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I've been looking at the Odyssey EX-L w/leather and entertainment system. In the brochure it says it comes with a CD only (no cassette), but my friends came with an installed CD and cassette. I went to the dealer and one of the salesman said it did come with both, but I've been reading the posts here and someone mentioned that it was an accessory (meaning you have to get it as an add-on). Does any one know? Thanks!
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2002 EX-L RES models come standard with a CD player, a cassette player, and the separate DVD player mounted lower in the dash. System can play any of the sources independently through the van speakers and the wireless headphones.
 

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But the EX-L just comes with the CD. Some dealers include accessories such as the Cassette, and then force the buyer to pay top dollar for it. If you want the cassette, buy the van without it, and then buy it from HandA-Accessories (see link at top of page). It's an easy install.
 

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I just noticed that you had mentioned an entertainment system. Is that the RES? If so,
then viper001's response applies. If it's the IVES or some other dealer installed system, then it comes with CD only.
 

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Thanks for the info! You know the dealers don't even know this stuff! I just got off the phone with one and he said that the RES only comes with a CD and that a cassette would need to be installed. I really don't think he was trying to get me to buy it as an extra either because he kind of discouraged it! Glad you guys are here!
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The Dealer Salespeople spend a lot of time at work. I believe if they had Internet connected PC's on their desks, and were able to spend some of their unbusy time surfing, they would know much more about their own brand, as well as the competition.
 

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When we picked up our RES van, there were several salepeople that were watching as our salesguy went over the entertainment system operation with us. One of them asked me if I minded if he watched too (which I certainly didn't mind), since they had received so few RES models, and they were delivered to their owners so quickly, he had never seen one in person. I got to talking with the other salesguy, telling him what I knew already about the system (learned from sites like this), he seemed sincerely interested. I thought it was interesting that I as a customer was educating a Honda salesperson on their product, but if they really aren't sitting around on the lots too long, it is understandable they don't get too much exposure to one.
 

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Good point Viper

We picked up our EXL-RES a couple of days ago. I didn't even know it came with a cassette deck until i picked it up.

The only thing i haven't figured out is how to listen to radio station A on the speakers, and radio station B over the RES system (through the headphones). The sales guy swore you can (and the manual says you can) but neither one of us could figure out how to do it.

Anyone know how? (and the instructions in the manual don't work as far as I can tell)
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">The only thing i haven't figured out is how to listen to radio station A on the speakers, and radio station B over the RES system (through the headphones). The sales guy swore you can (and the manual says you can) but neither one of us could figure out how to do it.</font>
The way I read the manual, it was unclear as to whether you could listen to two different radio stations. I took the instructions to mean that you can listen to the radio in the back (with headphones) and listen to something else through the front speakers. The instructions for operating the RES system are, frankly, not very good. It's not that it's so hard, but it doesn't give many examples of how to do two different functions at the same time. Having said all this, I haven't even tried to listen to the radio through the RES at all so I can't really help you. I will be interested to know if two different stations are possible.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by LuvMyRRPOdy:
The way I read the manual, it was unclear as to whether you could listen to two different radio stations. I took the instructions to mean that you can listen to the radio in the back (with headphones) and listen to something else through the front speakers. The instructions for operating the RES system are, frankly, not very good. It's not that it's so hard, but it doesn't give many examples of how to do two different functions at the same time. Having said all this, I haven't even tried to listen to the radio through the RES at all so I can't really help you. I will be interested to know if two different stations are possible.

Carrie

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That is the one trick that the system cannot perform (listening to 2 different radio stations). As corny as this sounds, I highly recommend watching the instructional DVD included with the van, it was much more helpful than the owner's manual, and included "real world" examples of how to do 2 things at once, etc. Some of the finer points of operating the rear speakers and the remote control display button were not even mentioned at all in the owner's manual.

If you aren't interested in sitting in your freezing garage for 30 minutes, there is nothing about the demo DVD that says you can't watch it on the DVD in your house, it works just fine there too.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by viper001:
As corny as this sounds, I highly recommend watching the instructional DVD included with the van, it was much more helpful than the owner's manual, and included "real world" examples of how to do 2 things at once, etc. Some of the finer points of operating the rear speakers and the remote control display button were not even mentioned at all in the owner's manual.

If you aren't interested in sitting in your freezing garage for 30 minutes, there is nothing about the demo DVD that says you can't watch it on the DVD in your house, it works just fine there too.
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Basically you are saying to read/watch the DIRECTIONS?? Didn't you just violate some kind of guy code of honor?
Just kidding. As for the temperature of my garage -- have you been stalking me?



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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by LuvMyRRPOdy:
Basically you are saying to read/watch the DIRECTIONS?? Didn't you just violate some kind of guy code of honor?
Just kidding. As for the temperature of my garage -- have you been stalking me?



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Stalking? Nah, I did notice you have a bike sitting too close to your van, it might tip over and scratch it, you better go out and move it... :)
 

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Hi. I'm the one who that posted that our EX came with no cassette player, to my surprise. I bought it from HandA-Accessories and installed in no time, and I've never done anything to a car before (although I am reasonably handy.) If you can follow instructions, you can do it!

If you install it yourself, these tips were very useful (I picked them up on a thread here that I can't find again):

-Shift into 1st gear BEFORE you disconnect the negative terminal from the battery. (you need to do this to move the gear shift out of the way when you pop off the dash cover.)
-You need one more tool than the instructions say, for loosening the nut on the negative terminal of the battery.
-No need to remove the fog light cover before popping off the dash cover-- I did this, and scratched it up a little, and it didn't help anyway--- just stick a small but strong screwdriver (I didn't even need a towel or tape to prevent scratches here) under the dash cover at the bottom and it will pop right off.
-Don't bother removing the brackets that are on the radio before attaching the cassette. Just slide the cassette in and put in the screws.

The whole installation took me less than 30 minutes from the time I opened the box-- including needing to go and get tools from the garage etc. It's a snap, I promise! I saved myself $170 and had fun installing it too!
 
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