1996 Honda Odyssey Reviews from North America

1996 Honda Odyssey EX 2.2

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired225634 kilometres
Most recent distance248812 kilometres
Previous carNissan Hardbody Pickup

Summary:

It's a UUT - Ultimate Utility Vehicle

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I loved the way it drove, the way it sounded, the way it handled, everything.

As far as I'm concerned, the first generation Honda Odyssey has no equal. No minivan made since has been able to top what it can do.

The engine had plenty of power, and it liked to rev just as much as any good Honda four-banger.

The interior was well-laid out and intuitive. The fold-flat rear seat was such a stroke of genius, that it took other manufacturers almost a decade to catch up.

It hauled whatever I needed, wherever it need to go, all while getting excellent mileage.

I'll be honest, I straight up abused this van. I took it off roading, hit things with it, got it stuck, didn't change the oil at regular intervals, just all-around drove the hell out of it. It never whimpered. It never even broke a sweat. These things are insanely durable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2012

1996 Honda Odyssey EX 2.2L 4 cylinder

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired146000 miles
Most recent distance159800 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer

Summary:

Honda is the best manufacturing company around

Faults:

Radiator hose busted at 158,000, cylinder 3 had a misfire (only a faulty spark plug), front and rear motor mount failed due to previous owner (he thought it was a race car).

General Comments:

The Honda Odyssey speaks for itself. These vehicles are amazing the way they run. I would recommend a Honda to anyone. The Odyssey is a great family van; little to no maintenance, cheap to fix almost anything.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2010

1996 Honda Odyssey LX 2.2L

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.2L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carVolvo 245

Summary:

An awesome car that still doesn't have an equal in the US

Faults:

Rear cargo area leaks in water from the rear wheel well.

SRS light came on around 150k, apparently a problem with the air bag system.

Cassette player no longer works.

General Comments:

It's true what they say, this is one of *those* cars that runs and drive great, and doesn't give you many problems. It seats 7 people in relative comfort, we routinely squeeze five car seats in.

Performance wise it does drive like an older Accord with good handling and control. If you load it up with people or cargo the engine does start to lag, the trade off for good mileage and its nimble feeling.

In a few years when my boys get bigger we'll need to get a larger van, which will be a sad day. My goal is to get 220k before I retire it.

The Japanese Odyssey is still based on the Accord, like this one. I think if they started importing it again, it would sell better this time around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2009

1996 Honda Odyssey 2.2

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired176000 kilometres
Most recent distance192000 kilometres

Summary:

It is unfortunate that Honda stopped manufacturing such a minivan

Faults:

Very minor things like the front tie rod.

General Comments:

For an 11 years old with such a high mileage, it is extremely reliable, comfortable, economical, and a small minivan, but with enough spaces and room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2006

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 4 reviews