2007 Odyssey EX-L
Right there with you. I try to do most of my own maintenance, but I'm not a mechanic. I like things easy. That's why I'm a big fan of I-4 engines... usually much more room in the engine bay too.Was thinking the same thing.....I can do it with Toyota or Mazda...love our 2013 CX-5. Might be funny, but now days one of the things I look when shopping for a car is how easy mechanically is to fix/repair. The CX-5 bay is wide open with a sweet and slow 4 cylinder, everything is right there waiting for u.
I've been avoiding transmissions without dipsticks for this very reason as well. If I can't change the ATF myself, I don't want it. Of course, I could change the ATF in a sealed transmission, but I won't know what I'm doing or how to accurately measure, and I'm not sure I want to chance destroying my transmission.
Serviceability is right up there in importance with reliability and safety. I'd rather change the spark plugs on an I-4 every 30K miles than tackle one of those Toyota V6 rear banks every 120K. I also currently own a 2011 Mazda CX-9 with the 3.7L... that water pump is internal to the engine and is over $2K to replace. Give me a Honda V6 that costs $700 to do the timing belt and water pump every 100K instead.