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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#871 of 3798 MPV...Zoom Zoom
Jun 24, 2005 (1:04 pm)
Agree with 1-5. Though for #6...you should have had Mazda MPV. Just substitute "HUGE"...for MORE THAN ADEQUATE. Can get a loaded LX with rebates etc for $18,000. Pound for pound...the minivan heaveyweight champ of the world.
I agree though with styling..if I didn't care how something I was driving looked, I would have bought the 2004 Ody.
Took 2 test drives in the Quest...interior materials and fit and finish seemed subpar.
#872 of 3798 Re: tamu2002 [rorr]
Jun 24, 2005 (1:14 pm)
You guessed it! I'm a proud Aggie And what would that explain ? Help me out here will ya? You would'nt happen to be a longhorn, would you judging by your location ?
Yes, I was aware of what the 8-passenger Sienna 2nd row can do. I shouldn't have said "zero flexibility". Like I said, we REALLY liked that. I was mainly refering to its inability to fold flat. Your point is well taken.
#873 of 3798 tamu2002
Jun 24, 2005 (1:24 pm)
Oh good, an Aggie w/ a sense of humor. A proud Aggie? Is there any other kind?
Well, I'm not a teasip by school (graduated from UTSA) but more of a teasip by heart. Which means my butt will be planted in my easy chair tomorrow evening watching the Horns go for another Championship in the CWS.
Sweet. Last night, the Spurs won. And hopefully, the Horns can put a couple together against the gators over the weekend. And if the #6 car can have a good run in Sonoma on Sunday, life will be good.....
#874 of 3798 Re: Styling isn't in my value equation [bluedevils]
Jun 24, 2005 (1:24 pm)
"why in the heck were you worried about STYLING? "
Well, I still wanna look cool even after 3 kids all right. Like I said, we would've got a DGC SXT if it weren't for the styling issue. I have a lot of respect for the Kia Sedona. Checked out one 3 years ago when it first came out. Great pick-up at low speed, solid feel. I didn't know it could be had for $16K. If I did we would've at least considered it. I didn't also because of its small size. I've been an admirer of Hyundai and Kia. Almost bought a Hyundai Sonata or Kia Optima 3 years ago. They make solid vehicels. I wouldn't have any trouble buying one.
You know what, I remember you from way back because I followed the Sodona board for quite a while. How has yours hold up?...Well the answer is obvious I guess. Good luck with it.
#875 of 3798 Re: tamu2002 [rorr]
Jun 24, 2005 (1:33 pm)
Gee, I haven't had such entertaining conversations on these boards since...well ever. I hope the #6 car kick all the other cars' rear bumpers and the Horns win the CWS--whatever that is, sorry not a sports guy. I went to grad school there so was pretty much exempted from the rivalry stuff with t.u. (sorry, couldn't resist ).
We love Texas. We have lots of fond memories... and horrible ones too (did I say I went to grad school there?). Our first daughter was born there. Wish we could move back someday.
#876 of 3798 Re: MPV...Zoom Zoom [jipster]
Jun 24, 2005 (1:41 pm)
I'm sure the MPV is a capable van, but a little small for us. For those who don't know, it's the 1st van with the fold flat seat. ...I'm correct jipster, aren't I?
#877 of 3798 Re: First van with fold flat seat? [tamu2002]
Jun 24, 2005 (2:26 pm)
Original Odyssey? or the 1999 larger GC sized Odyssey? The MPV was a small SUV for many years and Mazda changed to having the MPV become a small minivan just before the SUV became the "in" vehicle.
I have driven a KIA Sedona and was impressed with the smooth ride and low price. However, it lacks many nice features of the DC minivans that I could not do without after buying my used 2002 T&C last summer after comparing one son's 2001 Ody EX purchased new and another son's used 2002 GC Sport he got as a used vehicle. Separately controlled temperature for driver and front passenger is THE BEST idea for comfort since heaters and air conditioners were invented .
DC introduced this luxury feature for the masses at a reasonable price about 10 years ago when it could be an option in virtually all but the very cheapest DC minivan. Toyota finally offered it in the 2004 Sienna XLE and Honda put it in all but the cheapest Odyssey EX for the 2005 model year. KIA is reported to have the feature in ALL 2006 Sedonas. Meanwhile: Nissan, Mazda, Ford continue to be asleep and ignore the comfort of their minivan buyers.
#878 of 3798 Re: First van with fold flat seat? [hansienna]
Jun 24, 2005 (3:16 pm)
Honda put it in all but the cheapest Odyssey EX for the 2005 model year
Incorrect. EX has it - LX does not.
I have it always set on "sync". I doubt I will ever use such a feature.
#879 of 3798 Re: First van with fold flat seat? [hansienna]
Jun 24, 2005 (5:59 pm)
Separately controlled temperature for driver and front passenger is THE BEST idea for comfort since heaters and air conditioners were invented .
But the greatest feature is a power hatch!!!!! I love it I love it I love it!!!! Have I mentioned how much I love my power hatch??? I LOVE IT!!! Also like how it beeeps when opening to warn people!!
#880 of 3798 Re: MPV...Zoom Zoom [tamu2002]
Jun 24, 2005 (6:35 pm)
"I'm correct jipster, aren't I?"
Sounds good to me. I have read where it was...and also where it wasn't.
I do believe they were the first to offer the power middle windows as well as the sliding second row captains chair that can form a bench seat. We could use the split folding rear seat on our upcoming trip, as the mother in law is going with our family of 4. But other than that and the side curtain airbags(not available) we got everything we wanted.