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1996 Honda Odyssey - Consumer Reviews

1996 Honda Odyssey

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Best van ever
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By Russ
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1996 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan


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I purchased this van with about 75,000 miles on around 10 yrs ago. It now has almost 365,000 miles. I've done regular maintenance on it, no engine or transmission problems. My wife asked me if I wanted to get rid of it. I said "Why, it's been one of the most dependable cars we ever had!" I met someone that had 600,000 on their Prelude and his brother had 800,000 on his Accord. It' s paid for, low maintenance and hope to keep it a long time to come.


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An absolute trooper
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By cmcgol01
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1996 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan


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This car is - without question - a member of the family. Reliable, affordable, and enjoyable. The value to me in 10x that of its KBB...picture the sturdiest of Accord engines on a frame that allows for 6 passengers and luggage, or 2 people and enough square footage to pack up and move cross country. I really don't know know what to say; we call him Homer, he's there when we need him, and all he asks fresh oil and some general love. I'm at 170K and expect to see 250K before we move on.


Best Features

Reliable Accord engine, NO blind spots, super easy 3rd row seating, storage and management of up to 6 people and their luggage without batting an eyelash.


Worst Features

None. Honda ruined this mega versatile auto by turning it into a standard minivan. I'm sure it is still great, but the things I love about this car no longer exist. If this had an AWD option then or now, things might be even better.


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198,000 Owned for 164 Months!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By chrissy
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1996 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan


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198,000 miles 14 years later. This was my first and only "new" vehicle. I don't want another "new" one. Dependable! Dependable! Dependable! We have taken care of her--timing belts replaced (preventative maintenance) at 63,000 and 146,000. At 198k now, we are planning another belt at 219k---without a doubt! A few years ago, in the winter, I let her 'warm up' for about 20-30 minutes. Mistake! she blew a tiny 'o' ring. oil everywhere. I shut her down. got her to the shop/ paid hundreds for the repair. The door locks have a mind of their own-so what. The valve cover gasket was replaced a few years ago and around 1999 we had to replace a seal in a tail light. She is awesome!


Best Features

Goes and goes and goes and goes! She is fun to drive. Easy to get it. Great driver viewing. She's a Honda!


Worst Features

No nitpicking from me


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Reliable workhorse
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Odyssey Driver
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1996 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan


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For a large vehicle it performs superbly. Accelerates and powers up hills well, handles cornering nimbly, performs braking well. Parking is easy, visibility through windows and mirrors is excellent for a wide, long vehicle. Fold down seats creates enormous capacity for transporting items. Seats are comfortable. Controls are within acceptable reach. Excellent sized, solid family car.


Best Features

6 cup holders. Large conventional car doors. Middle seats fold away for extra leg room for back row. No central gearshift, allowing more room between driver and passenger. Rear sunroof. Outward motioning wipers cover most of the windshield.


Worst Features

Remove space saver tire inside the car, and replace with full sized tire, possibly on the underside of the car. 2WD/4WD select option. Tiptronic. Double/larger rear windscreen wipers. Wiper speed ctrl. Rev counter. Electronic headlamp adjuster. Manual trans.


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I cant decide
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By happyhippieinmymini
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1996 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan


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This Mini Van was my first car. I got it when it only had 125,000 miles on it and now she has 190,000 and still running. I have had some trouble with the radiator and oil leaking. I am considering selling her for scion xA or Toyota Matrix but this car has overall been great!


Best Features

Fold down seats in the back! I have slept in this car numerous times.


Worst Features

The vents always pop out :(


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