First three and a half years went by pretty smooth with just a few annoyances like the sliding doors not wanting to close and the clock light burning out, twice. The last six months have been irritating with the transmission being changed, under warranty, for a computer chip problem, the air conditioning going out, and the EGR problem. The van handles well and the dealership has been better than most. Still, my next vehicle won't be a Honda.
Purchased new in 12/05..had to wait 2 months after ordering. EX model with navigation. Has been a great vehicle and very reliable, though we've had it serviced regularly as recommended. Purchased for safety rating & reliability. Lots of room, especially with rear seat folded flat. Brakes have been okay but not strong. Power sliding door has stuck during freezing weather. In spite of others' concerns, that's to be expected. Maybe Honda could make a suggestion about best way to "unfreeze" stuck door. Honda has offered extended warranty on transmission and EGR valve, but haven't used it. We added leather and flip down video since they it weren't options when purchased. No regrets.
Navigation system, power sliding doors and fold flat rear seat.
Brakes. More regular updates to navigation software...first release had better audio. Leather wrapped steering wheel. Power passenger seat.
We purchased our Odyssey new from our local Honda dealership. We have been satisfied with our van except for the noisey brakes. We took it to the Honda dealership several times while under warranty, but they never corrected this problem. We chose to take it elsewhere and have been more successful but still not perfect. It has been a great vehicle for our young family, especially the power doors. Very convenient for small children and full hands. Overall, a great van for us.
Our favorite features are the sliding doors, which have given us no problems in our southern climate. We also love the 5 star rating and the folding rear seat. Sooooo convenient!
The only suggestion we have is to improve the brakes. Ours are too noisey.
Bought this second hand, didn't even know about 'gray market' or what it means. Now we certainly do. Transmission is out at 56,000 miles. Honda America and Honda Canada won't help. Door stops sometimes for no reason. Lots of road noise, brake drums are faulty. This is my first and most likely my last Honda. They were rated so good but now I wonder how long it will really last for us.
Fold down rear seat
Honor NAFTA and forget the gray market, how rediculous!
We really loved this van the first year, but it does not age well. The sliding doors feeze often in the winter, front tires wear unevenly, EGR has been replaced, and on our second battery. I've found the biggest problem is the sliding doors - when they freeze, I have to climb in from the front seat and give the door a "body-blow" to get it to open - then it is okay. Tire rims collect extra dirt inside so that after a carwash the tires feel like they are unbalanced. So you have to go back and wash inside the rim to get all the dirt out. Overall though, I would still recommend it - especially the newer models.
Best van I've owned. Comfort and ride on long trips - can't beat it! Fold in floor rear seats saves on my back. Ease of removing middle seats is also good feature.
Sliding doors definitely need improvement - need heaters in the winter to defrost so they open. Sliding doors also need to have a lower resistance rating. Our doors had different ratings - the drivers side door could have easily snapped a young childs arm - easily!