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Honda Odyssey, Van
#473 of 7240 Reliability (Pat84)
Dec 27, 2000 (7:18 am)
Can you please provide a link? The JD Power dependability ratings I've seen did not break down reliability by model, only by manufacturer. They also didn't show the positions of any company below average. I know these ratings can be had if you are a subscriber (VERY costly), so I'd be interested to know if it's on the web somewhere. I do know that the initial quality ratings are often published by model, but Odyssey is behind a lot of its competition and barely above average there (http://www.auto.com/autonews/cwirh17_20000517.htm). I also know Consumer Reports has dropped its reliability projection to just "Average" for Odyssey, based mostly on surveys that were much worse than average for the 1999 model year. It's my impression that recent-year Honda vehicles like Civic, Accord and CR-V are probably the ones balancing the lesser ratings for Passport and Odyssey. In any case, the difference from top to bottom these days in quality and reliability surveys isn't nearly as large as it used to be.
Also, it's worthwhile to note that the most recent JD Power dependability rating is from surveys for 1996 model year vehicles, which would be the previous generation in the case of the Odyssey. The JD Power site does list the Odyssey as a top minivan in 1996, though it doesn't give a problem rate for it.
#474 of 7240 Honda dealer no guarantee of oil change done right either!
Dec 27, 2000 (9:26 am)
There is no guarantee that the Honda dealer will do the oil change right either!
Once I took my car to have the "Express Change". When I was driving home I heard strange noises after
the oil change. I got home and open the hood, the honda "tech" did not put the oil filter cap back on!!
Luckily there was no damage, I called the dealer immediately and complained. At least they
gave me two free subsequent oil changes.
#475 of 7240 Stopping Sliding Door Rattles on EX
Dec 27, 2000 (11:26 am)
I have had success stopping the sliding doors from rattling by making adjustments for a tighter fit against the rubber door seals. Each sliding door has two black cone shaped posts (male ends). These are used the guide the doors into the proper close position for a good seal up front. A latch is used in the back of the door, but this does not need to be adjusted unless many miles of van.
To adjust the doors for a tighter fit (less rattles and road noise), use a 10mm socket to untighten the female receivers of the cone shaped posts. Then slide them towards the van interior and retighten. When you close the doors, there will now be a tighter fit. Also it helps to lubricate the rubber door seals with silicone spray. To adjust the back of the sliding doors for rattles, there is a black rubber stop located towards the door bottom which has a cork screw thread. It can be turned counter-clockwise to make better contact with the interior post and keep the back of the sliders from bouncing over bumps.
#476 of 7240 New tires
Dec 27, 2000 (11:38 am)
Just replaced the Freestone Affinity tires that came on '99. They seemed worn prematurely and in this year's snow were not confidence-inspiring. New Michelins made tremendous difference: much improved handling(of course,they're new)and much quitter. Good-bye for good to Firestone.
#477 of 7240 30K Mile Update
Dec 27, 2000 (12:11 pm)
After 30K on my 99 Ody EX (2 years of commuter driving) and most everything is fine. Brakes need new pads and 2 tires have major tread wear. Seems a little premature to have to replace tires already. I think this is because of the high profile and weight of the vehicle.
Other small things: new windshield needed after flying rock hit it. ($300 repair). Some early dashboards squeaks that worked themselves out. Roof rack part that has flown off twice. Occasionally the doors act up and won't close all the way. This has happened more that half dozen times and always goes away when you wipe the track with a cloth. Overall, I am pleased.
#478 of 7240 Gas Mileage
Dec 27, 2000 (2:52 pm)
I have a 01 OD with about 1K miles. I have been getting 20 - 22 mpg combined driving. I got 24 mpg (driving 65 - 80 mph) going up the mountains to keno NV from the SC Bay Area. This was using super unleaded. Coming back down the mountains, got 27 mpg (mostly downhill) use regular unleaded. There is a power difference when using super and regular. You could definitely feel the difference driving through the mountains.
#479 of 7240 Fog Lights
Dec 27, 2000 (4:47 pm)
Reporting back on my newly-installed "2001 fog lights"...
The lights were straightforward to install. However, I way-underestimated the amount of time it took. I love the new appearance of the front-end with the new lights. The lights, like most other fog lights, produces a wide-area beam with a shorter projection than the headlights. The light pattern covers almost 180 degrees from side-to-side. They complements the headlights well. I am happy about them. I got them from Trevor of Hondaaccessory.com.
Dec 27, 2000 (6:39 pm)
I've spent close to an hour looking for a post I saw sometime ago that had about 5 online Honda Parts ordering companies. One in particular had free shipping. If anybody remembers the links or the specific posting I would appreciate the help. Thanks in advance.
#481 of 7240 Re: post 457 (Crossbar Noise)
Dec 27, 2000 (7:42 pm)
"I am experiencing a noise when I drive 40+ mph. My dealer says it's from the cross bars. Does anyone have any ideas?"
Yes: remove the cross bars. If the noise is not there when you drive 40+ mph, the dealer was right. Problem solved.
#482 of 7240 credit union & waiting lists
Dec 27, 2000 (8:24 pm)
Timothyadavis #412 yes, you are correct; MSRP & invoice are different. What is important to remember is the credit union directory lists certified dealers agreeing to "no hassle deals" for members, at least in Houston, that is. Certain requirements from both member and dealer must be met. Members must arrange financial matters ahead of time and must speak directly to the representative on the list. In order for dealers to stay on the master list they must offer no hassle deals and treat customers satisfactorily, otherwise they do not remain on the list for long. What the dealers lose in commission they gain in volume and in advertising. Also the dealer knows that the customer's credit is worthy and no time will be wasted on customers whose credit falls short. (I was advised of these stipulations from both the dealers and my credit union.) Most dealers cooperate and everybody tends to win. I have kept up with these lists and those dealers that are tried and true have remained on for many years. (I tend to visit them and these dealers tend to brag on that fact and they should. It's tough to stay on the list.) Based on my experience, if the dealer is on the master list they will work off of the invoice price. If the dealer is not on the credit union list but realizes you are Internet savvy and have done your homework, they will then work off of the MSRP price. Those dealers making the grade (I guess I'll put in a plug for them) are Goodson Honda and Spring Branch Goodson Honda. The other Honda dealers that I visited that were not on the list would not honor the no hassle deal and were also a bit uncongenial. They shall remain nameless.
Binkybarnes #420 & others. It never dawned on me to place myself on multiple waiting lists. (Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?) I would be too scared that some loophole would prevent me from getting my deposit back. Didn't you have to place a deposit to be on a waiting list? I got the impression from these dealers that the waiting list and the ordering list were synonymous and involved a $500 deposit. But really, isn't there always someone to purchase one if I back out on a deal?