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Best basic minivan reliability for the money
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By Jethro
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1997 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan


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I have a 97 Honda Odyssey right now it has 254419 miles and runs absolutely perfect all I did was tires brakes oil change timing belt and water pump in the time that I've owned it it is the best minivan on the road


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My Companion, My Oddy!
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By A Devoted 1997 Odyssey Owner
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1997 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan


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I must say that I'm in love with this car... ever since I bought her 11 years ago, when she had only 173K miles. She now has 326K mi, and just keeps going!! I love the way the seats fold down in the back, and the middle ones are removable. I absolutely love the way the back seat turns into a 'couch' if you turn it to face the open hatch! There is so much room inside the car, even though it is much smaller than a minivan. The overall size of the car is a perfect balance between sedan maneuverability and van hauling/functionality. I've gone camping, done craft shows (sometimes both activities together! With the kids!), moved, transported bamboo/lumber, picked up furniture; a great hang out space, watch movies and look at the stars, picnic, safe space, portable office; the list is endless. An attractive and reliable car, she's been perfect for my kids and myself for years. I wish cars were still made like this... not all plastic junk taking up the interior space, not tiny, not gigantic, etc. I wish we could buy cars like this (Honda!) in the US. What I REALLY want is THIS car, as a hybrid. I'll pass on the extra technology, too; I want just enough tech for a super efficient, more eco-friendly, slightly more powerful motor, (and expandable cup holders) Oddy! If you have a chance, buy one of these cars! Many of them are still on the road!


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God Bless my 1997 Honday Odyssey
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By V Weiskopf
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1997 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan


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First let me state: I love this car. I am a 66 year old woman. I appreciate the roominess, utility, reliability, serviceability and overall quality of this car. I am aiming for 300k miles. If you see a vintage 'older' Honda van such as this one, by all means buy it. You will not regret it!


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Love My Odyssey
2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By nanamcal
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1997 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan


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I bought her used in 1999 with 30,000 miles on her. She now has 155K, after 12 years of faithful service, and due to harsh
N. E winters rust is the enemy now. She survived a flood in 2005 and the engine is still as sound as ever.
I've maintained her with regular oil changes and aside from a timing belt, a new radiator and rear shocks, she has been good as gold to me. Her dynamic engine even survived a flood. Honda tough. Built in Japan.
I
now finally need to replace a pipe on the exhaust.
These four door vans are the best, wish I could keep her another 100K! If you find one down south minus the rust grab it!
I will. Best car I ever owned!


Best Features

Drop down rear seats. Middle ones come out. Great for moving !! Love the four doors, unlike sliders on regular vans. Roomy and comfortable ride on a Honda chassy. Great handling. Great brakes. Hatch door in rear. Great for moving bigger objects. Great visibility.


Worst Features

None. They were the best design.


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I Call Her "Olivia" :)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By nanamcal
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1997 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan


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I purchased my Odyssey in 1999 w/ 29K on her.
She now has 154K on the engine. She is like a trusted old friend. She even survived a flood in 2005 at 127K with water in the engine. I had to wait a month for the carpet to be cut for her back then. She survived! When the water was blown out of the engine by my Ace mechanic; I was told it was one tough little engine. Timing belt change; new rear shocks from all the loads she carried.
Brakes last forever on this little dynamo!. I dread the day I have to give her up. Great resale value still. Would buy another in a heartbeat!
They don't make them like her anymore!! Built in Japan to LAST! Hope to keep her for another 150K


Best Features

Stops on a dime. Dependable. Good visibility on the road. mpg 21 city, 26-28 highway. Four doors! Rides like an accord due to accord chassy. only wish I got the EX with the sunroof.


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