1995 Honda Odyssey
Stock Number: 4474
The original Honda Odyssey was such a splash, it immediately outsold the iconic Civic here in the US within a year of its initial launch. Conceived as Hondas first take on a minivan, it delivered fantastic reliability, fuel efficiency, and implemented a few innovative interior design touches that live on in vans today. This 1995 is finished in a stately Nocturne Blue Pearl (B69,) the body is in good shape except for some small dings, scuffs, and chips associated with normal use. The rear bumper fitment isn't perfect either, but as a whole, this van condition is impressive. Up to date on maintenance, and offered with only 116K verified miles, this unique family hauler would be a great daily driver or marketing vehicle and is a bonafide Japanese Classic.
The simple and clean interior design allows for a massive amount of space for people and cargo. You slide into the cabin, rather than hunkering down like a sports car of lifting yourself up like a truck; this van has the perfect ride height for easy ingress and egress. The dash is in good shape and the large windscreen lends itself to premium visibility. The gauges are easy to ready and illuminated properly, however the speedometer works intermittently. Seating six, this Odyssey features soft tan cloth that has held up remarkably well over the years. The front buckets, middle, and rear rows don't have any large imperfections such as rips stains of tears. They are comfortable for long drives and have a surprising amount of legroom. The rear two can actually fold down into the floor, creating a flat loading surface. Getting access to the rear is a bit different as Honda chose conventional vs sliding doors. These open wide for proper entry and are kind of cool compared to the normal style we see on our imports. With the tailgate up, its simple to slide cargo in over the low rear bumper rather than hoisting items upward like in an SUV. A spare tire is massaged into a spot by the D-pillar with immediate access to it if you get a puncture. The headliner is in good shape, as are the carpets, and if you look upward you can see dedicated rear-seat climate control which can be adjusted at will.
Built alongside the Accord, Honda's engineers used a lot of running gear from other models at the time. As this model was also sold here stateside, parts are cheap and they are simple to service. Under the stubby bonnet sits Hondas tried and true 2.2L F22 powerplant. Benefitting from a fresh semi-synthetic oil and filter service, this little four-banger needn't be serviced for another three-thousand mile. With the twist of a key, she jolts to life care of a newly installed 12V battery. This unit should last another four years and guarantees that the starter can power through the coldest winter snaps here in the US. While older Hondas transmissions don't shift as silkily as when they left the assembly line, this one does the job fine and shifts adequately. The factory suspension cushions well over large and small bumps and the ride quality is decent for a car of this age. The steering is light, and power-assisted, and easy to articulate. The small exterior dimensions make city parking a snap, and the long-wheelbase lends itself to a balanced highway ride, without the choppy handling associated with most tiny JDM vans.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.