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Honda Odyssey Owners-Meet the Members

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,026
edited March 15 in Honda
Please introduce yourself!

My name is Karen and I'll be your host in the Odyssey Club. Some of you may remember me? It hasn't been that long since Vans was my stomping ground. :-)

Let me know what discussions you would like to have included in this folder. Perhaps take a look at the already established Owner's Clubs for ideas? Anyone care to be a representative/Community Leader for the club? Let me know!

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Owner's Club Host

Karen-Edmunds Community Manager



  • bryannbryann Posts: 54
    my name is Bryan and i just picked up my odyssey today. i got the dark emerald green. i was hesitant to get a van because i didn''t think i would need it with only one child on the way, but the wife thought otherwise. anyway, i must admit to warming up to the idea. i really like the van, but i didn't like the dealer's attitude about the price negotiations. thanks for hosting.
  • I picked up my new Honda Ody finally after daydreaming about it for more than a year! There was just something about owning a 2001 Odyssey (wonder why Honda didn't come out with the "Space" edition??) that appealed to the sci-fi fan in me! I'm just crazy about it so far. My name is Robin and I live in South Florida. I have two children, three and seven. We're going to be doing a lot of cruising in this vehicle. My oldest may just take it off to college . . .
  • dj5dj5 Posts: 42
    Hi all,

    My name is Dennis and my wife and I purchased a 2001 Honda Odyssey EX about three weeks ago. We live in Atlanta but had to drive to Kentucky to avoid the arrogant Honda dealers in Atlanta and to get the deal we wanted ($1000 off MSRP).

    We sold a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee to get the van.
    The Odyssey is a big improvement in ride and getting our 3 year old in and out. Glad to see people getting well informed before making their puchase. This message board really helped me in my decision and making my deal. Also good to see people shopping for their financing before seeing the dealership's finance guy. Places like e-loan can save you hundreds in interest.

    I planning on stopping by the Odyssey boards often.
  • gessgess Posts: 90
    Welcome back Karen. You were sorely missed.

    I have a mesa beige '99 LX (one of the first off the assembly line). It has performed well and has had no major problems. Our kids are 4 and 2 and this vehicle is by far the best around for us. Wouldn't mind trading up when the next design rolls around though.

  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    Good for you/us.

    My name's Phil and I own a 2001 EX. It is "Fern" in color as we Canucks say. I now have about 3500 very pleasant km on it.

    My suggested topics are: Problems, Options and Accessories, Audio/Video Ideas, Care and Appearance.
  • Great to see some familiar (type) faces!

    Keep the suggestions coming for discussions!

    Owner's Club Host

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • I am driving my new Odyssey EX for last 3 months. Overall I am very happy with it. Only my concern about reading fuel gauge. The indicator needle comes to very close to Empty when only 13-14 gallons are consumed and lights the gas reserve indicator. I believe the tank capacity is 20 gal, so I would expect it should be in reserve when 16-18 gallons used. At half of gauge, only 6-7 gallons are used. Two questions: 1) Is it a problem with my Honda only? 2) If not, how do you keep track of gas? I do not want to fill up gas every 2-3 days since I drive at least 250 miles in 2-3 days. I always feel insecure when gauge needle shows near to empty. I had never this kind of problem when I used drive Chrysler mini vans or even Honda Accord.
    Can someone help me on this?
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    My name is Dave and we have a 01 SS EX-Nav with leather seats. Got it on Sept. 30, 2000. When we ordered it we ordered the old Gray and was told to expect it in Dec. Since we had a 99 Cadillac STS that was off lease the first of Dec. we thought great. Well, wouldn't you know it, Honda brings out the Starlight Silver and floods the market with them first. Oh well, its great to have it and no problems so far to speak of. After 3 1/2 months the only thing wrong is the wipers. They set to low and when in defrost mode they don't get any of the heat to the windshield so the ice sticks to them which smears the windshield. Will check with dealer at first checkup to see if there is a fix. Anybody else having this problem? Did you get it fixed?
  • we had never thought we would own a minivan, but now, we can't imagine ever living without one! we have a 2001 SS EX we picked up in september 2000 after waiting since february 2000 (they make you wait that long so that when you finally do get it, you'll feel like you won the lottery). we live in northern california and my dw and i have a 3.5 year old dd and the most squirmy, cantankerous little ds (9 mos.) in the world. i fully expect to get at least 300,000 miles on this ody before we sell it for another one (based on our previous experience with two previous hondas).
  • Just received our LX a few days ago. Its my wife's car and I hope it will be as reliable as my 11 year old acura integra with 140,000 miles. No problems so far, but when the fuel tank gauge was 1/4 tank we went to fill it and it only took 10.4 gallons bringing the gauge to slightly above the full mark. I guess our gauge is also affected. We had driven over 230 miles, so the mixed driving mileage was pretty good (~22mpg). I would like the following topics: problems; accessories and options; and care and appearance.
  • eric_ceric_c Posts: 2
    I am looking for advice concerning towing with my ody. I am considering a pop up camper in the range of 2500 lbs. I do not yet have a trailer hitch. Any suggestions or towing experiences would be greatly appreciated.
  • Hi. I actually worked in the Odyssey plant for about a year as they were starting it up (doing systems work--production control type stuff). I've seen the underbelly of the beast, and it is good.

    I'm supposed to be getting a '01 Starlight Silver EX model in February, no nav system.

    My biggest concern: the electric doors. Those things have got to be the #1 quality problem for the Ody, but from what I can tell they're a headache for all the other vans too.
  • My wife and I have owned 2 Ody's in less than two years: A '99 LX purchased 7-99 which we traded for an 01 EX last November. Both selling dealers priced the vans at MSRP and gave us a discount on the Honda Care Warranty.

    One of my old haunts was the Ody Vs. Windstar Thread. My parents have a '99 Windstar SEL and we generally give each other good natured ribbing about our vans.

    We have an 18 month old and another one due in 6 weeks, so we plan on exercising those power doors.
    I would like to see a virtual online owners clinic. Perhaps an area where we can post pictures of our vans, accessories installed, etc. I would also suggest an ODY homecoming(like Woodstock)where we could actually get together with our fellow Ody owners.
  • Live in Salem, MA, 3 kids....11500. Just sticky sliders have been the problem. Slip tape and shin-etsu took care of it. Nice to have the club up and running.
  • Jack, wife and kids 7 and 4 years old. Can't believe it has been 7 months since I picked up our '00 GG Nav from So. California. The sharks here in the Bay Area still want a bundle for the vans. Just had a bad battery and rear spoiler with cracks around the nozzle replaced. It's time to wax the vehicle again...
  • kelsenkelsen Posts: 10
    I'm Dave Kelsen, I've had -- OK, my wife has had -- an '01 EX since early October; we have about 6K miles on it and are generally pleased. There are some nits, but we haven't had any of the major problems that have been discussed in the Odyssey venues.

    I suggest a topic of "Recommended changes to the next Odyssey".

    Dave Kelsen.
  • We picked up our 01 mesa beige Dec 29 after starting our search Jan 5. I think this was a world record. We test drove on the 22nd and then e-mailed about 15 dealers in northeast Ohio one dealer was willing to work with us a little on the price so we purchased through them. We are expecting the Ody to perform as well as our CRX 220,000 miles and the Accord we just sold with 145,000 miles. We could not be more happy with our purchase and would recommend the Ody to anyone.
  • I've created a few discussions in the Odyssey club folder. Please take a look and let me know if anything needs to be added or edited.


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  • alysaalysa Posts: 5
    My husband just flew to OH from suburban Chicago last Saturday to pick up our new GG LX. I have a 9 month old and am nervous about driving a big, honkin' minivan. Also nervous about reliablity, as the thought of schlepping in and out of the repair shopping with a kid in tow is quite distasteful, and after reading about the various problems with the vehicle, I'm keeping my fingers crossed....
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