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Honda Odyssey, Van
#50 of 747 Re: Fixes needed for 2011 Odyssey (continued) [gwrace1]
Mar 28, 2010 (6:37 pm)
To counter your post, we had a 2003 Honda Odyssey, and racked up over 80k miles on it, with only regular maintenance required. We liked the upgrades Honda made, so we decided to trade in for a 2008 Odyssey, and have only had regular maintenance required.
We have friends who had a 2003 Town & Country, which had an alternator replaced, transmission replaced, front engine mount replaced, and numerous interior quality issues. They got themselves a 2006 Honda Odyssey, and haven't had a problem yet.
And Odysseys are made in CANADA, which probably is still tainted in your worldview (implied by your AMERICAN comment). Every car maker has good and bad luck. I'm glad you've had good luck with your Caravan, just as I'm glad we've had the same luck with our Odysseys.
#51 of 747 Re: Ody redesign not until 2012? [raydahs]
Mar 28, 2010 (7:24 pm)
Not a fan of the new design based on those pics. Looks like a Nissan Quest got taken advantage of by, well, an uglier Nissan Quest.
#53 of 747 Re: Fixes needed for 2011 Odyssey (continued) [kohyuta]
Mar 29, 2010 (1:42 pm)
Actually, the Town and Country/Grand Caravan is made in Canada, while the Ody, as the previous poster said, is made in Alabama.
There are issues with lots of cars...and now I've had some issues with the torque converter on my Odyssey. So, reliability-wise, I'm not blown away. That said, the CR reliability reports speak for themselves. And no, they aren't a fluke, or biased against this car or that car. The build quailty of the Chrysler twins is clearly not great--you can tell that just be touching the plastic on the dash.
#54 of 747 Re: 2011 Odyssey price ranges ? [sheker]
Mar 29, 2010 (1:51 pm)
Last time they had a model re-do (2004 -> 2005) here were the MSRP differences:
2004 LX $24,490 2005 LX $25,195 (+2.9%)
2004 EX $26,990 2004 EX $28,195 (+4.5%)
2004 EXL $28,490 2005 EXL $30,495 (+7.0%)
So, doing a straight extrapolation:
2010 LX $26,805 2011 LX $27,585?
2010 EX $29,905 2011 EX $31,250?
2010 EXL $33,405 2100 EXL $35,745?
This is a rough guess, they may try to hold the line on prices if the economy stays slow, they may keep the LX under $27k so it looks better, who knows? You won't be getting prices below invoice for the first several months, I'm pretty sure about that.
#55 of 747 Re: Fixes needed for 2011 Odyssey (continued) [mfletou1]
Mar 30, 2010 (5:06 pm)
That must be why the Chrysler Minivans have outsold every other make and model. They must be crap because they are American made. Mine was made in St; Louis not Canada. There is always Toyota if you like instant acceleration air bags popping out and brakes that don't work. I was a Consumer Reports subscriber for many years and finally gave up on them. They have such a preconceived perception of quality from the Japanese auto makers that often time new models were highly rated before they were even tested or reliability ratings calculated. Don't tell me they were objective.
#56 of 747 Re: Fixes needed for 2011 Odyssey (continued) [gwrace1]
Mar 30, 2010 (8:05 pm)
Chrysler minivans were the top-selling minivans until 2007, when the Odyssey took the #1 spot. And that was in spite of Chrysler's fleet sales, which can boost sales numbers quite a bit. Chrysler may still have the cumulative lead, but that's because they were the only ones making a minivan for so many years. And even so, having the highest sales numbers doesn't necessarily mean the best quality. McDonald's sells the most meat of any restaurant, but I wouldn't call it a quality meal.
Chrysler invented the minivan, and from 1983 until about 2003 were the best in the business. The competition caught up to them (Ford, Toyota, Honda), and they've been playing catch up. In 2003, we cross-shopped, and we liked the Odyssey the best. Out of curiosity I checked the Chryslers again in 2008, and still liked the Odyssey better.
No one here has said that American-made=crap. As pointed out, the Odyssey is American-made in Alabama. Everyone has different opinions, your Caravan has served you well... great! Our Odyssey has served us well too.
#57 of 747 Re: Not a troll, but... [mfletou1]
Mar 31, 2010 (8:06 am)
What year is your Odyssey? I am interested in buying a 2010, but I wonder if Honda has fixed their transmission/torque converter/soft brake problems.
#58 of 747 Re: Please!! make it a true flat floor [nobo]
Mar 31, 2010 (8:09 am)
We have 2 large dogs, too, but we don't use crates. We put them in safety harnesses and attach the harness to a seat belt.
There is a website (www.dogcars.com) that reviews vehicles for their "dogginess".
#59 of 747 Re: Please!! make it a true flat floor [golddog1]
Mar 31, 2010 (8:11 am)
You might check out the reviews at www.dogcars.com