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Gonna buy used Odyssey, have questions

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Hi guys, prospective Odyssey buyer here. Going to try and buy a 2007 Odyssey EX sometime soon and I have a rough sort of plan when I do get one. 3rd row seats fold flat, which is great but the 2nd row does not, probably going to delete 2nd row seats altogether because this thing is going to be used mainly for hauling cargo and towing a trailer. I have tried searching online for a complete, one piece cargo floor liner that covers the entire floor assuming you delete the 2nd row seats, so far I haven't found anything, if any of you guys know where I can find something like this I'd appreciate it!
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Probably not going to find one for the entire floor but if you do a search many members have fabricated a false floor to go over the floor.
Try Tractor Supply or Atwood’s for a horse stall mat. Trim to fit. I have a thick carpet removed from bedroom trimmed to fit in the back of mine.
I'll look into making one if I end up buying the van. That being said I work at a dealer and we have CARFAX, so I ran the VIN on this van I got my eye on. I don't see any evidence in the records of a timing belt/water pump replacement at any point and the vehicle is at roughly 151,000 on it. Prev. owner lived in NC and moved at some point. Detailed dealer history shows it's had the updated torque converter done/PCM update, fuel pump and brake master recalls done so first owner took good care of it. Unspecified mechanical issue and towed couple year ago at 126k before current owner ...

 

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From the photos it looks pretty clean, a lot like mine. But it is a bit concerning that everything including the engine bay looks very clean. As if something is being hidden.

Timing belt isn't necessarily a huge deal, you can always get it done after purchase.
I have yet to go see it, that being said I will absolutely be crawling underneath to check for rust and fluids. How likely is it that it's made it to 151k without a belt snapping or being replaced?
 

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Update: I am still looking for one to buy and I came across a NICE on with under 100k miles, EX, 2006 MY. I was initially not considering a 2005 or 2006 because of the transmission differences but this one is almost too nice to pass on. Through diagrams/parts interchange I can see there are quite a few internal differences from 2005-2006 models compared to 2007-2010, that being said how MUCH better is the 2007-2010 versus a 20005-2006?
 

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I am tentatively going in to buy this one tonight/tomorrow, will update if it goes through. Given the climate with cat converter thefts I am very tempted to either shield the underbody or install one of these "delete kits" like here:


Plan would be to keep the old cat in case I need to smog it, based on my compatibility info the Ridgeline years listed on product page use the same secondary cat converter part number, this pipe looks like a direct fit, any feedback here?
 

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Update on the buy thread: Found one I actually want to get. If it goes through there will be some pictures!

2010 EX w/ RES
non VCM engine
One owner, all records, CARFAX clean
112k miles
Asking $9500
Ocean Mist paint
No accidents, no rust
Roof rack and cross bars

I've seen it in person at shop, even walked underneath with a flashlight and it looks good. They are doing some maintenance and a full detail prior to sale. Financing w/ down payment (in today's market) is reasonable. Going to add a couple things like a hitch and other accessory items that I can still get. For towing there was (at one point) a bolt on ATF cooler, unfortunately through Honda it looks discontinued, any bolt on coolers that would work ok without extreme modification to make work?
 

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We got it yesterday!

Tire Automotive parking light Wheel Car Land vehicle


Here's what I know it needs so far:
  • Passenger side slide door privacy shade, top clip was ripped and it's there but can't be pulled from inside door
  • Passenger side headlight had some condensation inside it this morning, minor but kinda annoying
  • TPMS light stays on, does not flash ... verified pressure on all tires at 34 PSI. Going to try a retrain and see if sensors are ok
  • Going to order wheel locks, rubber floor mats, rubber cargo area cover, salvage yard see if I can find a trailer hitch and splash guards
  • Making valet key for my wife, cut it to master pattern for all locks
  • Shop that sold it installed a Microguard oil filter ... yeah that's gonna be a no for me, just gonna redo the oil change using Honda stuff
Drives great, every maintenance seems to be up to date. It's getting a maiden voyage to the mountains in a few weeks for a vacation and we'll see how it does.
 

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Service got through with the ride.
  • Left front shock leaking fluid
  • Both lower arms have worn bushings, not serviceable, Honda says replace complete arms
  • Two codes for TPMS sensors, recommend all 4 based on age
  • Valet key reprogrammed, both main key and remote reflashed too
  • Oil change using bottled Honda 5w20 blend and Honda oil filter (I don't trust the bulk oil, its either Pennzoil or Quaker State, changes every week!)
Even my employee price on legit Honda parts for the suspension is making my eyes water a bit, how do you guys feel about NAPA and any of their "lifetime" products for suspension stuff? Anyone use NAPA arms/struts with feedback? The main thing I don't like for aftermarket is if I decided to go back to Honda struts one day they no longer sell assembled struts for my application, it's all piece by piece so I would have to completely rebuild the struts. Arms I don't have a problem using NAPA since they are complete anyways.
 

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Check out Rockauto as a good source of aftermarket parts.
I've used the site before, I'll look again

Use full synthetic oil.
Check out Majestic Honda or Bernardi for discount prices on genuine Honda parts.
I'll proably go synthetic on the next service. I already work for a Honda dealer, we get cost plus 10% on Honda parts ...
 
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