And if you do buy a first year model like most of us here and plan to keep it a while, go pick up an extended warranty. You can get a 8 yr/120K Hondacare warranty for $1299, 0 deductible.^ To add to Dave's point, avoid buying the first year of a new model cycle (like for most cars) where the bugs haven't been worked out.
Is it possible to tell by the VIN number which ones have the improved transmission? The owner of the van I found says he has never had transmission problems.You should go for a 2005 or later. Some late 2004's have the improved transmission, but it's tough to identify which ones have it. A 2007 or later would be even better. They have a completely redesigned transmission.
Never had an Ody to reference here, but had an older TL with transmission issues. The service dept should be able to tell you based on Vin #. GLIs it possible to tell by the VIN number which ones have the improved transmission? The owner of the van I found says he has never had transmission problems.
For the benefit of the OP, 2nd generation Odyssey is 1999 to 2004; 3rd generation is 2005 to 2010.Geez, ignore some of these silly people. If you can afford it, go for at least a 3rd gen Odyssey or newer. While there are some aspects of Gen 2 that are great, the 3rd gen is a bit bigger with some newer technology. Additionally, if you ever want to resell or trade in, you'll do better with a more recent generation. You can get some good deals on 2006s and 2007s.