Traveling is very comfortable with captains chairs. The back row of seats can easily fold down and the captain seats can be removed so you can haul a full sheet of drywall or a full sheet of plywood. It's a very versatile van. We will miss this van because we are down sizing. Our kids are out of college and in homes of their own. Our remodeling is complete.
I purchased new in 07 after laborious research for a long term investment for family with little ones. This van has put up with the daily grind of private school drop-offs and pick-ups, grocery getting, kids sports activities and several trips to the Florida Keys from WI. Maintenance schedules were mostly followed and like any vehicle, parts do need to get replaced. (Alternator, A/C condenser, rear shocks) The first brake pad change was at 100k, and now at 70k on the same untouched rotors. The reliability has been great.....as expected from Honda. For errand running it is very easy for the driver to slide in & out. No rocker curb to lift your feet over and the drivers seat is perfect height (no falling into a car or pulling yourself out). Very easy to get baby seats in & out of the rear seats. as kids got older the electric sliding doors made kid drop-offs a breeze. Never had a problem with them and only God knows how many times they've opened and shut over the last 9 years. Adding a roof rack allowed enough storage for a family of 4 to tent camp for 10 days (1500 miles away). A recent $250 was spent updating the stereo to the Bluetooth era. Planning on keeping this vehicle for several more years. Dependable is the biggest quality. My only minor complaints is the road noise on the highway (not as quiet as a Cadillac). Also, the transmission shifting has always shuttered a bit between 2nd & 3rd (not too noticeable but curious).
This is a brilliantly designed car, and it handles beautifully on the road. It can accelerate impressively, has been very reliable, and is quiet and very comfortable. There is more space for people and cargo than with any other car that I have seen, with the exception of a Suburban (which handles like a big, clunky truck). The Odyssey handles like a luxury car. The flexibility of the 60/40 split 3rd row seat, and the way it simply folds into the floor, is wonderful. I test drove the newer style of the Odyssey, and the 2007 seems to have more interior cabin space. We are the original owners, and our children have grown up in this car. It has been wonderful to be able to fit our 3 children, plus 1 friend for each of them, when we use the optional 8th seat. We love having the option of having an 8th seat when we need it, or easily removing it (and storing it in the floor) when we don't. This car can't be beat for families!
Purchased the van in August 2010 as a used certified pre-owned vehicle. Mechanically, we have no complaints with the van; everything mechanically works well and functions as it should. It is great to drive. However, it has BSR issues (Buzz, squeak & rattle). Squeaky drivers door, interior plastic component noises and warped front window cowl which caused a annoying whistle.
Comfortable, good power, roomy, great for road trips, handles well.
Regarding the fit and finish, we have not been too impressed. We noticed several different noises coming from different locations. #1) Whistling noises at highway speeds; discovered the front window cowl was warped (where it seats against the window), the gap created a void which caused the whistle. The dealer would not cover a replacement so I filled the gap with clear silicone caulk. Problem solved. #2) Drivers side door squeaks when on any non smooth road. Again, dealer would not cover new seals. Fix was to lubricate the door and window seals with silicone grease. Noise gone - for a month or two. #3) A & B Pillar squeaking noises - stuffed paper towel in cracks to quiet them.
Echo other experiences with leaking rack (replaced ~25,000 mi) now worsening shudder, prob transmission. Previously had "thunk" with downshifting during slowing, better after flush/software adjustment x 2. Drives, rides worse than 2005 Town and Country. Would not buy again-go with the Sienna-smooth as silk in test drive.