I’m casually shopping around for a first generation Honda Odyssey, and have recently found a 96 with just under 100K miles on it. The story I have from the current owner is that it belonged to a family friend who passed away. The original owner’s husband stored it unused in a garage for “years” until he himself passed away. The current owner bought it from the estate 2 years ago and replaced the timing belt, serpentine belt, water pump, alternator, oil, and fluids. Also new summer and winter tires, both sets on their own rims. The car was regularly maintained (presumably not while stored) and the current owner has service records.
I haven’t seen the car in person yet, but from the photos it looks to be in great condition, not just for a 96.
From the little bit of digging I’ve done, there are other things to be worried about that I won’t be able to check. Things like engine seals, corrosion inside the engine, etc.. Is there anything I can do to at least have a guess at these?
I currently have a 97 Odyssey with more than double the miles which I have converted into a weekend adventure mobile. I love this thing, but it was pretty beat up when I got it and it now has a minor head gasket leak, so its adventures are sadly numbered.
Do you guys think that at $2250 the 96 is a good deal, or too high of a risk?
Edit: Would issues arising from a long period of storage be likely to surface within the first few months of use? If the car has been used for 2 years since being put back into service is it fair to assume that there are no major issues caused by the storage?