[Sca-cooks] OT, OOP: Good New Year's Personal News

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Sat Jan 2 00:46:09 PST 2010

Urtatim declared:

<<< Yes, after a year of searching, yesterday, December 31, i became the
pleased owner of a 2004 Honda Odyssey mini-van with most of the
features i wanted! >>>

Congratulations! We have found that it makes a good SCA vehicle. We  
have a 2000 model we bought in 2001 with 30K miles on it. We now have  
little over 100K miles on it. The only real problem has been with the  
electric doors.  Not a feature we really wanted, but at least in 2000  
you only had a choice between two models and the high-end had the  
larger engine, towing package and luggage rack and some other stuff we  

We've had to replace the motors for the back sliding doors at least  
once on each side. We did have to replace the alternator recently, but  
at over 100K miles, I don't consider that that unusual.

It wasn't a cheap vehicle and cost about $6K more than getting another  
Dodge Caravan would have cost.  But by the time we traded in our first  
Caravan for the Honda, with about 141K miles on it, the fuel pump (at  
$600 each time) had been replaced three times and the transmission had  
been replaced twice and the water pump or alternator had to be  
replaced out of town while we were at an SCA event. I think there were  
other expensive problems as well, but I don't remember the details now.

If you can still get the factory service manual from the dealer, see  
about buying a copy, even if you don't plan to do most of the  
maintenance yourself. I'm talking about the inch thick 8 1/2 z 11 inch  
maintenance and repair manual, not the thinner operators manual, which  
you should have anyway.

THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
    Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas          StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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