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#741 of 12254 Bee's Nest...
Apr 21, 2002 (9:52 pm)
Boy, I didn't realize that this thread had a war going on when I posted how much I bought my Sienna for.
By the way it is White Sienna for wolverine.
Honestly, my first choice "was" a Honda Odyssey. I was impressed with the hide-away rear seat that most and then the drive chracteristics but as all of you know the dealerships would only charge MSRP or above. Even greedy car lots were trying to sell used 1999 Odyssey with 49K miles on the clock for $25K.
This knowledge sickened me (as I know the feeling is shared among the other new van owners who opted for something else other than the Odyssey) so as a wise/informed consumer I looked for other alternatives.
I alway go by the rule that in essence I "control" the car, and not the car controling me.
I chose this particular Toyota Sienna I bought primarily because the opportunity presented it self to me to buy a near new car below Dealer invoice. With all the extra conveniences that came along with the car at that low price ...how could I say no?!
If I were offered that same deal with a Honda Odyssey LX to buy one under invoice, I would have taken the Honda...but we all know that would never occur.
I had to compromise. My main goal was to buy a relatively spacious vehicle to ferry my wife and kids in confort and safety. I knew that the Sienna had a great crash safety rating to protect my wife and kids and I respected the Toyota badge. I drove the vehicle and was impressed by the smooth suspension on rough roads and highway feel.
The seats were very confortable and I likes the JBL option.
I never owned a van with a power door, now I don't know how one can drive without one, especially with small kids.
The only thing I realized that was going to be difficult, and it is, is carrying the 3rd row seat out when required to load large cargo.
For me, the best part of the purchase was surprising my wife (who till now, struggled with great difficulty ferrying my 1 and 3 year old in a sedan) and see her happy face, she just loves the car!
OOhhh Man....I got so many "brownie points " from her to last me through Christmas!!!
Apr 22, 2002 (4:01 am)
Like you, my sister-in-law bought white - not a demo but she bought late in the 2001 model year - my guess is white is not that popular - tan and green are all over the place - at least here in CT.
As for a war - not on my part - I was just pointing out the two vans are "similiar" - apparently that tweaked the guy who owns the Ody.
Like you I too considered Ody and found it quite nice and easily comparable to Sienna - just boils down to the deal you get and availability.
And you got a good one.
Oh yes, removing the 3rd seat is a pain - be careful not to scratch the bumper as so many have done.
3rd seat's a definite plus for Ody which next year's Sienna will copy along with a number of size/power improvements to this years Ody as noted above in the comparision.
Happy Motoring to you and your wife!
#743 of 12254 Attn: Sienna owners!
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
May 14, 2002 (5:59 am)
I'm here to announce the new Toyota Sienna Owners club now available on Edmunds.com Owners Club board. Please stop by and introduce yourself in Meet the Members and let me know how I can help build your club.
I have linked this discussion into that folder, but it will always reside here in Vans.
Looking forward to meeting everyone!
#744 of 12254 2002 Sienna CE.......
Jun 19, 2002 (2:35 pm)
In the local paper. $21,111 for the van. The sticker is $25k and change. A good price? and do you think a little more can be negotiated off the $21,111? Any replies are appreciated.
#745 of 12254 2002 Sienna CE....... by beer47
Jun 20, 2002 (5:57 am)
For zip code 08817
2002 Toyota Sienna
CE 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
Invoice MSRP TMV
$21,514 $23,905 $21,834
Destination Charge $480 $480 $480
(w/o Options) $21,994 $24,385 $22,314
So it looks like a good deal IMO but check it out whether there is any rebate existing or no first and then recalculate it.
#746 of 12254 2002 Sienna LE
Jul 08, 2002 (6:37 pm)
paid 25592.00 for LE with LE Extra valuepackage, passenger power sliding door, towing option, upgraded JBL music system, leather and videoentertainment system here in Atlanta.
Jul 17, 2002 (1:28 pm)
Since we used Edmund's often while reseaching our purchase, I thought we should contribute our "2 cents". We bought a 2002 Sienna CE Black Walnut pearl($21,514) with FE($0),TO ($128),HV($681),EF ($38)=$22,361 plus $6 fuel fee,$510 delivery fee, and $412 advert. fee called TDA. Total invoice=$23,289, $25,390 list price. Selling price was $23,269 "threw-in" cargo net, full tank of gas. We got a $1500 rebate thru Toyota. We paid $279.50 doc. fee, $1606.84 for taxes and license plate. No trade-in. "out the door price"=$23,655.34 at Covington Pike Toyota, Memphis. Tennessee
#749 of 12254 Boston Area Toyota Dealers Online
Jul 21, 2002 (2:55 am)
Anyone buy a Sienna online in the Boston area? So far, we've dealt with Ira Toyota in Danvers and Atlantic Toyota in Lynn. Both say, "Come on in for a test drive, we have plenty of vehicles in stock," but don't quote prices. We're comparing the Sienna to the Mazda MPV, and Wellesley Mazda cut right to the chase, offering anything in stock for !% over invoice, less the $2,000 rebate. Carsdirect lists a $1,250 rebate for a Sienna LE, is that correct? Edmunds seems to have lost their ability to gather this information, as they list no incentives for Mazda or Toyota.
Jul 21, 2002 (9:47 am)
Our incentives page shows a $1,000 customer cash allowance in the Boston area (or low interest rates if you are financing - can't combine the incentives). We don't show anything for Mazda in your area.
Here's the link. Good luck hunting!.
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