2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 3.5 V6 from North America
Like the car, hate the design flaw
I bought a brand new 2006 Honda Odyssey.
I noticed that the air conditioning didn't seem to be as cold as I thought it should be. I chalked it up to the hotter than normal summer temperature, and my failure to read the manual. After poking numerous combinations of buttons, I read said manual. No help there.
I took the van back to the dealership and was subsequently told that a rock hit the condenser and that wasn't covered under the warranty. I can understand that and put it down as bad luck, except that the dealership admitted that this had happened with two other Odysseys purchased there. As far as I'm concerned, it's a design flaw. It is absolutely ridiculous that Honda seems to be aware of this problem, but is refusing to fix it. I encourage everyone that owns either a 2005 or 2006 Odyssey with this problem to report it to NHSTA and to Honda.
Incidentally, Honda agreed to fix my condenser at no cost as a "one-time goodwill gesture." Gee thanks, but what about next time? Should I go out and sweep the highway free of rocks before I go on a trip? Put a sign in my window kindly asking other drivers to check their tires for rocks?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th August, 2006
7th Aug 2006, 20:47
You should be so lucky that it is just he condenser, other van would not be so graceful. Maybe your review will help make the waiting list for the Ody in my town go down to 4 years. Geese! The GM van would have needed a manifold gasket; the Chrysler would be in the shop right now; and the Ford, do they make a van anymore? You had the best van and now you are spoiled.