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Honda Odyssey, Van
Aug 20, 2007 (6:59 pm)
I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey EX that has given me 5-years 4-months and 174,000 kilometers (108,000 miles) of reliable service.
Two weeks ago, on July 4th, 2007, my wife noticed the rust on the outside-channel where the weather-strip is in the rear view mirror area. I took it to my dealer’s bodyshop area for them to look at and the bodyshop manager lifted the weather-strip showing most of this channel had rust area six inches long. He sprayed it with rustproofing and said that his brother’s Odyssey has the same thing happening. When I bought the van the dealer suggested that I buy a rust protection plan that covers all the vehicle’s panels. Unfortunately this plan does not cover this area. If it keeps rusting the weather strip will not fit into the channel designed to keep it into place. The driver’s side door has a lot less rust in this area. I was told that it’s unfortunate that I have over the ‘5 year warranty’ as I could have gotten new doors replaced ‘no charge’.
This certainly looks like a ‘design flaw’ and there should be a recall.
The body shop at the dealership worked up a price for Honda Canada and it came to about $4,800; with me to pay $2,800.
I send a letter of Honda Customer Relations in Toronto about their offer and my non-ability to pay more then $800 and this thing should not have happen. The early part of the week of August 6th Toronto Relations phoned to state what a great deal I had. I said I could not take it. Honda Relations left a message on Aug 14th for me to call. I spoke to Honda Relations on Aug 17th and they had lowered my price to $1,800. I showed a local Honda dealer and they suggest that CarStar look at it. CarStar said they could fix both doors for $534. My dealer says you cannot repair this properly without replacing the door(s) and Honda Relations says they have nothing to do with CarStar, although the local dealer uses CarStar for their body work.
If you own a 1998-2004 Odyssey, inspect this area... Take a close look because it is concealed and is not noticeable without lifting the weather-strip.
Also check http://www.odyclub.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=27939&highlight=door+ru- st
I would like to hear from any 1998-2004 owners with the same problem and what solutions were taken and what they might recommend.
#7150 of 7240 Honda Dealer or Private Shop for Timing Belt/Water Pump Change
Aug 24, 2007 (11:08 am)
My 2000 Honda Odyssey has 107K miles. Honda dealer has suggested to change timing belt and water pump for approx. $1,150.00.
I recently found a local shop who is very competent (45-60 yr. old senior mechanics and certified).
The private shop had quoted me labor and material,
A. $580 Timing belt/Water Pump NAPA. Water Pump life time warranty
B. $630 - Honda Parts, 12 month warranty on labor. Honda Warranty on Parts. Even I can buy the parts for them (I asked them).
I know that these guys know what they do and are honest mechanics. However, in the past I always took Odyssey to the dealer since I had extended coverage.
What is your opinion? Dealer or Private Shop.
#7151 of 7240 Re: Honda Dealer or Private Shop for Timing Belt/Water Pump Change [09norcim]
Aug 24, 2007 (5:55 pm)
Private shop. With that many miles why spend double to make repairs. If it were still under warrantee it's a different story, but it doesn't appear to be anymore.
#7152 of 7240 Re: Honda Dealer or Private Shop for Timing Belt/Water Pump Change [09norci
Aug 24, 2007 (7:13 pm)
...spring the extra $50.-- (<10%) of cost and go with the OEM components. I too have used after market stuff but with mixed results. I will only put Honda OEM stuff on my cars...
#7153 of 7240 Re: Honda Dealer or Private Shop for Timing Belt/Water Pump Change [09norcim]
Aug 25, 2007 (2:47 am)
honda OEM parts.
another option... call another dealer. not all dealers will have the same pricing. may have web discounts as well. if no dealer is more competitive, the Private shop.
that price seems stratospheric.
#7154 of 7240 Re: Question about purchasing a used Odyssey. [ovrthtop34]
Aug 29, 2007 (1:21 pm)
I can speak for our 04 Odyssey EX:
We've had ours for the past 3 1/2 years, and it's been a great car. We haven't had any mechanical problems with it whatsoever (transmission included), and have only had to pay for maintenance items.
One thing I will say is that the brake pads did wear out faster than I thought they would (replaced them at 31K miles); however, we do live in a hilly area, and it is a rather heavy vehicle.
#7155 of 7240 Brake pads
Sep 01, 2007 (10:12 am)
They do seem to be a common thing on these vans. Add that they use essentially disposable rotors and it is a touch of an annoyance but we're on our second Ody and quite pleased.
#7156 of 7240 Advice needed: 2000 Ody w/ 67k mi or 2003 Ody w/ 103k mi ?
Sep 03, 2007 (9:32 pm)
We're looking to buy a used Odyssey, and have narrowed down ours search to two cars:
A 2000 Odyssey with 67000 miles. The timing belt was replaced during the 65k maintainance (all done at Honda dealers). The transmission is original.
Price is ~ $10,500
A 2003 Odyssey with 103000 miles. Don't know about transmission or timing belt.
Price is ~ $9,000
Both seem to drive fine, and are in comparable condition. Autocheck gives both clean reports.
Does lower mileage or fewer years matter more? Also, do these prices seem reasonable overall?
Thanks everyone for your help!
#7157 of 7240 Re: Advice needed: 2000 Ody w/ 67k mi or 2003 Ody w/ 103k mi ? [dwoozy]
Sep 04, 2007 (6:33 am)
The next question would be, "How many miles are YOU driving each year?" If you drive around 10K miles / year you would be better off with the more recent model, since you accumulate mileage slowly. If you spin off many miles a year, you have more 'reserve' in the older model...
#7158 of 7240 Trouble with 2002 Odyssey wiper fluid squirting
Sep 07, 2007 (12:38 pm)
I am having trouble getting my front wiper fluid to squirt more than 6 inches - not enough for the whole wiper. Both ports seem to produce the same small amount. Fluid level is OK. Any ideas?, This is a 2002 Odyssey.