2000 Honda Odyssey LX from North America
Up to 100,000 miles (about one year ago), my 2000 Odyssey was great! Decided to keep it for a few more years, so I replaced the belts, brakes, tires, struts etc., all things that do wear out at around this time.
Then I noticed a leak under my car. Took it in, and the dealership told me some line needed replacing - another $250. Fixed that, and when I got home, noticed the leak was still leaking. Went back, and that's when they told me it was the main seal on the transmission - another $3,500 (and they refused to refund the $250 that they mistakenly diagnosed the first time). Couldn't afford that, so for the past year I've been adding transmission fluid on a regular basis. It took quite a while to come up with a good way to do it, but I discovered that by rolling tin foil around a pencil, I can make a nice, clean funnel that fits nicely into the little hole that the dipstick goes into.
Around that same time (one year ago), my check engine light went on. Took it to AutoZone for a diagnostic, and it showed about five things wrong. Took it into the dealership, and they showed three things wrong, including the catalytic converter. We decided to fix the two cheaper things, and let the catalytic converter go for now. They told me that if the light stayed off for three months, the catalytic converter did not need replacing. Well, the CEL stayed off for for a full year, but just came back on. The dealership was offering a free diagnostic this month, so I just went in today, and sure enough, it's the catalytic converter again. Not sure I believe them, and it will be eleven months until I need an emissions test, so I have some time. But, after reading everyone's comments, I know I do not want to spend the $1,025 to replace the catalytic converter, because there is a good chance the light will come right back on.
I'll report back when I figure out what to do. Glad this website is here - very helpful. Thanks.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th December, 2010
9th Nov 2011, 20:56
DO NOT EVER, EVER, EVER, BUY A HONDA ODYSSEY; NEVER, PLEASE. I am almost crazy/sick now because of this van. I have spent over $6000 to fix it just in the last two months. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT??? Please do not ever buy this van.
5th Dec 2011, 01:19
Buy a used one, like a 95. An old one, but a really good one.