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I'd like some feedback or experiences with some of the dealer installed options-either Honda accessories or otherwise. I'm thinking of like the mudguards,wheel well trim, air deflectors etc. Which ones do you like and which ones are useless or a ripoff? Thanks...
 

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I got a cargo tray and the dealer gave me half off on installation. They only charged me for 2 hours of labor instead of 4. he he

Most people like the cargo tray, leather steering wheel cover, striker covers and splash guards, probably because they are the least expensive. If you can't get a good deal from the dealer, I'd recommend you get your accessories online. You'll save some dough and at the same time you'll be able to say, "yeah, I installed that". It all boils down to your style and taste. Look around at some of the other rides and see what you like. Good luck deciding.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ody:
I'd like some feedback or experiences with some of the dealer installed options-either Honda accessories or otherwise. I'm thinking of like the mudguards,wheel well trim, air deflectors etc. Which ones do you like and which ones are useless or a ripoff? Thanks...</font>
The only one I've heard of that's a total ripoff is the cargo cover. Stay away from that one. Everything else is dependent on you and how you are going to use the Ody.



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The one accessory that everyone agrees on is the cargo tray. Get one before you're sorry. As Chuck said, everything else is up to your personal taste and needs. I have the cargo tray, cargo mat, cargo cover, cassette player, subwoofer, splash guards, cross bars, fog lights and deflector. They're all pretty good, except as Chusk noted, the cargo cover is a little half-baked. I also have a 10 disc changer from autotoys that works quite well.

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Recently I have checked out the difference in visibility with and without the fog lights turned on and I believe they are worth the money. In fact, they provide almost as much light to the sides as some cornering lights. It is up to you whether you want to have the dealer do it or do it yourself. I know there are posts and photos of this process if you decide to do it yourself.

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I just signed the paperwork for my Odyssey EX. Thanks to reading this site, I got nothing installed by the dealer.

As mentioned, I'm ordering some of the popular items from one of the websites listed in the Links section of the website, much cheaper, and installation for many of the items is very easy, taking only minutes. Meanwhile, the dealer was charging up the wazoo for installation. $30 to install wheel locks!!! Over $50 to install crossbars!!! That's on top of the price of the items, which he was giving me at cost.

In any event, the things I think will be worth it: cargo tray, splash guards, wheel locks (handa-accessories is offering wheel locks for $10 when you get the cargo tray and splash guards).

In the future, I might get the wheel well liner, crossbars (decided I won't need them for a while), and I'd like to get the cassette player. Even the cassette player, after reading the instructions, seems like a piece of cake to install. The dealer wanted over $230 installed, handa-accessories sells it for $132. His excuse? "Well, you get the 3 year 36K mile warranty on it." Of course, by doing it myself I can afford to buy a brand new one should the first one fail.

Non-Honda items: new speakers.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Rook:
I got a cargo tray and the dealer gave me half off on installation. They only charged me for 2 hours of labor instead of 4. he he

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??? It takes 2 hours to install cargo tray?
Isn't this a rubber tray that just goes where folding seat goes?
I think it would take 2 seconds for anyone.

or did you install something else too?
 

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Don't buy accessories from the dealer. They mark their prices sky high. For some items, try to get the dealer to give it you free or waive the installation cost. It's worth asking. Buying accessories from an online site or store is a good way to save money.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by porschetr:
??? It takes 2 hours to install cargo tray?
Isn't this a rubber tray that just goes where folding seat goes?
I think it would take 2 seconds for anyone.

or did you install something else too?

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Porschetr, I know it was my lame attempt at a sarcastic joke. Yes it's just a drop in the hole installation. The tray feels more like a flimsy peice of plastic but it will catch all of the dirt and liquid spills for you so you won't have to vacumm and shampoo the carpet in the hole.
 

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Thanks for the good advice-yeah, I learned with my Accord not to buy accessories etc. from the local dealer. Some dealers offer some pretty good deals though like Rick Case Honda www.rcasehonda.com or Manchester Honda www.manhonda.com
I think I have my "accessories list" about ready-now all I need is my Ody


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I know it is expensive, but leather is a great upgrade. The price varies, but ours was 1300 installed, including seatbacks and doors. It is as good a leather as was in the Acura we previously owned. It is better than aftermarket, because they actually take off the cloth fabric first.
Also, foglights are a good option.
 

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Yeah, I do like the foglights I've seen pics of! My list keeps getting longer...
 

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With the cargo tray "installed," can the 3rd row seat still be folded flat into the well?

How big is the cargo mat and where is it located? Do you have to move it when you need to fold the 3rd row into the well?

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I'm sure the seat can still fold down with the cargo tray in place-not too sure about the cargo cover though.
tuvo- were you able to get your order placed for your '02 at MSRP? I think I will order the same one as you and start waiting-wife really wants a red one!
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ody:
I'm sure the seat can still fold down with the cargo tray in place-not too sure about the cargo cover though.
tuvo- were you able to get your order placed for your '02 at MSRP? I think I will order the same one as you and start waiting-wife really wants a red one!
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Yes, the salesperson sold it at MSRP. Since I bought my 1994 Accord from the same place, I tried to ask for customer loyalty/repeat customer discount, but all he said he could do was throw in a cargo tray, which he did. (I guess it's better than nothing!)

A funny thing happened that I'd like to share. I told the salesperson that I've been researching on the web and have found many complaints about the power sliding doors. He said that the 40 Odys that he's sold, he's never once seen a problem. Well, it turned out that they have an '01 in the parking lot, and he wanted me to check out the navigation system. The nav system was cool. However, when he tried to close the right sliding door, it got stuck! He said "Hmmm, I guess that's what you've been reading about. It's the first time I've seen it."

My thought was "yeah right!"

Darn it, why is everyone getting Red?!?! I got red because I wanted to distinguish my van from the millions already out there. Guess everyone else ordering a 2002 thought the same!


I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas in anticipation of the van. =)

Also, does anyone have comments/suggestions about the roof bike rack option??
 

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You can fold the cargo mat in half and it sits under the 3rd seat when it is in the upright position. It adds about 5 seconds to the seat conversion. So now it should take 10 seconds to have a 7-seater instead of a 4-seater. Hope this helps.


<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by tuvo:
With the cargo tray "installed," can the 3rd row seat still be folded flat into the well?

How big is the cargo mat and where is it located? Do you have to move it when you need to fold the 3rd row into the well?

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Yes. Don't.

Use a quality product like Zaino Bros. instead. "Sealant" and the wax undercoat would just need to be pulled off before being Zaino'd anyway. Do a search for "Zaino" on this site and you'll find some advice about it.
 
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