"New" means "never been titled". The dealership can drive it all around, give test drives, give it to the owner's daughter to drive, whatever. So a new car can have many miles.
You've never heard of "demonstrator" models? 5000, 6000 miles is not uncommon for cars that are given to sales staff to drive around, or for a car that was used as a service shuttle, or whatever. They use the term "demonstrator" to make you think it was just used for little test drives.
The last "new" car I bought new was an '89 Ford Probe (first model year) that was driven in from another dealership and had over 700 miles on it. The price was reduced a little, but not much since they were in high demand (sound familiar?). I doubt it had a proper break-in period, but there did not appear to be any ill effects. It never had engine trouble (Mazda engine) -- I sold it last year with 120k miles.
I wouldn't be concerned about having up to 100 or so miles on our Odyssey (once we buy one), although 6 or 7 would be nice!
) I overlooked the initial mileage on my Ody when picking it up. It had 230 km though.
I decided not to raise this question later, because there were no any apparent disadvantages or problems because of that, as far as I understood.
However, how is that possible to track down why the mileage was so high? Test drives, or what? My Ody was brought to me from hundreds kilometers away dealership, so I guess the best that could have happened is they drove it some of this distance...
[This message has been edited by DP (edited 11-09-2001).]
Normally your Odyssey should have around 7 miles or 15 km on it. Yes Honda does test drive it's vehicles. I had a friend who did this for many years at the aliston plant. There is a quality assurance checklist he had to go through while testing it.
I would say any more than that would be due to test drives or if the delivery truck dropped the vehicle at a central drop off and the vans were driven to the dealer.
I wonder if the dealer did test drive my Ody before I bought it. It had six miles on it. When I took it out of the lot (did not test drive it), I already noticed that my Ody drifts to the left. If they did test drive it, they should have notice it during their inspection (or whatever you called it) before selling it. Oh well, I am planning on taking it to the dealer on my first oil change and mention to them about the problem.