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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#827 of 3798 Re: Four wheel disc [mcase2]
Jun 12, 2005 (4:07 am)
The 2004 Consumer Reports minivan comparison review had the Ody at 147 ft in braking distance from 60mph.This was behind the Mazda MPV-135, the Kia Sedona 143, the Dodge Grand Caravan 144 ft. The Sienna was at 152. So, at least the Ody beat the Sienna in stopping distance for the 2004 models. Why the drastic increase in stopping distance in 2005 Ody model? Superior braking application performance by Ody drivers?
#828 of 3798 Minivan Shopping
Jun 12, 2005 (5:26 am)
I will be getting a new van 2-3 years from now (I tend to research ahead of time) and have narrowed down my list:
Honda Odyssey EX-L RES+NAVI
Toyota Sienna XLE w/ Pkg. 8
Ford Freestyle Limited (fully loaded- according to the 2006 ordering guide, its supposed to be getting a navigation system that year)
Hyundai Entourage (if it has navigation)
I would like some form of park distance control (back up cameras qualify too) navigation, six disc CD changer (if possible- you can't get both the changer and a navigation system on the Sienna) and a power sunroof. (if possible)
I'll probably be buying at the end of 2006 or early 2007...
I'm waiting on the reliability ratings on the Freestyle to come out for 2005 to see if I should keep it on my list or take it off...
Jun 12, 2005 (5:47 am)
by the time your ready to buy, they will have several more vans that will meet what you want. Keep all options open. But it's good your doing some homework now.
#830 of 3798 Re: Minivan Shopping [jchan2]
Jun 12, 2005 (5:48 am)
Did you mean 'Freestyle' or 'Freestar?' I'm assuming Freestar, since that is the minivan of the 2. The Freestyle is that fairly appealing car-based SUV/crossover.
You may want to keep in mind the redone-for-2006 Kia Sedona which I believe will be mechanically similar to the Hyundai Entourage and released before the Entourage.
#831 of 3798 Re: Minivan Shopping [bluedevils]
Jun 12, 2005 (6:50 am)
I'm not even thinking about the "Freestar" as its not getting a navigation system, and gets terrible gas mileage for a van. The Freestyle is, and I'm thinking about it. It seems fairly attractive, and there seems to be quite a lot of space behind the 3rd row. It's priced right too, and is fairly efficient, even with AWD.
I've heard that the 2006 Sedona won't be getting a navigation system, but that the Hyundai Entourage might. Has anybody heard the contrary?
#832 of 3798 Re: Minivan Shopping [jchan2]
Jun 12, 2005 (1:02 pm)
jchan...have you checked out the Mazda 5 due out late this summer? It is similar to the Freestyle. Has 3 row seating, priced to start at around $17,000 nicely equipped.
#833 of 3798 Re: Four wheel disc [mcase2]
Jun 12, 2005 (1:24 pm)
Thank you for making this clear to me. I agree the braking performance is disapointing. Eleven feet can make a big difference. I 'll invest in some really good tires.
dae - recheck your consumer report! (March 2005 issue)
Oddy = 136 ft
Toyota = 142 ft
DCX = 140 ft
GM = 136 ft
All within spitting distance!
#834 of 3798 Re: Minivan Shopping [jipster]
Jun 12, 2005 (1:26 pm)
I'll check it out this fall and next year at the autoshow... I'm in no rush at all to buy since my 02 Odyssey is still going strong...
#835 of 3798 Re: Minivan Shopping [jchan2]
Jun 12, 2005 (2:29 pm)
I doubt that you would find a vehicle as enjoyable to drive as the Ody if your driving preference includes great "sporty" handling, driver engagement and energetic/spirited performance. Despite some normal first year learning curve growing pains/problems reported by some, I am confident that these would be addressed/eliminated in the current and 2006 models. Of course there are also the best resale value and expected high reliability to consider as well.
I would not hesitate to buy another Ody to replace an aging member of my 5 family vehicles when that time comes.
It all depends where in the driving spectrum range that your driving style/preference lies.
#836 of 3798 Keys for 1999 Ply Voy Mini Van
Jun 12, 2005 (3:23 pm)
We purchased a 1999 Plymouth Voyager Minivan. The keys we were given do not unlock the front doors, but they do unlock the slicing doors and lift gate and start the engine. Could someone have disconnected the latch rods from the key tumblers or could it have had keyless entry?