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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#886 of 3798 Re: El Cheapo Minivans ($18K and under) [charlotte7]
Jun 25, 2005 (9:19 am)
If you are going for the 16-18k range , I would buy new. Either the Mazda MPV or Kia Sedona...2005 shouldnt be that bad in terms of quality.It does have a very good warranty. I doubt your going to be able to fit an 80lb dog and a couple road bikes in the third row folded down area. You may have to pull out a second row captains chair or let Fido ride shotgun.
#887 of 3798 Re: El Cheapo Minivans ($18K and under) [charlotte7]
Jun 25, 2005 (4:58 pm)
At $18K and under budget, the DGC at $16.9K with rebates would be very compelling! With a little stretch to under $20K, the Quest with rebates would be my choice.
#888 of 3798 Re: El Cheapo Minivans ($18K and under) [charlotte7]
Jun 25, 2005 (6:13 pm)
I'm looking at getting a new car at the end of this year or thereabouts, and will probably end up with a minivan.
With GM's employee pricing for all, I'm sure everyone will have to do more.....Seems like you have time on your side!!! This is a good start, thinking months in advance!!
#889 of 3798 Re: Inexpensive minivans ($18K and under) [charlotte7]
Jun 26, 2005 (2:54 pm)
Get a Grand Caravan or SWB T&C to have the reliable, powerful, economical 3.3L V6 engine. Nice discounts and rebates are now available.
If you want a nice heavy minivan with less interior space and lower fuel economy, the Kia Sedona would be an excellent choice and also has nice discounts and rebates.
If you want a small minivan with the fold down rear seat, mid range fuel economy and "Zoom, Zoom, Zoom" get a Mazda MPV.
If you want to spend most of your time getting to know mechanics, buy a used Volkswagen Eurovan as a Volkswagen needs more frequent, costly maintenance than all the rest combined.
#890 of 3798 How About
Jun 27, 2005 (5:10 am)
waiting for the Mazda5?
#891 of 3798 Re: How About [jchan2]
Jun 27, 2005 (5:14 am)
I am doing that, have had my eye on the 5 for a while, but I'm concerned that it's going to be underpowered. (I also think they're ugly, but that's really not as important.) I have a stick shift car now, and I don't want the manual 5, though I know that will supposedly improve it's 157 horsepower performance. There's too much traffic I have to drive in to deal with a manual anymore.
#892 of 3798 Re: How About [charlotte7]
Jun 27, 2005 (6:17 am)
Another option to consider beyond minivans, is the Ford Freestyle. New they are more $ than you want to spend, but you might be able to find a demo or by next year a 1 year old model for around 18k or so. They are a nice alternative to minivans, and are very roomy, but ride more like cars. Since you don't have numerous kids, this could be a good option. I have a Sienna which I love, but if I didn't have 3 kids (well, 2 and one due in about a week) I would have gone a different route, like the Freestyle. Autoweek magazine recently did a comparison of a Honda Odyseey vs. the Freestyle - which is an odd but interesting comparison. The Ody won, but not by much. I was expecting the Honda to trounce it, and it didn't. What is also interesting, is that this is the 3rd (or 4th) version of the Ody, whereas the Freestyle is a brand new vehicle. Can only get better too. And I think the price was set a bit too high - I have seen very few on the roads where I live. So bargains might be plentiful, especially by the end of summer.
If a minivan is a must though, I would look at the MPV then. I like it better than the Sedona, and the gas mileage is better too. I didn't consider either of these vans, for a number of reasons, but I also don't have local dealers for these models, so I wrote them off my list for this very reason. Good luck.
#893 of 3798 Re: How About [irg]
Jun 27, 2005 (8:31 am)
I have liked the looks of the Freestyle, but thought the price was too steep. I would definitely consider a used one if it was in my price range.
I haven't seen but one on the roads here in Austin, either, so obviously others think they're pricey, too! Do the Freestyle's seats fold down? I would really like to avoid having to take the seats out to put the bikes in.
#894 of 3798 Re: How About [charlotte7]
Jun 27, 2005 (10:01 am)
I think they do fold down, although you won't have as much room as a minivan, it will still be pretty good, and better than most SUVs. What about putting bikes on top of the vehicle on a bike rack, or on the back of the vehicle? Also, the Freestyle can be had in AWD, although in Austin, probably not a big deal. It's funny, in that Ford finally makes a really good vehicle, that even the enthusiast press likes (although they complain that it should have more power) and yet no one is buying this vehicle (yet). I would much rather own this vehicle than a Ford Explorer (and I own one of these). But the price does seem - while not unreasonable, it still seems a bit high. Yet compared to an Odyseey or Sienna, it seems reasonable. Supply and demand though - if there is little demand, the prices will have to come down. Although I thought that would be true of the Ford Freestar (way too expensive) and yet I see few on the road, and the prices still aren't cheap...
#895 of 3798 An underpowered Mazda 5?
Jun 27, 2005 (11:45 am)
As far as being underpowered, I don't think you have anything to worry about with the 5...157 horsepower should be plenty safe when it comes to merging in traffic, even though it might not be a lot of fun. I drive a '96 Accord Automatic with only 130 horsepower. It is not a powerhouse engine, and at first I was nervous on uphill on-ramps. I soon learned, however, that my fears never came true, all I had to do was wind the engine up to above 4500 rpm, and the little car scooted up a hill with (albeit noisy) ease.
I happen to think that the 5 is a nice-looking vehicle, and know others that share my feelings (my father, for one), so don't be afraid of driving it if you don't like the styling, because plenty of others think youd be stylin'!