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'01 LX is just over 2 months old with a little over 2K miles. Got rid of a '95 Villager and purchased the Honda strictly on reputation and my ’89 Civic has 125K relatively trouble free miles. I didn't even take a test drive until after I ordered it.

First impression, I'm not overwhelmed:

Weaker than expected acceleration from stop.

Transmission seems to have a mind of it’s own. Sometimes doesn’t shift to 2nd gear until after 3000 RPM. Sometimes can’t settle on a gear driving around town.

Sliding doors rattle excessively.

Intermittent clunking sound from back.

Buzzing noise from drivers side dash comes and goes.

And reading the problems and concerns forum I’m a little paranoid about the transmission also. I would have never consider an extended warranty on a Honda but now it seems like a must just for peace of mind.
 

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For what it's worth --

My father has a '93 Honda Accord LX. He bought the extended warranty when he bought it new, "just in case."

Well.. the vehicle has had about $9,000 worth of work done on it despite being well maintained. The extended warranty has paid for itself many times over.

While Honda certainly makes (and has made) reliable cars... they are by no means perfect. The Odyssey is no exception. Today's cars are extremely complex, and that increases the odds that something will go wrong.

For <$1000, I think it's worth it the piece of mind of "mechanical insurance" (aka extended warranty).

In my father's case, troubles ranged from transmission failures to ignition system failure. In the latter, the car shut off while traveling on the highway because the ignition system had developed an electrical problem. My father quickly pulled off the highway, but the vehicle would not respond to the key anymore.

Doesn't sound like something a Honda would do, does it?


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I forgot --

the "acceleration from a stop" issue: I think I remember reading that the '01 Odyssey has the fastest 0-60 time of any minivan.

Anyone know for sure?

[This message has been edited by pummal (edited 10-22-2001).]
 

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Where did you get the '02's 0-60 from?

I know Car and Driver had estimated 8.2 for the '02, what with the 30 more HP and more efficient gearing.

The MDX does 8.1, so I would imagine the 02 Ody would be in that same range. The weight difference is minimal.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by pummal:
Where did you get the '02's 0-60 from?
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Edmunds lists 9.2 for all 02 EX's (but, of course, they've had whacked information before). Interestingly, they show "NA" for the 02 LX.
 

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The '02 would have to be quicker than the '01 IMO-more torque,HP and lower gears with the same weight= faster acceleration. I would "guesstimate" around mid 8 sec. 0-60 times. Acceleration times vary widely from source to source it seems. Lots of variables could account for different times I suppose, but sometimes you have to wonder...

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After having Odyssey for a week, I would say I am dispointed by the overall quality of Honda. Today I saw some strage indicators on and off while driving. My driver seat makes noise. The van has been repaired once. It is not the Honda I am used to. Maybe it's time to consider the extended warranty.
 

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I do not understand the "soft bottom end" comments. My '01 launches quite strongly and I am quite satisfied with it. To me one of the most pleasant things one can have in a vehicle is a very good "throttle tip-in" response and the Honda certainly has that. When the throttle on mine is touched, the response is IMMEDIATE and satisfying.

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This is my first post and found out today that the boys 02 EXL-RES White will be in tommorow. We pick it up next week, and allready spoke to Trevor and orderded the usually goodies. Just wanted to say thanks Chuck for answering my email and look forward in giving the group my overall experience of the dealership. Have to go up north to MN to pick up Ody and ordered it two weeks ago.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Joe Bowen:
'01 LX is just over 2 months old with a little over 2K miles. Got rid of a '95 Villager and purchased the Honda strictly on reputation and my ’89 Civic has 125K relatively trouble free miles. I didn't even take a test drive until after I ordered it.

First impression, I'm not overwhelmed:

Weaker than expected acceleration from stop.

Transmission seems to have a mind of it’s own. Sometimes doesn’t shift to 2nd gear until after 3000 RPM. Sometimes can’t settle on a gear driving around town.

Sliding doors rattle excessively.

Intermittent clunking sound from back.

Buzzing noise from drivers side dash comes and goes.

And reading the problems and concerns forum I’m a little paranoid about the transmission also. I would have never consider an extended warranty on a Honda but now it seems like a must just for peace of mind.
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As for the acceleration, you have to learn how to apply the gas to get the best pickup time. Instead of pressing firmly on the gas pedal, apply only half throttle to it, once the van shifts to 2nd gear apply some more. The former case will cause the van to reach that 3000 rpm mark (I try to keep it between 2000 and 2500 rpms myself).
 
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