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Does anyone know if you can program the 2002 EX to auto lock the doors after the engine starts?
 

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From the many, many strings that have been written about this subject, I have gathered that we can't program squat on the Odyssey. Sad but true, I'm afraid.
I hope someone tells me I am mistaken, but I won't hold my breath.

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the car we just got rid of to get the van had autolock doors. I miss the feature and my wife misses it more. Cannot believe with all of the great options, auto locks and auto on headlights are not on the Odysseys.
 

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I second that! As for the door locks, certainly a security feature that went when I traded the Caravan for the Ody.
I tried to "demand" that daytime running lights be activated. Dealer said it couldn't be done on US Ody - just Canada (stupid). I went to K-Mart, bought a kit for $10.00 and wired the daytime running lights myself.
Another thing I miss is the trip computer and outside temperature. I would think Honda should look around and match the conveniences on other vans.
 

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We've discussed this before.

I'd much rather have Honda put their limited dollars into researching and building a bulletproof car that runs forever.

After all, we all see what happens when you put your R&D dollars into convenience items. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Chrysler Minivan.

The fact is, gimmicks sell. Bells and whistles sell. Suckers buy them up and, months later, THEN start realizing just what a piece of shit they bought.

I say, let the gimmick people suffer. Those of us who have been around the block once or twice will take the Odyssey and will roll down the window to find out what temperature it is outside, or will look out the window to see if it's raining, or will do rudimentary math to find out how many miles per gallon we're getting.
 

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I also concur. Save me the automatic ass scratcher. I'll take reliability anyday!

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How many R&D $$$ does it take to put a light in the glove box.

I can see where they saved a ton of R&D $$$ on the fuel gauging system and the baffled fuel tank. Hell, they aren’t willing in 3 years of production to fix that long known problem. I love my Ody, but give me a break. Honda is lazy!

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by adam1991:
I'd much rather have Honda put their limited dollars into researching and building a bulletproof car that runs forever.
The fact is, gimmicks sell. Bells and whistles sell. Suckers buy them up and, months later, THEN start realizing just what a piece of shit they bought.

I say, let the gimmick people suffer.
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I guess NAVI isn't a gimmick and RES is not either but NAVI+RES is? One person's gimmick is another person's must-have. Clearly, Honda left a ton of money on the table by not offering so-called gimmicks.

Besides, your choice is false. Honda puts more into advertising than gimmickry. (Heck, all the auto manufacturers do.) If they'd slash the advertising budget, there'd be plenty let over for the ass scratcher I wanted.


[This message has been edited by donlibes (edited 03-03-2002).]
 

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I agree autolocking doors is a nice feature. I wouldn't mind it if the Ody had them. OTOH, it does have a semi autolocking feature. Simply put your elbow down on the door lock knob and everything else locks with it. It's not quite as nice as having the car do it for you but it takes "very" little effort to accomplish.

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Maybe I am in the minority, but I prefer to have some of these automated 'features' more manual. I hate auto-on headlights. If I want my lights on, I'll turn them on. If I want my doors locked, I'll lock them.

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My intention is not to make a mountain out of a molehill. It just seems technologically simple and cheap to program the door locks....hmmmm maybe the next generation Ody...
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by swonuke4:
Maybe I am in the minority, but I prefer to have some of these automated 'features' more manual. I hate auto-on headlights. If I want my lights on, I'll turn them on. If I want my doors locked, I'll lock them.

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You're not the only one... I have an Oldsmobile with auto door locks and I'm constantly battling them every time I drive it. Though a simple concept, I can't get used to the darn things
and am always trying to open the door with it locked.
 

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We have auto locks on our Blazer and i loved the feature....until my husband disengaged it. He hated it so he turned it off. I thought I would miss having them but I just lock the doors as soon as I get in the truck. I did ask that question to the dealer about the Ody though...does it have auto locks? My husband looked at me like I had 2 heads


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Our Oldsmobile had the feature where you could turn the auto lock on or off. Check your manual. I say give the owner the option to set some of these features, but not yet on Honda Odyssey from what I can tell.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by swonuke4:
Maybe I am in the minority, but I prefer to have some of these automated 'features' more manual. I hate auto-on headlights. If I want my lights on, I'll turn them on. If I want my doors locked, I'll lock them.

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I'm with you on the auto-lock feature. I am more than capable to lock my door. I have never owned an auto that had this feature and always wonder about being in an accident where the auto-lock is engaged and I cannot get out of my car. This does not sit well with me. In an accident and possible ensuing panic, I really do not need to be concerned with finding the door locks for my family and me.
 

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We have a car with autolock (at 5 MPH), and it also has an "auto-open": in case of a crash, the door lock automatically open.

My biggest concern is that the doors will lock in an automatic car wash!
 

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Good point. Try not to go to an automatic car wash that rockets your car through faster than 5 mph. Most of the ones I have seen are very slow and you should be safe.
 

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I agree. Our local car wash must be less than 5 MPH because there have been no problems. I was pretty nervous the first time though (since I hadn't thought about this until after the car started going through).

The car wash now has a sign that people with autolocking doors should bring an extra key with them.
 

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Not that I necessarily like the auto-lock feature, and I certainly hate to admit it,
but DC has done it properly.

On my Dakota, the auto-lock does not engage till about 20 mph. That way, you can pull the vehicle in and out of the garage to wash it and it doesn't autolock.

On my Windstar, the autolock activated with the gear selector, so even if you just wanted to back out of the garage, the locks engaged. Very annoying.

Soooo, if Honda ever does make this a feature, I hope they at least do it right!
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2"> Honda puts more into advertising than gimmickry. (Heck, all the auto manufacturers do.) </font>
Come to think of it... I don't think I remember seeing an ad for an Odyssey anywhere. Not trying to be a wise guy, I know Honda spends a fortune on advertising, but do you recall seeing an ad for Odyssey?
 
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