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This weekend my VERY pregnant wife and I went to test drive the Ody. We took turns so the other one could watch our 2 year old who was in heaven running around the dealer showroom floor looking at all of the 'big cars' as he calls them.

The test drive was for her, she is used to compacts and was affraid of the 'huge egg with wheels' which is how she refers to all minivans.

Anyway, she loved it and was totally amazed at how car like the drive was.

I then test drove it because I'm a car freak and I had read so much about its ride and handling and had to see for myself.

Now, my car is a 2000 Vette so I was not expecting to be impressed with a mini van's power. I mean 240 hp is a lot but its pulling 4300 lbs. (Compared to 350 hp pulling 3100 lbs. for reference).

But when I pulled onto the uphill entrance ramp to the freeway I was amazed at the power. It climbed so effortlessly that before I knew it I was going 75. And the transmission was so fluid I could hardly feel it shift. Most automatics I'd driven (including my wife's Subaru wagon) always seemed to have to 'search' for a gear when accelerating uphill.

Then I got on the freeway. Wow, the lane changes and handling were incredible. I've driven a lot of Honda's (I used to own a Prelude) and always loved the way they feel on the road. I guess I shouldn't be surprised but this thing really does handle like a car. Better than some cars for that matter!

Anyway, I always research my cars and know what I want to buy before I get within 100 yards of a dealer. So I was sold before I walked in the door, the test drive was just icing. I now have to wait about a month to pick up our dark green EX and I can't wait. The family trips this summer are going to be awesome!

I only wish it were arriving before our next baby. What a way to get picked up from the hospital!
 

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Glad you liked it! I'm like you, I always know what I want before I even look at the car. As long as I don't hit my head and my legs fit, I'm sold.

One suggestion is to get a rear entertainment system. You won't know you have kids on trips.
 

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Thanks for the tip on the RES. Since I have over a month to decide, I'm looking at all of my options. My dealer is sending me a brochure with details about the one they install and I'm going to take it to AudioKing and say "Can you give me a better system for less?" and see what they can come up with.

If the price is close for a similar system (within $200-$300) I'll go with the dealer system, but if its too overpriced, I'll go with AudioKing.
 

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We have not looked into an entertainment systems for the Ody yet. How much will this be setting us back for after market systems.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mavraam:
It climbed so effortlessly that before I knew it I was going 75. And the transmission was so fluid I could hardly feel it shift. Most automatics I'd driven (including my wife's Subaru wagon) always seemed to have to 'search' for a gear when accelerating uphill.</font>
I'm an older guy who has had fun for years with breakneck speed, loud sound system and loud pipes. Now that I'm older, I appreciate the glass smooth shifts and quiet, rapid acceleration onto the freeway that I get with my 2002 Ody.
You folks who have not experienced the 2002 5-speed tranny are in for a real treat.

Fred
 

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We feel the same about our just over 3 month old Odyssey. We're going to get our taxes done tonight and I am looking forward to the drive. I never thought I would enjoy driving a minivan as much as I enjoy the Odyssey. Thanks for the post.



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Your test drive experience sounded similiar to ours before we purchased our 02Ody. My husband was already impressed with all the reviews on this van but when he test drove it, that's when he was truly sold! We were supposed to take a look at the Toyota Sienna, but never even made it there. We decided to go for the Odyssey. We were amazed by the power also, as we took it on to the freeway to test out the pickup speed and handling.
You're gonna love your Ody, also good luck with the new baby.
 

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While I agree that the 2002 Odyssey handles well, I still think that it handles well for a minivan. Don't get me wrong--it's waaaay better than the other two minivans I've owned in the past, but it still feels like a van.

The Odyssey is definitely "car-like" but I'm disappointed that many car reviewers state that it "drives like a car" when in fact in no way can you disguise that it really is a large heavy vehicle and will still exhibit those characteristics when driven. It will never give the same "driving pleasure" that a real car would.

Mind you, I'm not saying that it's bad (I think it's the best minivan--that's why I want to buy one). But the balance between utility and performance is very close, and in the end utility wins over.

Am I in the minority here?
 
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