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1999 Honda Odyssey

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Has done good for us
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By cdavenport
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1999 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan


Review

Bought this van at an auction, didn't know it had a transi issue. $2200 later with the recommended upgraded rebuild kit & it has been great since. Getting the van at a discount made the transi rebuild isue to tolerate. Cannot imagine buying & financing at full price and having a transmission go. We love it. Had it for over a year. Now at 190k.


Favorite Features

I like the styling and the drive. It seems mechanically sound. It replaced a 98 Quest that was totaled. The Quest didn't have the storage the Odyssey does with the large amount behind the back tires.


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Excellent vehicle, 195k and still going stong!
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By greenewpm3
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1999 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan


Review

Since we bought our Odyssey in 1999, it's done nothing but impress. We test drove all the Odyssey's competitors, ranging from the Toyota Sienna to the Ford Windstar, and none could touch the Honda when it came to build quality and driving dynamics. The engine is wonderful, with plenty of power and low-end grunt. Transmission problems aside (See "Improvements") we've had to make only ONE unexpected repair, a single $40 coil pack, in the 195k miles we've driven! And we haven't exactly babied our Odyssey either... For 5 summers in a row we towed our 3000lb boat back and forth through the Adirondack mountains, and the van never flinched!


Favorite Features

The engine in this van is probably it's most impressive feature, it's smooth and powerful, and with a light foot I've managed up to 27 mpg. It's no wonder they still use the J35 even in the 2013 Odyssey. The interior flexibility is also a major plus, especially the hideaway third row. Overall this is a good looking van with great performance, and after 14 years it's still serves our family well to this day.


Suggested Improvements

Unfortunately, we weren't spared from the transmission durability issues that plague early Odyssey's. We had to replace the transmission twice, once at 15k (yikes!) and once at 105k. But I'm willing to forgive Honda for this, because they paid for both transmissions in FULL, even though the transmission at 105k was passed the warranty they extended to 100k on these vans. After 195k on rough NYC roads and highways, the suspension is starting to get a bit choppy and noisy, which is expected on a car of this age.


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245k and no problem whatsoever
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By mike01young
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1999 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan


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we bought this vehicle 5 years ago at 170k and never had a single problem whatsoever.


Favorite Features

Spacious! We've moved from 3 different houses already and I used this van to move and removing the middle seats gave me ample space for our stuff.


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1999 Odyssey
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By jnkurban
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1999 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan


Review

Bought the van a couple years ago. The van looked great, power doors are nice for a family and the engine has ran good. Transmission is BAD, the transmission lasted a couple years and needs to be replaced. Honda dealer said $4000 to be replaced. If it wern't for transmission problems in this van it would be the perfect van. This Honda transmission has no reliablity. Unless you're willing to replace the transmission every couple years at a cost of $4000, stay away from this vehicle.


Favorite Features

Power doors. Engine runs great. VTEC engine is nice. Looks and drives well when its transmission is working.


Suggested Improvements

Fix transmission.


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Honda Ethics
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By Mary F
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1999 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan


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I bought my Odyssey Van new in 1999. It has been a great vehicle, with 2 exceptions, both noted in reviews here and elsewhere. The transmisssion: went out just over 75000 miles the first time; I have had three in all. The rear sliding door on the passenger side has never worked properly. After many excuses from the dealer, we closed it for good. Too many reviews here cite the same problems. Honda knew this, and ethically speaking,should have lifted the mileage restriction on recall. These problems had nothing to do with mileage, but with production. The transmission was a big expensive lemon, as was the door. Quality companies stand behind their products. Not this time.


Favorite Features

Comfortable seats, table in between driver and passenger, spaciousness, overall durability of vehicle.


Suggested Improvements

Honda should do the right thing and rebate some money for their bad transmissions.


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