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#6069 of 12254 2003 Toyota Sienna for $11000 is it worth it?
Oct 20, 2005 (6:25 pm)
A buddy of my has a car dealership and he just got a trade in on a good deal on this sienna and knew that I need a van. He received a 2003 Sienna CE and want to give it to me for $10,500. It has power windows, locks, roof rack, 2nd row bench, am/fm cd, ac, cruise, radio control on steering wheel and full front air bags, rear a/c control. The only thing I worry about is it has 95,000 miles on it. What do you guys think. I know since this is only a 2 year car, 95000 = alot of highway driving. I ran a car fax against it and realize that the last year, it actually drove over 60,000 miles. 60,000+ miles in one year..........its amazing. Over all the body of the Sienna is pretty good, just a few nicks and scratches, which is normal. Do you guys think I should jump on this or use that money as a down to get a brand new van.
Thanks for any input.
#6070 of 12254 Re: 2003 Toyota Sienna for $11000 is it worth it? [molumdayuck]
Oct 20, 2005 (6:48 pm)
Did you check Edmunds used car pricing as see what it is worth? Price seems about right...but a lot of people start looking for another vehicle when their vehicle hits 100,000 miles. Can you use your friends dealer info and call the previous owner to see if it was maintained properly. Or, if you could find out where it was serviced they would be able to print out that information with the VIN number. What month and year was it titled...it may be closer to 3 years old. If it was properly maintained it may be worth the risk. But, without knowing that I would probably pass.
#6071 of 12254 Re: 2003 Toyota Sienna for $11000 is it worth it? [molumdayuck]
Oct 20, 2005 (8:29 pm)
Highway miles do not hurt a vehicle if it was driven normally ( NO towing, no extensive driving on dirt or gravel roads, etc.). My nephew has a 1987 Camry that has 460,000 miles on it now. Toyotas have one of the best long term reliability history of any brand.
As jipster suggested, use Edmund's used car pricing and use your judgement as to the condition of the vehicle. I feel like jipster and personally do not like to own and drive vehicles with 100,000 or more miles but one daughter is driving a 1991 Astro with 211,000 miles on it and takes it on trips 300 miles one way. You may also compare with another un-named site just to confirm Edmund's accuracy. It appears that your friend is offering you a fairly good deal.
Just checked Edmund's Used Car Pricing. In OUTSTANDING condition there is an addition of $ 707 for total Trade In of $12,357 and Retail $ 15,668 for a Sienna CE with those options in my zip code area.
Values for GOOD condition drop to $ 11,647 Trade-in and Retail $ 14,817.
Values for Average condition has a $ 1607 deduction for condition to $ 10,200 Trade-in and Retail $ 12,910.
#6072 of 12254 Re: 2003 Toyota Sienna for $11000 is it worth it? [hansienna]
Oct 21, 2005 (3:11 am)
Thanks Jipster and Hansienna for your valuable info. I've also test drove the car and its very quiet. I let go of the steering wheel on a straightway and the car goes straight. I'll probably bring it to the mechanic shop and have the mechanics check underneath to see if there are any wear or leaks that needs major repair. I am trading in my 1997 Nissan Quest that have 68,000 miles for $2800 to get a newer van. Reason being is that I wanted the extra door for conveniency and a newer vehicle for reliabitlity as my kids started to go to school and my wife will be using the van to drop them off and pick them up from school.
#6073 of 12254 2005 Sienna LE pack #5
Oct 21, 2005 (8:54 am)
I just got a quote on a 2005 Sienna LE with package 5 for $23320. Seems like a good deal to me, anyone else getting anything better? The prices might be getting better as the end of the month get closer. I have noticed that these '05 LE models aren't flying off the shelf, but the '05 CEs seem to be dissapearing, so they might be getting desperate to sell them. I also made sure to mention I was thinking of getting a new '06 Odyssey LX model for only $23800.
#6074 of 12254 Re: 2005 Sienna LE pack #5 [coffmlu]
Oct 21, 2005 (9:01 am)
This seems a great deal. Is this 7 or 8 passenger?
Would you care to share the dealer info?
#6075 of 12254 Re: 06 LE with package #4 (BZ) in NJ [neeedvan]
Oct 21, 2005 (4:09 pm)
I am also looking out for a LE - Package 4. You seem to have got an excellent price. I am also from NJ, would greatly appreciate, if you could share the name of the dealer.
Also, did anyone ever consider LE 2005 - Package ? if yes. What was the best quote ?
Thanks a lot,..
#6076 of 12254 Re: 2005 Sienna LE pack #5 [caravan2]
Oct 21, 2005 (5:53 pm)
It's a 7 passenger. I got the quote from Diehl Toyota in York, PA. I'm sure anyone can use this quote to get their local dealer to go a little lower. Make sure you let them know you're considering the Odyssey too. I think a lot of places are ready to make a good deal on these LE models. The pkg 5 is the one with side airbags and vehicle stability control with traction control. I made sure to let them know the LX Odyssey comes standard with all these features.
#6077 of 12254 Re: 2005 Sienna LE pack #5 [coffmlu]
Oct 21, 2005 (6:03 pm)
BTW, that $23,320 quote is after the $1000 rebate for 05 Siennas. It's basically $1000 under "invoice" and another $1000 off with the rebate. Don't worry though, I'm sure they're still making some money off it.
#6078 of 12254 to buy or not?????????????????
Oct 22, 2005 (2:58 pm)
Here is what I was offered a 2005 package BZ (#6) Silver LE Sienna
the price quoted to me is $25995-1000.00 rebate for a total of 24,995.00
of course thier is tax and tags and such is this a good price for an 05.
THis is the first dealer I went to and they said no one would touch this offer I just wanted to get everyone's opinion.