23rd May 2008, 15:05
I purchased a 2000 Odyssey in December 1999. The Van/Truck was made in Canada. Today I have 234,000 miles and plan to take it across the country tomorrow for our Memorial Day trip. I had rotor problems, but found that the semi-metallic brake lines cause the rotors to over heat. I used a medium grade pad and have never had problems again. I serviced the car for the first time at 116,000 miles... change all fluids, water pump, and did the tune up myself. The second maintenance was done at 210,000 miles.. same stuff listed above. I also have had difficulty opening the doors on this LX model, but have learned to live with it. I am currently having transmission issues and am thinking about getting a new Odyssey. I am very impressed with the HONDA ODYSSEY and highly recommend them to friends and family.
23rd Aug 2008, 01:39
Thank you for these posts - I felt like I was the only person who had a bad Oddy. Everyone always seems shocked that we are having problems. Bought '02 new. Here's my list...
1) Battery died after 2 1/2 years.
2) Side doors stick after it rains. Had to replace handle b/c we pulled on it too much to get it open. Now when it sticks we use our shoulder from inside the vehicle.
3) Transmission went out but replaced with recall.
4) Rusted bolt in wheel that our mechanic says was probably there when we bought vehicle.
5) Went through a time where we had to replace tires everyone time we did an oil change. Constant alignments were the band-aid.
6) Current problem: vibration - mechanic changed steering wheel fluid. Steering wheel doesn't vibrate now but rest of car does. Just got back from aligning vehicle but only seems to be worse. We've tried just about everything.
7) Been offered my parents Toyota Sienna - decided that it was an offer too good to pass up.
17th Jun 2010, 01:03
I bought my 1999 Odyssey new in Oregon. I now have 130000 miles on it.
It is a noisy van, always has been. The brakes are undersized because they came off the Accord. So if you live in the hills, you will go through the front discs every 4 to 5K miles.
I am on my 3rd transmission (yes that is three!). They extended the tranny warranty so they were all free. Driver auto rear door does not function correctly. I am also on my 3rd passenger door, covered by warranty as well.
The front suspension needs about five new parts, but they are stupidly expensive, so I'll deal with the noise in the steering.
I might attach a pop-up camper to it this summer and see if I can kill it honorably on the open road.
1st Nov 2010, 07:34
We drive 1999 Honda Odyssey that has had vibration above 60 MPH as long as we have owned it.
We bought it used with 75k miles. 3 alignments, new tires, front end work, and the problem still exists. Seems to more prevalent on slightly upgraded surfaces.
All I know it's a pain to drive on long trips.
2nd Nov 2010, 05:28
The quality of these vans is awful, not like the old 1990's Honda's that made their reputation. Domestic companies always made better minivans anyways, minivans are not Honda's specialty. Honda has never made a good minivan without premature transmission problems, a decent towing/weight capacity, and as well the brakes are not strong enough for this size of van. A poorly engineered vehicle as a whole..