My mother bought this car new and I've had it for the past 3 years and 50k miles (190k total now). It has handled everything I could throw at it. Last summer we took it through 4000 miles of mexico and all the bumps and pot holes that that entailed. I even drove it through a river that washed out my road. It has only had standard maintenance done to it (fluids, timing belt tires) and a few other parts to replace some damage i caused when I went off the road (ball joint, new wheel)
Someone even shot a gun into the hood and the support brace stopped the bullet so no damage was done to the engine! How's that for bullet proof!
It starts every time. Even after 16 years there are no holes in the leather. I have driven it across the country and across the continent in the past year and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again tomorrow
Not sure how much power it came from the factory with but at this point its pretty slow. Fuel economy could be better but it does improve about 15% by using ethanol free gas
3 months after purchase, the Alternator
dies and takes the battery with it,
acceptable. 2 months later, the
transmission dies and we pay $3000 for
a rebuilt, which was received about 3
months after going into the shop. Then,
not too long after that, we notice the
car shifting hard in the mornings,
guess what? seals on the torque
converter are hosed, another $800 for 3
ea. $1.50 seals. and then at about 95K,
the catalytic converter fails, so, we
replace that, and the o2 sensor stuck
in it. and now, at 106K, the drivers
side CV joint is popping when I turn
right. I will never again buy a honda.
The engine still runs...
transmission, obviously, cv joints,
alternator, everything I had a problem
The car is difficult for me to get into
because I am tall. The suspension is
lousy, and it is very underpowered.
1. 4 brake jobs (and I don't ride the
breaks), including rotor replacement
and drum replacement. The breaks are
still lousy and the car shudders when
2. Doors out of alignment, causing
alarm to go off and window to stick -
even though the car has never been in
3. Car hesitates when changing gears,
indicating a transmission problem. Car
has 83k miles on it, but the whole
reason for purchasing a Japanese car is
to get better engine reliability -this
is no better than a Ford Escort.
Nice dashboard and intuitive controls
More interior space.
More powerful engine.
Worst car Ive ever had. Problem after problem pretty much right off the lot. Transmission, engine mounts, wheel bearings (twice), suspension. I've plowed so much money into this car it makes me want to cry and I still feel it will easily break down on me on the highway etc. This has been the worst used car buying experience in my life. Next time I will go to Ford - I hear they are topnotch now. I don not recommend this car or Honda to anyone.
Can't think of any.
Fix your transmissions and get your act together, Honda. Suspension, wheel bearings, road and engine noise, vibrations and engine mounts.
At 56000 miles the transmission is
slipping when shifting from 1st to 2nd
gear. The check engine light will come
on with a code indicating the
transmission has a fault. Seems to be
a design problem that Honda admitted
to in 2000-2002 but not 1998 and 1999.
Don't buy one unless you get the
transmission checked out. The cost for
a new transmission id $4000!!! Ouch!!!
I am trading mine in. Hopefully none
of the readers will buy it!!! The
Odessey with the V6 is having the same
problem. I was at the dealer getting
mine evaluate and someone was there
with the same oriblem on her Odessey.
Fix transmission problem. Extend
warranty to 1998 and 1999. Not worth
losing your reliable reputation over
this major problem.
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