Based on Honda Odyssey EX
The 1999-2004 generation of Honda's front-wheel-drive Odyssey was a class leader. For 2005, the minivan received a major redesign in Honda's attempt to leapfrog the growing competition. For 2008, the Odyssey continues its trend of exterior and interior changes, and the V-6 engine has be... Read Full Report
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Minivans have taken a hit along with SUVs this year as gasoline prices spiked and the economy cooled, but their falling sales might have more to do with consumers' shift to crossover utility vehicles.Even sales of the best-selling import-brand minivan, the Honda Odyssey, are off slightly - down 11.5 percent for the year through August.But the good news is that Odyssey (2009 base price $26,... Read full review for the 2008 Honda Odyssey
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I transport 4x8 sheets of plywood and sheetrock. I transport my family of 4 with 2 Golden Retrievers I transport 25 10' decking boards and close the back hatch. I transport 14 windows for my house. I ... Read Full Review
Service & Repair
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.
Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.
Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).
Free Scheduled Maintenance
Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.