We purchased this 2001 Honda Odyssey Van used with approx 130,000 miles on it as we had outgrown our older vehicle. We have only done routine maintenance to it and it has been virtually bullet proof for us. We did have problems with the sliding doors...the plastic rollers just wore out (3 kids growing up with soccer, baseball, basketball, ranching, vacations, etc. equals LOTS of door openings and closings.) One door actually fell off when I opened it due to the roller breaking but that was around the 225,000 mile mark. We ordered the replacement parts and my husband changed them out and now it works fine. It has over 263,000 miles on it now and we are beginning to shop for another vehicle.
My one really big dislike is the defroster! It takes FOREVER for the windshield to clear... bad engineering.
We bought the 2001 Honda Odyssey new.
It has been a good car for the most part.
The trans was rebuild at 180,000.
I had the main water hose blow a few months ago driving home on 95 North between Washington and Baltimore.
My main problem has been the "check engine" light which came on at about 70,000 miles.
I took it to the dealer and they had not a clue.
They did clean the engine, but the light continued to go on and off.
I have 262,000 miles on the car.
I'm in the process of replacing it, but I do not think I'll buy another Honda...
I have had absolutely no major problems with this van. Routine maintence, cleaning the electrical contacts for the auto-doors and windows (and replacing a solenoid or five). almost indestructible by the kids! Very pleased with the van's performance. So much so, we just traded in our Ford 500 for a new 2010 Odyssey to add to our little "fleet." I hope things keep going well, but I still feel I got my money's worth out of this mini-van! Congratulations Honda!
Had to wait 2 months for this van, and couldn't get any of the colors we wanted because it was in short supply at the time. Car was worth the wait; it has more room for passengers and cargo, either alone or together, and you can't beat the leg room! Don't like the way the front seatbelts lock up at the slightest movement, and the sliding doors freeze shut in the winter. Has nice smooth, quiet ride, great for long rides.
As a family of six we need the third row, so it's either SUV or minivan.
Bought this used in 2010 to replace a totaled SUV (rollover accident).
92 Accord had been great.
Bought this despite knowing possible transmission problem because (a) Consumer Reports still called it a Best Bet, (b) thought Honda would stand behind it.
Transmission went out around 105K (apparently typical), Honda dealer wanted $5200 for a new one.
I went to my mechanic and got a rebuilt with two-year warranty for $2800.
Wrote to Honda, but they offered no help with the bill, saying they knew about other years with bad transmission but not 2001 (despite a recall on 2001 tranny & many net stories similar to mine).