I finally tried the Honda Odyssey's Bluetooth audio streaming feature, which is a convenient alternative to the skipping experience with the USB connection for my iPhone. The sound quality is not as good, and it doesn't come through as loudly, but at least the songs don't skip! The downside to this is that the Bluetooth connection doesn't display the song and artist information that otherwise shows up with the USB connection. And I can't charge my phone through the USB connection while streaming Bluetooth audio. The center console does have two power ports, though, so I have that option if I'm willing to carry the car charger for my iPhone.

The other problem I have with the USB and Bluetooth connection is when I want to make a phone call, the system automatically defaults to the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system for the call. When I switch to the handset to make a call (while I'm parked, mind you) the music plays on the phone. I have to disconnect the phone from the USB connection so I don't have music playing in my ear while talking to someone. It's possible I'm multitasking too much with the device, and it's confusing either the Odyssey's audio system or the iPhone itself.

Another issue that has been brought to my attention is the sliding doors seem to struggle against the motor when opening and closing them manually. I usually use the power doors, but occasionally I'll find the power button has been left off by fellow staff members, and the sliding movement of the side doors gives a bit too much resistance in manual mode. There was one instance, while using the power option, where the door did not open all the way. As a result, the door opening was about six inches smaller than normal. These two issues may be related, but we'll have to take the minivan in to have it looked at.

While we have our Odyssey in for service to fix the sliding doors, we'll have them look at the transmission, as well. Over time, shifting has become slightly rough, and occasionally upon acceleration between first and second gear, the transmission seems to be shuddering. It's possible it simply needs a flush and new fluid, but we'll see what the dealership says.

Our Car
Months/Miles in service 6/14,999
Avg econ/CO2 21.1 mpg/0.92 lb/mi
Energy cons 160 kW-hr/100 mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $0
Normal-wear cost $0