Purchased Ody EX on Dec, 14th and took a 600 mile trip to Kansas City with the family. There was some pronounced noise on very course pavement, but overall much quieter than our 1999 Honda Ody. The overall gas mileage was 22 mpg..not bad with headwinds to and from our destinations. The engine has lots of power during acceleration onto freeways or in town. Cornering is great even on tight turns. Seats are firm but comfortable. Instruments are well positioned. Really like the small light that shines on the tray between the front passenger/driver seats as it allows you to see your cell phone or whatever in on the tray without turning on the reading/dome lights. Kids love the window shades.
I purchased new in 07 after laborious research for a long term investment for family with little ones. This van has put up with the daily grind of private school drop-offs and pick-ups, grocery getting, kids sports activities and several trips to the Florida Keys from WI. Maintenance schedules were mostly followed and like any vehicle, parts do need to get replaced. (Alternator, A/C condenser, rear shocks) The first brake pad change was at 100k, and now at 70k on the same untouched rotors. The reliability has been great.....as expected from Honda. For errand running it is very easy for the driver to slide in & out. No rocker curb to lift your feet over and the drivers seat is perfect height (no falling into a car or pulling yourself out). Very easy to get baby seats in & out of the rear seats. as kids got older the electric sliding doors made kid drop-offs a breeze. Never had a problem with them and only God knows how many times they've opened and shut over the last 9 years. Adding a roof rack allowed enough storage for a family of 4 to tent camp for 10 days (1500 miles away). A recent $250 was spent updating the stereo to the Bluetooth era. Planning on keeping this vehicle for several more years. Dependable is the biggest quality. My only minor complaints is the road noise on the highway (not as quiet as a Cadillac). Also, the transmission shifting has always shuttered a bit between 2nd & 3rd (not too noticeable but curious).
2007 Odyssey transimission, brake, steering pump problem
written on 03-23-2012
This is an update to my post on 07/03/10 regarding the transmission problem with my 2007 Odyssey 40k miles. The dealership I went to told me that Honda did not admit there was problem with the transmission because the warning/engine light did not turn on. Eventually the dealership did put in a new torque converter. However, the brake issue was never resolved and there is still problem with brake even after they re-rotor the disc?. I think the dealership does not know what the problem is. On one rainy day, I almost hit the car in front of mine because the odyssey glided forward even though I pressed the brake all the way. I called Honda manufacture customer service and spoke to the manager
This is a brilliantly designed car, and it handles beautifully on the road. It can accelerate impressively, has been very reliable, and is quiet and very comfortable. There is more space for people and cargo than with any other car that I have seen, with the exception of a Suburban (which handles like a big, clunky truck). The Odyssey handles like a luxury car. The flexibility of the 60/40 split 3rd row seat, and the way it simply folds into the floor, is wonderful. I test drove the newer style of the Odyssey, and the 2007 seems to have more interior cabin space. We are the original owners, and our children have grown up in this car. It has been wonderful to be able to fit our 3 children, plus 1 friend for each of them, when we use the optional 8th seat. We love having the option of having an 8th seat when we need it, or easily removing it (and storing it in the floor) when we don't. This car can't be beat for families!
Have owned the van for 7 years and put about 60,000 miles on it. It has been an extremely reliable family vehicle - I have had almost no problems at all aside from an airbag-related sensor that had to be replaced and the usual maintenance (brakes, tires, etc). Surprised at the number of bad reviews on here. This is a very well designed vehicle for someone with 4 kids (or without).