Info for Those of You Buying Used!
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2000 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan
We bought this at 101K miles and drove it two years till 127K miles until I totaled it in an accident (nobody hurt; safety is great!). Biggest beef: EGR system clogged twice in two years ($200-$300 cost to fix each time). Catalytic converter gave out at 100K (fix $800). Water pump needed replacement at 119K ($800). We also found road noise pronounced and tiring (we suffer enough noise from our small children). If you're prepared to pay for repairs and maintenance, buying used may be a good idea. I figure that total cost of this van to us, in two years of ownership, was $2500 per year, counting purchase price (no financing, 6% sales tax, repairs, and maintenance (not counting gas or insurance
Other than the noise, the driving experience is excellent: responsive, tight, good visibility, all controls easy to access. Seats are comfy. It was easy for my two children, ages 4 and 5, to open doors, enter, and buckle themselves. Back of frontseat pockets were handy for storing toys and books
fix EGR valve! Cup holders on door for second row seats (b/c they are on the center tray, they are too far away for children to access). Cut down on road noise.