by chenster on Sep 10, 2012 Vehicle: 1998 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan
We bought this car 8 years ago when we found out we were having twins.
The boys came home from the hospital in the van.
Now they are carted around to school, soccer practice, piano lessons.
The size for us family of 4 is perfect.
The gas mileage is pretty good for a van.
We average around 25 mpg, up to 30mpg on long road trips.
We wish there were similar sized newer models but the Mazda5 is a bit cramped.
All other vans are huge and gas-guzzling.
We are keeping this one until they bring over the JDM Odyssey or Honda Stream. One thing to remember is to replace the oil cooler o-ring.
Also Honda ATF every 15K would ward off transmission issues.
by suswaski on May 23, 2012 Vehicle: 1998 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan
I bought this car because I wanted a mini van that had four real opening doors- I love the size of it, decent power and gas mileage, very versatile vehicle, super reliable.
I have driven mine about 4 years now on a Salvage title- I was hit by a teenage driver and my car was "totalled" due to the costs of the repair- I have almost 180,000 miles on the car and it is still going strong! I bought it with about 88,000 miles on it.
i only wish it came in a AWD, and that they still made these cars-- I don't know what I will buy when it finally dies. :(
by A Missourian on Jul 3, 2009 Vehicle: 1998 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan
After reading numerous reviews on Volvos, Subarus, and old Mercedes diesels, we found out about the 1995-1998 Honda Odysseys. Talk about a car ahead of its time! The 1998 model came with the 2.3L 4-cylinder VTEC, which has excellent V6-like power. These 1st Gens were still made in Japan, and were built from the Accord platform (with the same engine).... because of that, the trannys are much better than what was found in the early 2nd Gen model (1999-2001). We have had ours for a few months, and it has been the best car we have ever owned! I switched to synthetic oil/filter, and get 31+ MPG highway on a tank! No gas car made in '09 that seats 7 can even match that!
The engine is upgraded to a more sophisticated 2.3-liter, good for an extra 10 horsepower and seven pound-feet of torque. New looks up front come from a revised bumper and grille, and the interior gets dressed in new fabric.