2000 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5L V6 from North America

Summary:

Solid performer with flexibility... swiss army knife of vans

Faults:

Check Engine light is now coming on, but the vehicle drives fine.

General Comments:

This vehicle has been very very good to us. It has performed very well, has a very rugged interior, and is very reliable. (so far)

Interior room is fantastic, and the flexibility of the seats is second to none.

We take the family fully packed on trips, and it is quite comfortable. (a little bit loud, and not the smoothest ride... but very nice never the less.)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2005

18th Apr 2005, 18:11

Regarding the ride, I found the factory tires to be less than what I wanted. I replaced them with Michelin Harmony tires at 40,000 and the difference was very noticeable. Ride is quieter, wet traction improved and the Harmony is a nice tire in the snow. I think Honda made a mistake going with the Symmetry as original equipment.

2000 Honda Odyssey from North America

Summary:

From our experience with the Honda Odyssey, we will never buy Honda again

Faults:

Engine had to be replaced at 65,000. Although it was under warranty, the warranty would not cover the cost because we had missed one oil change, and they said this burned out the engine. It took over a month for the dealer to figure out what was wrong with the car. We contacted Honda headquarters. They refused to get involved because the car was under warranty (even though warranty refused to cover it). All we got was a run around.

Now, at about 100,000 miles our catalytic converter needs to be replaced and we are looking at another $1,000 in service and parts.

General Comments:

For the price of this car, we expected flawless performance, but all we got were flaws.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th February, 2005

2000 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5L V6 from North America

Summary:

Reliable people mover with great performance

Faults:

The only problems I've experienced with the Odyssey thus far are with the power sliding doors. They tend to get a mind of their own from time to time, whether using the remote keyless entry, the door handle, or the button on the dashboard. Occasionally, either one of the doors will stick ajar about an inch when shutting it and cause the dome light to stay on. I've also had the driver's side door not want to open at all, and then I've had that same door want to close on its own, twice with a family member standing right in the door opening.

General Comments:

Overall, I am very pleased with the Odyssey. The engine is very quiet, powerful, and reliable. It gets fair gas mileage (about 20 mpg in my experience with a combination of city and highway driving), and it neither leaks nor uses any oil between regular service intervals. I have had no problems with the transmission so far, but I understand that transmission failures have been reported, particularly in 2001 and 2002 models. I have received literature from Honda indicating that the warranty has now been extended on the transmission up to 100,000 miles, and that reimbursement is available for repairs or replacements done prior to the warranty extension.

The interior has plenty of amenities and the seats are very comfortable. The rear fold-down back seat is a plus and works very well.

We took the van on a family trip from the Midwest to California in October 2004, and it performed flawlessly. We put over 4,500 miles on the van and never had one single problem. We drove through several tough mountain ranges with a full load of people and luggage on board, and the van never missed a heartbeat. Overall, a very reliable people mover well worth the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2005

31st May 2006, 06:13

I would be very interested in learning more about the "literature" from Honda that indicates, a) an extended warranty on the transmission, and b) reimbursement for transmission repairs performed.

Any chance you could post a new comment with that information, perhaps indicating the source of this information?

26th Aug 2008, 00:24

I've had more than my share of problems with this vehicle. I am currently experiencing transmission problems. There is a class action lawsuit against Honda for problems with Transmissions on Vans built between 1999-2001. Honda denies any claims and the extended warranty is minimal.

I've also had problems with the doors that tend to randomly close on their own or stick. Its more of a hassle then anything else. There are two recalls for this, one for the original problem and one for the replacement.

There is also the issue of the electrical problem, we've had moments when the ceiling light will flicker. I think it may be related to the wire harness which was also a recall and should have been repaired.