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    Odyssey in snow and icy roads

    How good are these vans on mountain passes and deep snow? I need a van to carry things not people and am seriously considering the Odyssey or the Element?
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    Just returned from traverse city, MI where they got 8 inches of snow and well the VAN did wonderful..... It's Salty at the moment and I head for cleveland tomorrow. SO yeah It's a no brainer.. Odyssey all the way!
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    the element would probably be tter if it had 4wd.

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    Re: Odyssey in snow and icy roads

    Originally posted by darylhartnett
    How good are these vans on mountain passes and deep snow? I need a van to carry things not people and am seriously considering the Odyssey or the Element?
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    As long as you turn off the VSA in deep snow, you'll do fine in the Odyssey...
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    Re: Odyssey in snow and icy roads

    Originally posted by darylhartnett
    How good are these vans on mountain passes and deep snow? I need a van to carry things not people and am seriously considering the Odyssey or the Element?
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    Frankly in deep snow, the FWD tend to do well in most instances. However it never hurts to carry chains just incase.

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    I have had both - my current '00 Ody and previously had an '04 Element. The Element had all wheel drive and when on slippery or snowy roads, the 4 wheel kicked in automatically and it did extremely well. My Ody has also been driven in 12" deep snow with deeper drifts and on icey roads as well. It has never been stuck and performs very well when driven correctly ... that is, easy on the accelerator and prudent speed. Obviously, the Ody has a much larger carrying capacity than the Element. One other thing my wife and I fould annoying that we originally thought would be an advantage was the "suicide" door opening for the rear side doors on the Element. They were very difficult to manuver in tight spaces like parking lots, etc. We MUCH prefer the side sliding doors of the Ody. Mileage was about the same for both vehicles. We are flatlanders, however, so I can't comment as how either would deal with mountain passes. If severe, I would think true four wheel drive with low and high ranges would be better.

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    What is the VSA that you reference?

    What is the VSA.....I live in Colorado and should I assume that the Odyssey does not come with 4WD?

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    Re: What is the VSA that you reference?

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    What is the VSA.....I live in Colorado and should I assume that the Odyssey does not come with 4WD?
    VSA helps you get traction by when the wheels start spinning then the vsa kicks in. It is kinda like the wheels are goverened. It is easy to turn off. Just turn it off at the switch. And no the ody does not have 4wd but does great in the snow.

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    Originally posted by darylhartnett
    How good are these vans on mountain passes and deep snow? I need a van to carry things not people and am seriously considering the Odyssey or the Element?
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    Equipped with good snows it does quite well (I have blizzaks), otherwise in deep snow/ice its marginal at best and is like most other FWD's equipped with all seasons...

    Ice and Deep snow aren't the territory for all seaons...
    Read the description of any "All Season" on tirerack.com and they are all described as all-season versatility (including light snow traction)

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    Honestly, I don't think the Odyssey is a very good vehicle for deep snow. (In light or moderate snow it does fine). We get a decent amount of snow here (8 inches so far today, in fact!). Traction is marginal unless you have special snow tires, but the real problem is it has such low ground clearance - the front spoiler is what, about 4" off the ground? Then you are basically using your front spoiler and bumper to "plow" through the snow - and packing the A/C coils with snow and ice - not good.

    My opinion - contrary to the others - you'd be better off looking at something with more ground clearance like a Pilot if you are frequently on snowy mountain passes! (or maybe the Element, but I don't know much about those except that they look goofy )

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    I was stuck in the snow yesterday and it wasn't that deep. It was slushy/icy and was about 3 to 4 inches. It was on a side street with no street clearing. Even shoveling the snow in front/behind the tire I couldn't get out, VSA or no VSA. A passerby gave me a tow with the front centre tow hook and that got me out. Hope it didn't damage anything and the tranny with all the back and forth


    Everything was fine in snow until this instance. The factory tires seems horrible in snow with only 6000 miles on them. Need to look for snow tires or chains.
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    We have over 6in on the ground and I have driven on an unplowed road with no problems. With a good set of snow tires the ody handles extremly well in the snow and even icy conditions. Besides the AWD and 4WD vehicles I have owned the ody is by far the best vehicle on snow covered streets.
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    Can't emphasize how much Blizzaks improve foul weather performance. The Ody is a plus 2 ton vehicle and the front wheel drive IS superior to rear driven but the tires are key on ice, and deep snow.

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    My Ody = BLEH on icey/snow, but is good in the deeper stuff. A lot has to do with tires, but I am to cheap to buy a set of snow tires. I just drive my car which is RWD and has Continental Conti Extreme tires on it for slidign around fun


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    The little bit I've driven my '02 on the terrible Cleveland area roads the Odyssey does somewhat ok.It could be the rotten Michelin tires(hate Michelin) but it doesn't like icy slush.The tcs is very sensitive and does a very good job.Aside from that the van tracks well and is very predictable.We haven't had deep powder snow yet so can't comment on that.It's comparable to the 95 Ford Windstar I had but not as good as the 02 2wd Ranger I just got rid of.As said above,tires can make a huge difference.
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