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Honda Odyssey, Van
#3877 of 7240 Middle row bench:
Nov 01, 2001 (8:17 am)
Actually the Odyssey with the middle row bench was designated as LX-B, and was to be $400 less than the LX. The normal LX model wax introduced first, in about October of 1998. The EX and LX-B models were supposed to both become available about January of 1999. To the best of my knowledge only the EX appeared as scheduled. It was already apparent that production capacity would not meet demand. The bench described in the brochures was only a 2 passenger bench with a pass through on the right, like everybody else's middle row bench. I have never seen one, never heard form anybody on this board or any other that claimed to have one. One person claimed to have seen one, but I'm not inclined to believe it. I think Honda decided not to bother with a discounted bench seat model when it was already selling all it could build.
By the way, when we travel with 5, it's with one middle seat removed and a cooler strapped down. A huge amount of luggage fits behind the rear seat because of the deep well, and no two kids have to sit in adjacent seats...plenty of room for everybody equals less fighting. We have also use the middle seats spread apart and then the back seat becomes the prized sleeping position.
FWIW Odyssey is bigger inside than Suburban. You want bigger? You've got six choices: Eurovan, Astro/Safari, Excursion, Econoline, Express/Savana, Ram Van.
#3878 of 7240 Gess types faster than I do:-)
Nov 01, 2001 (8:18 am)
#3879 of 7240 RE: 2nd Bench Seat
Nov 01, 2001 (8:34 am)
Thanks everyone for clearing up the 2nd bench seat matter.
Interesting that the Odyssey is bigger then the Suburban, but I can certainly understand it as it has a more efficient design. Looking at my AAA Auto rating book it says that the Suburban seats 9 whereas the Odyssey seats 7. Also for cargo space the S is listed at 45.7 ft cubed and the O at 25.1. But perhaps if you measure total interior space the O comes out ahead or maybe AAA is wrong with their numbers.
Of course the S is going to be much more expensive to buy or to operate. I for one would not want an S. Also if you have a really big family you might consider buying a bus.
#3880 of 7240 2nd Row & Bigger Vans
Nov 01, 2001 (9:07 am)
I am not at all interested in getting a bigger van. The Ody is the biggest I would consider going with a van (acually, for my tastes, the Ody is TOO big). I would like the option of seating for eight.
Diploid, when I am doing extended traveling with the kids, the 3rd row would be folded away and the kids would all be in the 2nd row. That would eliminate the need to have the kids "climbing over the 2nd row to get to the 3rd row." Also, I do not let my kids get up and move around in the car when it is moving. Also, I like to have a vehicle that is pretty economical to drive. The bigger vehicles (SUV's and full size vans) are gas hogs.
Just my $.02
#3881 of 7240 Odyssey is not larger than the Suburban !
Nov 01, 2001 (11:11 am)
Sub is 18" longer than an Odyssey, wheelbase alone is 12" longer and about 4" wider. Suburban is significantly larger, believe me I've owned both. Its 3 bench seats easily fit 3 people across, each one. My Odyssey fits 3 children w/o car seats in the last bench seat, but adults, no way. The Odyssey (with 3rd seat down) does have a slightly larger cargo capacity (7 more cubic feet) than the Sub. This is a small detail to Sub owners because they can tow downright huge amounts, roughly to a max. of 10,000 lbs. more than the Odyssey. They both have their own strong points.
#3882 of 7240 VIN# for all Odysseys begin with a 2
Nov 01, 2001 (1:40 pm)
fezo is right, all Canadian built cars have a VIN# that begins with a 2. A 1 is for American built vehicles.
The J indicates a vehicle built in Japan.
parveentexas, your dealer gave you the wrong VIN#.
Nov 01, 2001 (6:57 pm)
I think it would be neat if Honda could make a split 30/70 second row that can allow the 30% portion to fold flat into the floor, allowing passage into the 3rd row, and then folding back up to seat the 3 people. But then they'd have to hide the spare somewhere else.
#3884 of 7240 Edmunds TMV
Nov 01, 2001 (7:45 pm)
Has anyone noticed that Edmunds TMV - True Market Value for the Odyssey is $2,000 MORE than MSRP? I looked at some of the other van makes and I did not see any others that have a TMV of more than their MSRP. MVP - $1-2,000 less; Toyota - $2,000 less; Chrysler/Dodge - $1-2,000 less; only Kia Sedona had the exact same MSRP and TMV... again I did not look at EVERY van, but what does this TMV mean? Should those who paid MSRP feel OK about paying it since the van is worth more? Those other van buyers are getting their discounts but are actually paying what the van is worth? Maybe Honda uses an MSRP that is more realistic than other van manufacturers...
#3885 of 7240 7 Adults in an Odyssey
Nov 02, 2001 (8:44 am)
Took our new van to a football game a couple weeks ago. 7 adults (3 men, 4 women). We comfortably fit everyone, including one of the men in the back row. He was so comfortable, he fell asleep on the way to the game! Now I wouldn't want to drive 7 adults from LA to SF, but a one hour drive to the ball game was no problem. The reason we chose the ODy over the MPV was so we could take 7 to a football game (our usual group of tailgaters)
Nov 02, 2001 (9:19 am)
Maybe they're making their advertisers look good.