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#106 of 177 Re: Should I get a AWD Sienna? [ateixeira]
Jan 04, 2011 (3:33 pm)
You were very helpful to bring up the point of run-flat tires. It doesn't seem make a lot of economical sense to pay the price in daily uses just for a couple of days in the whole year.
#107 of 177 Re: Should I get a AWD Sienna? [kennethjiang]
Jan 17, 2011 (6:38 am)
I live on top a mountain in western North Carolina with a very steep asphalt private road with multiple hairpin switchbacks. We have a 2005 Sienna AWD and a 2004 Subaru Forester XT. This year we have had so much snow that I broke down and bought z-pattern tire chains...for the Subaru! The AWD Sienna has 119K miles on it, is an ideal road-trip vehicle and I prefer it over the Subaru when I have to drive more than an hour for work. The seats are comfortable and supportive and the higher driver's position and greenhouse visibility are a huge advantage on the highway. I have made it up and down the mountain on snow, ice, slush and every combination with no problem...but there's a secret. I ditched the run-flat tires years ago ( after two sets, neither of whilch last 25K miles), bought a matching 5th wheel on ebay and now have 1 run-flat as a full-size spare that fits snugly in the well behind the third-row seat. The other 4 tires are Pirelli P 4's that have over 50K on them and still get very good rain/snow traction.
Whether you go with AWD or FWD, a set of chains is a good idea if you are intentionally going into mountainous big snow country with your family aboard. Make sure you get Z or <> pattern to work with your ABS and VSC and a set for each pair of drive wheels = 2 sets for AWD. Good luck.
#108 of 177 Looking at an '02 LE
Jan 19, 2011 (5:08 pm)
Only 104K miles for $6600. Never owned a Toyota or a minivan (have a Subaru Outback as primary car so this would be for wife and son).
sounds like a good deal but what things should I be concerned about with it just having hit the 100K mark? Timing belt? Plugs? Transmission?
#109 of 177 Re: Looking at an '02 LE [pdsports]
Jan 19, 2011 (8:59 pm)
timing belt and the spark plugs should have been changed at 90k.Transmission fluid I change it in my XLE every 50k.If he hasn't done any of that I'd pass
#110 of 177 Re: Looking at an '02 LE [jproc]
Jan 20, 2011 (12:11 pm)
#111 of 177 Used 2010 vs New 2011
Jan 28, 2011 (3:15 pm)
Looking to buy either a used 2010 LE or a new 2011 LE with minimal options in the next month. The asking prices for the used ones (with 20-35k miles) seem to start at about 21-22k, plus fees and taxes. Location: Minneapolis/St Paul.
The new 2011 model is quite a bit more. I am leaning towards the used previous year's model.
Should I spring for the new one? Paying cash in either case. Thank you for your advice.
#112 of 177 Re: Used 2010 vs New 2011 [asafonov]
Jan 29, 2011 (1:09 pm)
If you want an 8 seat model, I'd recommend the 2010, which had a MUCH wider center seat in the 2nd row.
The new one is merely a bridge.
OTOH, the new model has 3 zone climate control and a backup cam even on the volume models. So if you're a gadget person, those features may win you over.
I prefer the exterior styling of the new one, but the interior of my 2007 is a bit nicer with softer materials in some places.
Drive 'em both and go with your gut.
#113 of 177 Re: Used 2010 vs New 2011 [ateixeira]
Jan 29, 2011 (3:36 pm)
I just bought the 2011 LE, and yes, that 8th seat is tee-ninchy!!! I have a car seat in the left outboard seat, and for me to sit in that 8th seat is a squeeze!! However, I really like it! I do find something odd, though. My first Sienna from years ago was an LE and had power vent windows. Now THIS one, with its fancy back-up camera and dual power sliders, doesn't. What is up with THAT?? Anyhoo......still glad I've got her!
#114 of 177 Re: Used 2010 vs New 2011 [ateixeira]
Jan 31, 2011 (3:21 pm)
atexeira, thank you for your insightful comment. While the 8-th seat is nice-to-have, rather than must-have, if getting an 8-seater, might as well get a vehicle with a realistically-sized 8th seat.
As for the gadgets - I am emphatically NOT a gadget person - especially in a car; fewer things to break. I drove a rental Flex for a few weeks that had a backup camera and never got used to it.
#115 of 177 Re: Used 2010 vs New 2011 [chellesings1]
Feb 01, 2011 (9:29 am)
The advantage is there is a place to store it. Very convenient. If you seldom use it, that may be an advantage.