department said, they can't do anything about it. They don't see any problem.
    Based on the manual, total gas capacity is 21 gals. Given a +/- 3 % allowance, it should be +/- 20.4 to 21.6 gals. Last time, I was able to run my car for another 26 miles after the gas light turns on and reach the gas station to totally filled it up. Again, the hose nozzle and it stop at 15.72 gals. According to the Open Road Technician who went with me to fill up the gas during my 2nd visit to Open road, the gas station that I go to doesn't have problem with their hose nozzle (new, actually this gas station just opened 2010) and the facility is normal. Not in anyway, elevated to cause any tilting on the pavement thereby causing the gas tank to be tilted as well. So everything is normal then.

    The point is even though the car is not TOTALLY EMPTY WHEN I FILLED IT UP, given 2 gals (light turns on minus 26 more miles driving *16 mpg*)) plus 1/2 gal. allowance after the hose nozzle click (which the technician said should be), the total capacity is still 17.22 - 18.22 gals only as compared to what the Honda claim to be 21 gals.

    The worst thing also is that, the meter wouldn't reach the letter "F" on the meter even if I add another half a gallon after the hose nozzle click and stop filling it up.
  • 18 MPG City actual - over 2 months . Touring model. No real highway mpg yet.
  • Bought the same car and color you did - November 2011. Have you had issues with loud rubbing and squeaking noises coming from the sliding doors when moisture is around - rain - snow. Assuming it is the rubber gasket/seals. Live in northeast and when the snow hits the noises are incredible. Not sure if moisture is the problem that seems to be the culprit at this point.

  • I have just experienced the same problem. It now beeps & warns me after I shut the car off, and also, as soon as I open the door handle. The car starts fine, but it continues to "warn" me, and therefore, it worries me!

    Anyone found a solution to this problem yet? I do not have a remote starter, and I also unplugged my phone charger, portable navigation, etc. It has been very cold here- down to the teens, so maybe that affected it? I drove it for at least an hour today...and it still warns me.

    Help please!
  • queenv1queenv1 Posts: 53
    Bring it back to your dealer. They will test your battery. If it's low they are supposed to change it. If it's not low then off you go until the next warning and until they find the solution to this unexpected problem. One fellow talked about a battery sensor being reset. So perhaps they will do that too.
    I would worry if your battery is low. But you won't know that until you bring it in. And I don't believe that it has anything to do with driving your vehicle. I drive mine over 50 miles a day and my warning still came on so don't believe that bull.
  • Well I found this on another forum... so now I feel much better!

    It says this...

    "After having the Van check and the dealing gave the van a full charge everything was fine for a few days. It is now doing it again. We contacted the dealer and they have contacted Honda. According to my dealer this is a new feature for the 2011 and they are getting a lot of complaints. They said the low battery signal is just an indication the the battery is charging and been monitored. If problem occur with the battery a different warning will come up. They said " If Honda gets enough complaints on this feature Honda will notify the dealers to disable it"
  • 2011 Touring Elite. After moving down to a Honda because of the great quality hoop la I have heard through the years - I am seeing that the quality is suspect and the vehicles really are not built that well - should have read forum before I bought a $45,000 minivan - I even ordered it and had to wait for it (it is a Honda for crying out load). Bad steering, warning lights for no reason, terribly loud squeaks coming from sliding doors when raining or snowing (moisture on door gaskets rubbing), poor dead foot position, terrible front windshield tint positioning - too low in line of sight and the list just goes on and on. What is next - 1st and last Honda! Lets see if the dealers resale value pitch is true - will be gone in the spring.
  • Sounds like a test drive would have saved you this heart ache.
    Better luck next time.
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    edited January 2011
    Is this post just for trolling? I cannot believe that you spent $45k without proper research nor a couple of test drives... or may be you have tons of money to waste, if it's that then you are fine, just sell it for $35k in Spring, nothing to lose, $10k is nothing nowadays :D

    And yes, you are right, even for the Elite, it is still a Honda, not an Aston Martin
  • gene00gene00 Posts: 113
    Maybe next time sit you should sit in the car before you buy it.
  • Amen to that ! No - it is to expand upon the battery light coming on- the doors making such load noises it is impossible to believe they did not discover it during design and test and some real poor design issues. Drive it - try to stretch your left leg out - dead foot pedal placement is atrocious. I did research, as much as you can a new model, and "test" drive a 2011 EX and ordered the Elite - finding out the hard way - Honda is not all that it is cracked up to be quality and design wise. Like you said buy a highline car and not worry.
  • erik_herik_h Posts: 77
    edited January 2011
    Did anyone notice the first set of crash results for the 2011 Ody. I expected it to do well with the new tests even though they are harder. The ody passed with flying colors, it got a 5 star rating from the NHTSA.


    I expect a similar finding from IIHS soon.
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    edited January 2011
    The IIHS ones are out as well: - ting-30235.html

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has just announced that model year 2011 Honda Odyssey managed to score the maximum rating in the latest crash tests conducted by the institute. The vehicle received a Good rating for protection in front, side and rear-impact crashes, wile roof strength in rollover crashes will be tested later this year.

    The Odyssey reacted well to the crashes, with dummy movement well controlled in the frontal impact. "After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury," IIHS said in the official results.

    Although the driver and the passenger were pretty well protected, there were some forces that could have led to injuries to the lower leg, IIHS said. The vehicle thus earned Good for protection at the level of the head and the chest and acceptable when it comes to feet.
  • pn334pn334 Posts: 2
    1 week later - the "Batt Low" has not come on since the first day after the new battery. It did for the first 24h but this may have been because the "new" battery was not fully charged either. I am not convinced it is permanently resolved, but until I see another warning I have to guess that changing the battery fixed the problem. If I see the "Batt Low" warning again I will back to complain.

    In other news, our mileage so far is only 13.9 mpg, but we do mostly in-town driving and it's winter.
  • blackexv6blackexv6 Posts: 490
    I think you were fooled by all the "Honda perfection" hype. Honda's are great cars but as someone said earlier they are not perfect. Not many car companies are "perfect" other than probably Lexus.

    If you paid $28k for an EX I think you would be pretty happy with the car. For $45k, a Lexus RX350 would give you quality and luxury that reflects the price point.

    A good analogy is the Honda Accord. At the end of the day, a $30k+ Accord EXL V6 is the same car as the $18k LX model. No extra sound deadening, dash material same, etc. You can't expect top-line luxury when the car is based off an entry price point under $20k.
  • patnicpatnic Posts: 22
    Currently have a 2003 Ody-EXL (transmission issues - of course) and test drove the 2011. I have never been a fan of buying the first model year of any car, but thought Honda might be different. After all your posts, this just confirms my feeling. They need to work out the bugs before I buy a new Ody.

    At this point, thinking of riding my 2003 into the ground. Still ticked off at Honda because of the tranny (although, they did pay 90%) and only GM and Ford in my local area. I honestly have no idea what car I would buy if my van got totalled.
  • If you've been happy since 2003, why stop now.

    Although I wouldn't worry about getting a 2011....I feel very confident in the build quality of my car. You should remember that most people are out & about DRIVING their trouble-free Hondas. The ones that have problems, are home researching & posting to forums!

    Either way, I'm sure you'll make a great decision.
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