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2000 Honda Odyssey Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: The most reliable vehicle I've ever owned (and it's been more than 30 years...) by tataslon

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Introduction

We bought this Odyssey off-lease with 38K miles on it in early 2003. It is now late 2014, she's got 201K on her with no powertrain work ever, apart from normal upkeep.

She aged very gracefully, and is still in daily use.

Reviewed: 2000 Honda Odyssey

4dr Minivan, ext. 210-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Why the 2000 Honda Odyssey?

Exterior styling

Clean - and at this point almost classic - lines. Instantly recognizable.

Interior styling

Duh. Functional but with utterly dull.

Color choices

Acceptable. Was not a big deal for me personally.

Powertrain performance

Nice engine and excellent performance for a minivan from this era. Trans can get laggy on occasion.

Fuel economy

We\'ve owned this van for almost 12 years now and its fuel economy has stood still at 20MPG in just about any set of circumstances. Unimpressive but consistant.

Why Not the 2000 Honda Odyssey?

Handling

The best handling minivan of this era, bar none. Period.

Safety & braking

Excellent stopping power but the van tends to eat brakes and tires for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Ride smoothness

The ride is NOT smooth. Never has been, regardless of tires, alignment, replaced shocks/struts and what not. We just learned to live with it along the way.

Quietness

Noisy. Wind noise. Front end noise. Not horrible, but I expected a lot better from Honda.

Tires

The best tires we\'ve had on this van were Michelin HydroEdge which are unfortunately no longer available. Currently riding on a set of Michelin Defenders which are quite disappointing. This van eats tires, always has, all the alignments notwithstanding.

Other Features of the 2000 Honda Odyssey

Conclusion

I'd buy this car again in a heartbeat. She has served us fabulously well.

On the less-than-bright side, the ride comfort and noise leave a lot to be desired, as does the design of the driver seat. Be prepared to spend money on alignment, pads and tires but not much else.

I've owned many cars over the past 30+ years, and the Odyssey has been the most reliable one.

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