View Full Version : Mrs Huffer's 03 Odyssey

09-25-2012, 11:01 AM
So, after my accident in the Pandawagon, we got enough of a payout to pick up a boring 03 Honda Odyssey. 1 owner, 168,000miles. Looked decent, needed 4 new tires, alignment and a general cleanup. It's Mrs Huffer's, so now I'm driving her 03 Accord sedan, until I can get back in to a Subaru.


It's actually a very nice vehicle to drive, and it is much bigger than any of our previous vehicles and the ability to move from the front to the rear seats without exiting the vehicle is nice when you have little kids that drop their toys or spill crackers.

The van has a really nice V6 from Honda, it packs plenty of punch.

We literally had it home less than 4 hours and I was already beginning to mod it - with Mrs' blessing. She knows better than to try and stop me!
Current image:
Urgh, wheel gap ahoy.

Engine: none yet, but thinking about a resonator delete on the intake and an upgraded air filter. Will probably ditch as much of the plastic dress up parts in the bay as I can.

Suspension: none yet, but KYB GR2 shocks and H&R springs are coming soon

Brakes: This van has massive brakes already, but Hawk HPS pads and slotted rotors will be on the way. Calipers will get refurbished and painted. Might see about some stainless brake lines and speed bleeders possibly.

stock 16x6.5 steel wheels - winter duty
RIAX 16x6.5" black alloys with polished lip - left over from the 03 Accord
Motegi Racing DP6 17x7 gunmetal alloys w/ polished lip - wrong tire size on there currently so not mounting till spring

NEXEN all seasons 225/60 R16
coming: Summer tread 225/55 R17

With 168k on it, I had it professionally detailed and it came back looking great:
I also had the front windows tinted to 35%. Not enough to match the rears, but enough to help keep the cabin cool and light enough to avoid the tint police.
I have some of the dreaded rust repair to do as well, but it's not horrendous. Just a simple sand, prime and paint.

Standard "whip" antenna was replaced by an OEM Honda S2000 antenna. Easy install, just remove the old and replace with the new, and tighten down.
07 Honda Pilot rear wiper mod (one part from my old Legacy made it on over)
Some funky decals on the back window
coming: OEM mudguard kit install, rear badge/emblem delete, Yellow fogs, Horn upgrade, Front and rear lip kit, Blackout grill, Headlight projector retrofit, DC5 (Civic) sidemarker lights.

Alpine Type S coaxial speakers in the front doors
Waiting to be installed: OEM Honda Keyless Entry system
Waiting to be installed: Alpine CDE-133BT headunit - hands free mic, bluetooth, USB front input, AUX input

Coming: full interior clean/detail in the spring, door panel cloth replacement - the cloth panels on the front, side doors are falling off (just like in the old Legacies!) and in the rear the previous owners pulled the cloth panel off! So those do need to be replaced.
Coming: front seat cup holder mod to accommodate actual cups, and not just coin change.
Possible: DEI 545T auto-headlight off module to control the headlights so they automatically turn on during low light conditions, and auto off after the key is removed from the ignition.
Possible: remote starter

09-25-2012, 11:12 AM
Some additional pics:

With the 16" RIAX alloys:

Funky decals & the rear wiper mod:

S2000 antenna mod:

17" Motegi Racing DP6 wheels - discontinued but picked up on a good craigslist deal:

New Headunit:

My attempt at installing a new shiftknob:

Some inspiration from, where else? Japan!

09-25-2012, 12:25 PM
You and Legacy are making want an Odyssey....

09-25-2012, 07:10 PM
This will be interesting for sure, can't wait to see what it'll turn out to be!

09-25-2012, 09:45 PM
I have a 2004 Honda Pilot and I can agree on the fact that the Honda V6 really hauls. I swear its faster than our v6 mustang. haha. But I have spent a few years in one of these(my friends mom had one that I rode in a lot) and they are extremely comfortable and roomy.

10-24-2012, 03:27 PM
Nothing major to add here... Fumoto valve going on this weekend, along with an oil change.

I did install an OEM keyless entry system, and replaced the cabin air filter (first time it'd ever been done in 170k!). Smells much better now!

OEM mudflap kit went on without a hitch, rear wheels had to remove and then install to get enough room to install the flaps.

This weekend I'll be cleaning the EGR bypass passages, which should net me a nice improvement on pickup and throttle roll on.

Van is going to look VERY nice when I can get the suspension in!

10-24-2012, 07:21 PM
My parents had one of these but I think it was an 04. they bought it when it was new and they just sold it last year with 185k on it and bought an 11 odyssey. I had to clean out the EGR passages once on that van, must be a common problem. Also if you havent already do a transmission flush, and then do them every 30K, those transmissions had problems.

03-13-2013, 11:31 PM
Did you ever get a chance to throw shocks and springs on this thing??

03-14-2013, 12:30 AM
Not yet. It's still winter and I'm waiting it out till the weather gets a bit warmer.

I do have some new shoes (17x7) going on when it warms up. Some rust removal to do as well. Yay for the salt belt.

03-14-2013, 02:03 AM
I wanna cry every time you guys talk about rust on a car that is barely 10 years old!

Looking sharp though!

03-14-2013, 10:33 PM
Nice Odyssey. I'm a Honda dealer tech and can attest to the v6 being stout. I've only had a handful of valve covers off on any of the J series 6 cyl's and I've seen em with easily over 250k on the odo.
Be very vigilant about transmission services and ONLY use Honda fluid. If you have any issues I'd be glad to offer advice if needed. I'd rather own a Subaru but Hondas are great cars. I'll always have one in my garage. :-)
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04-21-2013, 11:58 PM
There's one of these running around my area with a carbon-fiber hood. nothing else done and yet it looks decent. This generation Oddyssey is one of only two minivans I'd ever consider owning. (The other being the '89-'90 Caravan/Voyager with the 2.2 turbo and 5-speed manual)

04-22-2013, 12:52 PM
Well, ended up ordering replacement struts but due to a family emergency couldn't spring (haha) for the H&R springs just yet. But soon...we will be taking out the wheelgap.