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    2001 Honda Odyssey Review, 4ofakind, From Highland Lakes

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Odyssey LX

 ModelOdyssey LX
 What things have gone wrong with the car?1. Road noise is a little high, no rattles though.
2. Front seats could use a little more support.
3. The rear suspension is too soft, especially when towing, it needs air lifts.
4. No automatic shutdown of interior lights, if you leave a door open, you could come out to a dead battery... 95 Windstar had this feature.
 General comments?Have had the van now for about 6 months, and 9000 miles, no real complaints so far. Acceleration is good, plenty of power even when towing 2000# trailers. The engine is smooth, and has an almost turbine like feel. It revs very freely in every day driving, typically past 3000 rpm. The 4 speed automatic is well mated to the vehicle, although the grade logic feature takes some getting used to. It downshifts when going downhill at times that you don't expect it to. The ride is almost car like and road handling is good for a minivan. The van is very softly sprung, a little too soft in the rear for my likes. Road noise while not objectionable is a little higher than one would expect for a large heavy vehicle.
Fit and finish is very good, body seams are narrow and even, and the paint was flawless (Mesa Beige). Interior materials are of good quality, they don't have the cheap feel typical of GM vehicles.
Utility was the obvious goal of the designers of this van. The third row magic seat is a wonderful thing, the deep well it recesses into adds a lot of usefull cargo space. I like the layout of the controls with a few exceptions. The shift lever hides the radio controls, and the 12v power receptical is useless for a cell phone at it's location a few inches above the floor.
 Previous car95 Ford Windstar, not one of Fords better ideas. 87 Plymouth Voyager, started burning oil at 90K miles.

Review 2001 Honda Odyssey 4ofakind, From Highland Lakes
Japanese Import Car, New & Used Car, 2007