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2004 Honda Odyssey transmission-beware
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By 71chall340
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Vehicle

2004 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

The vehicle is one of the best driving vans I have owned. The van has been reliable (other than rear vent window motors) for 85,000 mi. until my transmission had to be replaced. I previously serviced my transmission at the dealer ship with fluid changes. I was lucky to have purchased an extended 5 yr/100,000mi warranty. The early 2004 model year had a recall for this same problem in which my car didn't fall under. I feel Honda should compensate those out of warranty because this problem goes beyond the recall time period.


Best Features

The power and response of the 3.5 engine is impressive. The folding rear seat gives plenty of storage room. Van requires regular fuel.


Worst Features

Transmission issue needs to be addressed, stock head light bulb brightness and fuel door release location.


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By Phil
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Vehicle

2004 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

You MUST follow the scheduled maintenance of the transmission... which means drain and fill EVERY 40,000 miles. People let it go, then wonder why the tranny fails?


Best Features

I love this "car" (drives like one)! I have a bad back, but can drive this car 1000 miles or more without a break, just wish MPG was better!


Worst Features

I would LOVE to see the European Odyssey in our U.S. market, FYI the Euro Odyssey is similar to a Mazda 5 in size or "like a tall Accord".


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By chambalam
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Vehicle

2004 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I think you are about to see the rating of the '04 Odyssey plunge. We had an accident that resulted in our '04 Odyssey with 70,000 miles being totaled. We were so happy with the van that we went out and bought another '04 just like it, except it had a few more miles on it. 10 days after purchase the D light starts flashing, turns out it is a transmission problem. I do some research on the internet and there are HUNDREDS of posts showing that TRANSMISSION FAILS at 80,000 - 100,000 miles. There was actually a recall on the tranny for some '04 models, but those that were not included in the class action lawsuit or out of luck. Honda has refused to stand behind there faulty transmission!


Best Features

A great vehicle if you are happy only getting 80,000 - 100,000 miles out of it.


Worst Features

Honda knows it has a transmission problem, they should save their reputation and fix it.


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Not Overrated
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By BonkBonk
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Vehicle

2004 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I live in Minnesota - it is quite decent even on all-season tires Here is my take: performance/fun-to-drive are both 10 (for minivans). It is more precise than most domestic cars and every other minivan (incl Toyota). Comfort is an 8 due to some stiffness - the price you pay for performance. Fuel economy is a 6 - I get 19, would be nice in the low 20s. Interior design is a 9 - spartan and practical + little to break. Exterior design and build quality both 10s - best looking minivan with great fit/finish. Reliability a 9 - almost perfect.


Best Features

Fold-away rear seat works great. My wife loves it - she put 9000 miles on it in the first six months (she took the bus to work at the time). She invented reasons to drive it! Very easy to take six on vacation with luggage and without the use of a roof rack.


Worst Features

I would give up some horsepower for mileage, but that might not fly for those towing boats or campers. The center folding tray cupholder foam inserts have broken off - would be nice if those wells were deeper and better foam inserts. Factory radio reception is not the best.


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Way Overrated
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By Gusto
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Vehicle

2004 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Went from Chrysler T&C LTD to this vehicle based on reviews. Big mistake! Interior features were completely lacking, although have been improved in subsequent redesign. Very uncomfortable seats. As many mechanical issues as any domestic I have owned. Worst vehicle I have ever driven in the snow.


Worst Features

Too many to enumerate


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