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#1493 of 7240 Going to buy our Ody today?
Feb 27, 2001 (9:01 am)
"1. If you had to do it all over again, would you still by the Honda Ody?"
Without question we would still buy the Odyssey.
I read and researched mini vans for 6 months before we made our decision. I then shopped for two weeks before we made a deal on an EX ($1000 below MSRP, $25,840 plus tag and tax).
We picked up our 2001 SS EX that on Jan 13, after a three week wait. Drives great, we already have 2500 miles on it with zero problems. Our three year old can get in and out with ease. Sure beats getting him in and out of the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee that the Odyssey replaced. Personally, I would never buy another Chrysler product.
If your in the market for a mini van, then in my opinion, the Odyssey is the best choice.
Feb 27, 2001 (9:38 am)
i researched minivans for a year and tried to keep a very open mind but the odyssey never left first place in our book. we ended up waiting seven months for ours (i'm up in sacramento) before picking up our silver 2001 EX in september. love it, love it, love it. anyway, regarding the MPV, mazda is owned 30 percent by ford but ford, for some reason, isn't giving mazda a bigger engine to put in the MPV (probably to prop up sales of it's mercury villager). regarding the sienna, it's expensive and you can only get dual power doors on the XLE as a $1675 option...oh, that turning radius sucks. good luck with your ody. i understand the wait in san diego is about 2 months right now? whatever you do, stay away from cush honda! (slimy)
#1496 of 7240 Wheels already corroding on '00 EX!! Anyone else?
Feb 27, 2001 (10:07 am)
I just noticed it yesterday. We took delivery of this van on 12/4/99 and have been very careful with it during the 14K miles we have driven it. I have kept it clean with brushless car washes in the winter and hand washes in the summer. I never use harsh chemical cleaners on it. Only mild car wash detergent.
There are already pits of aluminum corrosion forming on the outer lip of all four wheels. I am very disgusted. I think there is a visit to the dealer in my near future.
#1497 of 7240 morebhp: Oxidized Wheels
Feb 27, 2001 (10:53 am)
Do you wax your wheels after a wash? It helps protect the clearcoat finish, allows brake dust and other dirt to slide off much easier as well at each washing. Most people do not wax their wheels, and they will take their toll. The usually culprit is salt and gravel that wears the protective finish away. Wax On, Wax Off!
When rotating the wheels, I thoroughly clean and wax the inside of the wheel as well. The inside is usually just silver painted, but it helps to keep it clean from dirt and minimizes oxidation.
#1498 of 7240 2boyss - we would buy again
Feb 27, 2001 (10:59 am)
We bought a 00 EX, delivered Dec/99. It serves as our weekend familymobile replacing a Maxima (couldn't fit 3 childseats) and has served us well. Not as quiet or refined as the Maxima, but you have to remind yourself that it is a van. We did a bit of research and testdrives and narrowed the choice between a Sienna and the Ody. The Sienna priced a little higher, but given it's smaller size, I couldn't get over the fact that you're paying more money for a smaller van. Full agreement with binkybarnes, super turning radius, and very easy to drive. If you've owned Honda's in the past, visibility and sightlines are Honda-ish.
More luxury appointments, perhaps side airbags would be nice. If there is a luxury version of the Ody available in future model years, it probably wouldn't be too hard to talk me into that!
#1499 of 7240 2boyss - I'd buy again
Feb 27, 2001 (11:24 am)
If Honda ever puts leather seats and front seat heaters in I WILL buy another Odyssey, even if I have to get it from an Acura Dealer. If they don't get around to it I'll just keep the '99 EX for a LONG time. (The average age of the cars I own right now, including the 99, is 17 years; and the average total miles is 116,400). I figure 12 - 15 years and 200,000 - 250,000 is about right for the Odyssey, so I only have 10 years and 167,000 miles to go until I start looking for the replacement! Incidently I have 2 boys myself, and they do keep life interesting.
#1500 of 7240 2boyss - I'd buy again
Feb 27, 2001 (1:24 pm)
We researched all vans thourghly before buying our '00EX from Tipton (Speak to Dale "EZ" Estell) - we've had it for a year and still absolutely love it - had some minor door problems which we fixed with advice from this forum (Armorall and a pencil eraser!) - they have worked perfectly ever since.
Someone else called Cush "slimy" - While I wouldn't go that far, our dealings with them were not pleasant (we tried two locations) - Poway Honda seemed greedy - were asking for $5,000 over MSRP back then - Pacific Honda were pretty good but the best turned out to be Tipton Honda in El Cajon - a bit of a drive but a great buying experience - friends of ours also bought there on our recommendation and are very happy. Got a great deal on the HondaCare warranty from Tipton too. In defence of Poway Honda, they have done all our servicing and have been fine - maybe the service guys need to tell the sales types how to win and keep customer loyalty.
Feb 27, 2001 (1:28 pm)
I'd buy again but would be tempted to look further into the MPV. For the price it's a hell of a van and the Ford duratec is solid motor, not the head-gasket-blowing calamaties they put(or used to) in the Windstars. I came close to buying the Mazda but at that time(Nov. 99) the dealers out here in MA weren't acknowledging any discounts, so I passed. Both are great machines and owners of both threads seem to be pleased overall. Can't go wrong either way.
#1502 of 7240 RE: Floor Mats Moving
Feb 27, 2001 (2:02 pm)
My salesman put the hardware to hold the floor mats in place were I guess the cassete normal goes and said at the first oil change they would install it, if I asked, which they did. The parts come in a plastic bag.
It is the job of your dealer to install the floor mats, if you bought them from him. They don't do it before they deliver the car, because as I understand it, some people don't want it that way, for some reason. Maybe so they can easily take out the mats to clean them themselves. I would have your dealer fix the problem. the mats should not move around after they are installed with the hardware.
Would I buy the Odyssey over? Yes I researched it carefully before I bought it and it has no really significant faults, that I can see.