"The engine is excellent but the body is worse than a tin-can.
The rear sliding doors are totally un-reliable, sometimes they slide open and sometimes they are totally stuck and needs to be opened with a kick from the inside of the car. No Good...
Bombers are non-existing and the car can not take just the slightest little hit front or back with-out terrible consequences to the so called bomber."
"Bought it new. No problems with it whatsover except it needed a NEW transmission at 127000 which Honda covered under "Goodwill" warranty at no cost to us. (This forces us to buy a new Honda the next go around, so the "Goodwill" worked to psychologically bind us to Honda for a long long time. How do I escape the grip of this POWERFUL and INESCAPABLE dark force?) Door slide needed new rollers about the same time. I did it myself, cost less than hundred buck BECAUSE I couldn't get it to the dealer because the door wouldn't close. The front discs wear out about 5 times faster than our CR-V. Maybe because of the heft of the vehicle? Timing belt was replaced at 100000 to preempt nasties happening to the valves, and so far it's worked. I would buy a new Odyssey in a heartbeat, except we may go to a PILOT if a 4WD Odyssey does not come out our next new car go-around. The van has been such a good car that we missed our normal "new car" purchase schedule. KBB says it's still worth about 6000 bucks PRIVATE for a van in fair shape, which is excellent value considering I paid around 24000 plus tax in 2000. What is amazing however is that we have a 2000 CR-V, which I think is even a BETTER vehicle than the Odyssey... actually MUCH better... amazing considering how good the Odyssey is. The Odyssey was our first Honda vehicle. (3rd if you include lawnmower and dune buggy).
"We bought a new 2003 Honda Odyssey EX-L and it has served us very well for the past 4 years. We previously had owned a Toyota 4Runner and a Toyota Previa (both outstanding vehicles), but we were not willing to pay the premium for the new Toyota Sienna (they wanted about $5K more for a van similar to the Odyssey). While industry seems to be shying away from these practical family movers, we will probably always own one. We've based owr automobile purchases from Consumer Reports magazine and friends/family. We would love to buy American cars, but at $30K+, I don't want to take a chance on reliability and resale value."
"MY FIRST HONDA, BUT CERTAINLY NOT MY LAST. I HAVE HAD 108,000 TROUBLE FREE MILES WITH IT, AND HAVE HAD GREAT DEALER SERVICE THE ENTIRE TIME. MY WIFE DROPS THE VAN OFF FOR REGULAR SCHEDULED SERVICE, AND THINKS THE DEALER SERVICE DEPT IS TERRIFIC.
THE VAN IS COMFORTABLE, VERY FLEXIBLE IN WHAT IT CAN HAUL, PEOPLE OR STUFF-AS FAR AS STYLING GOES, IT IS A BIG BOX, NOTHING REALLY MORE. PERFORMANCE IS MORE THAN ADEQUATE, MILEAGE HAS BEEN 22-26 DEPENDING ON HOW HARD IT IS DRIVEN.
HONDA QUALITY IS SUPERB, AND FIT AND FINISH ARE TOP NOTCH. LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE, IT IS BEST TO MAINTAIN IT ACCORDING TO THE HONDA SCHEDULE. I WOULD GUESS THAT IT WILL BE GOOD FOR AT LEAST 200 THOUSAND MILES, PROBABLY MORE. A REALLY WONDERFUL VAN."
"This van has performed well for my family. Only problems we've had are the power/cigarette lighter coming out of the socket ($40 to fix), two plastic pieces from under the front driver seat coming off (haven't figured out yet how to put them back on) and the radio controls on the steering wheel not always functioning like intended (volume button sometimes changes the station; station changing button sometimes changes the volume; sometimes buttons work perfectly ( not a big problem))
The van is very roomy and comfortable for trips. We did two trips of four hours each, with 5 adults and 2 children, luggage and other necessities, and had enough space to enjoy the rides."
"My van has been a very reliable vehicle! I love being able to go to estate sales knowing I can virtually haul anything home. It was great for carpooling when our children were younger, too. The sound system is great, as is the heating/ac. My family complains about me driving a car this old (2001), BUT they are quick to borrow it to go downtown where more upscale cars are greater targets for auto thieves....I mean, who wants a 13-year old Mom van? The electronic locks are messed up, but I've been told by other Honda owners that this is a common Honda problem. I know how to deal with it, so don't plan on spending the money to have them fixed. Basically, my van is so old I never worry about it getting stolen, or hit. It's so reliable that I hate to give it up. It's like a Timex, takes a licking and keeps on ticking!"
"I LOVE this van. It is easy to drive, never lets me down, zips in and out of places, has comfortable seating, everything works in it! The local dealer is competent, responsive, tells me in advance what to expect to enable me to budget. To date, I have not had a major problem. I get it serviced according to schedule; replacing brake pads, rotating tires, getting oil changes, replacing fluids."
"It's still running great with 205,860 miles on it. Bought it from a private party nearly 4 years ago. They drove it to Florida.
I make sure the oil is changed regular, gone through a couple sets of tires, and replaced the battery this year. The front struts need to be replaced soon. If I don't use the air conditioner and drive with windows open in perfect weather conditions, I have gotten 26 mpg on the highway. Otherwise, it averages 21-22 mpg on highway, and 20 mpg for city driving, or if air conditioner is used.
A couple things I have against it is that it's not as comfortable as my Acura with the lumbar heated seats and I have to set the sliding seats to the off position so I don't accidentally open the doors with the remote when I put it in my purse.
Roomy enough to haul lumber, move households, or use it for long trips and towed a trailer loaded down when I moved. Love this van. I think this van has many miles left in it. A great van over all."
"My 2000 Honda Odyssey has been very reliable. It currently has 205,000 miles on it. We had to replace the front brake rotors and right rear hub assembly around 150,000. The material on the rear doors and third seat side panels has came off. The sliding rear doors freeze shut in the winter. The stow and go 3rd row seat is very handy."
"I bought this car brand new on recommendation from my sister. I have always manintained my vehicle as scheduled. I have been unhappy with aspects of the van from the beginning; bumpy ride, NOISY, window motors unreliable and costly to replace, burned through three transmissions already. The car lugs when you are in between gears, does not shift smoothly and has not since day one. On the plus side I do feel the engine has been reliable and the car is safe. However, the cons outweigh the pros. Never again for me. Going for a Toyota next time around."
"This vehicle is excellent and reliable, the best vehicle I have ever owned. Great for the kids with the DVD player and air conditioning in the back. I have used it for everything, moving the kids to college, after college, my wife's office furniture and equipment, even my riding lawnmover, camping, fishing trips to the Keys.
An over all economic vehicle to run, gets about 24 miles to the gallon on the road, 21 miles in the city."
Pros: "Faithfully reliable, fun to drive, versatile!"
Cons: "Awkward gearshift design, DVD player broken"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Our family car for almost 8 years! Over 115,000 miles, and not a single problem! The DVD player for the rear seat entertainment system quit working a few years ago and the Honda dealer wanted a ridiculous sum of money to replace it, so I just use my laptop to watch movies on long trips, when I'm not driving that is. Aside from routine maintenance, the engine and transmission have not given us a single problem, and the van has not had any mechanical problems. My family has owned a lot of vehicles over the years, and the air-conditioner in our Odyssey is among the coldest I've ever experienced. It blows FREEZING COLD air, and in almost 8 years both the front and rear A/C have not had a problem! The front and rear heaters also work great! The seats are very comfortable, the stereo system sounds great (though the CD player mysteriously quite working a couple years ago, then started working again, and has been working fine since), and the Odyssey was able to tow our small motorboat with ease. The Odyssey can seat 6 people in very comfortable, and if you cram a 7th into middle of the 3rd row seat it becomes very cramped but still tolerable. The van has the upgraded AM/FM cassette/CD combo, and the cassette player is great for plugging in an iPod since 2004 was before most vehicles had iPod hookups. After almost 8 years and more than 115,000 miles, our Odyssey does not have a single problem with anything.
Even though I think the 1999-2004 second generation Odyssey is the best looking of all generations, and I do not really like the style of the latest 2011-2012 Odyssey, I would still recommend any Odyssey from 1995-2012 to someone looking to buy a minivan!"
Pros: "well thought out interior, smooth adequate power"
Cons: "poor transmision quailty"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Transmission problems at 104000. I'm told I need $4700 for new transmission on a car with a resale value of $5000. Between my wife and three kids we own 6 Honda or Acura vehicles. These cars have always been maintained by the book. I'm very disappointed in Honda quality and am not likely to purchase another Honda. I bought on a reputation of quality, buyer beware."
Pros: "ride, reliability, storage and cabin space"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We call it our stretch Accord. It is a wonderful vehicle for my large family. Rides well, even now with 210K miles. I would recommend an Odyssey to any family needing functional, reliable transportation."
"Aside from the very bad automatic transmission, this vehicle may have reached 5 stars, as it is very reliable in other respects. Unfortunately, the transmission is a disaster and is obviously a fundamentally flawed design. We are currently on our third transmission and have low confidence that is one will last very long (its awkward sounding shifting foreshadowed the eventual demise of the previous transmissions). The first transmission died at 85000 miles and was replaced by the manufacturer, at no cost. The second transmission died at 130,000 miles and was replaced at 50% cost to us (the balance covered by Honda). We expect the third transmission to die within 20,000 or 30,000 and are planning accordingly.
I would strongly advise against buying a used Odyssey, as the transmission is a ticking bomb that will inevitably go off.
Overall, am I asking too much? Perhaps. But the Honda Odyssey was much more expensive than the competition and, for that, I expected more."
"As a previous truck owner, I really wasn't interested in giving up my truck for a van. However, unless you are using your vehicle as a 4 X 4, I say you have no leg to stand on. If you can haul a 16 ft 6X6 in any truck I would love to see it, not a problem with the Odyssey. As well as keep you items dry and secure. More comfortable seating, ie 4 captains chairs, back bench, seating for 7. Better on fuel, and better on snow and ice, traction control. Simply a vehicle made for a family encountering any and all conditions."
"I purchased the van new in 1999 and it is still running great. When the transmission started to slip at 82K, Honda put a new unit in at no cost long after the warranty had expired. No problems at all. Change oil, tires and windshield wipers and this car will run forever. Very satisfied customer who is going to purchase a new one."