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!"
Cons: "Hard to get at spare tire, heavy mddle seats"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this car in 2011 with 76K on it. I have had all of the required maintenance done, use synthetic oil and top of the line filters. I now have 180K miles on it. Lost a transmission - biggest cost - and that's probably because I added a hitch and towed a small fishing boat and so on with it. That burns trannys. It handles well, and I have no complaints. I get average of 21 mpg, slightly less in winter. The traction control is very handy. Middle row of seats are removable (and heavy), rear seats fold into the deck. Spare tire is a pain to get to, have to move seats and it's in the center of the van. Comes with a mini donut, not a full size tire. Road noise is acceptable. CD/DVD/Radio all work well. DVD comes with a remote and that's been handy on long trips. Won't play copied dvds. Motor is strong, plenty of horses to pass if needed. Easy to get at stuff under the hood. Brakes and exhaust costs are about what you'd pay for anything else. My shop tells me it's easy to work on, so less expensive in labor."