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Honda Odyssey, Van
#4703 of 7240 Re: Honda Odyssey just feels nicer
Mar 10, 2002 (6:44 pm)
Actually, the demand for the Odyssey is in some way due in part because of Honda, who is keeping production down several hundred thousand when compared to the 400 + thousand a year Chrysler or Ford pumps out a year.
It also means, for the vast majority of minivan shoppers, a reasonable priced reliable van with good cargo capabilities and the normal luxury necessities attract the most demand. (I.E. the Honda Odyssey)
For me and certain others, I've come to expect a little more class in my minivans. I currently have a 2001 Town & Country Limited, and after a 1988 Plymouth Grand Voyager and a 1996 Town & Country LXi, I had come accustomed to memory seats and mirrors, auto dimming mirrors, and now I've come accustomed to power doors, three zone auto temp control, power trunk, etc.
Does that mean the Odyssey is bad? No, not at all. I happen to have a Honda of my own. A van like the Odyssey can't be labeled bad when it is such a sought after vehicle. Did Chrysler miss the middle market with offering too expensive vans? I say yes, and now they're paying for it with offering a normally $36,000 Chrysler Limited van for only $30,000. Bad for Chrysler, but good for me.
I guess the overall point I'm trying to make is for me, the Town & Country is the end all, be all van FOR ME. For others, it's the Odyssey, Windstar, Montana, etc. We all value different things in a van, but we shouldn't solely say the best van is whichever one has the longest waiting list. For some that me be true, but definitely not for others.
Mar 11, 2002 (6:10 am)
Does the honda RES system pick up tv channels. I thought it did but we had one dealer tell us it did not.
Mar 11, 2002 (6:15 am)
it does not pick up TV channels.
Mar 11, 2002 (6:42 am)
dmathews3 stated: "Also you can buy the Honda extended warranty for $895 for the 7/100/0 deduct from a number of places if you look around this site."
I'm new to this concept. Are these 3rd party warranties for real? Are they honored by Honda? I'd be more than happy to save a few hudred bucks on this as long as they work>..
Mar 11, 2002 (7:07 am)
These are not third part warranties, they are genuine Honda warranties. Try calling Tracy McCrystal at Alton Blakley Honda (800) 264-3275.
#4709 of 7240 Extended Warranty... by 4teleportation
Mar 11, 2002 (7:20 am)
I guess I should have made myself more clear. Yes these are Genuine Honda Warranties. It's bad enough having to pay full Retail and then have the dealer try to rake you over the coals on the warranty too.
#4710 of 7240 changes for 2003
Mar 11, 2002 (9:00 am)
I am planning on a '03 Odyssey purchase. Does anyone have any info on what changes are in store for the 2003 model year? Such as maybe side-curtain air bags, moonroof, etc?
#4711 of 7240 kroliph - 03 Ody...
Mar 11, 2002 (10:02 am)
...IMHO, there will probably be very few changes. Based on Honda's recent 5 year life cycle, the Ody is scheduled for replacement for MY 04. And MY 02 just got some major upgrades that doing anything for 1 model year doesn't make fiscal sense.
Also, the Sienna will be all new for 03 - Honda will probably see what special things they do and then try to top for the next year.
#4712 of 7240 Odyssey is great, but definitely not perfect
Mar 11, 2002 (10:19 am)
Ody: you act like there is no reason why anyone would ever choose anything else, as if the Odyssey were perfect.
Why should a buyer consider alternatives? Because it's the smart thing to do. If you did, and then chose Odyssey, good for you, but don't expect everyone to come to the same conclusion. Why?
What if you have 3 kids and want to carry lots of cargo? The Odyssey's layout doesn't work well for families with 3 kids. Maybe the next generation could offer a split folding 3rd seat?
What if your passengers get claustrophobic, only the MPV offers windows that truly open.
What if you can't afford it? Not everyone has a $30k budget.
What if you don't like to be nickel-and-dimed? Add a roof rack, mud guards, fog lights, extended warranty, etc. and the price creeps up quick.
You speak of wait lists as if there were a GOOD thing? I see arrogant dealers that only offer a demo for test driving as a major setback, personally.
Where is the moonroof? To me that's a pre-requisite, so right there some people would rule it out. I'd shop for an aftermarket one, but again, that price starts creeping up.
It's a good van, a great van even, but it's not the best choice for everyone. What if you have a $20k budget and 3 claustrophobic kids? Even if you stretch to afford an Odyssey, can you also afford an extended warranty?
Here's what I would want, for instance:
EX with leather, $28,690
Aftermarket power moonroof, $900
7/100 warranty, $875
fog lights, $306
splash guards, $56
cross bars for roof rack, $115
$30,942 before tax, or $32,489.10 with MD sales tax. I used Handaparts.com prices for the accessories. And to be honest, I'd really want the tow package, too, $429.60 plus installation (not cheap). Plus I forgot shipping for all that stuff.
That's how I'd want it. Over $33 grand, and by the way that's not fully loaded.