Just after we passed the 11,000-kilometre mark in our long-term Honda Odyssey, the oil life monitor switched from "20% Oil Life Remaining" to "15% Oil Life Remaining", and the service indicator blinked on.
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300 kilometres from GCBC Towers in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, the Honda dealer from which we acquired our Odyssey last summer – Centennial Honda in Summerside, Prince Edward Island – offers the first service for free on any new vehicle purchase. With a pre-Easter long weekend trip planned to PEI anyway, we ventured across the Confederation Bridge for a first-thing Saturday morning service.
2015 HONDA ODYSSEY EX
Base Price: $32,145 *
As-Tested Price: $37,195 *
Tires: 235/65R17 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Cargo Volume: 1087 litres
C/V Behind 2nd Row: 2636 litres
Max. Cargo Volume: 4205 litres
EPA City: 19 MPG
EPA Highway: 28 MPG
NRCAN OEE City: 12.3 L/100km
NRCAN OEE Hwy: 8.5 L/100km
March Observed: 24.8 mpg
March Observed: 9.5 L/100km
Lifetime: 9.9 L/100km
Monthly Mileage: 1641 km
Total Mileage To Date: 12,035 km
* Canadian dollars, includes $1795 in fees.
Incidentally, a few days later, our planned trip home on Monday was delayed by a proper nor'easter that hammered the western end of The Island with plenty of snow and high winds.
Even a day later, as we approached the Confederation Bridge in Borden, transfer trucks were lined up, as authorities had closed the bridge to high-sided traffic due to high winds.
Even with those winds, our trip home resulted in fuel economy of 8.6 L/100km, equal to 27.4 mpg on the U.S. scale. This was a meaningful improvement compared with the slushy pre-service trip to PEI, when our Odyssey consumed 9.7 litres of fuel for every 100km of driving, or 24.3 mpg.
Booked in at 8:00 AM on a frigid Saturday, our Odyssey's keys were back in my hands just half an hour later. Completed, according to the service record, was Honda's Type A Maintenance: replace oil (0W20) and filter, check tire pressure and wear, check and top up fluid levels, battery load test.
Centennial Honda also completed an officially inconsequential recall for a compliance label which had stated that the vehicle's gross axle weight rating was lower than it actually is.
Total cost for Type A Maintenance was $57.88 plus 14% HST for a $65.98 total, which we didn't pay.
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