2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test - Maintenance

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2011 Honda Odyssey: Check Tire Pressure Warning

February 03, 2012


This guy greeted me as I fired up our 2011 Honda Odyssey Monday morning. Did I mention it was 5am and a crisp 48 degrees (hey, that's cold for us)? Anyhow, it wasn't fun.

A check of the tires showed Odyssey's right-front down 5psi as compared to the others. This is typically evidence of a leak. Fifty cents at the gas station compressor bought me 15psi, which gave me 10psi over spec were the issue significant.

I drove 40 miles to the office and rechecked the pressures. No air lost. So I dropped the tire back down another 5psi, keeping it 5psi over the recommendation for the sake of monitoring. This morning the right-front was 5psi over-filled, right where I left it. I dropped it back down to the correct amount and we'll continue to watch it.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 20,254 miles

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2011 Honda Odyssey: The Past 20,000 Miles

January 24, 2012

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Our 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring just reached the 20,000-mile mark. To-date we've had the minivan in for service only when it requested as much. We went in once about 10,000 miles and again about 17,000 miles. Our running cost to own the Odysssey is $156.88. And the only issue out of the ordinary is a pair of ever-so-slightly warped front rotors, which we've seen no reason to replace just yet.

By comparison, our Toyota Sienna cost us $0 for regular maintenance after 23,000 miles of long-term fleet duty.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 20,000 miles

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2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Service Update

November 29, 2011


We recently took our Odyssey in for the anticipated service. Not only were we at a standard interval, but drivers have recently complained of vibration when braking at freeway speeds.

We had a brief chat with the service adviser regarding the brake shudder. He wrote up the paper work, a number cone was placed on top of the van and moments later a tech drove it around back to be inspected.

A phone caller later that morning informed us that the techs had duplicated our problem and discovered a slight amount of warp to the front rotors. It wouldn't affect function in their professional opinion. We still had 8mm on the front pads while the rear had 6mm, depths they considered very good.

We decided not to do anything about the rotors for now. If the problem got worse, they quoted us $298 for a brake job that included resurfacing the rotors. Instead, we opted for the standard service interval requires: multi-point service inspection, an oil change, and tires rotated. While the van was in their hands they performed service on a safety recall for the wipers.

Total damage (including hazardous waste and tax): $122.56

Days out of the office: 0.125

Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography

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2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Service Due Now

November 19, 2011


Slag minivans all you want, but our 2011 Honda Odyssey is usually in high demand when it comes to sign-out time, particularly on weekends. Maybe that's why we're getting regular maintenance reminders popping up in the IP.

I got this one earlier this week, noting that it's time for an oil change, when I used the Odyssey for shuttling back and forth from downtown for the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. And I noticed that Kelly got a different one after she took the keys.

We'll keep on top of the popular minivan's maintenance so that it can keep up with its high demand. And so that, say, the Porsche, Audi and Mustang aren't taken instead.

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2011 Honda Odyssey: Service When?

November 18, 2011


So many cars have service minders now, even counting down your need for an oil change by "percent left."

Tell me, how many people actually head into the service at the first sign of a regular maintenance light? And how many wait for the need to increase before an oil change?

Kelly Toepke, News Editor

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2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: 11.11.11 >>> Vegas!

November 10, 2011

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Where's the best place to spend 11.11.11? Vegas, of course! I'll be rolling in our long-term 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring -- we want to be comfortable, naturally.

I took our long-term Toyota Sienna on a previous Vegas trip, so it will be a good comparison.

Today I did some pre-trip prep: car wash, oil check (10% left according to the car, pic on the jump). I would normally also check the tires, but Dan Frio checked and inflated them earlier this week between drumming sessions.

I plan to report on trip fuel economy, bet on 11 on the roulette table, and put $11 on Manny Pacquiao, who's fighting Saturday night.

Anything else I should report? Or bet on?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 15,400 miles

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2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Feeling the Pressure

November 08, 2011


The Odyssey was pretty insistent that we check the tire pressure. Good thing; the right rear was down about four pounds. The others were all down about one pound or so, too. Topped them all up to 35 psi as prescribed courtesy our local Shell.

TPMS always seemed like a gimmick to me, one more thing to save us from ourselves. I also remember it being a nightmare (and maybe still is) for the aftermarket industry. Still, was nice to have it in this instance.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: 15,000 Miles

October 28, 2011

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It's been eight months since we officially introduced you to our long term 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring and in that time we've already racked up 15,000 miles.

The going has been, as you'd expect from a modern family hauler, trouble free. We required an oil change at 7,493 miles that cost us $34.32 and, well, that's it. As Scott mentioned, it will need oil again shortly, but routine oil changes can hardly be ruled a problem, right?

During that time, Jacquot's taken it camping, Newcomb reviewed the audio system, we took it to the track, Dan Edmunds took the wheels off and we're still trying to get the stink of Kavanagh out of the thing after he slept in it.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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2011 Honda Odyssey: Needs New Oil Soon

October 28, 2011


Our long-term Honda Odyssey is starting to ask for its second scheduled service. It'll only be the second time the minivan has seen the service bay of a dealership. The first being its first oil change at 7,943 miles. It cost us $34.32 back in June.

Nothing else needs attention, as the Odyssey continues to truck on issue free.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 14,908 miles

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2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: A1 Service

June 17, 2011


We waited a day to relay our first service of the 2011 Honda Odyssey just to keep you in suspense. Well, this was an easy one. We pulled into the service drive at Santa Monica Honda without an appointment, were greeted by a porter immediately and ushered inside to sit with an advisor.

After some small talk... "the body shop guy brings donuts on Tuesdays and Thursdays now instead of Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He says it's because everybody is gone on Mondays and we're already happy for the weekend on Fridays. We think he did it so he only has to buy donuts two days a week instead of three..." we completed the check-in paperwork. Our advisor concluded the meeting with, "I'll call you when the van is ready. Should be pretty quick."

He wasn't kidding. News that the Odyssey was ready for pick up came about 30 minutes later. I've had many cars serviced at many dealerships. Only a handful were ever as prompt as this particular visit. And we didn't even have an appointment. Maybe we timed it right. Maybe it's because this was a minor service. Maybe our advisor had his act together. Whatever the reason, it deserves recognition.

Total Cost: $34.32

Days out of Service: None

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 7,943 miles

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2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: First Service

June 16, 2011


When you read that the oil life in our 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring was down to 15 percent it got your attention. Admit it. When it dropped to 10 percent you leaned forward in your chair. Now you've been checking the blog, sometimes twice a day, for this moment.

The Odyssey is due for its A1 service. We'll drop it off at the dealer today.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 7,942 miles

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2011 Honda Odyssey: Oil Life Now at 10 Percent

June 09, 2011


Two weeks ago, Chief Oldham reported the Honda Odyssey would soon need service.

Since then we've driven the minivan another 454 miles, and its oil life has dropped from 15 percent to 10 percent.

Any bets on the odo reading when it hits 5 percent?

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 7,866 miles

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2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Service Due Soon

May 25, 2011


Our long-term 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring has started telling us it'll need service soon. Every time we fire up the van this appears on its instrument panel.

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2011 Honda Odyssey: Another Recall

March 28, 2011


It has not been a good month for the Honda Odyssey. First, there was the windwhield wiper recall and now there is a potential problem with the driver windows.

Honda has recalled 2,800 of the 2011 Odyssey minivans because the front windows may shatter into the cabin.

Here is the quote from the NHTSA:
"There is a potential failure with the driver and front passenger door power windows in which the window may come off the track, causing the window to become inoperative and preventing it from being rolled up or down, or it could drop into the door," said NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem. "The window may shatter into the passenger cabin, causing a risk of injury to the vehicle occupants."

We'll let you know if our Odyssey is affected.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2011 Honda Odyssey: Oh Noes!

March 18, 2011


Honda is recalling 33,341 Odyssey minivans due to defective windshield wipers. Of course, Scott Oldham just headed to Mammoth for a ski weekend in our long-term Honda Odyssey. The defect is supposed to affect the wipers in cold weather areas. Oopsy.

Here's the direct quote from the NHTSA:
“If the front windshield wiper blades become frozen to the windshield and the wiper motor is switched on, one of the front windshield wiper linkage rods may bend or separate from the motor due to insufficient stiffness of the rod.”

Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call phrasing.

We contacted Honda to ask about our particular vehicle. Looks like they caught the problem in mid-December so not all Odysseys are affected. When the full VIN list becomes available, we'll know for sure. Good luck, Scott.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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