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Honda Odyssey 1999 - 2004



  • dchoppdchopp Posts: 256
    When I purchased my Oddy (out of state), My dealer(Rick Case Cleveland,Ohio) took the Oddy through a 68 point check before it was given to me. It took two hours to prepare the van and I know because I was there. They made sure every movable part worked. They put it on a lift and checked the underside and even checked the tourque of the lug nuts along with the tire pressure. They gave me a copy of there inspection. It was a very intensive inspection and the last thing they did was wash and wax it. Opps. The last thing they did was test drive it before delivering it to me.
  • tj_610tj_610 Posts: 132
    I agree with you, fixable or not, that sounds like a disappointment. I hope it's all sorted out with good service. I tend to agree with the others, this could have been nipped by the dealership. As you indicate, it's a nice chunk of $$$ to put down, and with other nice models, I expected (and fortunately got) a vehicle with great initial quality. Let us know how your dealer handles it.

    corsicachevy - No tools to remove, but when you put them back you need a flat blade screwdriver to remove the plastic plates that cover the seat latches on the floor.
  • ody01ody01 Posts: 100
    Other brands minivan not have huge cargo area, Magic Seat and well behind 3rd seat so owner can never go Home Depot and grocery store same trip. Other brands minivan not take 7 people and all luggage inside van long trip.
  • corsicachevycorsicachevy Posts: 316
    tj610 - thanks for the answer. That is what I suspected, but just needed confirmation. Do you HAVE to put the plastic covers in place or is that an optional procedure?
  • heatwave3heatwave3 Posts: 462
    Just looking for some further info on the second row seat removal. Anyone out there routinely take the seats out for cargo and back in for passengers? Does the removal of the seats provide a fully flat surface all the way to the back hatch?

    Do you consider the design a covenient one for removal and re-installation of the second row seats. Also does the 3rd row seat fold into the floor or does it require the same removal process as the 2nd row seats.

    Thanks for any insight on the level of difficulty or ease in this process.
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    99 and up the third seat folds into a pocket in the back in order to be flush with the flor when down. The secound row of seating removal is done by a flip of a lever, tilt them forward to unhook and lift out. Now there not exactly feather light but there not too bad...
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    Hello, I am Maxamillion from the Nissan Altima and Honda Accord boards.

    I want to know what you guys think about the Oddy, is a great buy, would you buy another. What are the current deals on the Oddy? My mom and I looked at the new Oddy a couple of months back, and she is considering either Mesa Beige, Granite Green, or the dark green color. She prefers the EX model, but she thinks that the prices are too expensive. Should she get a new Oddy or should she just get a preowned oddy? Thanks in advance.
  • heatwave3heatwave3 Posts: 462
    auburn63: with the third row seat folded into the floor and the second row captains removed, does that leave the Odyssey with a completely flat surface from the driver and front passenger seats all the way back to the rear hatch?
  • corsicachevycorsicachevy Posts: 316
    Heatwave, I can answer that one for you. The Odyssey provides a flat cargo floor with the second row seats removed and the third row bench folded.

    I think that all minivans provide a flat cargo floor when all the seats are removed/stored.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,736
    Every van has it's pros and cons.

    Would we buy another? Yes, the Ody has worked well for us.

    Current deals - depends on where you live. Prices seem to range from $500 off to $2,000 over MSRP.

    Prices/Value are relative. The Ody at MSRP is priced very close to competing models once their discounted street prices are factored in. Further Ody's seem to be holding value better than competing models.

    New vs Used - I stopped at a Honda dealer yesterday and they had a 99 EX with 36K on the lot for $23K, it was $26K new. That decision is your mom's. Personally, I tend to buy new.
  • dchoppdchopp Posts: 256
    How good are the Honda Oil Filters and who makes them?
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    Not for sure who makes them but I do know that Honda has them make them to Honda own specs. The filters are made with a anti bleed down valve to try and keep the presure available on start ups where as alot of other brands do not. For as many times as you need to change it(min. being 7500 max. being every 15k)it is well worth the 4 or 5 US dollars.
  • tj_610tj_610 Posts: 132
    Corsicachevy - The covers are optional. They just prevent small objects - and fingers - from getting caught on the latches.

    Our van was in possession for about 1 hour before I put the first scratch mark on it -- taking one of those plastic covers off! Actually, our van didn't come with covers for all slots at once, just enough to cover the latches not in use depending on your 2nd row configuration. So to just take seats out temporarily, there's nothing to do.

    Maxamillion - My wife is a Hall of Fame tightwad, so once she decided on the Ody, we looked long and hard for '99 and up used. Two problems: First, they're hard to find! People love and keep these things. Everytime we found one, it was "already sold". Second, lack of depreciation doesn't make it worthwhile. People tend to put at least average (12-15K/yr) miles on minivans, and price barely drops.
    Also, if she wants an EX no leather, she might be able to wiggle under MSRP if she's lucky.
  • kruitboschkruitbosch Posts: 5
    Maxamillion: I purchased a 2002 Taffeta White Ody EX with the fern gray leather and DVD Entertainment system. So far, it has been awesome for our family. I am not sure what all the complaints are about the quality problems. I picked my Ody up from a dealership in Dallas not two hours after delivery and took it home. It did not pull at all and there are no rattles or mechanical problems as of yet (approx. 4,000 miles). My kids love the DVD entertainment system. . ..I can't get my 2-year-old out of the van :) My wife loves the ease of the fold-down rear seats. It is nice not to have to lift them completely out. I paid MSRP at a dealership in Dallas but was quoted as much as 2,000 over MSRP by a local dealership. . . . .definitely shop around on the internet before you decide on a dealer. I am so happy with my Odyssey that I am going to put a deposit on a 2003 Honda Pilot. Hope you find this helpful.

  • teitgenteitgen Posts: 1
    It's time for new tires on my 2000 Odyssey. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  • yeongbinyeongbin Posts: 3
    I am a 2002 Honda Odyssey EXL owner, and I only drive it during the weekend (mainly on highway, California) hence the mileage is quite low. (2500 miles for 6 months) My question is: When should I do the schedule maintenance? By time or by mileage? If by time, every 6 months or one year? If by mileage, every 3750 miles or 7500 miles? Any suggestion is most appreciated.
  • raseeleyraseeley Posts: 8
    I purchased my Odyssey from Crown Honda in Greenesboro. Initially with a guy named Steve and then ended up with Chris.

    I did not have to pay NC highway tax at 2-3% but did have to pay the much more stinging Colorado version of 6.95% as well as 470 in licensing fees. However if I had bought in state I would have had to pay 7.65% tax as by buying out of state I don't pay the county tax (thus the difference). So all in all it was a big win. Hope that helps.
  • billg7billg7 Posts: 342
    I don't drive that many miles either so I am having the service done according to the books mileage severe service schedule of every 6 months or 3750 miles, which ever comes first. That is because if you drive that few miles then you are driving under the books definition of severe service, the way I read their definition. You would want to do that so that Honda did not void your warranty. Honda could say that if you drive that few miles then you are operating under the severe service. I would want to do it anyway to help keep my Odyssey reliable.

    Unfortunately the book does not seem to make sense if you drive a really low amount of miles. What if you have the car serviced and then park it in your garage for 6 months while you take a trip to Europe, say. When you come back should you get the oil changed again. That does not make any sense because the oil does not age. It is in this area of very low mileage, with time, that I would be interested in knowing what Honda would recommend. It would have been better if they had covered that in the book in order to be complete and not have misunderstandings.
  • cxxviiicxxviii Posts: 5
    OK - what is the fastest way to get my hands on a 2002 EX-L with NAV? No dealer in my area (DC) has one... is there a web site to search dealers nationwide? A Honda # to call? Best I could find was a promise of September. I am open to any creative suggestions - we are trying to get one for a cross-country trip mid-July.

    Oh, and has anyone done aftermarket DVD w/ NAV?
  • drb9drb9 Posts: 6
    My suggestion for locating one is to buy one from Vermont. We were disgusted with the tactics of College Park Honda, and I called a dealer in VT, where my family lives. Town & Country Honda in Montpelier/Barre had one sitting on the lot, without a buyer. My theory is this--Vermont is not covered very well with the nav system, so there are fewer buyers up there. Add on top of that a Yankee frugality that balks at spending an extra $2,000 for this feature, and you have increased availability. Fly to Manchester NH for $34 on Southwest, take a bus (Vermont Transit) to Montpelier for $20. Drive 9 1/2 hours home.
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