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Honda Odyssey 1999 - 2004



  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Just push it once and look through the drivers side window and there should be a red light blinking by the speedo. Even though it's not in the owners manual that is your light showing Alarm set.
  • The first time you push the lock button, it locks the doors - and if you leave it, 15 seconds later the alarm system will activate all by itself. I guess if you push the button twice right away, you're probably just skipping the 15 second wait. Try it once, sit inside and lock it with the transmitter, then exit right away - no alarm. But do that after waiting 15 seconds, and you're garage will become an alarm horn echo chamber. Yes, I'm a geek who just had to try this out.

    '02 Odyssey SS EX
    '99 CR-V Blue EX
  • don96don96 Posts: 5
    Does anyone know how long it is supposed to take to install VES in 2001 ody? Dealer is charging for 5 hours is that reasonable?
  • odd1odd1 Posts: 227
    Fisher-Price has a latch seat out for about a year now. We really like it. The exterior steel bar makes us feel better when we are forced to put it against a door. Just, found out it was CR top choice. Babies"R"Us carries it in my part of the country.
  • Yes, a 5 hour time estimate is very fair. I had one installed along with other accessories, and it actually took about 5 hours to install the VES. If you look at the installation instructions (posted on the site)you will see how time consuming the installation process is.
  • inkyinky Posts: 370
    OK, folks. When the dealer says a Honda Odyssey has been shipped, how long is the travel time?
    I ask since I finally found one available that has shipped (Red Rock EX). Anyone else have this color. Any opinions on it?
  • akin67akin67 Posts: 62
    My dealer told me that my Odyssey is scheduled to be manufactured on 12/11/2001. I live in NJ. How long doe sit take to build and how long to ship? Basically when should I realistically expect to get it.
  • My dealer told me my SS EX-L will be built on Dec.10th and will be arriving around xmas time frame.
  • bburton1bburton1 Posts: 395
    Just read a NYT article which said the plant was now on line several months ahead of schedule to meet demand. The article further stated their annual capacity was 120K Ody's and 120K V6 engines. Thought they were also producing their SUV at this site also. Anybody know. Also what were Oddy sales in the past year-wonder if the Alabama plant will begin to meet demand.
  • Have an 02 Ody EX with 1000 miles on it... spend a lot of time driving between 45 & 50 mph. My RPMs are around 1400-1500 at these speeds, which seems low to me. However, I've been driving a manual for years so perhaps this is normal these days. Mileage is great; my lowest mpg has been 21 (best 27) with mixed driving, so I'm assuming it's geared to run low. Any comments from other 02 owners?

    Have the Red Rock color. Really like it, especially on sunny days. Kind of flat on cloudy days though. Also have a subwoofer which improves the sound quite a bit for those not happy with the stock stereo.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    ...I've heard will be ramping up to 120K Ody units annully most likely by spring and Ontario will wind down on Odys. That capacity will be used for new Honda SUV and Acura MDX.
  • When Honda tell us that we have a "build date" it is a period of time that is 4 days. They will say, from 12-4 to 12-8 for example. The next thing that we see is the "ship date". This means when the van is placed on the train. There can be a period of time between the build date and the ship date as long as a week or so. Once the train is underway, we then get a delivery date. This is also a little misleading because the Ody can sit on the rail cars for a couple of days til they get unloaded and then transported.

    Here in Maryland, when I get a "build date" I can usually figure about two weeks after the last day of the build date. If you are lucky and your car gets built the first day of the build date, and shipped immediately then delivered to the dealership...maybe 10 days.

  • begin with 5....

  • jnash2jnash2 Posts: 31
    My 02 EX rpms about the same. I thought it was low too, but think of the gas we're saving. That's probably the most fuel efficient way. As long as the horses still kick in when I hit the gas it's ok with me. I'm not a mechanic, but this seems normal.
  • jnash2jnash2 Posts: 31
    Not using the same paint as the outside in all the door jambs and hatch jamb. Why? To save 10$ per car?
  • Yep, I'm a little giddy. My 02 Ody SS LX is waiting for me at the dealer only 50 miles away. I pick up Thursday, so I promise a report on the deal this weekend. Looks straight up so far.

    A little help: I need the checklist referred to so many times to go over the van. Can someone who has it bookmarked please post? I would be most appreciative!
    Vikki, t-minus 48 hours and counting :)
  • Just want to thank all of you that helped out with my question on wheel torque over the past weekend. I also received a reply from the friendly folks at -- 80 ft-lbs for both LX and EX wheels.
  • I don't know when they started, or why, but I do know that on my Blue (Make that Dark Velvet Pearl) 1999 Odyssey, only the paint on the exterior is metallic. The paint on the jambs, door edges, underside of the hood, inside of spare tire well, etc. is a similar, but not same, shade of dark blue - solid color. So they've been doing it for awhile.
  • Vikki --

    Here you go: <<>>

    What did you get for a "deal"? Any specifics would be helpful!


  • Thanks, I may consider getting that, for I would feel safer having her in the middle of the van.

    I almost had a wreck today. I saw smoke from the brakes of a car about 3 cars in front of me, then the brake lights of the other cars. Luckily, there was a very wide shoulder on the highway and I was able to pull over there. The little one kept on singing "The Ants Go Marching One by One" at the top of her lungs, but it took me a while to stop shaking and crying.
  • I took some pics of the plant on my trip to Atlanta just before Thanksgiving:

  • crkeehncrkeehn Posts: 513
    glad to hear that your experience turned out for the best. I've been in a similar situation and can't say I enjoy the adrenaline rush.
  • I've been mulling over purchasing an Ody for a couple years and of course each year the colors change. I had previously liked the dark green color but it seems to have been replaced with evergreen pearl - which I'm not all that hot about. My question is, what are the opinions on either the white or granite green metallic? I'm not able to see one of these (2002s) in person so I'm at a bit of a disadvantage.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The dealer I visited said white had a shorter wait list than any other color, so I guess they are not popular.

    I own a white Miata, and can tell you it's a royal pain to keep it clean. It looks dirty after any rain, and dust/pollen shows even a day after you wash it.

    Black is also hard to keep clean. Try silver or gold.

  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    Caught you in the act! Give in, buy momma the van and get it over with. ;-) The local dealer got my $250 yesterday on a Granite Green (looks grey to me) EX.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Maybe, if she's pregnant with twins. She is expecting. :-)

    I'd struggle to accept paying MSRP. She wants leather because it's easier to clean, so that's about $29k, right about at our price limit.

  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    fibber is right. Buy her the Ody. Remember, if momma ain't happy, ain't no one happy!! :-)

    Seriously, we got our white EX when our second came along. Paying MSRP was a real sticking point for me as well. But once I stopped over analyzing it, I realized MSRP was a competitive price. Many of the other vans out there are very nice, but it came down to the magic seat and Honda experience. We have that seat up and down at least 3 times a week and we've owned Hondas since 1991. Ours hasn't had any of the door or transmission problems some others have noted.

    If the price is right at your limit, don't you have a little topless toy you could trade in as well!!?? Just Kidding. Whatever decision you make, don't forget the most important thing - being a good daddy to a healthy child.
  • jnash2jnash2 Posts: 31
    The dark colors look great when they are perfectly clean and waxed, which is a big job on this big van. I like the Granite Green, especially the way it looks at night under the street lights, but my wife talked me into Silver. A lot of people believe that it the color that hides the dirt the best till you get around to washing it. IMO. The shortest wait seems to be White. Then Gold. The most wanted is the GG.
  • I live in the Western suburbs of Chicago and had a heck of a time finding a 1999 3 years ago. I decided to try the dealers within a 100 mile radius or so of me and ended up calling Schroeder Motors in Benton Harbor Michigan ( About 100 miles away). Suprisingly they had an unallocated Blue EX in transit and sold it to me at MSRP and were absolutely above board. FAST FORWARD TO NOW -- I loved my Odyssey so much I knew the 2002 engine was a must giving I haul fairly heavy stuff around and again started calling the locals in Chicago. Most were fairly arrogant and truly didn't seem to give a damn and demand is still brisk in the Metropolitan areas and will have another customer 10 minutes later. I called a few in southern Illinois who would sell at 500-750 below MSRP and then gave Schroeder in Benton Harbor (Mark Sanders) 616-926-6181 a shot to match the deal. They agreed and I made a deal again over the phone but below MSRP. They took a $1000 refundable deposit and told me that they would locate or order what ever I was looking for. I actually like the Taffeta White so went for that.

    I ordered dealer installed options last time on the 1999 like fender well trim, floor mats, mud guards but have decided to order that stuff from (oh the have the plastic covers to cover the seat receptacles when you remove the center row) and install the mud guards, wind guard and rest by myself and keep the $300 savings in my pocket rather than fund the dealers retirement program (which will suffer as soon as production doubles).

    I do love the Odyssey even with the inconveniences of having to hunt for them.

    Thanks for listening,


    Good luck and

    I would like to know what people would recommend paying for a 7yr/100k warranty.
  • Greg said:
    >Good luck and
    >I would like to know what people would recommend >paying for a 7yr/100k warranty.

    I paid $875 for the HondaCare 7/100/0 on my 02 just tonight. Got the SSEXL for $600 under MSRP. Waited about 2 weeks.
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