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#567 of 747 Re: 2011 Odyssey Touring Highway Wandering
Jan 23, 2011 (11:06 pm)
I was having the same wandering issue with my van, the 2011 Touring model with approximately 2000 miles. I checked the tire pressures today and found them to be about 2 psi (cold) below the 35 psi recommended for both front and rears. I pumped all 4 tires up to 35 psi. Amazingly to me, I immediately felt a change. While running errans, I drove on the freeway and on city streets and found the directional stability to feel much better. After putting on around 70 miles, I can say that for my vehicle, the change was dramatic and the wandering was mostly gone. The steering "feel" was still light compared to my previous 05 Odyssey Touring with PAX tires, a good thing, but the handling of the 2011 feels more neutral and agile. Check your pressures and see if you get some improvement.
I too have the distortion in the driver's outside mirror and actually see some in the right side of the front windsheild. Mileage has been great with 27-28 mpg seen on straight freeway driving and 19-21 around town. Yes, I agree with most of the complaints about what Honda has done with the van, including the styling, but after one month with it, I know I bought the right van for me. Even the styling--which almost had me crossing over to the Sienna, is growing on me.
My rants for the record: Making the roof rack and side mouldings extra cost accessories, not including side hazard warning at least as an option, not hiding the too large sliding door hing "groove", no operating rear (not center) windows, very limited transmission gear selection controls, less efficient rear overhead heating/AC vents, and maybe, not including middle row center seat arm rests, HID headlights only on Touring Elite, no remote starting available, and possibly, using cloth rather than vinyl on third row seat backs, and not making 6 speed trannies std (or at least optional) for all models.
Still, the number of improvements since the last "new" 2005 Odyssey came out are impressive. Gone: Adjustable brake and accelerator pedals, covered third row storage bins, lazy susan storage, PAX tires--thankfully, dual glove box, and feeble sounds from audio system equipment.
Just my thoughts FYI
#568 of 747 Re: Why so few buyers for LX? [coupedncal]
Jan 24, 2011 (4:15 am)
As to your questions, I looked at cars.com for you and saw a pitcure of an LX with armrests on the middle row seats. You might want to look for yourself. We have plugged an ipod into the aux and it worked, but it was controlled from the ipod, as I recall. I do not know about usb accessories.
#569 of 747 Re: Why so few buyers for LX? [odyssey4us]
Jan 25, 2011 (8:21 am)
thanks much for answering those questions. Much appreciated.
#570 of 747 Impressions of the 2011 Odyssey
Jan 25, 2011 (9:49 am)
I have a 2011 EXL model, and a few thoughts for those interested, after 2K miles. First, read the New York Times review, as it seems fair and accurate. Notable pluses: seats all around are quite comfortable, as are the logical placements of all controls. Road cruising is a pleasure, and the engine is reasonably powerful. For us, having the capacity to fit three car seats in the second row was critical (compare the Sienna, which does not allow this), but the lowered height of the roof does make it a bit tricky to lift in the snap in middle seat carrying our infant.
Other minuses, in my mind: cheap plastics for a vehicle costing this much (they are largely the same as the Fit, which we traded in for this, but the Fit cost less than half). The economy is terrible: we have yet to average over 20mpg for a tankful, which frankly should be an embarrassment to Honda; our Prius, after 100k miles, still averages 45mpg. Secondly, and most disappointing, is the steering: road feel is gone. It is akin to driving a '85 LTD. So much for the Odyssey being the driver's minivan -- I suppose their feedback suggested that this is what americans want, but not this one, at any rate. Ah well, it is a minivan, after all. Just don't expect this iteration to be particularly fun to drive; it isn't. Comfortable, useful, and well designed, yes.
I for one thinks it looks better in person than on the page, and we have had many compliments from strangers on the appearance. Go figure.
#571 of 747 2011 Touring Elite
Jan 26, 2011 (7:58 pm)
Has anyone experienced "squeekling" coming from the sliding doors? We have annoying/loud noise coming from both sides - seems associated with weather "rain or snow.
#572 of 747 Honda Odessey 2010 Gas capacity/Gas Tank
Jan 27, 2011 (8:03 am)
Yes, I did notice that in my 2010 Honda Odessey. Gave that report a few days after picking it up (Sept. 2010). But Open Road Honda, Edison NJ said, there is no problem. It is normal. I have to get used to it. But it is really disturbing not to have a quiet cabin. I understand you totally.
But my biggest concern right now is the problem with filling up the gas. Everytime the gas station fill up the gas tank, the "click" thing from nose nozzle and it will stop filling up, I realized I am not yet totally filled up. Brought this problem to Open Road honda again and again and now service department said, they can't do anything about it. They don't see any problem.
Based on the manual, total gas capacity is 21 gals. Given a +/- 3 % allowance, it should be +/- 20.4 to 21.6 gals. Last time, I was able to run my car for another 26 miles after the gas light turns on and reach the gas station to totally filled it up. Again, the hose nozzle and it stop at 15.72 gals. According to the Open Road Technician who went with me to fill up the gas during my 2nd visit to Open road, the gas station that I go to doesn't have problem with their hose nozzle (new, actually this gas station just opened 2010) and the facility is normal. Not in anyway, elevated to cause any tilting on the pavement thereby causing the gas tank to be tilted as well. So everything is normal then.
The point is even though the car is not TOTALLY EMPTY WHEN I FILLED IT UP, given 2 gals (light turns on minus 26 more miles driving *16 mpg*)) plus 1/2 gal. allowance after the hose nozzle click (which the technician said should be), the total capacity is still 17.22 - 18.22 gals only as compared to what the Honda claim to be 21 gals.
The worst thing also is that, the meter wouldn't reach the letter "F" on the meter even if I add another half a gallon after the hose nozzle click and stop filling it up.
#573 of 747 Re: 2011 Odyssey Real world mileage [odysseybuyer1]
Jan 27, 2011 (11:26 am)
18 MPG City actual - over 2 months . Touring model. No real highway mpg yet.
#574 of 747 Re: Follow-up on my review [toramo1]
Jan 27, 2011 (11:36 am)
Bought the same car and color you did - November 2011. Have you had issues with loud rubbing and squeaking noises coming from the sliding doors when moisture is around - rain - snow. Assuming it is the rubber gasket/seals. Live in northeast and when the snow hits the noises are incredible. Not sure if moisture is the problem that seems to be the culprit at this point.
#575 of 747 Re: "Batt Low" Warning 2011 Ody EX-L [pn334]
Jan 28, 2011 (12:11 pm)
I have just experienced the same problem. It now beeps & warns me after I shut the car off, and also, as soon as I open the door handle. The car starts fine, but it continues to "warn" me, and therefore, it worries me!
Anyone found a solution to this problem yet? I do not have a remote starter, and I also unplugged my phone charger, portable navigation, etc. It has been very cold here- down to the teens, so maybe that affected it? I drove it for at least an hour today...and it still warns me.
#576 of 747 Re: "Batt Low" Warning 2011 Ody EX-L [drivininstyle]
Jan 28, 2011 (5:01 pm)
Bring it back to your dealer. They will test your battery. If it's low they are supposed to change it. If it's not low then off you go until the next warning and until they find the solution to this unexpected problem. One fellow talked about a battery sensor being reset. So perhaps they will do that too.
I would worry if your battery is low. But you won't know that until you bring it in. And I don't believe that it has anything to do with driving your vehicle. I drive mine over 50 miles a day and my warning still came on so don't believe that bull.