The first year we owned our van was great. Starting with the first summer our luck ran out and every summer for 3 years we'd have to replace the transmission. Honda helped us out once but after that we were on our own. During research my husband found out that the transmission used on this 2000 model had so many problems that Honda never used it again. Today we still own it but are hunting for another vehicle because our 3rd transmission has started to act up and before it dies we need to get out of this money pit of a car. we were a couple hundred from paying it off but instead are putting that money towards another vehicle. My husband swears we'll never own another Honda again.
Two big problems with the 2000 Odyssey. First, the transmission tends to break and has design issues. Second, the automatic sliding doors tend to break also. Both of them on my Odyssey have had issues, and are expensive to fix. Other than those, it is comfortable and handles well for a minivan.
Fix the transmission. I think that they have on more recent years. Improve the automatic sliding doors.
The long-term history of this vehicle has been moments of love interspersed with tragic disappointment. Our first mistake was not realizing that buying a Canadian-registered Honda in the US would cut us off from all factory support. Honda USA wouldn't help us because the car was Canadian. Honda Canada wouldn't help us because it was purchased in the US. Recall work performed for free for my neighbors cost me money. This is especially galling since all 2000 Odysseys were built in a single factory in Ontario. I will never buy another Honda. Problems: short-lived brakes, doors, more doors, transmission at 78k, another tranny at 109k, squealing brakes, broken seat, radio, smog control.
Engine, flip-fold seat, handling and performance (for a minivan in 2000), smooth transmission (when it works)
Better transmission, better radio, better doors. O2 sensor and other smog that isn't so sensitive. Some other OEM tire.
This vehicle has been the primary people mover for our family of six. It has towed our 2000 lb tent trailer all over North America. We probably run over the 3500 lb recommended towing capacity. We bought it used with 60 km and it currently has 180 km. In that time we have only done routine maintenance and replaced consumables (tire, brake pads). This vehicle has been run right at the limits of what is recommended and hasn't given us a spot of trouble.
Safety ratings, headroom, dependability, comfortable long distance, reliable when you are thousands of miles from home
get rid of rear drum brakes, larger front disks, better paint - body starting to show first signs on rust on rear wheel well (known honda issue). ESC and side curtain airbags need to be standard in the new models
Three transmission failures in 7 years. Sliding doors can be very finicky. Latest is that we have to replace a sender unit for $300. Be very careful when buying used. Other than those major issues the van is great.
Comfort, fold into floor rear seat. Accel and performance is good for a van.
Weak transmission needs improvement. Sliding doors need redesign. Sheet metal on exterior dents very easily.