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#6658 of 7240 Not Impressed with 2004's
Sep 08, 2004 (9:52 am)
My best friend and brother in law just bought and got a great deal on a Navy Blue, 2004 Odyssey EX with DVD Player. I have always liked the Odyssey and considered purchasing one myself. At first, I was VERY impressed with his van - especially the nice Midnight Blue color and nice rims. I went inside and was even more impressed with the large and comfortable interior, the nice sound system and the DVD player. Then, the next day while in the van, I took a closer look around and started feeling around and was not impressed.
I really didn't get what all the praise was about and where it was coming from regarding interior materials of the Odyssey. I don't think the interior of the Odyssery has great materials at ALL! First of all, the front doors and door arm rests are hard...VERY HARD and uncomfortable to put your elbows and arms on. Second, the DASHBOARD, which is a MAJOR part of the interior of a car, LOOKS like it is soft to the touch, but it is actually HARD too! And it makes a hollow knocking noise when you knock on it lightly with your knuckles. The rest of the van is also full of hard plastics - especially the cargo area. So what is all this praise for the interior of the Odyssey, YET for the Quest, Edmunds states that they don't like the hard plastics in the interior when I found the interior of the Quest to be NICER and it had either the same amount or LESS hard plastic than the Odyseey. And the dashboard material of the Quest and door and door arm rest material are better and nicer than the Odyssey. I just don't get it.
Then, I made the mistake of DRIVING my brother in law's Odyssey. Yeah, it drove ok and it was easy to drive. But it didn't feel special in anyway. It hardly even felt NEW!! I normally drive a 2003 Accord EX and that car feels AWESOME and I love the ride, engine, feel and steering wheel - and interior and interior materials - of that car. But the Odyssey didn't impress me at ALL! It felt like an old Honda. It felt like my mother's first 1995 Honda Accord EX. In fact, it felt like my brother in law's busted 1991 White, squeaky, Accord LX that he still has. It felt the SAME! And the steering wheel is so thin that it doesn't feel good in your hands. The Quest felt a LOT better to drive and actually felt like a new car!
So I just don't get all this praise in favor of the Odyssey. Nice minivan..yes..but it doesn't have nice interior materials and the drive isn't that great. I can't wait to test out the new one coming out though. I hope it's a lot better! From what I am reading it's proving to be the best thing since sliced bread, but the same held true for the previous one. We'll see.
#6659 of 7240 Re: Not Impressed with 2004's [nissanfan]
Sep 08, 2004 (10:52 am)
In addition, and I forgot to mention, in the cargo area there is a VERY audible squeak - it occurs while driving or when you are parked and press down by the rear bumper and make the van slighly jump up and down. It SQWEAKS VERY ANNOYINGLY and it is only a WEEK old! Does anyone have an idea of what that is?
#6660 of 7240 You are obviously in the minority there
Sep 08, 2004 (11:13 am)
Nissanfan??? I love our Ody and I also drive an Accord. A 04 EX-L stick. Luckily they aren't trying to sell em to everyone. Your brother evidently likes them.
Sep 08, 2004 (3:50 pm)
I just spent about 2 hours in our 04 Odyssey. The seats are VERY comfortable IMO. Even on a 12 hour trip to Ohio recently I never got uncomfortable. I also love the ride and the way the van drives but then again I have no problem with the way a 91 Accord drives either.
As for the Quest. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder because I think the Nissan's interior is hideous.
Sep 09, 2004 (7:37 am)
No car will please everybody.
I do have to ask...why would anyone want to knock on a dash with their knuckles?
That's a new one and I thought I had seen it all!
Sep 09, 2004 (7:48 am)
I too miss soft touch material all over the interior. But since no one does it anymore, I just let it slide. Look at the dash of a 1993 Accord and compare it to today's black plastic Accord dash and you'd think the 04 was a lower tier model.
Sep 13, 2004 (7:16 am)
New discussion title - looks a bit like an obituary now
Jimxo has started the new Honda Odyssey 2005+ discussion so please take the new model info over there.
#6665 of 7240 Re: You are obviously in the minority there [gee35coupe]
Sep 13, 2004 (8:12 am)
Actually, though he loved it when he bought it, he, too, noticed the disparity in interior materials and wondered why the Ody garnered so much praise regarding interior materials. Plus, the annoying squeak has him very perturbed. He contacted the dealer and they are waiting to see what they do about it.
I'm not trying to knock the '04 Ody at all. I like it, I just don't understand how "they" can say it has such great interior materials when the doors are SO hard you can't rest your elbows comfortably on them nor the top of the doors, and don't understand that the 2003 Accord has a soft touch dashboard, yet the Ody has a dashboard that sounds like hollow, hard plastic when you touch it - enough so to entice to knock on it lighly with your knuckles to see if in fact it is hard and hollow. Plus, the sqeak had me and my brother in law disappointed. So, how come all this praise for a 2004 Ody when it comes to interior materials, yet all this criticism for a Quest which has either equal or better interior materials? That's my question.
Plus, I mentioned the drive of the van. My brother in law came out of a very abused 1992, white, Honda Accord LX and HE even admitted that his new '04 Ody felt JUST like his old car and mentioned that MY '03 Accord felt a LOT better to drive. I HAD to agree with him. The '04 Ody's drive didn't feel new or special at all - it felt like an old Honda, not a new one and, for me, the steering wheel is way too thin. The Quest felt MUCH better when I drove it and it's steering wheel feels downright sporty and thick especially compared to the Honda. These things disappointed me since, in addition to being a "NissanFan" I am also a Honda Fan - perhaps I should change my sign-in name? These are just my observations. I would like to have your opinions on it and answers to the rear squeaking problem - if any others have experienced the same thing. Thanks.
Sep 13, 2004 (9:18 am)
We just finished driving our 04 Ody at an average speed of 90 MPH, with the front and rear AC on, with 5 adults and an infant in the van, with the DVD player going, and we still average 22 MPG and the van was VERY comfortable. The interior is put together nicely in my opinion. The materials could be soft-touch but I would take the hard-plastic in the Odyssey over soft-as-leather padding in the (IMO) hideous Quest interior.
We have had a 2003 Accord coupe and two 2004 Accord sedans. They do ride a bit "newer" as the Ody feels more like a 98-02 Accord. That said, the Ody will do 100 MPH like a champ, still handles well for such a tall, large vehicle, and it smooth as glass on the highways.
Sep 24, 2004 (11:42 am)
Are the cloth seats difficult to keep clean in the 2004's? I'm used to leather and worry that the fabrics will be a nightmare with kids. There are some great deals on 2004's right now but leather is hard to come by.