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2005 Honda Odyssey

2005 Honda Odyssey

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The Best Van Ever

by from Fort Worth TX on June 21, 2011

I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L with Nav I love this van for all the reasons. Great performance, I can get up and go on the HWY no problem. I have a Acura TSX 2004 and it is a little slower compaire...
I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L with Nav I love this van for all the reasons. Great performance, I can get up and go on the HWY no problem. I have a Acura TSX 2004 and it is a little slower compaired to this Odyssey, I have about 140,000 miles on it now and have kept up with all the Maint. I change the transmission Fluid every 30,000 mile at the Honda Dealer only. I only put Honda spec parts back into this van so it will last me a very long time. I have to say that the seating in the Van is awsome and I stand about 6 feet tall and it has a lot of leg room for us Big Guys. I do pull a trailer with it 6X12 no problem in fact the Odyssey 3.5 I-Vtec does very well with trailers. I also get close to 30 miles per Gallon and use Regular gas. I love the powered seats and the powerd doors and the Sun Roof !
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Drives like a sedan!

by from Pennsylvania on May 22, 2011

Owned a toyota sienna & loved it, but it drove like a minivan (no suprise there). But after driving the Odyssey, there was no comparison. This thing drives like a car, it's comfortable, roomy, and tak...
Owned a toyota sienna & loved it, but it drove like a minivan (no suprise there). But after driving the Odyssey, there was no comparison. This thing drives like a car, it's comfortable, roomy, and takes the corners like a sedan. Turning radius is amazing, and this thing gets real world 18 city & 28-30 hwy mpg. We have even done better on a trip to OBX (33.1). The third row seat is a breeze to operate, and pretty comfortable even for adults. Thus van has to be on your short list. Keep in mind, if you purchase the "Touring" model it's likely to come with the Michelin PAX tire system, replacement tires can be expensive ($1400-$1700 a set), and can "only" be serviced thru a Honda dealer. There are online sellers that can set you up w/ replacements, it'll cost the same at first (up to $1700), but if you plan to keep the car, successive tire replacements will run in the normal range ($450 - $700 a set). Drive it, you'll see!
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Very impressive!

by from TN on January 24, 2013

I am an experienced mechanic. We traded in a 2008 Jetta with 63,000 miles for the 2005 Odyssey with 148,000 miles on it as we needed a van. Our VW consumed 1/4 quart of oil every 5,000 miles, but our ...
I am an experienced mechanic. We traded in a 2008 Jetta with 63,000 miles for the 2005 Odyssey with 148,000 miles on it as we needed a van. Our VW consumed 1/4 quart of oil every 5,000 miles, but our Honda with over twice the mileage, uses none and still has OEM specs on compression on all 6 cylinders. Maintenance costs are low as these vans are exceptionally well engineered. With now over 300,000 on the clock, the investment has proven wise. There are two factors one should consider when buying a used car. The first is mechanical design. It is proven the Honda has you covered there. The second is its maintenance while driven. Many are fooled into thinking that milage is an indicator of condition. It is NOT! I have seen internal combustion engines destroyed in less than 30 miles. There are some with 300,000 on them with little mechanical wear. If you purchase an Odyssey, you will not be disappointed. Just ensure you take it to a competent wrench for a compression check and diagnostics as well. The Sienna is a great option as well. If you perform your own maintenance and repairs however, you will be much happier with the Honda as all components are quite simple and accessible. When it comes to style and cool cup holders, ask a soccer mom what is best. If you are looking for the best engineered van ever produced, you should take my advice and buy a Honda. Be cautioned however, that the "I" vtec models have a rear engine mount that costs a fortune and has been prone to cause some vibration. This extra mount absorbs vibration when three of the six cylinders shut down for fuel economy. The LX and EX models do not have this feature, therefore are more reliable. They do consume 1 to 2 more miles per gallon on the highway though. I bout an EX for this reason. Sometimes simple is better.
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205K Miles and still going strong

by from Denver, CO on May 7, 2011

In Oct 2004, we purchased a new 2005 Odyssey EX-L with RES and Navi. The first one (first year model) in Desert Rock Metallic to be sold from our dealer. 6.5 years later, we're at 205K miles (~170K in...
In Oct 2004, we purchased a new 2005 Odyssey EX-L with RES and Navi. The first one (first year model) in Desert Rock Metallic to be sold from our dealer. 6.5 years later, we're at 205K miles (~170K in city driving) and it's still running GREAT. Best of all, we've only had $750 in repairs (not maintenance) over that time. This includes: A/C Clutch, Battery Cables, Starter. It also tows our 18' Ski Boat during summer months. In February, we drove it from Denver to Ontario, CA and back. Not a single problem and ran smoothly, even in the 90 MPH range (a few times). I was able to take it with FULL CONFIDENCE that it would continue to be reliable. The one existing problem is the left sliding door won't unlock and therefore, it won't open. This happened around 30K miles ago and I just haven't taken the time to pull the panel off and find out why it's jammed. After having owned 15 Hondas since 1981, I can easily say this has been the most reliable. A remarkable claim considering the lack of problems with any of the previous ones.
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Wow. What a van!

by from Round Lake, IL on April 22, 2012

We have owned two Chrysler vans and a Toyotal Sienna. This one is the only one my wife really appreciated and loved. Reliablity is pretty much on top. We bought it pre-owned with 70K. We put another 7...
We have owned two Chrysler vans and a Toyotal Sienna. This one is the only one my wife really appreciated and loved. Reliablity is pretty much on top. We bought it pre-owned with 70K. We put another 70K on it in 3 years. There was no mechanical failure so far. We just did regular maintenance by following the maintenance schedule. We average around 19 to 20 mpg with combined city/hwy driving. Our van reached 24 mpg when driving strictly highway (70 mph with 5 people plus luggages). Hopefully we can drive this van to 200K+ miles.
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2005 Touring w/ 56k

by from Northern Virginia on April 11, 2010

We bought the van from a private owner recently and it's a serious improvement in practical use and space over our prior 02' Acura MDX which we loved. With our 2nd kid on the way and an 85lb. dog who ...
We bought the van from a private owner recently and it's a serious improvement in practical use and space over our prior 02' Acura MDX which we loved. With our 2nd kid on the way and an 85lb. dog who thinks she's human, we needed the extra room. The PAX tires, though good in concept, are a real drag to replace at over 1,000, so we're going to probably get new rims and tires because of the insane cost and low serviceability of them. Other than that, this van takes away the mini-van sacrifice with GREAT acceleration and the touring is a must with so many amenities incl. the back gate auto-lift, fog lights, and premium sound with the RES, NAVI & satellite radio. The comparable Sienna is boring by comparison.
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Very Practical Vehicle

by from on April 19, 2011

This is a great vehicle. We love the fact it gets nearly as good of fuel mileage as the car we had previously. All the cupholders in it are very handy. Folding the rear seats down is a breeze and all ...
This is a great vehicle. We love the fact it gets nearly as good of fuel mileage as the car we had previously. All the cupholders in it are very handy. Folding the rear seats down is a breeze and all the room is very useful for us as we travel alot. I have even hauled a box that measured 7.5'x2.5'x2.5' with room to spare.
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Driving Around in Your Living Room

by from Louisville, KY on December 26, 2013

First off...I love this vehicle...So much I bought another 2006 Honda Odyssey Touring (had to De-pax-another reason to choose the EX-L over Touring)...So we're now a family with 2 Odysseys...Take care...
First off...I love this vehicle...So much I bought another 2006 Honda Odyssey Touring (had to De-pax-another reason to choose the EX-L over Touring)...So we're now a family with 2 Odysseys...Take care of it (find a local, reasonably priced mechanic & oil changes), and this car will go to 300,000 miles, easy! Our 2005 EX-L has got 220,000 miles and we have no hesitation about jumping in and taking it on 1000 mile road trips... 4 stars for performance = road noise, 4 stars for interior=dash controls; there are so many different options with climate control it's difficult to adjust while driving...
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Family Van

by from rockland NY on August 25, 2012

Great Van, picks up speed , a lot of space, great entertainment options including satellite radio and has better than average reliability. only disadvantage is the cost of replacing the Michelin PAX ...
Great Van, picks up speed , a lot of space, great entertainment options including satellite radio and has better than average reliability. only disadvantage is the cost of replacing the Michelin PAX run on flat tires that could cost up to $400.00 a tire
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By far the most reliable and user-friendly car!

by from Columbia, MD on January 13, 2011

We purchased a pre-owned '05 Odyssey in 2008 when our family grew...I wasn't too keen on the whole mini-van thing, but it took all of two days to fall in love with this baby! Reliability and dependab...
We purchased a pre-owned '05 Odyssey in 2008 when our family grew...I wasn't too keen on the whole mini-van thing, but it took all of two days to fall in love with this baby! Reliability and dependability were top-notch, the worst problem we ever had was the battery died after a few days of the engine starting a bit rough, so I even knew it was coming. Otherwise the engine always starts and runs smooth and quietly, and performs beautifully on the road...maneuverability is just as good as any sedans I've driven. The interior is awesome, I don't think I can ever be happy with a non-mini-van again :) Apart from the seats that fold into the floor (we've transported a bed frame, a treadmill, a dresser, and a computer desk with this nifty little plus), there's a lazy suzan under the floor of the second row, two glove compartments, and tons of places to tuck things away. I was able to store emergency kits, roadside tools, even snacks and water bottles throughout the car without using any of the cupholders. There are at least 10 cupholders, plus spaces in the doors to accommodate 4 more. For the little ones, the sliding doors both feature sun-blocking screens that store neatly inside the doors (at least on the EX model). And the LATCH system made installing a car seat very easy, even for first-timers like us. We also took this on long trips, often 1000+ miles, and had no issues with discomfort. We're both tall and the Odyssey has more leg room than the Sienna does, so this was a big plus for us when we test drove. As for value, we purchased at a dealer so the certified pre-owned price was certainly not as good as we could have gotten from a private seller. But given the lack of repair/maintenance costs and decent gas mileage (generally mid-20s) we know we've come out on top. Happy driving!
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