I like your way of thinking. I too think it would be the van of choice for us. Room for the canoe on top and the mountain bikes in the back of the van. It also has 35% more power than our Quest. The 17 inch wheels and tires would make a great handling van even better. The Odyssey's are so popular that I was told by the local dealer that all of the good used ones go to the States because of the value advantage of your buck.
Another vehicle I like is the Chrysler 300M. 250HP, shiftable auto transmission, 17 inch wheels, traction control, etc. Clearly a vehicle with lots of potential with the proper hook up.
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