On February 10 our family traveled to San Antonio in our trusty 1997 Honda Accord EX Wagon and returned to Austin in a shiny silver pearl 2007 Honda Odyssey EXL minivan. The wagon had served us well and even with over 110K miles on it was the most reliable car in our fleet, with the coldest air conditioner in the summertime. But as we came to need more room to carry flocks of Brownie Scouts and parents-in-law it became clear that the wagon’s 5 passenger limit was not enough.
After shopping Odyssey prices across Honda dealers in Austin, Round Rock, Killeen, and San Antonio it was clear that the best deal to be found was at Gunn Honda. We’ve always been loyal customers of First Texas Honda in Austin, but a $2K difference in price/trade-in was impossible to keep me from driving to San Antonio. I found the Honda Odyssey Prices Paid & Buying Experiences forum at Edmunds.com invaluable for learning about the best deals available.
Rayma and Alison both shed tears when we turned over the keys to our wagon, but both are growing to like the Odyssey. Alison is especially fond of the built in DVD player. Rayma likes the multizone climate control.
Right now I can’t think of a car I would like more than my MINI Cooper S, but I certainly am eager to see what the 2008 Honda Accord looks like when it finally debuts later this year. I told our great salesperson at Gunn that I might be back sooner than planned if it proves irresistible; he promised to provide a full report as soon as the new Accords arrive since he is as excited as I am about the changes. I really enjoyed working with him and think his low-key approach with speedy responses to any questions I sent via email is the way of the future for automobile sales.