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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#539 of 3798 Re: Suggestions Please... [00boxsters]
Mar 20, 2005 (2:16 pm)
don't know what u want to spend, but i would try for a new base Dodge Caravan, advertised in south florida for $13,995 or maybe $13,995, don't remember which price i saw, plus tax, no trade, dont let them try to sell u a bunch of unneeded things, like extended warranty, etc., base van holds 7 passengers and luggage in back, has air, automatic, ps, pb, stereo cassette radio, very reliable, good gas mileage, i am not a salesman, did this myself a few years back, 1999, used for 5 years, and still sold it for just under half price of new, pretty cheap i thought, area i vacation in is miramar fl., i think maroone is local chrysler dealer there, plus others and they all advertise a base price van in miami herald every day or week,
#540 of 3798 Re: Suggestions Please... [greener1]
Mar 20, 2005 (3:43 pm)
Good suggestion Greener1.
I've had 3 base Caravans since 1996 as company cars...never a single problem and ran up about 80k miles on each one before getting the next.
I have a 2005 GC SXT with "Stow 'n Go' now as my personal vehicle and very happy with it.
With all the rebates, financing etc...they're hard to beat.
#541 of 3798 Re: Suggestions Please... [greener1]
Mar 20, 2005 (3:57 pm)
Just remember the base Caravan SE has a 4 cyl engine and not much more luggage space behind 3rd row than a KIA Sedona but will burn much less fuel than the Sedona.
Dodge uses the base Caravan SE as a price leader to get people in the door. Most switch to either a Caravan SXT that is much nicer or a Grand Caravan to get more leg room for 2nd and 3rd row passengers plus more luggage space.
Most Americans will not buy something that is cheaper than their neighbor's vehicle which is the main reason the base Caravan SE and KIA Sedona do not sell in much higher numbers.
#542 of 3798 Re: Suggestions Please... [greener1]
Mar 20, 2005 (6:20 pm)
Great suggestions and feedback everyone. We go to the Bonita Springs area so I will check into Maroone. I am a bit leery about chrysler and their quality rep though.
I checked the invoice on a 2005 Dodge and they are listed as 17,250!
#543 of 3798 Re: Suggestions Please... [hansienna]
Mar 20, 2005 (7:35 pm)
the couple were looking for something reliable and economical, these base vans are a 4 cyl. with the SAME horsepower as the 6 cyl. 3.3 engine, the only differnece is in torque, if u haul a boat, etc., u might notice it a little bit, i have driven my 1999 4 cyl base a lot of miles with no problems, in fact one does not even know there is a 4 cyl in there, very responsive, easy to pass, etc., as i said earlier, for the dollar one cannot beat the reliability and cost of the base van IF they are looking for something reasonable, and a couple miles per gallon more than the 3.3, with gas at the price it is now, if one wants to show off a little, get the DC limited at TWICE the price new, and worth almost the same at the end of 6-7 years
#544 of 3798 Re: safety info chart [steve_]
Mar 20, 2005 (8:58 pm)
But Steve....I dont see the Oddly Van on this list?
Minivans that received top rating in federal crash tests:
1. Nissan Quest
2. Dodge Grand Caravan
3. Kia Sedona
4. Mazda MPV
5. Chrysler Town & Country*
*Long-wheel base model
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Must be a conspiracy!
'04 Sedona EX
#545 of 3798 Re: safety info chart [craigmri]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 20, 2005 (9:09 pm)
It's there. I think you must still be looking at the other article I posted in the Sedona, Quest and MPV boards, which just talked about the latest round of crash tests.
#546 of 3798 Re: safety info chart [craigmri]
Mar 21, 2005 (4:21 am)
Probably just too new, and will be tested soon
#547 of 3798 Re: Suggestions Please... [greener1]
Mar 21, 2005 (6:03 am)
I agree that if it is going to be used as "vacation home" vehicle, the 4 cyl. base Caravan would be an excellent choice. That being said, you can't compare the 180 HP 3.3 to the 150 HP 2.4, except that the gas milage is almost identical.
#548 of 3798 Re: Suggestions Please... [00boxsters]
Mar 21, 2005 (6:20 am)
With a vehicle that you are only going to use 8-12 weeks of the year, I would think a late model used minivan would make much more economic sense.
Your biggest problem with a vehicle that is going to have little use is will be keeping the battery charged, and your reliability issues will likely stem more from the vehicle sitting unused for long periods, not the brand of vehicle.
Actually when you look at the economics of it, you might be better off renting a vehicle every time you need it. Then no annual insurance payments, no annual license fees, etc, and the maintenance issues are gone as well.