Greetings from 'Down-Under', from a new member of the OdyClub, even before we've taken delivery of ours, that's Tuesday I hope, a 97 Odyssey.
I see KiwiAWD explained in April last year how things work here. We are something of a time-warp, shiploads of 6 year-old Japanese second-hand cars arrive here regularly. So heaps more 95-97 Odysseys arrive here each month. And they arrive in wonderful condition, from who-knows-where. We are kind of a happy dumping ground for their 'old' cars. Our one at least has service papers, albeit in Japanese. Our yards are expert in figuring out car's history depending on when the Emperor was born.
I found several USA sites excellent in helping compare what you call 'minivans' - we call them 'people movers'. But I only discovered the OdyClub after buying - what a wonderful forum.
I'm hoping that more NZ buyers will join in, as far as I can see we have nearly identical Odysseys, I assume a 97 Japanese = a 97 USA model, give or take cruise control.
But we NZ owners also have some issues of our own, like trying to find manuals that we can read.
I've given up trying to figure out whether our Odyssey is an LX or an EX, I'm not sure the Japanese had such distinctions. My understanding is they ordered whatever they wanted. Certainly I've seen about 10 in the last week, 95-97 models, with no two the same. Every possible combination of seats, air conditioning, sunroof, roof rails, 2WD and 4WD, etc.
But as far as I can tell, the body and mechanicals are the same as the North American Generation 1, so I'm going to learn a lot from this site. And hopefully people won't mind if I ask questions about labels on things - they may be warnings we should know about!
Dunedin, New Zealand