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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#2881 of 3798 decisions,decisions,decisions
Dec 14, 2006 (2:15 pm)
No we have not taken a really long test drive in either van,but I a, sure we could if we wanted to.The dodge we did take on the highway,but not for long.
To throw a monkey wrench into the works we just found a really,really left over 2005 mazda mpv lx locally that can be had for $17999,but I bet we could get that lower as well.The only thing is I think the salesguy I spoke on the phone with knows nothing about the van,as it took three call backs to figure out whuch model it was.He said it is the middle of the road lx,but my bet is it is the bottom of the barrel lx-sv which is not what we want.
I love mazdas,but we have not driven an mpv,but i do like the slightly smaller dimensions even at the cost of a little less room.I mean we have been getting by in a forester.Thanks for the input,and keep it coming.
I think we are going to ook at the mazda,and a toyota,and probably take another honda out for a drive.
#2882 of 3798 Re: decisions,decisions,decisions [mazdax605]
Dec 14, 2006 (2:18 pm)
How many miles on that Mazda?
#2883 of 3798 decisions,decisions,decisions
Dec 14, 2006 (2:34 pm)
as far as i know it is brand new with less than 100 miles,but i haven't looked at it yet.
#2884 of 3798 Re: decisions,decisions,decisions [mazdax605]
Dec 14, 2006 (2:42 pm)
Well, if it has less than, say 5k miles, that price of $17,999 doesn't really seem bad at all. You could likely take it lower, but it doesn't look like they are trying to rip someone off. Might be a good deal if you whittle them down on price a bit more.
#2885 of 3798 Re: decisions,decisions,decisions [mazdax605]
Dec 14, 2006 (7:24 pm)
My first choice would be a NEW Caravan SXT with the HUGE discounts BUT since you have a Mazda and have been pleased with it, the NEW 2005 MPV would probably be YOUR best choice.
The Odyssey might drive the most like a sports car but it is not as quiet as the T&C, GC, or Sienna.
#2887 of 3798 Re: decisions,decisions,decisions [hansienna]
Dec 15, 2006 (9:23 am)
AND coming from a zooooomer fan like me, I have to be honest, the MPV never was a serious threat to anyone in the minivan market. Just didn't have the right "stuff".
#2888 of 3798 decisions,decisions,decisions
Dec 15, 2006 (10:19 am)
What sort of "stuff" does the MPV not have?It seems in all my research so far that is similarly equipped compared to the others,and in some ways what I have read about them they are a better handling van compared to the others.It seems you can get them with all the same options as well,with a few exceoptions,but there are things on a Dodge that you can't get on a Honda,and vice-versa.
Enlighten me if I am missing something.Granted I have never driven the Mazda,but it seems to be nice.
#2889 of 3798 Re: decisions,decisions,decisions [hansienna]
Dec 15, 2006 (10:57 am)
I've heard this is the last year for the MPV, which would probably have an effect on resale value. Something to consider
#2890 of 3798 Re: decisions,decisions,decisions [mazdax605]
Dec 15, 2006 (1:05 pm)
Well, several things. One, it doesn't corner like the Mazda Protege'/3. It doesn't come off the line and wind up like an RX-8 or the jacked up 6. It's got a dated Ford engine in it (mpg nothing to write home about either considering the smaller size of the thing) and a reliabilty index that is somewhat wanting if Consumer Reports is to be believed. Oh, did I mention it DOESN'T have the cavernous interior found on the more popular Honda Oddy, the Toyota Sienna or the tried and true DCX twin offerings? Yep, in minivanland, both storage cubes and people haulin' cubes matter! All in all, it falls a bit short for the price IMHO...and alot of other folks as well based on historical sales figures. Finally, it IS in fact being discontinued. But hey, so is the Ford and GM entrants in the not so distant future if you believe rumor off the street.
If bottom line price is an issue, besides the smaller Caravan/T&C I had mentioned earlier, there is quite a supply of the new and improved Kia Sedona's about which might be worth a look. Don't laugh. Those Koreans are grabbin' market share in this segment like you wouldn't believe. Can you say "upscale" Hyundai Entourage? I've never personally test driven the corporate 10year/100k warranty they offer, but they do seem to be turning heads.
All FWIW or course. Good luck on that decision you have before ya.