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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#2370 of 3798 Re: Minivans and side curtain airbags [tpa2]
May 30, 2006 (7:23 pm)
Yeah, but the Toyota CE is a stripped down model and does not have any power features/DVD player either..
You really should look at a used Dodge Caravan SXT with airbags, power doors, and a DVD player.. You should be able to find a used one for close to your price point (new ones in my area with DVD, leather, power doors, etc, are going for about 23-24K).
Otherwise, you will have to find a used 2002-2003 Toyota or Honda with power doors, DVD, etc...
#2371 of 3798 Re: Minivans and side curtain airbags [tpa2]
May 31, 2006 (5:36 am)
Do those prices seem high?
Those prices are MSRP...which is the asking price. Knock 2 or 3 thousand off MSRP and you will be close to invoice price...what a good negotiator tries to get a vehicle for. How are your negotiation skills? You should be able to get a new 2006 Kia LX for around $22,000. No help on the Kia Sedona Prices Paid board for LX's.
I think a new or one year old Dodge Grand Caravan would fit your requirements as well.
I would definitely take my time, do your homework on what the vehicles you are interested in are going for...and most importantly, buy something you really like and will enjoy, since you say you'll be driving this van for the next ten years.
The Toyota vans are very safe, but there are a lot of people who highly recommend the side curtain airbags.
#2372 of 3798 Re: Minivans and side curtain airbags [dc_driver]
May 31, 2006 (5:46 am)
the Toyota CE is a stripped down model and does not have any power features...
The 2006 CE is hardly a stripped down model. Some standard equipment on the CE: 5 speed auto. trans (same engine and transmission as in the higher priced models), front side and curtain airbags, antilock brakes, tire pressure monitor, front and rear a/c, tilt/telescope steering wheel, second row bucket seats, power windows, power locks, power mirror, remote keyless entry, cd player, rear defogger wiper
#2373 of 3798 Re: Minivans and side curtain airbags [jipster]
May 31, 2006 (6:15 am)
Wow, your right. I think I was comparing it to the 05 model which did not have side airbags..
CE's in my area are going for under $22K..
So are Odyssey LX's and Hyundai Entourage's...
Granted this is before tax, tag, and title but it looks like there are quite a few options for $22-23K. You won't be able to get power doors and a DVD player for that price on a new van however..
#2374 of 3798 Re: Minivans and side curtain airbags [dc_driver]
May 31, 2006 (6:41 am)
The wife and I almost bought the Sienna CE in May of 2004, when it was a hot seller and going close for sticker.(in our area)
To get the "safety package" on the CE was an additional $2,700 I believe. Safety package included side and curtain airbags, 4 wheel disc antilock brakes, vehicle stability control and a few other things.
My experience has been Sienna CE's in general are very difficult to find. Someone on a budget, or who doesn't care for all the extra features, would be very happy with the base CE.
#2375 of 3798 Re: 3rd row seats RECLINED in every GC I have sat in [hansienna]
May 31, 2006 (6:52 am)
I have sat in the 3rd row seat of many GC...with Stow 'N Go and without and the 3rd row seats reclined in every one.
Well your right hansienna, if you pull strap #1 in back of the third row seat, it will tilt backwards as well as forwards. I am now a happy man. I can't complain of any of the seats in the Dodge minivans now. Not quite as soft as the others, but not uncomfortable at all.
#2376 of 3798 Re: Minivans and side curtain airbags [jipster]
May 31, 2006 (2:15 pm)
Bought a 2004 LE Sienna today. Love it. Very low miles. I had to compromise on the side curtain airbags. Bottom line. I couldn't afford it. I really wanted to stay right at or under 20,000.00 and this way I could. Maybe in a few years we will trade up for something with the side curtain bags. I feel good in the Toyota. For me, it just feels more substantial than the Kia. The used Toyota came with some nice options I could not have afforded on a new Kia van. SO I am happy.
Thanks for all the help. I know where to look for advice next time we buy a car.
#2377 of 3798 Re: Minivans and side curtain airbags [tpa2]
May 31, 2006 (4:05 pm)
IMHO you got a great minivan. The Toyota has great reliability, resale, and features. Congrats on your new van..
#2378 of 3798 Re: Minivans and side curtain airbags [tpa2]
May 31, 2006 (5:32 pm)
Congrats on your new van tpa. The Sienna is a very nice, reliable and safe minivan. You did good.
#2379 of 3798 Re: Minivans and side curtain airbags [tpa2]
Jun 01, 2006 (3:01 am)
Excellent. You got pretty much what you wanted at a price you wanted (except maybe the side airbags)