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2008 Honda Odyssey

rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
edited September 2014 in Honda
Not a whole lot of info for now but it's a start. A new front end will be on the 08 Odyssey. Rear end has some changes. Hope this helps.

Here are some changes.

1. VCM (cylinder deactivation) standard
2. Bluetooth as Accessory option
3. PAX runflat Tires optional on Touring.
4. New front and Rear end.


  • sharondasharonda Posts: 2
    I'm new to this forum so I'm not sure if this info is already out there. Is there any timeframe on when we can expect to see 2008 Odyssey's on the dealer's lots? I've been test driving minivans for a few weeks and haven't seen 2008 Odyssey's yet.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    September seems to be the most likely date when the 08s will start appearing.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Hi sharonda,

    September is likely but if you want Navigation you will have to wait a month after that. PAX is now optional on Touring models. Now if you wanted a touring but didn't want PAX tires now you have that option. Now more places are servicing pax tires so it's not that bad. Plus Michelin can overnight pax tires if needed.
  • spicymikeyspicymikey Posts: 75
    Bluetooth? That's great. I really need that.

    You say this with such authority. Where are you getting your info? Any word on Adaptive Cruise for the Touring Edition like the Sienna XLE Limited?
  • bamaptbamapt Posts: 25
    Is this all of the changes expected? Just wondering and when do they officially announce these things. I know they aren't supposed to hit the lots until Sept or so, but I didn't know if maybe they announce changes sooner. I have an '05 that and we are thinking about selling and getting either an '07 or '08 depending on pricing and possible changes to the '08. I'd love to see the power liftgate on the EXL but I doubt thats in the works. Based on the above mentioned, I don't think it would be worth the wait, especially if I can get a good deal on a 2007
  • sd_dadsd_dad Posts: 34
    We have two boys in carseats and are about to have a girl in September. It seems that a minivan is really the only way to do three carseats at the same time. My wife is disappointed to give up her 2004 Acura MDX, but the third row just doesn't seem practical with two carseats in the second row. We're pretty much set on the Odyssey, but there are few concerns we have, that hopefully will be resolved by the 08. If anyone has insight I'd love to hear them.

    First, the PAX tire system. I seem to recall the Edmunds review saying that the system adds more road noise, which I can't stand. Add to that the additional cost and difficulty of maintaining/replacing PAX tires, and the advantage seems minimal. PAX becoming optional on the Touring seems to help with this.

    Second, and what appears to be the bigger dilemma, is that that the only model on which you can get memory driver seats is the Touring model (which is fine because my wife wants another "loaded" car anyway), but then you lose the second-row jumpseat thingy that comes with the EX-L (which you can't get the memory seats on). Memory seats are deal-breaker, as my wife is 5'3" and I'm 6'5". She drives all week, I drive all weekend. Any indication about whether the 08 will offer memory seats on trim levels "lower" than Touring? Or, is there a way to do the jumpseat thingy in the Touring? I understand on the Touring the jumpseat thingy is replaced with a console.

    Pricing looks good on the 07s (couple hundred over invoice), so hopefully that won't change much for the 08s.

    Thanks for you input.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    I get my info at There was a comment to an article that mentioned these things. The only front end change is a grille that looks like the 08 accord. The rear end only has slightly different taillamps. Hope this helps.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Navi could very well be standard on the Touring. So now the Touring will have navi and RES. Embargo is August 21st. Then we will know for sure.
  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    Memory seats are a deal-breaker....

    Isn't it amazing what we've come to expect? There's no chance that memory seats will be offered on anything except Tourings.

    With three kids you'll want to remove the console anyone so one of them can easily get to the third seat.

    PAX doesn't add more road noise but my Touring does ride firmer than my dad's EX-L.

    Only you can balance the hassle of PAX with the piece of mind it offers. To me, it's a question of when I want to experience inconvenience. And it's not out on the interstate amid screaming traffic.
  • vkuttyvkutty Posts: 25
    I am new to this forum I don’t know the same message is already there! I need to buy an odyssey and I am looking 08 because I heard that 08 model comes with 4 wheel drive I am not sure? Is anyone knows about 4 wheel drive?

  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    My bets are no because Honda would say that if you want 4WD, then take a look at this Pilot over here...
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    The interactive network findings say no AWD. You have to buy a pilot if you want that. Or even a Sienna which is a nice van btw. I will post the colors too.

    RL3828EW Odyssey LX
    RL3848EW Odyssey EX
    RL3868JW Odyssey EX-L
    RL3878JW Odyssey EX-L RES
    RL3878KW Odyssey EX-L R&N
    RL3888KW Odyssey Tour PAX
    RL3898KW Odyssey Tour

    Mocha Metallic
    Baltic Blue Pearl
    Nimbus Gray Metallic
    Nighthawk Black Pearl
    Dark Cherry Pearl
    Silver Pearl Metallic
    Taffeta White
    Ocean Mist Metallic
    Slate Green Metallic

    Hope this helps.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076

    Enjoy this until August 21st. Then the real fun begins.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    also the embargo date for the '08 Accord?
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Of course. There are exceptions. S2000 CR is 8/15. Pilot and Ridgeline are already out so no august Embargo. The Civic, CR-V, Odyssey, Element, and Accord will be August 21st.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Some official info from honda. Touring has standard navi and dvd player. Bluetooth will be available only on touring. PAX is optional on touring. aux input will be standard. The headunit can now play MP3/WMA. Touring has memory linked doors. VCM only available on EX-L models. Some more features but I will wait for edmunds and honda to release info. Front end is 05 and up odyssey but they made the grille like the 08 accord.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076

    Teaser site of the new Odyssey. A good improvement over the standard odyssey. The 08 Accord grille works great for the odyssey.
  • I am in the market for a new Odyssey and have been debating on whether to get a 2007 or 2008. I have been scrubbing the internet hard (almost in an addictive fashion) to get specifics on the 2008 Odyssey to help me reach a decision. I found this info today on another website so I thought I would post it. If this data is true I pretty much have decided to get the 2008 vs 2007 despite any cost savings for 2007 models. Reason being is I feel the resale value and the combined value of new features being introduce outweigh the cost savings I would give up in getting an 07 model.

    2008 Honda Odyssey
    The versatile and popular Honda Odyssey’s sales continue to grow, and it receives significant updates in 2008 with exterior and interior styling enhancements, feature refinement and implementation of an upgraded Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) engine on leather models.

    Odyssey (all) Exterior and interior design enhancements
    MP3/Auxiliary input jack
    MP3/Windows Media® Audio (WMA) playback capability
    Active head restraints
    Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

    Odyssey EX 2nd-Row PlusOne Seat™ with storage bin
    Tri-zone automatic climate control

    Odyssey EX-L Next generation of Honda’s VCM® engine technology
    Rearview mirror with monitor (and backup camera)
    XM® Satellite Radio
    Power adjustable passenger seat
    2nd-Row PlusOne Seat™ with storage bin
    Tri-zone automatic climate control

    Odyssey EX-L RES Next generation of Honda’s VCM® engine technology
    Rearview mirror with monitor (and backup camera)
    115-volt power outlet
    XM® Satellite Radio
    2nd-Row PlusOne Seat™ with storage bin
    Tri-zone automatic climate control

    Odyssey EX-L Navi/RES Next generation of Honda’s VCM® engine technology
    Rearview mirror with monitor (and backup camera)
    115-volt power outlet
    2nd-Row PlusOne Seat™ with storage bin
    Tri-zone automatic climate control

    Odyssey Touring Navi/RES (08M TOURING now available in only Navi/Res trim with a PAX tire option)
    Next generation of Honda’s VCM® engine technology
    2nd-Row PlusOne Seat™ with storage bin
    Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
    Memory Linked Door Mirrors with Reverse Tilt
  • hieraxhierax Posts: 9
    Interesting info. - we are currently debating the 07 vs 08 tradeoff - and it will probably come down to price and I'll go with the dealer incentives.

    Although, the MP3 jack in the front, XM standard , and the rear view backup mirror would be very nice....

    I'd be interested to read more about the backup mirror as this is something my wife really wants.

    However with an EX-L w/ RES 07 price of around 27500 my guess is the 08 will come a good deal higher due to no incentives, and the standard 'new model year markup and "demand" '.
  • djs3djs3 Posts: 7
    I thought additional information on the 2008 Odyssey was supposed to be made available by Honda on August 21st. I haven't seen anything new. Does anyone know when it be made available?

  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    The info on post 20 was released on the 21st. Not until september. Navi isn't going to come until October.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    It's a MMC vehicle meaning minor model change. You can still get discounts on Minor Model change vehicles. It's not going to be all that new trust me.
  • Will the Odyssey finally have 5.1 Surround Sound? Watching a movie just doesn't cut it compared to my neighbor's Sienna. I love everything else. Aside from poor audio quality there's really nothing else on the market that compares to the Honda.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    I'm not sure on it. Maybe there will be an enhanced premium audio system. Touring has the best sound system btw.
  • Thanks for the reply. The new Town and Country will have surround audio. It is probably too much to ask for a mid-model upgrade to improve upon speaker sound quality/quantity and amplifier capability. Tooling changes to add the new content would have been expensive. I guess we'll have to look forward to it at the full model change in 2010. I can wait.

    I'll go aftermarket JBL to solve the current Odyssey's shortcomings. A new amp and some surrounds hign in the D-Pillars should create 5.1 audio, but I may have to change out all the speakers in order to reach a higher level clarity.
  • Wondering if anyone knows what 08 MRSP will be. I was reading Toyota Sienna Forums and saw the 08 MRSP dropped in price making the 08 a little more appealing even after all the rebates?
  • The website mentioned the complete redesign for 2010; however, the last generation was with us for 6 years(99-04). Does anyone know if the redesign is due in 2010 (5 years) or 2011(6 years).
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Expect this car to debut in October. Navi and DVD are standard on touring. A bluetooth kit will be available. However it wont mute the stereo. The navi kit probably will have that feature. The Touring's bluetooth should do that also. Nice that PAX is optional.
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