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Honda Odyssey 1999 - 2004



  • dchoppdchopp Posts: 256
    1100 miles on the 2002 Oddy and all is well. Checked our gas milage today on a 200 mile trip going 70mph with the climate control on and got 26.2 mpg. Not Bad.
  • lumanskilumanski Posts: 39
    I'm sure this is a repeat question but do I need to make any special adjustments (different gas, oil, etc) if I'm going into high altitude this summer for a weeks vacation? (Colorado). I will NOT be towing anything.

    Note: 1 year and 22,000 miles down. If only SUV Moms knew how great these are!
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    That is one of the great things about todays cars. With the on board computers etc. you don't need to make any changes as the computer does it for you. You may see a decrease in power and mileage if Colorado is one of those states that use the special oxygenated fuels.
  • pat84pat84 Posts: 817
    I have the much sought after, now collectable, highly prized Canyon Stone Silver with Quartz interior 99 ODY.
    I have a meager 57 K miles on it and still runs like new. It will be 3 in July.
  • ody01ody01 Posts: 100
    My 2001 Taffeta White Odyssey EX with Fern Interior one year this month. 13,500 miles now. Taffeta White with Fern Interior very nice. White very elegant exterior. Fern Green interior same as Quartz not show dirt or wear.
  • carrieb2carrieb2 Posts: 7
    We will be picking up our EX in mid June at a dealership about 240 miles away from our home. On the trip back should I travel below or at 55 miles per hour or isn't that necessary? What have others done with their new Odyssey's?
  • jbhjbhjbhjbh Posts: 1
    We have a 2000 EX and are getting ready to replace the tires. Any suggestions for quieter riding tires. OEM tires create a lot of road noise.
    Thanks, Jim
  • pat84pat84 Posts: 817
    I drove my ODY from the git go at well over 55. I would recommend that you don't use the cruise control (vary the engine speed) up to at least 70 and avoid hitting the brakes really hard ( if traffic will oblige) for the first few hundred miles. I did this and I get better than average gas mileage (about 22.5 with 40 % highway, 60% city) and I can cruise at 80 all day, accelerating to above that when passing. I have a 99 with 57 K miles.
  • edwinfongedwinfong Posts: 25
    I just got Michelin X Radial Pluses from Costco. They are much quieter than the
    Firestone Affinyties that were OEM on my 2000 Ody LX. I got 51K on the Firestones.
    The Michelins handle better and are more quiet. The X Radial Pluses are identical to
    the Radial Ones by Michelin except they are sold by Sam's Club and Costco. Costco
    in Sacramento sold them for about $480 for set of 4, mounted, balanced, with a road
    hazard guarantee and treadwear guarantee for 80K miles including taxes.
  • I enjoy my overall experience with my Ody but I just get a little frustrated when we're doing those weekend errands to the grocery store and home depot and my cargo area becomes an either or situation. Either I can put my groceries on top of the boards I'm hauling and watch them roll around the place or I can skip home depot all together to put my groceries in the bin behind the seat. Does anyone else have this problem?
  • collins14collins14 Posts: 39
    We took delivery of our 02 Odyssey this morning. I am a little disappointed in initial quality. Several things are wrong with it. One item I do have a question on- I drove 80 miles today and the needle never moved off of the F on the gas gauge. I thought it was broken (or I was getting incredible mileage!). Then at the very end of the day it moved slightly- about one needle width off of the "F". So I have now gone 90 miles and it has only slightly moved. Do I need to get this checked out? Either I am going to get 900 miles to the tank or it will run out at the 1/2 mark. Is this typical for the ody or a new car?
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Depending on the type of miles you put on it highway Vs city it's very possible to put that many miles on a car without it moving off of full. I have had many, many new cars and most all of them do that. The price would be expensive to design a very accurate fuel gauge. Besides if you did 90 miles and get 25 mpg thats only a little of 3 gal. The Ody tank is a shallow tank. Kind of long and wide but not deep. You will find when it gets low enough for the low fuel to come on that you may still have 4 or 5 gal. of gas left, a commond complaint here. Also you will get the sloshing sound when you get near half full, again due to the tank being more in the middle of the vehicle due to the well that the magic seat fits into.
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    We took delivery of our 02 Odyssey this morning. I am a little disappointed in initial quality.

    Are you a little disappointed in initial quality because of the fuel gauge? If so be happy that you haven't got any real problems and enjoy your new Odyssey.
  • tj_610tj_610 Posts: 132
    vanchallenged: How about just folding the 3rd row forward, and resting boards across them and onto the floor in front, leaving the cargo area for use? Even remove 2nd row seats if not in use. Or use the side clothes hangers to hold plastic grocery bags. Don't know how much this'll help.

    collins14: We have '02 Ody, I still drive an '88 Civic. My experience with both of these, and a previous Civic I had, are that Honda's fuel gauges act this way. Be prepared, the needle indeed goes down slowly, but the last 1/3 of the tank (according to the gauge) goes much quicker. I bet you will see realistic mpg figures when you fill 'er up. It just takes getting used to. When my Civic gets below 1/4 tank on the gauge, I watch it very closely.

    Speaking of MPG, I was pleasantly surprised to get 25 mph last week on a long trip to NC mountains. We've only been getting 15-16 mpg around town.
  • collins14collins14 Posts: 39
    It wasn't just the gas gauge. Problems with the van upon delivery:
    1)roof rack was bent-new one is being put on today.
    2)alignment is severly off- a strong pull to the right.
    3) Passenger front door needs a strong push to close all the way. A normal closing does not make it latch.
    4)Loud rattle/creak up front
    I guess I just expected something better from Honda.
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    Now those are what I call problems. Any one of those would be cause for complaint, to have four is very unlucky. A vehicle with those problems should not have got past quality control at the factory and if it did the dealer should have spotted and fixed the problems but maybe that's asking too much. I hope you get them all rectified soon. May I ask was this a Canadian assembled Odyessey or was it US assembled?
  • collins14collins14 Posts: 39
    I was hoping for a Canadian car but unfortunately this one was made in Alabama. I hope the pilots do not have as many quality problems.
  • corsicachevycorsicachevy Posts: 316
    Do you need tools to remove the second row captain chairs from an Odyssey? Just wondering.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    1)roof rack was bent-new one is being put on today. That could have happened after leaving factory.

    2)alignment is severly off- a strong pull to the right. Should be easy to fix.

    3) Passenger front door needs a strong push to close all the way. A normal closing does not make it latch. May just need a little grease.

    4)Loud rattle/creak up front That could also be easily fixed. You have to remember that these aren't road tested at the factory. Could be something real simple.
    If this is the only trouble you have than you're way ahead of the game. This is a machine with thousands of parts and put together by a thousand pair of hands. Mistakes happen. Last year I went to the Detroit auto show and saw a $350,000 Rolls with a paint run right by the door handle. How could they have missed that, but they did.
  • collins14collins14 Posts: 39
    I did not say these were problems that were difficult to fix- or at least I hope so. My comment was that I was surprised by so many defects in a new car. The price of a new Ody is not chump change to us. I spent a long time researching cars and although I preferred the Sienna the whole sludge issue scared me away. I had hoped I was purchasing a quality built vehicle - and I am still hoping that. Only time will tell.
  • 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: 8,862
    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.
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