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Hi.
We're in the market for an upgrade to our family car. We live away from family so we'd like a 7 seater for the times when people come to visit, but the majority of the time there's just the 4 of us. Out priorities are safety, reliability, and having space for everyone and suitcases from the airport.

We viewed a 2009 Honda Odyssey on the weekend and loved it. There are just two points that make me nervous: 1) it's a CVT transmission which I recall were an issue around this year and 2) it's only got two airbags.
We also liked the Toyota Wish but the boot space with 7 seats wasn't as good as the Odyssey.
So, can anyone help with my questions:

  • 1. What is the reliability like on the 2009-2012 Honda Odyssey (any known/common issues)?

  • 2. Can you get the Odyssey in this era with more than two airbags, and is this important? Interestingly, on Trademe the Odyssey with 2 airbags has a 5 star safety rating while the Wish (even with 8 airbags) only has four stars.

Are going to be better off with the Wish or is there anything else we should consider (approx $10K price)?

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•1. What is the reliability like on the 2009-2012 Honda Odyssey (any known/common issues)?
We are not aware of any common issues with this model.

•2. Can you get the Odyssey in this era with more than two airbags, and is this important? Interestingly, on Trademe the Odyssey with 2 airbags has a 5 star safety rating while the Wish (even with 8 airbags) only has four stars.

In terms of used imports it a bit of a mixed bag what specs they come with. Their ratings also depend on which way they have been assessed for more info check out the link https://rightcar.govt.nz/#/safety-ratings

Another candidate worth considering is the Mazda Premacy you can find low km 2011 models around the $10,000 mark.

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