Bought the EX-L new. Bad: Paint job-scratches easily. Wind noise-Honda replaced seals as a recall, but still noisy. Steering pump-Honda also fixed steering pump under warranty. Good: The van is extremely comfortable. Drives excellent-like a car. Good power, handling,and brakes. Excellent in snow. Tons of room in back even with seats up. Fuel Economy=18city/27highway-great for a heavy and tall van w/244hp. Replaced tires at about 36,000 miles; not sure why other reviews say Michelins required b/c my replacements are GoodYear @ $120/tire. Few minor problems were unexpected for a Honda. Still much better quality and ride than my two Caravans. Would definitely choose the Odyssey again.
Seats are very comfortable. Styling inside and out can't be beat. Gas mileage great for such a big and powerful vehicle.
Paint job-I think Honda improved this in later years. Daytime Running Lights.
We bought this car for our 2 kids & 2 large dogs. It has fit everyone and everything (e.g. drywall, twin mattresses.) We've kept it maintained with oil changes, brakes, 1 new battery, and tires every 60K miles. The only issue was a fuel pump replacement, but was under warranty. We drive 22K mpy and have 120K miles and I plan to keep it for another 100K. Our previous car was a Ford Exploder. DO NOT PLACE GOODYEAR TIRES on this car. Stay with the regular Michelin for a smoother more fuel efficient ride. Added rear view circle mirrors for viewing blind spots. Minor paint chipping, molding deteriorating and plastic covers/hooks breaking but expected with age, wear and tear. I'd buy another Honda.
Automatic button to open/close drivers window, sun shades, fold flat seats for cargo, fold 1/2 back seat for groceries, reminder light for oil change, reclining back seat for sleepy kids, DVD player, lots of cup holders, extra rear view mirror, love radio buttons on steering wheel.
Add MP3 hook ups, move heated seat bottoms (accidentally turned on when charging phone), make car seat covers more accessible, make cheaper tires available, not much.
Just took a 3500 mile trip in my parents' Odyssey and couldn't believe how many flaws a so-called world-class auto builder like Honda allowed this vehicle to leave the design room with. Let's see: automatic doors stick in the open position, front struts totally shot at 70,000 miles, keyless remote buttons so sensitive that bending over with the remote in your pocket activates the automatic doors, no thermometer, no compass (WHAT?!!!), knuckles hit the dome light button when you shift into drive, impossible to downshift on descending grades, incredibly uncomfortable driving position (6- footer here). It's a good thing Honda's customers are so loyal. If they drove the competition, they'd leave.
The touring model has pax tires which cost around $750 per tire! I only had my van for a few months then I have a nail stuck to the tire...costs me $350 to fix it! Dealer said the nail damage the tire and they can't patch it and that I need a new tire! Since the tire was only a few months old, they pro- rate the cost from $750 and only cost me $350 instead of $750. I now have my van 4 years with 82,000 miles and all 3 of the motor mounts cracked! Cost me $1500 to fix it... it does not seem right for a vehicle with such a good reputation to break so early in the vehicle life. Called Honda Corp and they said nothing they can do about it. It's a normal wear and tears on all Honda vehicles.
Get rid of the Pax tires! Too expensive to maintain. Maintenance cost is too expensive... The vehicle itself is already expensive, you would expect it to last longer than 82,000 miles to have such expensive repair cost!
Van has 51000 mi. Brake Pads went out at 28000mi. Have replaced DVD player twice. Headphones have problems. Air went out at 50000 mi not covered under extended warranty. Power steering pump making noise at 38000 mi. First set tires lasted 28000mi, second set much better. Battery died at 3 years. Windshield whistles. Dealer is always trying to push unnecessary (and costly) service items. Gas mileage is ~24 mpg highway.