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#294 of 747 2011 Odyssey
Oct 24, 2010 (12:27 pm)
I just bought a 2011 Odyssey EX-L with RES for $35020 in MA. That is $1800 under MSRP. I traded in a 2002 Ody EX-L with RES and 140,000 for $4500. The '02 was in fair condition (small dents and scrapes among other things) but was also experiencing the dreaded early 2000's transmission problems (see Odyclub Forum). Kbb and Edmunds pegged the value at $3700-$3800 trade in so I took the deal. The price also included a lifetime warranty for the first owner on the powertrain and transmission. I told the wife its the only way I would buy the Honda because of how they left owners of the early 2000's hanging in the wind. The warranty is only offered by a few dealers and is not predicated on the fact of having maintenance done at that dealer. It can be done at any shop , anywhere, anytime. It is an insurance contract so the dealer can go out of business at anytime with the contract still remaining in force. We try to keep our cars for 10 years so we will see how this plays out. The fix on the '02 was between $3800- $4900. Fugetaboutit. The Ody is great , my wife loves it. Drives and handles better in my opinion that the two previous generations. Quieter below 50 mph also. The interior up front is better than the Sienna ( test driven also). The front of the Sienna looks a lot cheaper, again my opinion. Some things Honda missed the boat on- no rails(its a van, its supposed to carry things), black side mirrors, second row middle seatback needs to be recontoured so the chairs have inside armrests, and the back outlet should be covered. They should bring the rear side covered cubbyholds back. It looks better in person than in pictures, we got a dark color, Topaz, and I personally think that makes it look better also. Get addons (mudflaps, bodyside mouldings, rubber floor mats, etc) from Bernardi. Way cheaper and easy to put in or on. It came with the better Michelin tires as I have seen posts here about them being equipped with cheaper ones. The best price for the same 2010 Ody I could get around here in CT. was $32000 and not as much for the trade. It also would have been at another dealer without the lifetime warranty.
#295 of 747 Re: and another thing [rebelduke]
Oct 24, 2010 (8:10 pm)
Can you explain how the blind spot indicator works? Does it seem useful or annoying?
#296 of 747 2011 Odyssey Vs Sienna
Oct 25, 2010 (2:59 am)
Due to the non-negotiable terms and unavailability of the 2011 Odyssey, my wife and I are considering the Sienna. I have never owned a car that is not a Honda but need a Van sooner than later.
What are your opinions on the 2011 Sienna Vs the Odyssey?
#297 of 747 Re: and another thing [babsmiller]
Oct 25, 2010 (4:34 am)
Based on only a 25 mile ride from the dealer to my house, it seems to work very well. There are indicating lights on the front left and right pillars that light up when a car is in the blind spot. The system can be turned off. There was no audible indication such as a beep or buzz but this may be an adjustment or setting I haven't found yet. There are about 5 - 6 manuals to read. The owners manual alone is over 700 pages! It's going to take me a while
#298 of 747 Re: Touring Elite [rebelduke]
Oct 25, 2010 (10:54 am)
You're right and I'm surprised, but your purchase price is closer to $42k than $39.9 when your trade is factored in. Still, that's $2k under MSRP, better than I would have thought.
#299 of 747 Re: 2011 Odyssey Vs Sienna [poryan]
Oct 25, 2010 (2:12 pm)
Have you tried emailing the internet sales managers at your 8-10 closest dealers with the exact specs & deal you want? Saves lots of legwork.
#300 of 747 Re: Roof Rails cost decent? [newtouring]
Oct 25, 2010 (5:27 pm)
It is unacceptable that a vehicle (EX) costing $30,000 comes without factory installed roof rails.
I would ask the dealer to install the roof rails as part of the deal. If the dealer says no, leave skid marks on the dealers carpet!
Honda did not cut corners here. Honda took an ax and chopped off the corner.
#301 of 747 Re: 2011 Odyssey Vs Sienna [poryan]
Oct 26, 2010 (8:12 am)
Sienna has a beam rear axle vs. independent in Odyssey. That's a significant difference as far as control, handling, and ride and enough for me to pass on the Toyota.
#302 of 747 Re: 2011 Odyssey Vs Sienna [poryan]
Oct 26, 2010 (11:04 am)
as a former 2004 sienna owner, I am also need a van due to a recent accident. Anyway, almost all buyers here has been comparing sienna and odyssey and I think it really denpends on what you want.
We all agreed (I assumed) Honda has better stuffs inside but the look? either you like it or you don't. Sienna, look is ok, but can it be too common? Inside? CHEAP looking (my 04 has better look and feel compares to the new 2011).
To me, I really like the 3rd row sunshade and windows that can be opened in the Sienna. Also they have both headphone jack and volume on both side in 3rd row (xle with DVD model). The dual screen is great. However, it is not easy to get into the 3rd row.
Odyssey came in a little late so really, the price is still hight, good look and feel inside the dash. Like the cool box idea. Won't get 3rd sunshade unless you step up to touring. Also 3rd row windows has no vent. no dual screen unless touring elite
Right now, I am pointing to Odyssey because of the 2nd row config, I can give up the smaller DVD, no 3rd sunshade and vent but it just feel more comfortable. The one thing holding me up is the price, I can get sienna for near invoice but not the odyssey up in seattle.
that's a few thousand $ different. so I am waiting...
#303 of 747 Re: 2011 Odyssey [sinct]
Oct 26, 2010 (4:59 pm)
I don't think Bernardi would help me save much money here in Canada with shipping and duty costs.