Three weeks ago we said goodbye to our old faithful 2002 Ody EX. We purchased the van new in Jan, 2002, and ran her for over 9 years and just shy of 140k miles. The vehicle still looked and ran great, and we collected a little under our asking price of $6k in a private sale. But my wife was getting nervous about the age & mileage of her daily driver and our long distance transport, and we just felt it was time to move on. Statistics being what they are, sometimes it’s best to walk away from the table with your winnings intact!
History? We picked up a bad whine beginning around 30k that turned out to be a cooked 2nd gear. The tranny was replaced as part of the internal oiling recall at 35k. I believe that they damaged the neutral safety switch when swinging in the new unit, as it was cracked and slowly failed within a year or so thereafter. It was covered by the Honda Care extended warranty – the only benefit we ever received or needed. Other than fluids, filters, a battery, tires & brakes, the van cost us nothing. Even the struts were hanging in there – she still drove tight. It was the most solid and reliable vehicle we’ve ever owned. We were indeed lucky, as I know these boards are full of negative experiences. Fortunately, I can report they aren’t all that way.
My thanks to those that posted info on the little things that made ownership easier, like how to change that damn cabin air filter!
I conversed with the new owner the other day, as I had some paperwork for him. Three weeks in they are still extremely happy, so it’s a win all around.