"We bought this stock model in '03. It has been extremely reliable and we have never had any engine or transmission issues. It drives well and is very comfortable. Interior configuration has been great for a large family. As the years have gone by we have had minor issues, such as the rear pop out windows no longer open/close. One sliding door no longer locks automatically. The driver's side door key entry does not work. It's difficult to use the key entry on passenger side door (we use the rear door key entry to lock/unlock van).
The paint has been an issue. It started peeling when vehicle was 5 years old. It became so unchanged if an issue Honda issued a recall on the midnight blue paint and if your vehicle was 7 years old or less they would paint the peeling areas. Mind you this was done on our fan through Midas. It wasn't done very well but it was better than peeling paint. At 12 years old the paint continues to peel in areas that were not repainted. That is ubfortunate. Perhaps it is the midnight blue paint. Friends of ours gave a 2005 Odyssey that has major peeling issues too.
Would I buy another Odyssey? Definitely. Even with the issues listed it has been a terrific vehicle. We owned a Ford Winstar before this vehicle and experienced many, many major issues."
Pros: "Great body, comfortable interior, easy to drive"
Cons: "Transmission died, sliding doors expensive to fix"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I love this van... physically. I love to drive it and the kids love it, too. Roomy and comfortable inside, but somehow compact and easy to park. Drives well and smoothly -- It even looks nice and modern despite being almost 15 years old… BUT the sliding doors started getting stuck after a few years and I've had to have them repaired once at large expense AND much more importantly ****THERE IS A HUGE TRANSMISSION PROBLEM!!**** Honda refuses to accept responsibility for this, but apparently many of the Odyssey vans of this year and make have had transmissions die (as in my case) -- I had to replace mine (at a cost of $5,000!), which I did because I love the car so much (physically). My van is in beautiful condition, despite being used in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York all its life (it has always had a garage home), and now that I replaced the transmission, I know it is worth far more than the book value of $2,500 -- I am moving overseas, or else I would not be selling it, especially after I replaced the transmission (which still has a warranty on it). It is a very comfortable and functional car."
"I thoroughly researched the minivans in 2000 and it came down to the Toyota Siena and the Honda Odyssey. I chose the Honda because of the disappearing fold down rear seat. I have never been unhappy with this car over the entire 208,000 miles. The mileage it gets is around 21-24mpg, depending on your speed and air-conditioning. Because of my age, it's time for a smaller car for the two of us."
"The ease of getting in and out of drivers seat is second to none. Passenger seat has extreme ease of entrance and exiting for wheelchair bound. Holds the road well in all weather making you feel secure."
"We have 176,000 miles on this van and have NEVER had one problem with it. We do oil changes on time, keep up the maintenance suggestions, changed the timing chain, and just had the new air bags installed due to recall. We take it camping, on trips all across the country and even to Home Depot and Lowes. It will carry carpet, lumber, plants, and even huge boxes (we have a pickup too)and also a large dog carrier for 2 Aussies. Best automobile we have ever owned! My Cadillac Deville comes in 2nd to the Honda, but wasn't really good for camping. Honda Odyssey is good for everything! AND it still looks new!"