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I've been reading posts about how long the wait will be for an odyssey. I ordered my van a week before the earthquake and was given a delivery date of April 23. I can't find out any information as to when my van will arrive. The dealership told me that no vin has been issued. I called Honda Canada and they cannot give me any information which I find to be quite strange. I would expect that they would have some kind of idea as to if I'll be waiting one, two, three or more months but they maintain that they can't tell me anything. We have a long road trip planned for the end of August and I do need our vehicle by then. Can anyone please advise? Thank you.
 

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I've been reading posts about how long the wait will be for an odyssey. I ordered my van a week before the earthquake and was given a delivery date of April 23. I can't find out any information as to when my van will arrive. The dealership told me that no vin has been issued. I called Honda Canada and they cannot give me any information which I find to be quite strange. I would expect that they would have some kind of idea as to if I'll be waiting one, two, three or more months but they maintain that they can't tell me anything. We have a long road trip planned for the end of August and I do need our vehicle by then. Can anyone please advise? Thank you.
I'm sure you'll get your new Ody long before your road trip !

AFAIK all recent and current Ody's are made in Lincoln, Alabama. So I gather any potential delays to production would be caused by parts from Japan, as opposed to actual vehicle production delays in Japan (there is, but only for JDM models).

I'd keep calling Honda Canada if I were you.
 

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Honda Canada is very unhelpful. I have spoken to the same customer service rep. three times. Quite frankly, I don't know what her role is because she is unable to provide any help or information. I know that the van is made in Alabama and I can't understand why Honda Canada can't or won't get information from the factory in Alabama as to when the van will be ready. If I didn't really need a minivan, I would cancel the order. I drove a Chrysler and I didn't like the drive and I looked at the Toyota but I didn't like the safety rating.
 

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I am still waiting for mine as well. I did finally get a VIN last week, 1 week after they originally told me it would be ready. Was supposed to arrive this week, but was just told that flooding on the tracks either in Alabama or somewhere on the way to Chicagoland was slowing the shipment and they think it should arrive early next week.

The wait is excruciating, but there are so many variables involved I can see why they don't want to give exact dates.
 

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I'd go back to the dealer and negotiate a bit more. Tell them about your trip in 3 1/2 months and tell since they can't guarantee a delivery date, you may have to consider other options. I would tell them the following: "Hey, since you can't give me an exact date...or even an approximate date, I'm a bit concerned about not having a suitable vehicle for my trip in August. I'll keep my order open for the Odyssey, but on the outside chance they vehicle is still not here in late August, I would ask you to pay for the cost of my rental, or provide me a loaner vehicle for my trip. If you can't guarantee me my van by then, or some other type of suitable transportation alternative, then I may have to go down the street and buy a Sienna."
 

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It isn't the dealer's fault that there was a tsunami in Japan that destroyed some parts plants. Production has slowed and I'm sure parts availability and production levels are changing from week to week so Honda Canada might not really know when you are likely to get your van.

Have you tried getting your dealer to so a search to see if there is a van somewhere else in the country that meets your needs. Maybe your dealer can do a trade or you can contact the dealer directly to try and make a deal.

I shipped a van from the prairies to Toronto with Adesa Auto Auction's carrier for about $500 (taxes in). I got a commercial rate so you might pay more (or less if the shipping dealer is closer to you). It arrived in a few days in perfect condition.

I'm betting that you will get your van by August, but if not, maybe you can try and get a concession from your dealer and use the cash to rent a minivan for the trip. Is your current car not able to make the trip?
 

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It isn't the dealer's fault that there was a tsunami in Japan that destroyed some parts plants. Production has slowed and I'm sure parts availability and production levels are changing from week to week so Honda Canada might not really know when you are likely to get your van.

Have you tried getting your dealer to so a search to see if there is a van somewhere else in the country that meets your needs. Maybe your dealer can do a trade or you can contact the dealer directly to try and make a deal.

I shipped a van from the prairies to Toronto with Adesa Auto Auction's carrier for about $500 (taxes in). I got a commercial rate so you might pay more (or less if the shipping dealer is closer to you). It arrived in a few days in perfect condition.

I'm betting that you will get your van by August, but if not, maybe you can try and get a concession from your dealer and use the cash to rent a minivan for the trip. Is your current car not able to make the trip?
Interesting angle.

Reminds me, we have a family friend who's an auto broker for new cars and slightly used exotic cars (trust me, if I could afford those I would have not settled for an Odyssey :D). Anyway for new cars you can try finding a broker in town who will search the dealers for one that meets your specs, at dealer cost + a few hundred bucks handling fee. The family friend of ours have helped many family members buy new cars over the years, each transaction they saved thousands $.
 

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Thanks for the responses. The dealer is prepared to let us out of our agreement but I don't want out unless I can get an Odyssey elsewhere. We really need a mini van as we are a family of five and our kids are teens so we need all the space on lengthy road trips for our suitcases hence the need for a van and not an SUV. We presently have an '07 Odyssey with close to a 100,000 km. We aren't driving our van now as we don't want to go over 100k and lose the warranty. My husband had an Accura and at 103,000 km the transmission had to be replaced so there's no way we're going over 100,000 km. The dealer said that we can rent a Civic for $800 a month but that's the best they can do. I'm considering looking at Leasebusters for a short term lease and then getting an Odyssey next year.
 

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We presently have an '07 Odyssey with close to a 100,000 km. We aren't driving our van now as we don't want to go over 100k and lose the warranty. My husband had an Accura and at 103,000 km the transmission had to be replaced so there's no way we're going over 100,000 km.
Now that is just down right silly. Maybe you had some bad luck with the Acura, but it's not like these things just self destruct at 100K km (about 62k miles). I would venture to geuss that the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of 07 vans with this type of mileage are still on the original transmission.

And if you are so afraid of a Honda transmission at 100k km, then why would you even be considering another Honda? :huh:
 

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We presently have an '07 Odyssey with close to a 100,000 km. We aren't driving our van now as we don't want to go over 100k and lose the warranty. My husband had an Accura and at 103,000 km the transmission had to be replaced so there's no way we're going over 100,000 km.
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@psu ody fan

We are getting a 36 month lease on our new van. Our car will be covered under the warranty for the duration of the lease. We like Hondas but we also like to have our cars under warranty. :)
 

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@psu ody fan

We are getting a 36 month lease on our new van. Our car will be covered under the warranty for the duration of the lease. We like Hondas but we also like to have our cars under warranty. :)
Got it.

But you are planning to buy the '11 Ody or lease it too ?
 

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We are planning on leasing the '11 Odyssey. In three years our kids will all be at university and our car needs will be different.
 

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Thanks for the responses. The dealer is prepared to let us out of our agreement but I don't want out unless I can get an Odyssey elsewhere. We really need a mini van as we are a family of five and our kids are teens so we need all the space on lengthy road trips for our suitcases hence the need for a van and not an SUV. We presently have an '07 Odyssey with close to a 100,000 km. We aren't driving our van now as we don't want to go over 100k and lose the warranty. My husband had an Accura and at 103,000 km the transmission had to be replaced so there's no way we're going over 100,000 km. The dealer said that we can rent a Civic for $800 a month but that's the best they can do. I'm considering looking at Leasebusters for a short term lease and then getting an Odyssey next year.
You can look on lease busters but I haven't found many great deals there, plus you have to make sure there is a lease return inspection done prior to you taking over the lease or you might get stuck with stuff like tire wear or other general maintenance the lessee needed to do that wasn't done.

You can use a broker or you can just start calling some dealers in the GTA to see what is available. I'm sure there are at least a dozen dealers in the aera (Oakville, Newmarket, Mississauga, Thornhill and further out in Peterborough, Cambridge, Kitchener, etc.). The dealer in our smaller city has 2 Tourings on the lot. I didn't check the dealer I bought my van at - they usually have much better stock.

I'd hang onto your deal and see if you can match it at another dealer. If you can't I'd just rent a mini van for the trip. The other possibility is to just have your van's transmission checked prior to your trip. I doubt you will have a failure if it tests as functioning correctly and you haven't been having any problems with it. The combination of lease buster costs, or van rental charges, etc. will approach what it might cost to repair your transmission so if you rent or lease, you have guaranteed out of pocket expenses vs a possibility of an expense if you have transmission problems.

That is my $0.02 worth. Good luck with your search.
 

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Thanks for everyone's advice and tips. This morning I went into the dealer and inquired about an extended warranty. I also mentioned that there are dealers in Southern Ontario with the EX trim in stock (as I had called dealers around Ontario yesterday afternoon). I also mentioned that the dealer in Minden had a shipment that was presently in transit. I then reiterated how I can't believe that such a large dealer in Toronto isn't due to receive any Odysseys. The salesperson then checked the computer and said that they do have an EX with DVD on the lot that came in two days ago. Long and short is we ended up getting that van and we're picking it up next week.:)
 

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Good for you. Most of the differences (short of the leather) can be had for much less, if you add on the parts (Garmin Nav, aftermarker back of seat video players.)...

Pics of the new ride!
 

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Good for you. Most of the differences (short of the leather) can be had for much less, if you add on the parts (Garmin Nav, aftermarker back of seat video players.)...

Pics of the new ride!

if you don't count the six speed automatic, acoustic windshield, 18" Alloy wheels, built in NAV and vioce control, auto levelling HID's, then i guess there really isnt much of a difference.

I opted for the touring as i'm tired of all that bolted on crap and a gps that keeps falling off he windshield wih a big ugly wire hanging from it...

RP.
 
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