2001 Honda Odyssey Reviews
2001 Honda Odyssey Reviews and Owner Comments
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Of all the cars I've owned in my life, this 2001 Honda Odyssey is the absolute WORSE car I have ever owned. Before the car even had 60K miles on it, the transmission had to be replaced. 6 months later, the bearings in A/C were grinded into a complete pulp and shot through the lines killing both the A/C and the evaporator. The automatic doors have never worked right, and one is permanently stuck in the closed position. I use to spend $$$ on just replacing the fuse cause it was cheaper than spending $70 at the dealership to do the same thing, but now, changing the fuse doesn't even work. Buttons on the dash have been falling off all over the place for the past 3 years. I keep a constant supply of super glue in the van now. I am now in the process of replacing all the rear shocks and rear wheel bearings and hubs. Apparently, they all decided to "go" at the same time. The navigator completely blew and my car was in the shop for 2 weeks because they had pull the entire unit out of the car and send to the original manufacturer because the dealership had no clue what was going on with it. The original manufacture said several circuits "blew", but had no idea why. I had to replace the battery because I discovered that most batteries can't handle the electrical system in this car, so I had to purchase the biggest, bad-dest battery they had. At least the headlights are a little brighter now (but not by much). I put in a new starter 4 months ago because a dealership wanted boo-koo bucks to do it and I did it for less than $100 myself. I think I broke one nail in the process. The rear brakes constantly squeak and every mechanic I've taken them too can't get it to stop. I once owned a 65' Mustang, and that car was FAR more reliable than this piece of crap! After I fix this next round of problems, it's outta here!
Let's compare my bosses 2002 Chevy Astro Van with my 2001 Odyssey with similar mileage...he could barely get it to the dealer in order to take advantage of the Cash for Clunkers program. He couldn't get $1000 for his as a trade-in, I can get about $5000 to $6000 for mine. The Odyssey is still going strong and I have no intention of trading it in. The only real repair that I have had is a bad rear wheel bearing. My extended warranty wasn't needed at all(7yr/100K). Because of the transmission concerns raised about the Odyssey, I do change the trans. fluid (4 quarts) every year - it's easier than an oil change. Other than that, I use the normal maintenance schedule. It has fulfilled my expectations of a minivan to the letter throughout the years with legendary Honda quality. Maybe in another 8 years, I will think about selling it.