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Old 07-26-2014, 12:35 PM   #1
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We picked up our Honda Odyssey LX this morning. We historically purchase cars without all the bells and whistles hence the LX. Though Hondas have proven to be reliable we figure every additional feature is just something that could fail.

On the way home we realized that NH's no sales tax means we saved about $2000. Assume gasoline at $4/gallon, that equates to 10,000 or so miles of free driving compared to being a citizen of any other neighboring state.

Driving home was interesting. The car's gauge showed it had averaged 18 mpg, by the time we reached our home the average was up to 27 mpg, over a 20 mile drive. Certainly nothing scientific.

The instantaneous mpg is displayed and typically was 40+ mpg on the Interstate at 60 miles per hour. On the generally flat Interstate of the seacoast NH, the car was running in "ECO". I assume the engine is running under cylinder management in ECO.

(We obviously haven't figured the Odyssey out though our Honda salesman spent two hours going through the car with us. It has so many functions that did not exist in our 10 year old Honda CRV not to mention that the manual is 500 pages.)

The section on towing is small but interesting, giving permitted trailer weight in relation to the number of 150 lb passengers or equivalent items.

We are anxious to tow with the Odyssey and see our miles per gallon.
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Good luck with your new TV Norm. It sounds nice! What color did you get? I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for you in FL this winter.

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Congratulations!

Know what you mean about the owner's manual… my Pilot's also runs 500+ pages and has the full-page chart about passengers & towing capacity. Chuckled out loud when I read the fine print about 15 pounds of personal effects/person… Guess the Honda lawyers won't leave anything to common sense!

I'm with you on bells and whistles. We also got the LX trim.

Wishing you many, many miles of comfortable, trouble-free travel!
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Great stuff, Norm. Looking forward to some photos.
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Tom,

It's silver. We're color irrelevant people. Come for dinner in FL.
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Doesn't New Hampshire have an excise tax on vehicles to make up for no sales tax. Both our kids have Odyssey's, nice vehicles. Light color is nice to have in the sunny south.
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Sounds good Norm. You are lucky. Pics please!!

We picked up our Sienna last night. It cost $92. to fill up and the sales tax on the $6,000. purchase price was $860. at the DMV this morning when we made the transfer.

PS... I know what you mean about value add ones. Compared to our 97 Quest.
there is so much additional stuff. Amazing!
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Mary and Bob,

Ginny has the same feeling about a light color, figuring we'll spend more and more time there.

I'm not sure how an excise tax differs from a sales tax except it may be more targeted.

NH is a very interesting state. I'm always surprised that the major newspapers don't write glowing articles about it. When the world recently crashed, NH kept chugging along.

NH has more legislators than any state in the nation. We only pay them $200 a year. We generally end up with people in office who are careful about wasteful spending.
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Wayne,

It came with a full tank of gas, 21 gallons. For a totally empty tank that would be about $70, more typically about $60...Ginny hates to see the yellow warning light.

As to 'add ons', when we sat down to sign the final papers the finance manager said I guess you won't want the extended warranty based upon your Honda history.
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It came with a full tank of gas, 21 gallons. For a totally empty tank that would be about $70, more typically about $60

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That seems about right. When we filled up we were only near empty. A full fill up would be about $100. It is easy to see how much more we pay for fuel up in Canada.

What's interesting Norm is that our newly purchased Sienna is a 2004, the same year as your out going CRV.
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Wayne,

I recognized that the Sienna was a 2004 and found it interesting. I don't suppose it has 360,000 km on it like our CRV.

For the record, the Odyssey was about $27K, certainly a pile of money but OK over the next ten years. Interestingly the 2004 CRV cost $18K ten years ago.

One interesting aspect of Canadian gasoline is that we typically are in Newfoundland and don't drive that many miles, tending to stay here and there for a week at a time.
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I recognized that the Sienna was a 2004 and found it interesting. I don't suppose it has 360,000 km on it like our CRV.
No Norm, just broken in with 220,000kms, lol. Your Oddy should supply you with many, many reliable hours of motoring.

Also note our older 1993 Nissan Quest had 290,000klm's on it when we just started to tow the Airstream with it. It is amazing how some vehicle perform so well even with the higher klm's on them.
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I know you will enjoy the Oddy.
I've found that it's easy to figure out without
reading the manual............LOL
I can actually operate the radio and fuel monitoring.......lol

I'm still having trouble figuring out the stuff on our 2012 Scion.
It should be simple enough, but I seem to forget in between
the times I use it......................LOL

I didn't trust the keyless ignition at first............you know "change."
But I've even figured it out and trust it now.

I have to show the wife how to use the radio with engine
turned off and I'm the computer idiot.......
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We've love our odyssey!

We just motored the 180 miles to Chicago and back. I have a lead foot. And, I still got 28+ mpg.

When we did 4500+ miles out west this summer with our 13 ft scamp we average 16+ mpg for the entirety of the trip. I was quite bummed by this result.

If I could find a fast moving semi to park behind the instantaneous mpg would easily go up to 22. But alas, I was not always so patient in this regard.

Enjoy the odyssey!
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