RELIABILITY ... Honda Odyssey, Ford Freestar, Honda Pilot


Asked by Sep 25, 2013 at 03:04 PM about the 2002 Honda Odyssey EX

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

RELIABILITY ... all other things being equal (price, options, etc), what has more life in the vehicle and is the better long-term buy.  2006 Ford Freestar w/ 70k miles, 2002 Honda Odyssey w/ 140k miles, 2006 Honda Pilot w/ 150k miles

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Tom Demyan

It all depends on how the vehicles were taken care of. I'd personally avoid the Freestar, that doesn't get very good reviews, even though I would recommend other Ford vehicles. Stick with a Honda vehicle of your choice, though I'd try to find some with less miles. Around 100K is better.

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Great, thanks Tom! I've read some of the same stuff regarding Freestar vs. Odyssey vs. Sienna. 2002 Honda Odyssey EX w/ 140k miles is a one-owner with a (30-day) warranty from a VERY respected (small garage) mechanic / sales shop in town. 2006 Honda Pilot EX-L (loaded) w/ 150k miles is private seller that has been the only owner and taken great care of it with all records. Prices seem very fair ... Ody ~$5500 / Pilot ~$8500 ... will this $3k difference be worth it (in reliability / resale alone - forget about differences in SUV vs van)? There seems to be NO Pilots in that $4-6k price range while lots of vans (and billions of Freestars of course) ... indication I'll get that $2-3k difference back later via resale and/or reliability savings? I'm looking at owning all my vehicles outright (no payments / loans / leases) ... hence the price range I'm looking at and all the reliability questions :) Thanks for your time!

Tom Demyan

Also take in consideration between the 3K difference is the 4 year age difference of the vehicles you are looking at. But it all really comes down to if you want a van or SUV. Good luck!

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