Last post on Jun 07, 2010 at 12:38 PM
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Honda Odyssey, Car Buying, Van
#17 of 26 Re: Backup camera. Help me decide. [fillykonk]
May 20, 2009 (10:01 pm)
Thanks for the reply. Useful information.
#18 of 26 Re: Backup camera. Help me decide. [sarge_in]
May 20, 2009 (10:02 pm)
Thanks for the reply. Useful information.
Apr 23, 2010 (7:56 pm)
I am going round and round. Slate Olive Green vs Polished Metal, Leather vs Cloth; DVD. I was hot for EX-L but then I got it back in to perspective that this is a mini van, do I need a sunroof? Is leather really easier to clean? Anyone else want to chime in?
#20 of 26 Honda just does not give your choice
Apr 27, 2010 (4:02 am)
I had the same situation. From my research, I came to know some reliability issue with VCM I-Vtec engine and transmission. My next door neighbor also to me that there is basically no saving on gas unless you are driving in flat metro area at reasonable speed.
I checked the specifications of 2011 Pilot seems to me that honda began to use VCM i-VTEC engine and 5-speed automatic transmission with Heavy-Duty Automatic-Transmission-Fluid Cooler STANDARD on every Trim. I guess the new Odyssey (2011) probably will get the 6-speed automatic transmission with the same Cooler. This will solve some complaints about the current transmission. Of course, you do not have to worry if you just carry 2-3 kid and all the bikes on the current Odyssey for a long trip, in my opinion.
Back to the topic, I have hard time to persuade my wife into EX just because she prefer Leather seats. They are easy to clean. And you take 2 small kids on the trips (short or long), eating and drinking, they will make a lot of mess (Ok, add you and your wife too).
So We finally went with EXL. By the way, EX were all gone in our local dealer over this weekend. Now they only have LX and EXL (w RES or w/o).
Simply put, if honda just add leather seat to EX and that's will be my first choice.
#21 of 26 Re: More EX Purchasers?? [wantsdecentcar]
Apr 27, 2010 (7:06 am)
Leather IS easier to clean. I would skip the DVD though, as I got my own custom audio system + NAV installed. Including parts (Kenwood DNX9140, high quality Focal speakers, subwoofer, amplifier) and labor, it cost me the same as Honda RES w/ NAV, but has much more features and flexibility.
#22 of 26 Re: EX versus EX-L trying to decide [oddyshopper]
Apr 29, 2010 (5:43 pm)
I think you should get a EX-L over EX.. I am guessing you only pay about $3000 more.... you get leather seat, heated seat, Passenger's Seat with Power Adjustment, Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror , Acoustic Windshield, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel.. many more..
So I think ex-l worth extra $3000.
Apr 30, 2010 (6:16 pm)
Couldn't be happier with my decision. But kingfans1 - what is the acoustic windshield - I thought I knew everything about this van but this is the first I've read...intrigued!
#24 of 26 Re: I Got the EX-L!! [wantsdecentcar]
Apr 30, 2010 (7:40 pm)
I am sorry I thout odyssey came with acoustic windshield. but it didn't.. its only came on the pilot ex-l and tourin model..
acoustic windshield is double-pane glass, so outside clamor will be significantly lessened.
I am happy to hear that you like your odyssey ex-l.
#25 of 26 Re: More EX Purchasers?? [sarge_in]
Jun 07, 2010 (10:30 am)
Sarge - did you install those items yourself or did you have it professionally done. If so, where? Do you have any pictures? I'm deciding on a 2010 EXL, or EXL with RES & NAV right now. I'm trying to determine factory or aftermarket. Any info you could provide would be much appreciated!
#26 of 26 Re: More EX Purchasers?? [beirnead]
Jun 07, 2010 (12:38 pm)
I got them installed at a local car audio place in SoCal (Irvine - Gold Star Audio). Dont have install pics, but you can check them out at their websites. I got Kenwood DNX9140, Focal 165KR speakers for front, Arc Audio KS 300.4 amp, Arc Audio ARC10 subwoofer (amp and sub installed in a custom enclosure in lazy susan area). Running iPod, as well as videos thru a USB drive. Camera pic shows in both rear-view mirror as well as the Kenwood unit. Sounds FAAR better than what Honda would give you even in its top package. The firmware is upgradeable, and so are the Garmin maps in it (Honda charges atrociously for map upgrades). You lose a few (very few) integration features that you will get with factory system, but this is much more flexible and custom. Having done this once, I would NEVER pay car-makers for an audio/video/NAV package.
You can get parts from various online places like sonicelectronix, woofersetc and so on.