"I own this car for 16 years. other than regular maintenance like brakes, tires, exhaust no major failure. I have put over 260000 miles on it but still runs like a charm. Because of its age we don't use it for long runs now but earlier we drove it for 12 hours straight without any trouble. We drove this car very very long distance like from Illinois to Yellow Stone National Park and no issues. It has been in our family for such a long time that we consider it part of the family and don't think to replace it. It is the most reliable piece of machine that I have ever owned. I would buy another Honda Odyssey without giving it a second thought."
Cons: "Could be quieter on the road and more plush inside"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Incredibly reliable car. Plenty of pep for a 4 cylinder car. Very easy to fold up seats to haul stuff. Spacious and comfortable. Good gas mileage for an older vehicle. Liked it so much we bought 2 of them and drove tem for over 17 years. Still have them. Have had very few repairs; mostly spent money on routine maintenance only. Highly recommend."
"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."