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    Odyssey EX Vs. EX-L

    I know we have all debated touring Vs EX-L, but I would like to know if you think its worth it to get the a "base" EX-L over a EX?

    I know the major differences is the NAVi and RES, but not counting thoes, is it worth it to upgrade?EX to EX-L

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    I quickly concluded that the EX-L was worth it to me as compared to the EX. Basically, the enjoyment of heated seats and moonroof is now mandatory for my cars. Leather is pretty much as well. Finally, I always try to get the best chasis/platform/powertrain that is resonable. As the EX-L has that, plus all the things that I consider mandatory, it was a quick conclusion.

    Keep in mind resale as well. The EX-L R&N is the hottest selling version of the Odyssey by far. They are hardest to get for the dealers as their allotments are selling so quickly. This bodes well for resale time. However, a dealer still will deal on the price for a willing buyer. You may find that for the resale value added, the EX-L actucally won't cost you any more to own at all.

    But again if the core upgrades don't mean much to you, the EX has many great features as well. And some don't like leather, nor care about nav or DVD in the back. . .

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    It all depends on your personal preference. Would you rather sit on cloth or leather? (By the way, the EX cloth isn't that bad).

    Also, you don't have to get an EX-L with RES and NAV...you could just get an EX-L, or an EX-L with RES.

    I agree with many of the good points made by schafari: Resale value will definitely be higher, and the EX-L RES+NAV is the hottest selling trim line by far. I haven't seen a Touring yet on the road, but I have seen all others (LX and EX, but mostly EX-L).

    Good luck with your decision.
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    Re: Odyssey EX Vs. EX-L

    Originally posted by ledebuhr1
    I know we have all debated touring Vs EX-L, but I would like to know if you think its worth it to get the a "base" EX-L over a EX?

    I know the major differences is the NAVi and RES, but not counting thoes, is it worth it to upgrade?EX to EX-L

    Thanks
    Had nothing to do with Nav or RES for us, we didn't get them. For us the leather was the selling point. Sunroof was a cool bonus. Keep in mind you are also choosing between VCM (EX-L) or not (EX), if that makes a difference to you.

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    I think the EX is the best value in the line, but the leather seats in the Odyssey are particularly nice.

    I initially planned on buying the EX and then switched to the EX/L, and then switched to the Touring.

    Anyway, I personally think actual resale value will be best with the EX, but the extra options are always tempting....
    Doug --05 Ody Touring/Sage Brush Pearl--

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    I know it's all about making profits but I wish they (almose all manufacturers do this) offered just leather alone, not with sun roof and heated seats. I still don't get the idea of heated seats. They are cold when you first sit on them regardless if you turned them on or not. By the time they get warm, you don't need it anymore because everything in the cabin is warmed by the heater . And If I remember correctly the manual says you have to turn them to low after a while or else it may drain the battery when sitting at the lights. What if you forget? Something I miss ?
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    Thanks,

    Does anyone know if dealers are less likely to bargin on the prices if they have to do a dealer trade? To get a good deal does it have to be a unit on the lot?? our local honda dealer is small, they ony have 3 Ody in stock, None like I want.

    I hope they dont want to charge a "trading fee" to do a dealer trade.

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    You've really got to come visit Canada in January. You will no longer have any doubts as to why they provide the heated seat option with leather!

    On the -40 C days we Canucks like to refer to our car seats as "Flinstone seats" in reference to Fred and Barney's slab stone car seats.

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    amati5...I agree about the seats. I've had heated seats in my Trooper for close to 5 years. I think I used them a few times in the first few months. Kind of made me feel like I'd had an "accident" in my pants. I can't remember the last time though...and I live in Chicago! I have the same feeling about the power rear lift-gate (Touring), but I must be missing something there as people seem to really like that. Heated mirrors are somewhat more useful IMO (in all EXs).

    Having had sunroofs in my last several vehicles I feel those are kind of overated too. Rarely do we seem to have it open. In the summer the shade is closed b/c of heat. Best use I guess is to let in some extra light on dreary winter days. I use it some when I'm alone, but w/ kids or others in the back seat we never had it open much in previous vehicles.

    The leather IS very nice in the EX-L. We've kind of got used to it with our other cars, and we find leather cleans up nice w/ kids. I've found the DVD to be nice. One aftermarket one we saw blocked the view from rear view mirror and was ill-fitting. Screen was difficult to close, etc. In addition our neighbor has had problems w/ their aftermaket DVD player in their Quest.
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    ledebuhr1...I think most of the time you will get a better deal w/ a vehicle on the lot...simply less hassle. However, we ended up buying a traded vehicle for what I think was a very good price, but it was kind of a fluke. Dealer originally thought he had it in stock, but after he gave me a verbal deal, found that it had been sold. He was good enough to honor the deal. He said they trade vehicles all the time and it wouldn't be a problem. The next day he had it worked out.

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    not worth it

    As someone who wanted an EX but ended up getting an EXL I can say for me that the EXL isn't worth the extra $$. I paid $2000+ dollars more for the EXL and all I really liked about it that the EX didn't have was VCM. It looks like the VCM won't make any difference either since most people are getting the same gas mileage with the EX.

    At the time I bought very few dealers in my area had an EX and those that did wanted sticker plus or minus a few hundred bucks for it. I found a dealer who quoted me a great price on both an EX and an EXL unfortunately he didn't have an EX in stock and I was afraid to order one having heard some of the horror stories about people ordering their vans and ending up waiting months or the price changes once the van actually gets there. I ended up getting the EXL for a couple hundred above invoice and my significant other loves it but I can't help but think that I could have spent that $2k on something else. I don't care much for leather or sunroofs so I don't think it was worth it. If you like those things then maybe you should go for it.

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    The choice between EX and EX-L was easy:

    1. I did not want VCM. Primary use of Ody is soccer mom transport around town and driving one hour to beach in summer. VCM is just something to go wrong providing nearly no benefit.
    2. Did not want moon roof. I have one in my Maxima and never use it.
    3. Did not want leather. I would prefer to buy a good set of Wet Okale seat covers. These are amazing. Have them in another car.
    4. Don't need heated seats especially when I put on the Wet Okale's.
    5. No use for DVD or navigation.
    6. No concern with re-sale value. Will keep this car as long as possible or at least 10 years. The less that goes wrong the better.
    7. I love alloy wheels, four wheel disc brakes and all the air bags. No difference here between EX and EX-L.

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    If you look at the Blue Book value / classified ads for old Honda's with or without Leather, the difference is around $300 to $500!

    Leather is definitely easy to clean, but you have to contend with very hot seats in summer and very cold seats (winter) and there is no seat warmer in the back!
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    Everyone here is talkig about leather over cloth or sunroof vs no sunroof while they are missing what seems to me to be the most important difference between the two. (started a thread inquiring about this yesterday)

    The EX has the proven and highly rated vtec engine.

    The EX-L has a completely new and untested variable cylinder mangement sytem, with no reliability history.

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    Ah, not to pick on your realiability logic, but. . . The 05 Odyssey is a whole new van with no reliability record, and the first year of production.

    If you are chossing the EX v the EXL based on your logic of: reliability of the base engine as compared to the same engine but with VCM which doesn't have a realiability record. . . don't you have to apply the logic to the rest of the van that surrounds that engine?

    Using your logic, you should have bought an 04, correct?

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