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Honda Odyssey Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1999 Honda Odyssey

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    This is the best-engineered, most well-planned minivan ever.

  • Cons

    Leather seats are not available.

  • What's New for 1999

    Honda's latest minivan, the totally redesigned Odyssey, features the most powerful V6 in the minivan segment.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Disappointed in honda quality

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Vehicle: 1999 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan

We purchased this van in 2002. We owned it for 8 years and 120K miles. Overall, I was disappointed in the quality of the vehicle. It did have some good interior and exterior features. The engine was always reliable. However, the transmission was a train wreck. We had to replace the transmission 2 times while we owned it. We had numerous issues with the power sliding door. Every so often I had to clean the connectors with steel wool or the door would not shut properly. We recently traded off the van for a Toyota. The little things like nobs, handles, buttons, etc. were starting to fail. The gas mileage was also starting to diminish. I would be hesitant to purchase another Honda Odyssey van.


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Vehicle: 1999 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan

We purchased a 1999 Odyssey new at a local dealership and have owned it since. We are very disappointed in the overall quality and reliability. We have had some recalls, sliding door problems, suspension problems, rear brake problems, and the transmission needed to be replaced around 64,000 miles. Honda covered the transmission, but no vehicle should have that after only 64,000 miles much less one that is known to be very reliable. This vehicle has made me believe that foreign vehicles are really no better than American vehicles as my parents have a Ford Freestar and have had absolutely no problems at all at the 80,000 mark and counting. Buy American!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great family van except tranny

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Vehicle: 1999 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan

We bought the van with 89k, I'm guessing that it already had a fresh tranny (looking back now). All and all I have to be fair in saying that it has served us very well. For 3 years hardly any maintenance just typical little things (fluid levels, tires, ect). I know my way around a car and it's a good van. The biggest problem with our van was the side doors being intermittent and then tranny acting wierd. Flushed it, no help. 3 yrs 10mths later, tranny has pasted on. It is a well known problem 99-01 tranny failures. With only one type of tranny to be replaced with at $3300 (w/o labor) each time. About every 3 yrs or less it will need to be replaced. And this is typical with all 99-01. Check Internet and see.

Love owning this car

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Vehicle: 1999 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan

I have loved this car from the very beginning. I have driven it for 10 1/2 years and still love it for the most part. There is plenty of room for the four of us and our vacation gear. It drives like a car. There have been a few electrical problems to crop up in it's older age like the clock light no longer works and driver's door lock motor fried, but what do you expect it's old?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Transmission problems

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Vehicle: 1999 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan

The van drove well for the first few years. Smooth on the road and comfortable. The capacity and fold down seats are a big plus. Easy to get in and off. Plenty of engine power on the EX. The major problem is I am on my 3rd transmission after 113K miles.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great seats for the long

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Vehicle: 1999 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan

I love my Honda van. I bought it used at 116,000km 6 years ago and it now has 310,000 km on it with only an alternator and the usual tires and brakes. I added a transmission cooler since I pulled a 3000lb trailer for two summers. This van is driven daily in town and driven coast to coast twice in Canada plus has seen 25% of the States.

Full 1999 Honda Odyssey Review

What's New for 1999

Honda's latest minivan, the totally redesigned Odyssey, features the most powerful V6 in the minivan segment.


Honda's first attempt at building a minivan came with the 1995 Odyssey -a smallish vehicle that drove like a car but couldn't fit the needs of most American minivan buyers. The Odyssey was misplaced in the minivan market, which favors a huge, comfortable amount of interior space and versatility to tight taxicab ambience and ease of parallel parking.

The new Odyssey can comfortably carry up to seven adult passengers, and it even has room under the seats for easy stowage of hockey sticks or skis. The suspension, engine, and every inch of sheetmetal are all-new, and the new Odyssey is related to the old Odyssey in name only , the car has been completely redesigned.

Starting with the engine, the Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter 24-valve VTEC V6, which produces up to 210 horsepower and 229 foot-pounds of torque, while achieving the environmentally friendly status of a low-emission vehicle. The V6 is based on the Accord's 3.0-liter engine but offers substantially more power, which helps to move a lot of extra girth.

The base model LX includes such standard fare as dual sliding doors, power windows (including power rear-vent windows), power locks, power mirrors, cruise control, a theft-deterrent system, two 12-volt power outlets, front and rear air conditioning, antilock brakes, and, of course, the 3.5-liter V6 engine. That price is actually $800 less than the previous-generation Odyssey LX, and severely undercuts similarly equipped long-wheelbase minivans from the competition.

The step-up EX model is exactly the same price as the previous Odyssey EX. The EX features such niceties as dual power sliding doors, body-colored door handles, a roof rack, keyless remote, an eight-way power driver's seat, alloy wheels, traction control, a CD player and steering wheel mounted radio controls. Plunking down the extra $3,000 for EX trim is worth it, just for the seats, which are infinitely more comfortable than the two-way manually adjustable seats of the LX. Leather seats are not available, so watch for an Acura version of the Odyssey sometime in the near future.

Sitting on a four-wheel independent suspension, a first in the minivan segment, the Odyssey is supported comfortably and it keeps the driver in touch with the road. Combined with the Odyssey's wide track, the suspension adds a nimble feel to this big car. Body roll around corners is well-damped for a vehicle of this height.

Takeoff from a stop is smooth, and gear changing is seamless, even at higher speeds. The front disc / rear drum brakes slow down the Odyssey smoothly and quickly for such a heavy car. All in all, it's a high-powered, smooth-shifting minivan that handles with confidence and doesn't make a powerful racket.

Instrument panel gauges are easy to read and the center controls are logically placed, and all controls are within easy reach. The cruise controls are mounted on the steering wheel, as are remote radio controls on the EX model. The EX is further enhanced with power door controls just left of the steering column. The interior abounds with cubbyholes and map pockets, and the nine cupholders are all functional, unlike some of the indentations other minivan makers are stamping onto seatbacks these days.

The most unique Odyssey feature continues to be its hideaway, or "magic" seat. With a minimum of effort and the use of one set of hands only, the rear seat can be folded out of sight and flush with the floor in a matter of seconds. The second row seats are convertible and can be used as separate captains chairs or as a bench.

A minivan would not be complete without safety features, and the Odyssey comes with its share. All seven passenger seating positions have headrests and three-point seatbelts, both firsts in the minivan market. An Electronic Brake Distribution system (EBD) is also standard. This system senses the placement and amount of cargo, and compensates for it during hard braking to avoid rear-wheel lockup.

The new Odyssey is a marvel of engineering and, if product excellence determines success, it will be the first hugely successful import minivan. Honda has expanded its horizons with the Odyssey, finally creating an epic worthy the name.

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Gas Mileage


  • 16
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  • 23
  • highway
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