2000 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5 from North America
2008: EGR port was blocked when I first bought it. I found a way to fix it myself on Google. $100.
I bought it as a used 8 year old vehicle. It has been 5 years since I bought it, and now I realize I have been very lucky with this vehicle after reading others' remarks on this website.
When I bought it, the 'Check Engine' light was on. It was because the EGR port was blocked. I fixed it myself for under $100 with the help of Google. I have only had to do maintenance work on it ever since, which includes: regular oil changes, 1 transmission oil change, 1 coolant flush, 2 brake replacements, 2 sets of wiper blades, 1 set of tires, and 1 rotor replacement.
Compared to my previous minivans (Mazda MPV, Dodge Caravan), the Odyssey feels a lot more powerful. Acceleration under normal load is satisfactory, and passing at highway speeds has never been a problem. I have hauled everything from Christmas trees to furniture. It is also roomier, especially in the front passenger and driver area. Visibility is good to excellent because of the large windshield. The ABS has saved us from our stupidity a couple of times. The rear fold down seat is very convenient. I've owned it for 5 years now and have many good memories with it. We've taken it to New York, Detroit, and Orlando (from Toronto).
My number one complaint are the sliding doors and how they seem to get 'stuck' in the closed position very often, as if it has 'suctioned' itself to the body, so that you have to use a lot of force to open them. The heater is very weak, so that during the winter months, the thermostat is always set to the highest. Wind noise is greater compared to my Caravan, especially at highway speeds. Some button lights no longer illuminate at night, and it seems every year, another one goes out. The middle seats do not fold into the floor and are heavy to remove. More recently, it has developed an oil leak around the oil pan.
If all Odysseys were made this way all the time, I would definitely buy another one. We call her 'old reliable'. Too bad she is reaching the end of her useful life (>350K) and we will be selling or trading her in real soon. I'm looking to get either an Acura MDX or a Toyota Rav4.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th May, 2013