1999 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5L from North America




Recalled items replaced - nothing major.

Stereo replaced soon after purchase.

Problems with automatic doors - fixed, bad ground on the motor.

Tires (Firestone) replaced (couldn't balance properly) with Michelin MX4s at about 20,000 miles - free from Honda.

General Comments:

Fun to drive!

I tow a 1500# pop-up camper and it does it very well.

The Honda logos on the wheels are corroding for some strange reason.

Love the fold down rear seat. The one in my previous Windstar was literally a pain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2001

1st Aug 2001, 22:10

The vehicle must be very impressive when everything works. Not many owners would think of it so highly after that many trips to the dealer.

26th Oct 2002, 11:15

I wrote that first entry probably a year or two ago. The vehicle now has 54,000 miles on it. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!!!

Buy A Toyota or Kia or anything else other than the Honda van.

As you probably have read in numerous other reviews, the doors are plain old JUNK. The driver's side door refuses to shut properly and must be forced to shut by pushing on it. It has even opened up while driving!!! The cost to repair - $700!!!

I accidentally "compressed" my 3 year old in her car seat which was behind the driver's seat. I was sitting in the driver's seat with my legs hanging outside. Unbeknown to me, I was also pressing the electric seat back switch which proceeded to press down upon my daughter in her seat, scaring her (and myself) to death.

I'm scared to death the transmission will be the next item to fail.

Other people are correct - the government should investigate this vehicle. I feel that I was lulled into a false sense of security by the Honda name. My other Hondas (5) have been absolutely reliable - then there's this piece of junk... Don't buy the vehicle.

Good Side: I'm on a first name basis with the staff in the service department...

1999 Honda Odyssey standard from North America


Perfect family vehicle


1. The light for the clock is out, it's been out since the beginning.

2. The automatic doors needed to be worked on at least 2 times.

3. The rear covers on the luggage rack have fallen off 3 times.

4. The gas sensor in the tank is faulty, which means the service engine light comes on.

General Comments:

All that "negative" said, we love the car. I knew that a first year model would have problems. We bought it sight unseen.

The car handles great for Van. Awesome on long trips, drove from Los Angeles to New Mexico and back, my rear end feels fine after a long day driving on vacation. It didn't in a rented Windstar to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, bad seat.

If you got to get a van, reliable, safe 5 star in USA, comfortable. Note, the dealer in Irvine, CA, USA stinks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2001