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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#2207 of 3798 MPV unbelievable deal
Apr 25, 2006 (8:33 am)
Okay, our 2000 MPV had 147k miles on it and my wife decided it was time to get a new van. I on the other hand wanted to wait at least a year until my 03 Elantra was paid off. The MPV was running great and we never had a problem with it. Then the driver side front window switch died ($285 dealer part, $100 from junk yard). Wife had a flat and AAA put the spare on and screwed up the cable that holds the spare when they wound it back up ($300 dealer repair), then Check engine light came on. I didn't have any of these repaired. Then the alternator died ($404 independent repair, had to have this done. So I started looking. My four kids are bigger now then in 2000 when we bought the MPV (ages 17, 16, 13 and 10). So I decided to go bigger. After checking all Minivans, if price wasn't an issue, my choices in descending order was the Honda, Toyota and Kia followed by Mazda and Nissan. The first three had no compromises. The next two did. They were size, no split fold rear seat and no side curtain for back seats for MPV. No rolled down windows in second row and the ugliest dashboard ever conceived in the Nissan. Unfortunately, price IS an issue. The only mfg over good discounts were Mazda and Nissan. Well, after almost two months, we got another MPV, a new 2005 discounted beyond believe. It is an LX listed for $22940,
with compass/homelink autodim mirror $300,
rear step plate $50,
4 seasons pkg $425,
side airbag/traction control $400,
Plus pkg $1505,
grand total came to $26415. On March 31, I got it for $18266. Got $3700 trade in on my 2000 with 147k. Came home with it for $14566.00 nothing out of pocket. Man, what a deal. It was all done via email, with me only using the phone one time, to see what the catch was. As it ended, there was no catch. The improvements over the 2000 are all subtle but good. Bigger engine, 5 spd vs. 4 spd, bigger tires, 4-wheel disc, radio controls on steering wheel. Couldn't justify spending $5k more for a larger van when this van is easier to use in everyday driving. Only short coming is when we pack it for vacation. Wife is happy and we still have a zoom zoom zoom!
#2208 of 3798 Re: MPV unbelievable deal [daddioof4]
Apr 25, 2006 (1:26 pm)
Ok, I read the post and came away a little confused. I thought you were needing the van because your kids have outgrown it?
#2209 of 3798 Re: MPV unbelievable deal [daddioof4]
Apr 25, 2006 (1:34 pm)
Did you look for any 2005 Kia Sedona's? Kia is practically giving these away right now...
Overall, I have owned several Mazda's (2 RX-7's, and a Tribute) and have been very happy with their reliability, engineering, and performance. It does look like you got a good deal too
#2210 of 3798 Re: MPV unbelievable deal [daddioof4]
Apr 25, 2006 (6:46 pm)
Nice deal on the new van. Guess $5K is worth more than the extra space for your kids in the back. Kidding of course. We also noticed a lack of space when packing for 6 on a week(+) long vacation a couple of months ago. Still, just putzing around town when my folks join us, the MPV works fine.
#2211 of 3798 Re: MPV unbelievable deal [thegraduate]
Apr 26, 2006 (8:13 am)
To answer thegraduate. My first preference was the larger vans. But, I had a hard time justifying paying $5800 more for the Honda or Toyota or $4600 more for the Kia or Nissan. The size factor only impacts us two days a year when we drive 11 hours to go on vacation. On any other given day of the year, the Mazda is sized "Better" than the four listed above. If I had an extra $5k, I probably would have bought the Kia. It has all the features of the Honda/Toyota, plus some standard items that were optional on the Honda/Toyota for $1200 less. As a matter of fact, I was thinking of waiting for the Hyundai Entourage (Kia Sedona twin), because I figure I would qualify for a owners loyalty discount. But, the MPV was to good of a deal to pass up. BTW my kids preferred the MPV over the Honda and Toyota that my wife preferred.
#2212 of 3798 Re: MPV unbelievable deal [daddioof4]
Apr 26, 2006 (10:23 am)
Congratulations on your new MPV. It is often better to buy the same brand each time.
I was familiar with all the knobs, buttons, switches, etc. on my 02 T&C and the ones on the 2006 Sienna are placed in different locations and are NOT as user friendly to me.
If I were buying now, I would buy the GC SXT instead of my Sienna LE. Except for the few long trips, the Caravan SXT would be more convenient than either longer Sienna or GC just like your MPV is MOST convenient except for your vacation trips.
#2213 of 3798 Shopping for Sienna LX option #6 -- need some helpful tips
Apr 26, 2006 (11:34 am)
I am in market shopping for a new Van. My earlier one was 2001 Toyota Highlander. I am in two thoughts between Honda Ody and Toyota Sie. But seems like am narrowing it down to Toyota Sie LE 8 passenger with option #6. But all of my research on this vehicle, I have not come across a single mention that theres a leather interior option available. Is there one available? If so has anyone got that done and what was the cost?
Appreciate all the helpful tips and information
#2214 of 3798 Re: MPV unbelievable deal [daddioof4]
Apr 26, 2006 (11:51 am)
I see, I apparently completely misread your post; I was thinking you were shopping for a new van BECAUSE your current one was too small, and ended up buying the same thing. You can see why this logic confused me! After re-reading, I see that it was bordering on worn out!
#2215 of 3798 Re: Shopping for Sienna LX option #6 -- need some helpful tips [alpya]
Apr 26, 2006 (12:05 pm)
8-passenger Sienna is not available with Leather. Ody EX-L is the only way to get 8 passengers and leather.
#2216 of 3798 Re: Shopping for Sienna LX option #6 -- need some helpful tips [sebring95]
Apr 26, 2006 (12:15 pm)
"8-passenger Sienna is not available with Leather."
...from the Factory.
There ARE a number aftermarket sources for leather interior on Siennas. In fact, your local dealer may already have deals made with local upholstery shops to have leather added to any vehicle you want and have the price rolled into the vehicle contract.
It even shows up in the 'Build Your Own' section on Toyota's website as a stand alone option (depending on what area of the country you are in).