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#1 of 177 Thinking about buying a 2002 Sienna w/ 120K miles
Feb 18, 2007 (4:14 pm)
I'm in the market for a mini van but not wanting to spend too much money. We found at a dealership a 2002 Symphony model for $8600. It has been very well kept, body in excellent condition, interior good, runs excellent as far as I can tell. Noticed a funny odor from the exhaust when dealer first started up that is hard to describe, but finally went away. She has 120,000 miles on her, but have been told by a mechanic it is just broke in. Your comments please, should I bring her home?
#2 of 177 Went and did it!
Feb 22, 2007 (5:19 pm)
Well, no one said anything...so I bought it. No watch everyone say you shouldn't have!
Good running mini-van if I must say. I'll keep you posted as we run the wheels of of it.
#3 of 177 Re: Thinking about buying a 2002 Sienna w/ 120K miles [freerider]
Feb 28, 2007 (12:44 pm)
yes, powertrain should be the last thing to go. bring er home.
#4 of 177 Thinking about buying 2006 Sienna LE
May 15, 2007 (10:55 am)
My husband and I are looking at purchasing a 2006 Sienna LE (pkg 3, I believe) for $17,200. However, it was used as a dealer service vehicle and has 32,000 miles on it. Should we be concerned? We both drove it and it seems fine, but what can you really tell from a 30-minute test drive?
#5 of 177 Re: Thinking about buying 2006 Sienna LE [schottpgh]
May 15, 2007 (1:37 pm)
That price is a steal.
Considering the price is so low, ask if the dealer will run it through the CPO program so that you get it CPO. Even if it adds a grand to the price, you're still getting a bargain.
An 07 LE with that package is over $25 grand.
#6 of 177 2000/2001 Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey?
May 15, 2007 (4:25 pm)
We are looking to buy a used minivan (sienna or Odyssey) for 10K to 12K.
I did some research on KBB and almost decided to buy 2000/2001 Honda Odyssey. Mainly due to it's 5 star front
crash rating plus folding rear seat. Sienna is little behind wrt these two points.
My brother who also owns a 2001 Sienna told me about this forum. I did some digging in this forum on Odyssey and Sienna. And now, my general feeling is that Honda Odyssey has more repeating problems with Engine and Transmission. Whereas I could not find very prominent and repeating problems being disucssed about Sienna. That makes me think
now I should start looking for Sienna rather than Odyssey.
Please correct me if my feeling is wrong. Also any advise about 2000/2001 Sienna is welcome.
#7 of 177 Re: Thinking about buying 2006 Sienna LE [ateixeira]
May 15, 2007 (5:10 pm)
Thanks for the reply....I think we're going to go for it. I thought it was too good to pass up, but wanted another opinion.
#8 of 177 Re: 2000/2001 Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey? [newbie2007]
May 16, 2007 (8:00 am)
Be careful with the 3.0l V6 from that Sienna, as I think those were affected by the sludge issues Toyota had.
I'd search for a later 3.3l V6 model, whenever that was introduced.
If you do get the 3.0l, ask for proof of oil changes, and consider using synthetic oil, which better protects against sludge.
Maybe spend a bit more and get a higher mileage 3.3l V6 that is newer?
#9 of 177 used sienna 02
May 18, 2007 (1:00 pm)
I went ahead and bought it. Rides and runs great. I think we made a good choice. I changed the timing belt, water pump, and new plugs. Get about 24 mpg. Hope to run it to 300k miles.
No engine sludge. Previous owner changed oil regularly.
#10 of 177 Re: used sienna 02 [freerider]
May 22, 2007 (10:23 am)
Cool, congrats, then!