Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2008 3 By archshrk

Three years ago today, we signed the papers for our first home. Two years ago on tax day (April 15th) we bought our Toyota Camry. This year, we bought a Honda Odyssey. It’s used but has a lot to offer. It’s a 2005 EX-L with Charcoal exterior and tan interior.

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Honda updated its minivan for 2005, revising the styling and adding additional safety features. The ’05 Odyssey offered LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring models. All had front-wheel drive, a 255-hp 3.5-liter V6, and a 5-speed automatic transmission. EX-L and Touring featured Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management system, which deactivated three cylinders when cruising or decelerating to save fuel. Standard safety features included antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, traction control, and front side airbags. All models came with an anti-skid system and curtain side airbags for all three seating rows. All but the LX came with power sliding side doors.

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Standard on all models were front and 2nd-row bucket seats and a fold-into-the-floor 3rd-row seat, which was split 60/40. EXs had a removable jump seat that slotted between the 2nd-row buckets for 8-passenger seating. New-for-’05 features included a storage compartment in the floor between the front seats and side windows that powered partly down into the sliding doors. EX-L and Touring had leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, sunroof, and Honda’s Active Noise Control system designed to electronically quell unwanted mechanical, road, and wind noise. Touring models had 17.5-inch wheels with run-flat tires, plus a tire-pressure monitor. Other Odysseys had 16-inch wheels and conventional tires. Available on EX-L and Touring were navigation and DVD entertainment. The navigation system had voice recognition, real-time traffic alerts, and came with a rearview TV camera. Source: HowStuffWorks.com

How did we manage this when Julia is no longer working…

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We sold my 2004 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner to Carmax for $12,000. They paid off the loan and cut me a check for the rest. We were then able to put down $5000 on the Odyssey (also Carmax) and with a 4.99% loan from the credit union we were able to lower our monthly payments. Plus our insurance will go down and our gas mileage will go up. A win-win situation. But I must say that I didn’t expect to be getting a mini-van so soon. i will miss my Tacoma though. It was a very good truck.