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Horrible Transmissions
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By Kbrill
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2001 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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We have had the transmission replaced twice and it's bad again. Honda knows it's bad but they won't stand behind it. We have had problems with the sliding doors not closing, the check engine light keeps coming on because of an EGR valve they can't seem to correct and had to have the wiring harness replaced and when they did it messed up the navigation system which hasn't functioned properly since the harness was replaced. Thousands of dollars worth the repairs. Total cost of ownership way too much for us and we have been Honda owners for 30 years. Time to look to another auto maker.


Best Features

Too many negatives to put anything here.


Worst Features

Re-engineer the transmissions.


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Our Odyssey for a reliable Transmission
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By Kenoz
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2001 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


Review

We bought our used 2001 Odyssey after our first child was born in 2003. It was reportedly one of the safest minivans on the market and we felt good about the purchase. Within the first year at about 90k miles, the tranny went out and the dealership replaced it. Two years and 40k later, the replacement tranny went out, this time we had to replace it. After only 21k miles on this tranny, it goes out and the dealership agreed to replace it but we had to pay the labor cost which was about $750.00. We did so and sold the van immediately after. We replaced this unreliable vehicle with a Lexus GS400 and have never looked back. If you are looking for reliability, stay away from this vehicle!


Best Features

Roomy interior, styling, third row seating.


Worst Features

Honda of North America should have acknowledged and recalled all of these vans with the bad trannys. Instead, they continue to "soak" the consumer through the dealerships who are powerless to do anything except replace the trannys with more defective trannys.


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It's Been A Good Van
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By Pat
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2001 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


Review

We bought this van new because my 6ft 2in husband could fit comfortably. We owned 3 Ford Aerostars I loved. This van sits lower to the ground; I like high. No major problems but I don't understand why it likes to roll back on an incline. Dealer said that was normal. It can carry 4 kids in the back and 3 in the center with the seats pushed together. I'll keep it til 200,000 miles and look at a Pilot.


Best Features

The middle seats push together. The navigational system - can't live without it!


Worst Features

Noise is noticeable.


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We love our Odyssey!
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By Dwayne
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2001 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


Review

We have driven this minivan crisscrossed throughout the southeast and loved every mile. The car has had no repairs. It runs like a sewing machine and has great room for all that my wife buys. We both drive it around town and wish it got better mileage, but at 19mpg city I'll take it.


Best Features

Drives like a car. Excellent cargo capacity. Comfortable and useful in almost all situations.


Worst Features

Replace the timing belt with chain.


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Wife calls this her "Grapefruit"
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By bjgreen
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2001 Honda Odyssey LX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


Review

It isn't quite a lemon, but the legendary Honda reliability has passed our van over - hence we call it a "grapefruit." We bought the van new in 2001 and it continues to be our primary family (of five) car. During warranty we had a leaking gasket and a defective fuel pump. After warranty we've had to replace the hinges for both sliding doors and the key cylinder ignition. So the car has left us stranded twice in 8 years. One of the plastic air conditioner knobs split (we glued it back together). The drivers side interior door handle's metallic covering started to peel off and was sharp enough to cut my wife's finger. It is now wrapped in duct tape.


Best Features

The interior is very intelligent. The ability to re-arrange seats, and completely flatten the rear-bench is great. The stereo and climate controls on the center stack are laid out really nicely.


Worst Features

Reliability needs to improve. It may be that the type of driving soccer moms tend to put on vans requires an extra level of sturdiness beyond what Honda typically puts into passenger cars.


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