"Only reason I'm selling this is the Mexican govt doesn't allow permanent residents, which I just became, to drive foreign plated cars and foreign vehicles can't be nationalized at present.
So it's going to Arizona with a friend to be sold.
I bought it used 11 years ago in Missouri with 75,000 miles and it has taken me, my effects, 2 families etc everywhere possible with only a few minor hiccups induced by me.
Do the specified maintenance and it runs and runs.
Bought a 2004 Odyssey to replace it though I like my 97 much better.
The 97 is smaller outside, with better gas mileage, handling, easier to park, 4 normal doors (Oh how I miss those) and the list continues.
Best vehicle I've owned in 40+ years of driving and it was still made I'd buy another in a heartbeat."
"In the next 1 to 200,000 miles or so (it just keeps going!!), I'm going to need a new car....a dilemma!!! How do you replace a 1995 (standard doors, completely 'flat-bed' in a blink with removal/folding seats, super-comfortable seats, NOT an over-sized mini-van, reasonable gas-mileage) Honda Odyssey!?!?!? My Ody is irreplaceable."
**Externally, much smaller than more recent vans, but inside it's nearly as large. Parks in small spaces.
**Most comfortable front seats of any car I have ever owned (nearly 30 cars over the years). Tested many new cars, but cannot find seats so terrific.
**Four doors open like a car - VERY convenient.
**100% dependable after 15 years, and I drive it hard.
**Handles nearly like a sports car (I take my Beemer to the track, so I know handling).
**2nd row has captains chairs seating 2 in great comfort with soft armrests.
**Three rows of seats. Third row holds 3 snugly, but more comfortably than many other third rows.
**Because there is no center console up front or in second row, you can easily move between front and back seats without getting out of the car. Especially convenient with toddlers in back. It's like a rolling living room with nice flat floors all the way back.
**Third row folds easily and quickly right into the floor.
**Boxy interior and large rear door allows easy loading of large items like my rototiller.
**Good mileage from small 4 cylinder engine designed for Camry.
**4 banger is puny, so takes a bit longer to reach full highway speed and some very steep hills must be climbed slowly with a full load.
**2nds row seats don't fold down, but are easily removed for hauling big loads.
**A.C. is underbuilt for an interior this size. On long trips keeps whole car cool after a while, but takes some time at low speeds to reach the 2nd and 3rd row.
**If it weren't for huge strides in safety of newer vehicles, I would drive no other car, maybe forever. But it's so dangerous out there, you really need ABS, curtain airbags, etc. that are not available in a 1996 vehicle."
Pros: "Decent price, great gas mileage, very reliable"
Cons: "Small interior, burns oil a bit fast"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I've owned this vehicle for almost four years now, and I honestly have no right to complain about it. I've never had it break down on me. It's only required some basic maintenance and new tires.
I've put a lot of miles on this vehicle and it has been great to me. I wish the interior were a bit bigger, but only because my kids are much larger now than when I first bought it!
For a nearly 20 year old minivan, it still gets between 23-27 MPG, depending on which adult is driving ;)"
Pros: "avg. gas mileage; spacious; reliable; fam friendly"
Cons: "not a designed as a power vehicle"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Great family car with versatility to carry 7 passengers or fold seats for spacious cargo area.
Most reliable car we've owned (original owner). Well maintained, always parked in garage when at home. Complete maintenance records available.
We're only selling because we bought a new vehicle.
Disclosures: the asking price considers the following: no CD player, worn hubcaps, standard brakes only (no ABS), insignificant ding in rear hatch."
"I was not to sure about downsizing from my GMC van but with fuel cost and car upkeep getting very expensive I made the choice to downsize. Found used my 98 Odyssey, test drove it and bought it on the spot. Good gas mileage, minimal upkeep, wonderful to drive, enough space in the back for all my music equipment. The best thing about it is my wife loves it! Wish I could afford a new Odyssey."