2002 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5 VTEC from North America
The best "BIG" mini-van
Nothing major have gone wrong with my van.
The suspension makes a popping sound when I first move it in the morning.
The van also make some kind of bump noise when ever the van is cold started with the AC on. Will be taking it to the dealer to have both issues checked out soon.
The van has excellent power compared to other vans and most SUV's. 240 HP on regular gas with 5 speed automatic transmission is great.
Handling is pretty good for the size.
The brakes are also pretty good, maybe the the new rear disk brakes helped.
It would be nice if the middle seats can be moved apart a little further, so that I can mount both car seat in the middle row and more easily get into the rear, which would keep the rear's fold-down capability available. Right now, I'm forced to have 1 car seat in the left middle and 1 in the left rear.
The driver sits a little too high for me.
As a family van, it needs a trash bin really bad. Also it can use deeper and/or adjustable cup holders.
When I turn on the defrost, the A/C comes on automatically. This is not a bad thing if I can manually turn it off, but I can't. Also, the rear climate control is poorly designed, hot air MUST come out on the lower vents, vent or A/C MUST come out of the roof vents. Heat is ON or OFF, I can't send warm air through any of the vents!!!
I haven't been getting very good gas mileage, about 18 MPG combined. However, we try to drive a little faster here in California then some of the other states.
All-in-all, even with the minor stuff listed above. I think this is currently the best mini-van.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd July, 2002
31st Jul 2002, 16:21
As for the comment about the AC coming on automatically when the defrost is selected, that is a good thing. AC lowers the humidity in the car, thus helping the defrost process. That's how it's supposed to work.
17th Nov 2002, 01:08
I find the A/C staying on without manual override during defrost operation annoying. The evaporator holds a little bit of water such that if I try turning off the defrost after the windows are clear I often get condensation on the windows again. Also, I prefer not running the A/C during the first minute or so after a cold start.