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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!

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Welcome Bob ! Please feel free to ask questions. This is a VERY friendly and helpful site.
Very interesting description on how NZ goes about importing vehicles. You learn something new everyday.
The manual issue: I think it was also KiwiAWD that brought that up and no one really has an answer to it. I hope you guys down under do find one.
Good luck !:)
 

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hachiroku said:
This is a VERY friendly and helpful site.
Hi, you are right. This is a site which radiates friendliness and helpfulness. I only discovered it yesterday, and yet felt quite happy making three posts. Normally I'd watch for ages before saying anything. Thanks for the welcome. :)

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Very interesting description on how NZ goes about importing vehicles. You learn something new everyday.
Couple of things I forgot to mention. Japan and New Zealand are both right-hand drive. And apparently Japan has some huge tax hike on vehicles after 6 years, so they darn near dump them. In New Zealand new car prices were relatively high, so a 10-year old car is not 'old'. People movers (minivans) were expensive new, but Japanese imports cut the price dramatically, and their popularity increased. More than 90% of our minivans would have been imported at more than 6 years old. We looked at every Odyssey in our city last week (about 10), and every one was freshly imported, and 94-97 (yes 2 were 1994). Most are in excellent condition, inside and outside, and mileage was 22k-70k (miles, not km - I'm having to start thinking like you folk :))
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The manual issue: I think it was also KiwiAWD that brought that up and no one really has an answer to it. I hope you guys down under do find one.
Good luck !:)
Things are looking up on the manual front. Our dealer today ordered us a manual for our new Japanese import Odyssey. It seems someone has recognised that there is a market for translating handbooks/manuals into English - mind you you've had English manuals all along, and we must have in this country as well. Beats me why they didn't just photocopy them.
It'll be interesting to see what a new 1997 manual costs.
And hopefully we'll get to find out how everything works. I'm someone who likes to read the instructions first. You know when it says "Important - read the instructions before using this appliance" - well I'm the person who actually obeys that requirement.:)
I presume KiwiAWD has found his manual by now, but I'll see if he is still around.
 

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Hi there.
Simple reason - the manual sold with the vehicle would be in Japanese, and most of us do not speak Japanese.
I've got service papers in Japanese and I'm going to get someone I know who speaks Japanese to translate. And I'll photograph some of the warning labels that are in Japanese and get them translated as well.
I'm sure you wouldn't miss the manual at these prices either :)
 

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The manual thing sort of worked out. I thought it was going to be a translated Japanese one, but it looks more like one that would have come with a NZ-new model, with references to Australian and EU requirements.
It is a brand new 1996 Honda Owners Manual, with part numbers 32SX0820 and 00X32-SXO-8201.
It'll cover most of what we've got, I'm pleased to get an explanation of the audio controls, and the biggest thing we're missing is the aircon, ours is different.
Being a manual sort of a perosn, I'm now reading it cover to cover :)
 

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Another Kiwi owner...

Well, not exactly, a brit living in NZ but near enough...

Just bought a 96 Silver Odyssey here in NZ (first car here, been here for 2 months) and yup, you guessed it, its a Japanese import... so i guess i'm in the same boat you were...

Options on ours are ABS, 2xAirbags, rear parking sensor, satnav/tv, cd, aircon so any help of course would be gratefully received!

Lewis.
 

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Hello, I 'm here.. from Japan...
hey, we do not have any tax hike here for vehicles older than 6 years old... please!... it all goes by the displacement of the engine, and the weight , no matter how old... Japanese consumer changes his or her car every 4 years, usualy- there is a market for used cars, but depriciation is great, as milage grows... that is the reason why there's uninterrupted flow of used cars going south.
my point of view, that is...
 

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as for trim levels(US) or Grades(JP) there are six for first gen Ody in japan: B the earliest '94 , the cheapest one---rare now
S often seen most simple , with mirrors being always black,
M medium, a little more luxury
L Luxury- highest grade for a 4-cilinder Ody
VG V6 only.
VZ V6 only, top of the line- rare and expensive
hope this could be a little help
 

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yeah, every 4-cilinder version was offerd as 2wd or 4wd, by choise..
in addition, for any grade, you could choose a 6-seater, or 7-seater configuration.... and then , the 2.2L engine was replaced with 2.3L VTEC in 1997... so, total number of different drive-train-seating configurations for first gen odysseys from Japan is equal----36 that's a lot....LOL.. as for complectation levels, they are six, as I mentioned above-- but the most widly known are four: (from cheapest to most expensive): S, M, L , VG.
 

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Thanks guys. I finally solved my handbook/manual issue with http://www.jpnz.co.nz/home.html who translate the Japanese handbooks (and manuals presumably) into English. So for NZ$50 or so I got a handbook which covered all our extra bits (Grade options as they are caled). So at last I got an explanation of the corner/parking sensors, and the climate control is covered.

Thanks for the tips.
 

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Hi from NZ

Hi there...sorry to dig up an old thread but I couldn't resist. I too am a Kiwi and hopefully by Wed next week I'll be a proud Ody owner. We are looking at a 1998 V6 3ltr which is almost identical to a friends one.

What a cool site this is with loads of great info.

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welcome

Aaron,
is that a picture of an ody you are looking to buy?
pearl white "prestige" looks the best.
 

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pearl white

Hi Kiritan,

yes that is a picture of the Ody we are going to pick up this Wednesday. I was unsure of the pearl white to begin with...but it looks quite classy. I will need to keep it well polished and cleaned! :)

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kiritan said:
as for trim levels(US) or Grades(JP) there are six for first gen Ody in japan: B the earliest '94 , the cheapest one---rare now
S often seen most simple , with mirrors being always black,
M medium, a little more luxury
L Luxury- highest grade for a 4-cilinder Ody
VG V6 only.
VZ V6 only, top of the line- rare and expensive
hope this could be a little help
Thanks for this, very interesting. So how would you know whether you had a M or a L?
 

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Re: Another Kiwi owner...

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Well, not exactly, a brit living in NZ but near enough...

Just bought a 96 Silver Odyssey here in NZ (first car here, been here for 2 months) and yup, you guessed it, its a Japanese import... so i guess i'm in the same boat you were...

Options on ours are ABS, 2xAirbags, rear parking sensor, satnav/tv, cd, aircon so any help of course would be gratefully received!

Lewis.
Hi Lewis,

Welcome to the OdyClub. It really is a very helpful group, especially for us kiwis trying to sort out what we have got. Although the Nth Americans are a bit envious of the extras we get with 1st generation Odys. Like the parking sensors were unheard of, and I was very surprised to hear the satnav/TV never made it to Nth America. I'm not even sure they had climate control. Heaven knows what Honda was thinking of. Didn't they know what those guys would have paid for the gadgets?

Did you get a handbook? I'd recommend the JPNZ site I've quoted above somewhere. Except even that one does not cover the satnav/TV, except for the climate control side. Have you any information on the navigation side? Managed to work any of it out? My cousin in Nelson is trying to figure how to fix the time on his clock, and it is not very intuitive. There must have been a whole extra handbook for the navigation system. He's thinking of disconnecting the battery at midnight, but that sounds a bit drastic. Any ideas?

You say "rear" parking sensors but I presume you have front corners as well. We have corner sensors as well, and I think they are brilliant. In a tight driveway, we always back into our double garage on a tight turn, and I rely on the sensors 100%.

Have you seen that there is now a NZ thread under the Regional forums? Maybe you should post there as well, it'll be good to encourage more kiwis - we've got a lot in common.

See ya...
 

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Thanks for this, very interesting. So how would you know whether you had a M or a L?
S - no standart privacy glass
M - no standart climate control
 

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Bob , you can get lot's of info about your ody from japanese honda website, translated through altavista- translation is oh so bad, but there is tons of info about all honda models, from 1947. all grade specs.
 
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