Purchased new in '98, driven for 7 yrs. This is a Honda Odyssey with an Isuzu stamp. Take this vehicle to Honda for care. There weren't many of these made and Isuzu dealerships have been clueless when I have gone there. Inside space of a minivan with normal doors (no sliding doors). Built a little higher off the ground for more clearance than a van, not as high as an SUV.
Third seat is ideal for 2 kids or fold down for storage/hauling. RELIABLE! Low cost maintenance.
Not the best traction in snow (snow tires resolved that). Sluggish uphill with full load. Overall, negatives outweighed by fuel efficiency and reliability.
Maximum reliability; minimum upkeep. Have driven this vehicle from coast to coast, border to border, with minimum concern. The only problem encountered was a recall on the ignition lock and in this instance found that dealer knowledge of the vehicle was limited. Honda mechanics were able to recognize it as a twin of the Odyssey. Nearly every person who serviced it commented on the integrity of the vehicle. Gas mileage was best at Interstate limit without pushing it on hills or passing: 26-28 mpg. My only complaint was that it did not provide adequate traction on snowy roads when loaded. Personally, I prefer the four door features of this model to the sliding doors of most vans.
Comfort for 6 ,
fold-away 3rd rear seat, handles like
Accord, PLUS has famous Honda 4Cyl VTEC
roar 160HP (can even "peelout" in 1st
w/A/T). Great mileage (25+),Fr+Rr
A/C,sliding sunroof(LS). Secret is ALL
Honda made,just branded Isuzu. Result
is fantastic vehicle <$10k. Reliability
record is awesome,see Consumer
Mag,you'll be amazed! Top it all
off,int. is bullet-proof. High Quality
and Low Price, just doesn’t get any
better than this. Warning, they are
VERY hard to find, but if you ever see
one , do not pass it up if you’re
looking for a roomy, peppy,
reliable,comfortable, and great
handling ride town or hi-way.I promise,
you’ll not regret it!
Reliability,VTEC in minivan! Ride,
Handling, and Comfort, 4 REAL
Doors!,Seats - great looking w/HD
cloth,just try to wear it out -
impossible! Easily serviced by any
Honda dealer (uses all Honda parts
except for a few trim items). No other
vehicle has all these features + the
Nit-Pic,but front wipers go
from center to outside - takes a
little getting used to. Also, they're a
little on noisy side...good thing
though is the intelligent design leaves
viewing area of glass unwiped! Only
other vehicle I've seen w/same design
wipers was a Benz...not bad company!
An inspired design misunderstood by a "bigger is
better" thinking auto press. Plenty of room, sublime
ride, bulletproof Honda engineering and that incredibly
flexible 3rd seat The swinging rear doors are
rattle-free, kid friendly, and their windows power down.
Concerned about the 4-cyl engine? Around town it is
a non-issue. On the highway, fully packed for
vacation, it downshifts on upgrades. That's it. If you
can live with that, you'll get in return mid 20's MPG with
the cruise set to 80.
Looking for something sensibly sized and trouble free
that seats more than five? You can't go wrong with this
Just-right ext size, disappearing 3rd row seat, Honda
engineering & clever, thoughtful touches. VTEC
engine,4-wheel-discs. Clean, if somewhat bland
exterior design that will stand the test of time. Isuzu
name brought down price of Honda product.
Overeager cruise control resume and accel function,
staggered linkage to get to low drive is a little unwieldy,
no dead pedal. After 20K miles that's all I can think of.