Thursday, July 22, 2010

Used Honda Odyssey Minivan Shopping

In the process of looking for a minivan. I will be adding notes as I go.

First off I suggest reading this Wikipedia article all about Honda Odyssey minivans. It gives a breakout of each generation of the vehicle and also has more in depth information about the transmission issues mentioned frequently in connection with Honda Odysseys.

2001 Honda Odyssey

2002 Honda Odyssey

Reviews and Ratings:

Price Range: $5,900 - $7,000

2003 Honda Odyssey

Transmission Issues

From an article about the transmission problem: Honda's Unexpected Gear Shift
Of 1 million vehicles sold in the U.S. with those transmissions, Spencer said, Honda has replaced the transmissions in about 16,000, or 1.6%.
Cost to replace transmission: $3,000 - $4,000 at a Honda dealer.
Reason to replace transmission at a Honda Dealer: longer warranty on new transmission.

Motor Mount Issue
A number of consumer reviews mention they've needed to replace motor mounts around 90K miles. More information needed. May be good to ask specifically about this if you get a mechanic to inspect the vehicle prior to purchase.

Research Resources

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