The 2005 Honda Odyssey EX w/Leather and RES is a true value for money. I love the leather seats, the 2nd row captain seats with center 8th seat and the spacious 3rd row bench seats. The engine is powerful and can accelerate very quickly on highways. The tires and track are wide to give you a comfortable ride. The RES (Rear Entertainment System) being fully integrated with the audio system is really nice, and the sound quality of the audio system is quite good. The controls are ergonomically placed. The headlights are very intense and provide good visibility. The 3rd row seats fold flat and allow you to carry lotsa cargo.
Rear Entertainment System is awesome. 3rd row seats are very spacious and fold flat for loads of storage. Engine is powerful and drive is nimble at high speeds. All seats are comfortable.
The tray between driver and passenger seat is horrible. What were the designers thinking? It's shallow and can barely hold anything. The 2nd row seats do not lock in the folded position, i.e., if you drive around they keep sliding back and forth. The rear door should have been powered, not manual.
Likes: Looks, performance, handling. Dislikes: Oil consumption: recently began burning off oil. About a pint every 2000 miles. I used castrol syntec 5w20 since new and had it serviced by dealer. Dealer reply that this oil consumption is normal. This is the first vehicle I ever owned including a Dodge caravan with 130k miles that ever burned this much oil. I am not a Honda believer any more. My hyundai elantra 2002 with 140k uses no oil between 5k synthetic oil changes. Brakes: Rotors resurfaced at 20k miles and replaced at 45k miles. The brakes are already shaking again at 50k miles. Road noise, rattles (doors and moonroof).
interior layout and flexibility, classy look
Fix engine oil burning, weird mechanical sounds: 1.Clunking caused by ABS or traction control after reversing and driving forward 2. Harsh downshifts when decelerating 3. brakes 4. Oil consumption 5. rattles/ hard ride/noise 6. auto sliding door motor noise (one side only)
Never buy a touring. The cost of tires will rip you. 2 touring tires cost $559+taxes+disposal etc. (Costco does not sell it ) and I have been replacing every 20,000 miles. I do drive only city, but so was when I was driving Camry which used to give between 35- 40,000 miles. Even third party warranty excludes tires. Fuel efficiency is in 14-16 mile range and long distance is 21 miles approx. Also AC broke once ($600), exact same repair for three of my friends when the car was about 50,000 miles. Stay away from touring. Buy accessories instead to make it touring without the expensive tires.
2005 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
We were so excited to buy this van, and were really looking forward to many years of service from the vehicle. Now, here's the reality we've dealt with the last 4 years: 3 power steering pumps Passenger side window assembly Drive shaft Front rotors and finally, rear engine mounts. What happened to Honda quality? Of course, Honda was no help on any of this. Should have gotten the extended warranty.
Very comfortable and is a great vehicle if you have kids.
Build quality. Every time we turn around, something else seems to be broken.