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#384 of 745 Re: Engine Knocking [blackexv6]
May 22, 2007 (8:32 am)
I guess that's why they make Fords AND Hondas - everybody has their own opinions. I would never buy another Ford (except possibly a V-8 Mustang GT).
I owned a '94 Taurus GL with the 3.8 V-6 that I bought used in July of 1996 with 31k on it. Car drove beautifully - when it ran. In November, 1999, I finally sold it, having put only 43k additional miles on it, but having built a whole new car around my key. At the time, it needed over $5,000 worth of work and was only worth about the same.
Our family has owned several Fords over the last 20 years and, with the exception of those powered by V-8 engines (a Mustang GT, a Crown Victoria, and a Lincoln Town Car - all of them the old 5.0, not the new modular 4.6), anything with a 4 or 6 cylinder (two Tauruses, two Escorts, and a Focus) has just sucked.
Found On Road Dead
Fix Or Repair Daily
Feeds On Real Dollars
Flip Over Read Directions
Foolish Overpriced Road Disaster
Why do Fords have the best crash-test ratings? Because its harder to get hit badly when you're broken down and standing still.
Of course, that's just my opinion - millions of Ford enthusiasts would, no doubt, energetically disagree.
With over 10k on my Odyssey already, and having financed 90% of the purchase price, I'm pretty much committed to this car at this point.
#385 of 745 Brake pad replacement at just 20k miles
May 22, 2007 (8:38 am)
I just had all my brake pads and rotors replaced for a whopping $550 on my 2004 Odyssey. I have almost exactly 20k miles on the car, and I've had the car for under 3 years. I am livid, too because I'm leasing and the lease is up in a few months. The techs tell me that the brake pads wore out b/c I do "mostly" city(I live in a small town) driving. And, I "must" be a driver that late brakes. Does this sound normal? Looking for some input.
#386 of 745 Break- In New car
May 22, 2007 (3:07 pm)
My name is Tom, just bought a new Honda Odyssey this past weekend. My family and I have been planning a trip to Lake Tahoe few months before we were in the market for a new car. Now that it's here, I was wonder if any of you can advise me if should or should not take my new car for a long drive so soon. It only has bout 10 miles on it. I heard yes's and no's from family and friends. I just wanted to see if other Odyssey owners had been in this type of situation and can share their experience. Thanks
#387 of 745 Re: Break- In New car [tommyk1]
May 23, 2007 (8:07 am)
i don't think the issue is how far the trip is. it is whether or not you maintain a constant speed during the break-in period.
do this: go put a couple of hundred miles on it right now with some city and some country and some HWY driving. vary your speed.
don't red-line the thing.
now when you are out on the HWY on your way to the lake, do some driving at 55, some at 65, some at 75 (what is the limit out that way?). just don't take it out on the HWY and stick it on cruise for the whole trip.
isn't tahoe in the mtns? seems like you'll be doing some speed changes anyway.
#388 of 745 Dust/pollen filter replacement
May 23, 2007 (1:08 pm)
I've read that not replacing the dust/pollen filter in the Odyssey can result in lower fuel economy... so now that I have 60K on my 02 and gas is at $3.50/gal I am looking into this. The owner's manual says to have a dealer change it... but I'd prefer to do it myself. Has anyone tackled this task? Any advice? Are there instructions online anywhere? Thanks.
P.S. Our Ody has been a great family vehicle. Not one problem; still have original brakes too.
#389 of 745 Re: Engine Knocking [hondalova]
May 23, 2007 (8:13 pm)
OK - I drove the wife's Odyssey to work today. It's definitely still knocking, though less than before the chip change.
Spoke with dealership service manager who was very nice. He explained that it has to do with a combination of the semi-spherical (a la Hemi) tops of the combustion chambers and the location of the piston at the moment of fuel ignition. He has been asking Tech-Line for an answer to this problem b/c he has several of Ody-EXs with the same issue. So far, the thinking is that enriching the fuel mix may solve the problem but I shudder to think of what that will do the already poor mileage this vehicle has been getting.
I questioned that assessment simply because, if its a design defect, than ALL Ody-EXs without the cylinder deactivation should be experiencing this problem and, clearly, they're not.
However, he has the zone rep in the shop today and promised to discuss it with him and he's taking my car back in on Monday (giving me a loaner this time - no more extended family automotive swaparoos necessary) to check into the problem further.
Any thoughts or ideas would be welcome. After the problems I've had with my '04 Accord and now this, I'm feeling pretty down about Hondas.
#390 of 745 Re: Dust/pollen filter replacement [johnd15]
May 24, 2007 (2:30 am)
there are 2 air filters in your ODY.
1). there is an engine air filter that if blocked, will significantly reduce fuel economy and could make your vehicle run rich. it is located in the engine compartment (black plastic box), probably on the driver's side. you can loosen 4 phillip-head screws, elevate the top of the box (there isn't much need to elevate the top more than a few inches to reach your hand in there and pull out the filter, and check the cleanliness. i like to change mine every 15K. they cost about $12.00 or so at your local automotive supply store. this is the one that can affect your mileage.
2). there is a dust/pollen filter which is used by the ventillation system for the cabin. on your car, it is located in a compartment on the driver's side just behind the glovebox. it is a BEAR in the ODY to replace. replacement involves dropping the glovebox, cutting extraneous dash material, removing a metal plate, opening a compartment and removing the filter. this is something to be done every 30 or 60K. this one will not affect your mileage. it will affect your breathing.
(1) is EASY, even for a virtual novice.
(2) is a challenge. it almost warrants having 3 or 4 hands.
i'd encourage you to try (1).
OK, here is pix / pricing on both (the engine air filter can be found and purchased at an automotive supply store):
the pollen filter for the inside of the car - that i'd order on-line or get at the parts counter at your dealership. i posted a link to instructions, and a follow-up with my experience somewhere here on edmunds. i'll haveto search for it.
#391 of 745 Re: Dust/pollen filter replacement [johnd15]
May 24, 2007 (5:08 am)
User777 has a good reply. The symptom, if any, is less air flow thru the AC system. I live in AZ and we run the AC full time half the year, but I also have the air flow on recirculate. The last time I replaced the in cabin filter I couldn't tell the "dirty" side from the "clean". The filter material, at that time was a dirty looking material. Yes, it is a BEAR to replace.
#392 of 745 Re: Dust/pollen filter replacement [dsrtrat2]
May 24, 2007 (8:45 am)
right. my point was essentially, there are two filters (actually there's more... for example fuel filter) that the post was confusing. The engine air filter cleanliness will impact fuel economy. The cabin/pollen air filter cleanliness could impact human breathing efficiency.
#393 of 745 2005 Odyssey Maintenance
Jun 07, 2007 (3:24 am)
I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey mini van and I am trying to determine at what miles the transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant, etc. should be changed. I know the maintenance minder will notify me when enough miles are accumulate, but I would like the schedule. I cannot find this in the owners manual or technical manuals.
Can anyone help me?