Last post on Mar 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM
You are in the Vans & Minivans
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Mazda MPV, Nissan Quest, Kia Sedona, Chrysler Town and Country, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Van
#1419 of 1887 Re: -Mazda MPV [hansienna]
Dec 30, 2005 (5:44 pm)
the modern 3.0L i presume. it was late 2003. i test drove 3 MPVs. comming from decades driving VWs: scirocco, rabbit, jetta, mazda 323, toyota corolla, honda accord, the honda exhibited most familiar and desireable drivability / handling / responsiveness characteristics to us of the three models we considered: the MPV, the Sienna, the Odyssey.
we did our shopping before the MPV TCM re-flashes. i experienced confused shifts and the transmission gearing and engine combination just did not seem appropriately matched to me. that is why i test drove three MPVs.
#1420 of 1887 2004 Quest gas mileage for 2005
Dec 30, 2005 (7:50 pm)
I drove my 2004 Quest 15,384 miles in 2005, and overall average was 21.576 MPG.
I live in the mountains of North Ga. This included trips to Florida, Maine, and mostly suburban driving. Not too much city stop and go.
Jan 02, 2006 (6:27 pm)
If you were to ask me, I think the "so called" computer readout of "Instant MPG" is nothing more than a Vacuum guage, with the inches of Vacuum replaced with MPG readouts. You could get the same result with a simple Vacuum Guage.
I tend to agree with user777, somethings are nice to have for comfort, and some are just gizmos & gadgets to distract you from the main task of driving.
I remember an old saying ......
A Little Gas... A Little Oil.
A Little Spark... A Little Coil.
4 Little Wheels... & A Running Board
It might have been a Model T Ford....
#1422 of 1887 Over 60 mph worse mileage
Jan 09, 2006 (6:48 pm)
I have a question. They say if you drive over 60mph(which all of us do on the freeway) then you get progressively worse mileage. Well I don't understand. My 2005 Dodge Caravan with 21k on the clock got 24 on the way to Flagstaff from Phoenix and then got 28 on the way back for an average of 26 mpg. That was one way going up and up and up from 1000 feet to over 7000 feet and then back down. Loaded with family and all luggage with average speed about 75mph. Does that mean that I can go 60 the entire trip on average and get like 33-35mpg or what. I can keep my tach below 3000 and be doing over 90mph in the 3.3l engine. Explain this.
Jan 09, 2006 (7:55 pm)
You could very well get that kind of mileage if you drive 60 and there is no wind, or hills etc. Try it and let us know!
Jan 17, 2006 (8:06 am)
Just traded in my 2000 MPV with 112K miles. Throughout its relatively trouble-free life it consistently returned 21-22 mpg in a 50/50 mix of driving. Best highway only number was about 24 mpg. I can agree with bob57 that the 2.5 engine can keep up with the flow. It's my impression that it was more reliable than the 3.0 has been.
#1425 of 1887 Re: Just traded in 2002 MPV? [crissman]
Jan 17, 2006 (10:30 am)
What did you get to replace it? Thanks.
#1426 of 1887 Re: Just traded in 2002 MPV? [hansienna]
Jan 18, 2006 (7:43 am)
We traded for an '05 Volvo V70. The dealer still had some '05's, marked down to within a couple grand of our other choices (Saturn Vue and Mazda 6 Wagon). The '05's come with 3yr/36K free maintenence, but not the '06's. Figured that was worth at least $500. It was a demonstrator/loaner, so they'd knocked the price down to slightly below Kelly Blue Book value.
#1427 of 1887 Re: Just traded in 2002 MPV? [crissman]
Jan 22, 2006 (8:54 am)
Congrats on the purchase. I've always like the design/shape of the recent Volvos.
#1428 of 1887 Re: What's the point?- [hansienna]
Jan 23, 2006 (6:13 pm)
The 2002 T&C LX with 3.3L gets better gas mileage "in the real world driving" than the 2002 Odd EX 3.5L.
Let's hope so, the Odyssey is a larger engine with 60 more horsepower and 32 lb-ft more torque. If it got better economy too (and I can't say it's much different, but if it was for you, I have no reason to doubt it), Chrysler would have egg on its face, for a triple loss. In all fairness, we always got EPA in town our 2000 model Odyssey EX, occasionally more on the highway (26-27 on trips to the beach at 80mph wasn't uncommon).