mdshaw
mdshaw New Reader
2/25/13 12:52 a.m.

My son has began his cross country journey from Florida to Idaho. He searched for a few weeks for a suitable high storage capacity, reliable vehicle with a good potential for resale value & the winner was...a purple 1997 Honda Odyssey EX with 175k on the clock. He checked it out & it's been really well taken care of, drove great. CL asking price was $2100, he got it for $1800 since it needed front tires for the trip & the the dash lights didn't work. PO just did a major service, belts, fluid changes,etc. Before he left, he noticed the temperature would drop when doing an driving. If it was sitting still, the temp was normal. I told him the thermostat was probably stuck open & it was, so he replaced it. He also found some good used tires for the front for $50. I thought he should go new, but he went with the used. He checked the brakes, the timing belt fluid levels. Everything was fine. So he & Barney took off & 500 miles into the trip in Louisiana the transmission cooler sprung a leak. He got an aftermarket cooler kit from O'reillys, cut out the hoses from the leaker, installed the new one with some zip-ties & was back on the road.
No more problems & currently in New Mexico. Although he said Barney is putting excessive wear on the inner edge of the front right tire. So Barney will get an alignment, some NEW front tires & be available for the next leg of the C4 back across the country for whoever needs a cheap trip. Oh ya & Barney got an upgrade of more interior space by leaving 1 of the rear captains seats in Florida. he had to have space to bring my CTR B16 :)

JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 PowerDork
2/25/13 7:23 a.m.

Ah, one of these, early, small Odysseys. Great choice.

Also sounds like he had the good wisdom to stay south as much as possible. May take a little longer but keeps him from the winter driving that he is less familiar with.

dean1484
dean1484 UberDork
2/25/13 7:31 a.m.

I thought you were talking about this C4

I did the cross country drive a couple times when I was 18 - 25. Some great memories. .. . Like getting escorted out of MO by the state police. But that is another story. LOL And for the record No I was never arrested.

N Sperlo
N Sperlo UltimaDork
2/25/13 7:39 a.m.

In reply to dean1484:

Really? I went this direction:

JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 PowerDork
2/25/13 9:16 a.m.

For those who may not have been on the original, this is a follow up posting to the OP's original posting shown here:
http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/grm/son-needs-an-awd-to-get-to-idaho/59578/page1/

The need was to get a son and stuff cross country safe and economical. The original stated the need for AWD.

Thanks for the follow up.

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