"The 97 Honda Odyssey is nice if you only have 2 kids. Once the 3rd one comes, you start to outgrow the van. We now have 4 kids and are very cramped when we go somewhere. The 4 cylinder is great for gas mileage and easier to work on than the V6, however, the V-Tec 4 cylinder (which is not standard equipment on this van) has more power when you need to merge into traffic on the freeway.
Have owned this van for 9 years with no problems at all."
"I've always said I would have a tough time being in sales because I couldn't sell something I didn't believe in completely. Well, sign me up to sell 1st gen odysseys!! My wife drives a 95 LX we bought used 10 years ago with 50K. We now have 214,000. We have done all scheduled maintenance. We paid $12,500 10 years ago and still can get 2K for it today. Other than a few squeaks the engine and trans is as solid as when we bought it!! It is absolutely the best money we have ever spent on a car. 6 years ago we needed to replace a mercury that was shot at 110K and I asked my wife what she would like as a replacement, she said... "another odyssey just like the one I have" so I found a 96EX on line with 35K, paid 12.5K for that. it now has 157K runs great. I've seen many comments from others that if honda sold this size van today, I would buy it in a heartbeat. It has also helped to have an independent mechanic who is as honest as these vans have been reliable. It is as close to free transportation as you can get!!"
"Have owned this car for nearly 11 years. Pro:
1. No mechanical or engine problem
2. Not too big outside, very easy to park
3. MPG is good, around 20 to 23.
4. Very much practical for daily and trip use. Seat 7+grocery space or 5+big trunk
1. Ignition replaced after 8 years due to too much turn on/off daily (3 to up to 6,7 times per day)
2. Little loud when speed up, but no too bothered
3. Front left visor broke after 7 years.
Was trying to replace this car but got no reason to convince wife because the car is just too reliable with a good look."
"I bought this from a guy for $300 W/No rust!!
The 1997 Honda sat for 7 months and started on the first try! I put new brakes on plus one caliper and changed the oil, wow $300 for a Honda what a steal.I parked my 2002 gas hog and this thing never wants gas, The Sony stereo was worth $200 I LOVE IT!!"