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80,000 miles and gooing strong
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By dave
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2003 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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i bought the 03 as a demo with 1400 miles on it. i bought the extended warranty,and it payed for the recall on the trans fix, at about 50,0000 miles the volatility joint went out,they fixed it. i had a little trouble with the car pulling to the right. honda fixed it. i bought the van in couer d'alene honda and have had the best of service.and would buy another car from them. i do not commute with the car,mostly long trips. 38,000 miles the first 10 months . i have seance towed a 24 ft airstream trailer almost 10,000 miles with no trouble. the car lives in a garage when not being used,and kept clean and always serviced ever 3 to 4000 miles. i have replaced the tires. should have 80,000 soon.


Favorite Features

Comfort, flat floor, I have camped all over the usa and Canada. I put sat alight radio and love the sounds. Good power when needed. Cruse control works great, and with gps I have stayed out of ticket trouble. I have had as much as 28 miles to the gallon in Texas, and as low as 12 with the trailer, at 70


Suggested Improvements

lighter is to low and hard to work when driving.clock light went out in first few weeks,? who cares ,tells time. power back door would be nice. i do hope the tranny holds up as i hear bad thing about it. door arm rest are to hard. hard to no which gear your in,i have done some high speed travel in 3


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More and More Disappointing
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By Steverino
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2003 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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With a growing family, my wife and I bought a new Odyssey in 2003 and had to replace the transmission within a year (on recall). It's now at almost 190,000 miles and the 2nd tranny is shot. What makes this so disappointing is that we have taken very good care of the minivan, following Honda's maintenance schedule to the "T" with the dealer's service department --- "regular maintenance" for this vehicle has been to the tune of $1000 to $2000 PER YEAR. I've never heard of regular maintenance being so expensive for any other car. This minivan has proved over 6 years to be a very poor value --- we now wish that we had paid a little extra up front and bought the Toyota Sienna instead!


Favorite Features

Spacious room for cargo, with fold-down backseat and removable 2nd row seats.


Suggested Improvements

Replace the bum transmissions, already! A/C controls and responsiveness mediocre; so is mileage. Also, very noisy interior cabin when on the road.


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Transmission Trouble
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By Scott
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2003 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Transmission goes out about every 50,000 miles, so far 3 in 150,000 miles. Honda replaced, ate the cost the first time. Looking to dump this thing. Power sliding door also quit working a while ago.


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Transmission failure
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By eddie
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2003 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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99k miles before transmission failed. Bought new late 2004. No warranty, no luck. Others worldwide with same problem. I know for a fact, 2003 extends its transmission failure, not just the media reported for 2000 through 2002. Caveat Emptor.


Favorite Features

Everything except transmission.


Suggested Improvements

Don't rely on the Japanese perception that their cars are better. Just see Toyota and their idea of safety takes a back seat.


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Motor Mounts/Transmission Trouble Dont
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By HondaNO
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2003 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Always had the recommended maintenance done. One motor mount broke early on. The other one went out at 90,000 miles = $2,500. The transmission went out at 96,000 miles over $4,000 to repair. Timing belt $980. Thought Hondas were reliable. From this site I see that it can be relied on to have costly repairs starting at around 80,000 miles. (I didn't list the previous problems just the most recent.) Has always had a lot of road noise as well as many rattles.


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