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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#962 of 3798 The Minivan
Jul 11, 2005 (8:29 pm)
I own a 2002 Honda Odyssey EX. I am the primary driver, and the Odyssey replaced a 1997 Honda Accord Special Edition Coupe painted in San Marino Red.
The Accord Coupe, although silky smooth at 97,000 miles, wasn't practical enough for the family, nor did it hold enough stuff for family road trips. The Odyssey fits my needs perfectly, as my commute is a 110 mile roundtrip commute on the freeway.
#963 of 3798 Re: Who's the Primary Driver of your van? [str]
Jul 12, 2005 (4:03 am)
str, check out post #7702 in the Mazda MPV topic. I give a review of our MPV's performance in the year that I have had it. Like Gieco...you'll be saving a bunch of money by switching to an MPV.
Basically we love our MPV. We like the styling interior and exterior, the handling and carlike ride, cools quickly(just came back from trip to Florida),comfort, gas mileage is just as good as the others,the brakes are great, fit and finish and overall quality is tops in it's class.Reliability has been excellent. Comes with a better warranty(4years/50k miles)
About the only thing I wish was better is low end torque. It's not as quick off the line as the other minivans. But,it has all the power we need....and I'm not a lead footed driver...so It's not really a big deal. Also, if you're into all the electronic gizmos(i.e navigation,backup sensors, etc) the MPV's higher end model, the ES, doesn't have some features that some of the other minivans come with.Good luck.
#964 of 3798 Re: Who's the Primary Driver of your van? [dhfd]
Jul 12, 2005 (4:36 am)
My wife drives the van (04 T&C) primarily - we have 2 toddlers and she works from home. We traded in an 02 Santa Fe when we had our daughter a year and a half ago. I will drive most of the time when were are all together on weeknights and weekends. My other car is an 03 Saab 9-3 - which had sadly become almost exclusively a commuter car. If we have the kids, which is almost always, we take the van.
#965 of 3798 Re: Who's the Primary Driver of your van? [dhfd]
Jul 12, 2005 (7:44 am)
We have a 01 DGC EX to which I am the primary driver. It replaced my 87 Lincoln Town Car. We have a 98 Pontiac Sunfire too, which my wife is the primary driver. We have four kids and the minivan was the way to go. At first, we wanted a SUV, but after doing careful research, it just wasn't a good choice. My wife on occasion does drive our minivan. I love the space, comfort, utility, sporty feel, safety features, looks, power and gas mileage. The way I see it is a minivan is a car, truck, and minivan all in one. (And for some a sports car.)
#966 of 3798 Re: Who's the Primary Driver of your van? [masterpaul1]
Jul 12, 2005 (9:42 am)
Everything in life is relative...
You switched from a 87 Town Car to a 01 DGC. The Town car then(I drove a few of then) was a big boat with a wallowing feeling as if you are in the high seas. The 01 DGC has a relatively firmer ride and stiffer suspension so it will give you a sporty feel and believe that you are in one as you said.
Switching from the DGC to an Ody would give you a similar comparo feeling in terms of sporty feeling. I know as I have done that 70 times in the past 2 years.
#967 of 3798 Re: Who's the Primary Driver of your van? [macakava]
Jul 12, 2005 (10:45 am)
In a way you are right about the boat feel in the 87 Town Car. Mine had independent front and rear shocks and coil springs. But the rear shocks where air adjustable, which gave a stable ride. Even though my old 87 Town Car weighed less then our 01 DGC, the minivan seems lighter and handles better. While my 87 Town Car had a softer ride over bumps, our 01 DGC has a stiffer ride and body lean is minimal when loaded up with our family. Even though a lot of people like the independent rear suspension with coil springs and gas shocks. I like and prefer the leaf springs, solid rear axle and air adjustable shocks. I will replace our current gas rear shocks, with air adjustable shocks when the time comes. Leaf springs and air adjustable shocks give a better and stable ride when under heavy load conditions from my experience
#968 of 3798 Re: Who's the Primary Driver of your van? [str]
Jul 14, 2005 (12:39 pm)
I'm sure the MPV is a worthy van in its own right, but just bear in mind that it's one size smaller than the usual candidates. No offense jipster.
We replaced our trustworthy 02 Malibu LS...well, I was gonna keep in as my commute car but it was totalled right before we got our 05 Nissan Quest S. With 3 kids, any midsize (or full size) sedan is simply not an option. With two kids though, it was still be managable with our Malibu.
A couple friends of ours bought a Carolla after they had their 1st baby to replace an aging Taurus Now they wish they had bought something bigger.
#969 of 3798 image problem?
Jul 14, 2005 (12:44 pm)
I've always found it hard to understand why people hate to be seen driving a van. Well, maybe in the last generation Toyota Sienna That thing is just hideous! But in general, I don't have a problem with minivans, and don't mind being seen in one, definitely not in our futuristic Quest . Plus, those SUVs, boy aren't they expensive!
#970 of 3798 Re: Who's the Primary Driver of your van? [tamu2002]
Jul 14, 2005 (4:38 pm)
Thanks tamu...no offense taken. The only real difference to us size wise, I thought, was the seating not as roomy in third room in MPV as others and space behind third row seat not as wide or deep. We are a family of 4 with small children so the the size of the MPV is just right for us. I believe our next minivan purchase in about 7 years will be one of the larger minivans. I don't know if Mazda will be bring our a much bigger MPV in the future than the current one. I am hoping they do.
My choices after the MPV were the Sienna and the Quest. I really liked the center console and exterior styling of the Quest. The smooth ride of the Sienna.I was leaning towards the Sienna...the wife the Quest. Sienna dealer started playing games with us(Sienna very hot seller at the time) We test drove the MPV and both liked it just as well or better. Came with a $3,000 rebate...bingo.
#971 of 3798 Smaller is fine...for us...for now...
Jul 14, 2005 (8:07 pm)
I'll second jipster there. The MPV is smaller than most of the other vans. If someone feels that it's too small for them, well, there are plenty of really good vans that are a size above.
The Sienna and Odyssey were the original top choices for me. The Quest, although very capable, seemed a little quirky for my tastes. The MPV and Sedona were always just under the radar, till the very end. I'll admit it though, if price were not an issue, I might have gone with the Odyssey. (If we had gotten an Ody, my wife and I agreed we would get personalized plates, either HOMER, or D OH )