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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#1850 of 3798 Re: Mazda, Dodge, Kia or used Honda/Toyota?? Help! [gurneyhalleck]
Mar 12, 2006 (6:39 pm)
I wouldn't hesitate to get a 2002 or 2003 Odyssey, just make sure that all transmission issues have already been repaired.
If you are hesitant to get an Odyssey with possible transmission problems, then I would look into a Kia Sedona. You can get a brand new one, with the 10 year/100,000 Mile Long Haul warranty for around $15,000 assuming you can find a dealership still carrying the leftover 2005 models. The new 2006 models will be higher priced.
Keep in mind that used Kias will not have the 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty as the fine print in the warranty says that it is strictly "non-transferable". The 5 year/60,000 mile portion is transferable I believe, and that is a long enough warranty.
Correct me if I have any wrong information.
#1852 of 3798 Re: Mazda, Dodge, Kia or used Honda/Toyota?? Help! [gurneyhalleck]
Mar 13, 2006 (5:04 am)
I feel your pain but you CAN get a Toyota in the low 20's if you are willing to drive to Washington D.C. We did from Florida and are pretty happy campers. Check out fitzmall.com
#1853 of 3798 Re: Mazda, Dodge, Kia or used Honda/Toyota?? Help! [gurneyhalleck]
Mar 13, 2006 (10:25 am)
Would be difficult to buy any NEW minivan for $ 15,000. I would NOT buy any used minivan that had been used for rental or fleet.
At about $ 20,000 you could purchase a NEW Mazda MPV, Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan, or Kia Sedona and get the full factory warranty. Honda/Toyota cost almost as much used as new.
#1854 of 3798 Re: Mazda, Dodge, Kia or used Honda/Toyota?? Help! [hansienna]
Mar 13, 2006 (11:10 am)
I'm pretty sure I've seen ads in the local paper (Oregonian) for NEW 2005 MPVs and Sedonas for around $15K. Looks like dealers (and manufacturers) want to blow out the remaining new 2005s at low prices.
#1855 of 3798 Re: Mazda, Dodge, Kia or used Honda/Toyota?? Help! [gurneyhalleck]
Mar 13, 2006 (11:28 am)
Why pay the difference if you can't tell the difference???
You can buy a preowned 2005 MPV(low miles), nicely loaded, for about $15,000 out the door. With 3 years left on the 4 year warranty...your wife will love you!!!
Mar 13, 2006 (2:05 pm)
Some of the best minivan buys for $15K are either 2005 models that dealers want to blow out or ex-rental fleet ones.
I think local Mazda dealers in Nashville have 2005 MPVs advertised at $16,788ish, but I'm not sure.
I've discovered that buying last year's model can be a very excellent buy if you are keeping the car for a long time. (i.e. buying a 2005 model in 2006) It just requires a little extra work locating the leftover models.
My local Kia dealer has brand new 2005 Sedonas advertised at $14,999 but those may just be teaser prices to get you in the door.
I know I'll get a lot of angry replies for saying this, but if you do not mind driving a lame-duck minivan known as the Ford Freestar, it could also be a decent buy. The local Lincoln-Mercury dealer here likes buying ex-rental Freestars in bulk and selling them off at $14,995. And from their online inventory, some of them aren't the stripped down models.
CarMax may have some used Freestars but I'm sure you'll pay a premium for the no-haggle buying experience.
#1857 of 3798 Re: Mazda, Dodge, Kia or used Honda/Toyota?? Help! [marine2]
Mar 13, 2006 (4:32 pm)
If you read the Kia problems board, the biggest problem is to get Kia to honor their so-called 10/100,000 warranty. For $15,000 you could purchase a new short wheelbase DC van.
#1858 of 3798 Traumatized Mom
Mar 13, 2006 (10:29 pm)
Looked at the Kia's today, Im scared of the reputation of maintenance. Am considering the Ford Windstar-good safety ratings as the kia- but the one I tested seemed to have trasmission trouble. Im at a loss with limited time on our rental the insurance provided after our wreck. Don't consider a Dodge caravan, the shoulder straps on any rear belts WILL NOT CATCH! Test them for yourself jerk the front which catch perfectly then jerk the back. I thought my little girl might die she is yellow and green today but the swelling is gone and her eye is open.
#1859 of 3798 Re: Traumatized Mom [temp409]
Mar 13, 2006 (11:02 pm)
I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. May Jesus Christ bless you and your family. I think you are going a little over board with your assessment of Daimlerchrysler seat belts. Most, if not all cars that I have road in or placed our kids in the back seats, the seat belts did not lock after you stopped pulling on them. (Referring to the three point seat belt system.) What those rear seat belts did do was, upon heavy breaking, they are suppose to tighten up. I don't believe there is a way to really test these seat belts in the rear without a real world situation. As far as the front seat belts are concerned, I believe the reason they lock after they are pulled, is because of the front air bag deployment, front windshield and dash board impact. I will test our seat belts in our 01 DGC and will report back. Just out of curiosity, was your daughter sitting in her set properly with both the lap and shoulder belt secure with all slack removed? The reason why I ask, is because I can't count how many times that I see kids looking out the side or rear window, at me from the back seat when they are suppose to be belted in.