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Picked up our RRP EX-L on Valentine's Day and so far, we are loving it. The only problem has been our 14 month old daughter was scared of it at first. She is a quite timid and would cry every time we tried to sit her in it.

Anyhow, I have been lurking on this board since last summer. Have gotten tons of great information and tips which lead us to our purchase. Would like to know if some of the veteran Ody owners can share their top five tips or things that a new owner should know/be aware of (including modifications)?

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  • Don't let the gas "thunk" suprise you
  • Be sure to have the van in park before you open the sliding doors (my family has a problem with this-not fun)
  • Put some sort of liner under your daughter's car seat to protect the leather (as thin as possible)
  • Everyone swears by the Helm manaul. We don't have one (not modding) but I guess it's the Odyssey Bible.
  • Enjoy!
To help your daughter, you might try naming the car. You could call it the "strawberry car" or something like that. My three-year-old brother was a little wary of our van at first, but chilled out when we named it the Big Red Car in Wiggles fashion.

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I dunno, it sounds like a book that tells you how to steer that ship, Hee! Hee!

Seriously, it is a very detailed service manual, which we all hope to use in a very limited way for at least 150K miles. Really, it is very good and, at around $75, delivered, seems to be a good price, since my Chebbie owner buddy just paid $125 for his shop manual.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by poodleluvr:
[list[*]Be sure to have the van in park before you open the sliding doors (my family has a problem with this-not fun)
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Okay, I don't have my Ody yet, so enlighten me on how the Odyssey reacts when this is attempted.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by FrontierOdy:
Okay, I don't have my Ody yet, so enlighten me on how the Odyssey reacts when this is attempted.

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It doesn't react. The power doors on the EX models don't work unless the van is in park.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by dgs:
It doesn't react. The power doors on the EX models don't work unless the van is in park.

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Okay. By the previous quote, I thought it sounded an alarm or something. My GM does the same thing...nothing.

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BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!

If the van is in gear and you try to open a power sliding door, you get beeped at and the door won't budge. Then whoever's driving gets all confuzzled (at least in my family) and it takes twice as long to open the door. There is a mod to override this, FYI.

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Just for safety sake I think it is a very good idea to have the van in park before opening the doors.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by poodleluvr:
  • Put some sort of liner under your daughter's car seat to protect the leather (as thin as possible)
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I was wondering what would be a good thing to put under the car seat to protect the leather? We use a folded up bath towel in the Suburban, but it has cloth seats and I don't know if it would work well on a leather seat. We've only got about a year to go and then we can put the youngest in a booster, which doesn't look to be as hard on the seat as a tightly fastened car seat.



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When I realized that the towel under my brother's seat wasn't doing squat, we went to Wal-Mart and got a big roll of that drawer liner stuff (36" x 18" or so) for $3. It's the kind that doesn't have all the holes and is about 3/16" thick. It also vaguely matches the leather! We got it because it protects the leather from scratches, slightly helps the denting problem, and also grips the seat and leather surface. But remember, the thinner the better.

I must stress that even though this stuff will hold on to the carseat very well, it's not a replacement for a secure install. I install my brother's seat like the pad wasn't there.

The nice thing is that you can take it outside and hose off all the Goldfish and string cheese instead of picking the mashed remains out of the seat stitching.

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And be careful when you do the backing up, this van is huge.
You might want to revisit the 'reverse sensor' in the DIY forum and the 'Poron mini3 reverse aid' in the 'Honda and Aftermarket accessories'.
By the way, remember to turn on your headlight when you enter a public garage. It's headlight only comes with the auto-off function. I wish Honda would do the same as Toyota, Nissan and the Big 3 and comes with the auto-on headlight too. I personally witnessed an accident inside a multi-stories public garage just because of not turning on the headlight. So, revisit the 'DRL and auto-on headlight' in the 'Honda and Afternarket accesssories' forum too.
 

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We have a '94 Toyota Camry with leather, and last year my wife took it to the local fire station to have them check the car seat install. We had put a towel under the seats to protect the leather. The fireman replaced the towel with a webbing like the drawer liner suggested by poodleluvr. Apparently the towel slides too easily. This stuff grips great! So I would definitely support the webbing. I will be doing that in my Ody when it gets here (build date 4-8 Mar)
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This is really good info. In the past, I've also used a small towel. On cloth seats, I don't think it would slip very much, but I will definitely try this mesh material on the leather seats when our Ody comes in.

Thanks for the info, all!

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by FrontierOdy:
... I will definitely try this mesh material on the leather seats when our Ody comes in. . .</font>
BTW, Babies R Us, sells several products designed to grip and protect leather seats. Dependent on your needs some just cover the base of the seat, some base and seat back, and some include pockets to store all those toys and run away french fries . . .
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by poodleluvr:
BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!

If the van is in gear and you try to open a power sliding door, you get beeped at and the door won't budge. Then whoever's driving gets all confuzzled (at least in my family) and it takes twice as long to open the door. There is a mod to override this, FYI.

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This was one of the first mods I did to my '01 EX. It's so much nicer not having to shift into park every time we load/unload people and stuff. It's a pretty easy mod to do (instructions and pictures are on this web site). There remains the safety feature of the wheel sensors - once van speed reaches about 3 mph, the sliding doors won't open.
 

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To solve the problem with not having an auto-on headlights, just leave the lights on when you park. After 30 seconds, the Ody shuts them off and then when you restart the car. the lights go on automatically....Problem solved...as far as I know, the battery doesn't drain. Anyone else know about this?

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I'll have to check out Baby's R Us. I'm sure we'll be making many trips there over the next 8 months, as we just found out we've got another kid on the way!

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