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You are in the Vans & Minivans
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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#3750 of 3798 Re: Looking to buy a used minivan for $6-7K [gs451]
Dec 22, 2010 (8:29 am)
It seems all the Japanese vans (Sienna, Odyssey, MPV, Quest) all have some type of trnasmission issues
That's a myth.
Odys trannys have been fine since about 2004 or so. I doubt you're shopping for something 2003 or older.
Siennas never had trans problems. In fact Toyota waited to put the 6EAT in the Sienna only after early issues were resolved, so used ones go with the proven 5 speed automatic.
I think either of those, used, would be fine for you. May be overkill with 2 kids, though. Consider a Mazda5 or Kia Rondo, which are a tad smaller. Ford will bring the C-Max soon, also.
#3751 of 3798 Re: Looking to buy a used minivan for $6-7K [ateixeira]
Dec 22, 2010 (9:19 am)
I would keep an eye out for a Kia Rondo; they depreciate quickly and have very good reliability ratings. However, even one of those will be a stretch at this price point....I've seen ex-rentals down to $8500 so that's still high. Maybe a 04-06 Mazda MPV if you can find one?
#3752 of 3798 Re: Looking to buy a used minivan for $6-7K [tifighter]
Dec 22, 2010 (9:54 am)
Yup - steep depreciation means the first owner paid it off, you get it dirt cheap.
#3753 of 3798 Re: Looking to buy a used minivan for $6-7K [ateixeira]
Dec 22, 2010 (10:34 am)
Thanks for the responses guys. I had thought that the First Generation Sienna had some type of issue with sludging and tranny issues. My dad had the 2002 Odyssey and Honda was gracious enough to fix his issues for free as they extended the warranty for him. But I should not look at anything earlier than 2003?
With regards to two kids, I should have specified, I have two kids but we occasionally go out as a family on long trips (6-7 hours) and need the space then...but that is honestly 10% of the time. Most of the time a sedan does the job for us. How are the Suzuki and Mitsubishi SUV's?
Anything to watch out for on the Rondo or Mazda MPV? How is the Sedona as well (2005/2006 models)? Any reliability/engine issues?
I know every car will age, but I just want something reliable for day to day inner city driving. I am in the Orange County, California area and I will look at Public Motor Auctions..would you guys advise not to? Any reputable used car places to go besides CarMax?
Thanks again for all the help! Merry Christmas!
#3754 of 3798 Re: Looking to buy a used minivan for $6-7K [gs451]
Dec 22, 2010 (10:36 am)
For both Sienna and Ody, a good rule of thumb is 2004 or newer. No sludge (2% were affected per Automotive News, but why risk it?), no trans issues.
#3755 of 3798 Re: Marketing '11 Odyssey [tsu670]
Dec 23, 2010 (11:30 am)
Got around to reading Dec. 6, 2010 issue of newsweek. Inside the back cover is a Honda ad. Three vehicles pictured: CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey. Get this. Lots of room to display each vehicle in it's entirety, but the marketing types chose to position the Pilot such that it's front covered the rear quarter panel (lightening bolt area) of the Odyssey. Hillarious!
#3756 of 3798 Re: Looking to buy a used minivan for $6-7K [gs451]
Dec 25, 2010 (11:22 pm)
Well if your not just looking for a passenger hauler, you can't beat the versatility of the Chrysler mini vans
#3759 of 3798 Re: Cool Kia Concept [ateixeira]
Jan 16, 2011 (4:58 pm)
The KV7 doesn't do anything for me. And while gullwing doors make a cool looking concept car at the show in the real world they would make getting in or out of the vehicle in a tight parking spot impossible. I've concluded that those big sliding doors are the van's biggest advantage over other vehicles.