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#6 of 177 2000/2001 Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey?
May 15, 2007 (3:25 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 (4:10 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 (7:00 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 (12:00 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 (9:23 am)
Cool, congrats, then!
#11 of 177 timing belt
Jun 03, 2007 (6:09 pm)
My son is looking at a 2004 XLE Sienna with 68,000 miles on it. Is the engine a non interference engine? Does the 2004 model still have a belt or does it have a chain? If a belt, should it be changed at 60 or 90 thousand? I think that is a lot of miles, but since it is a toyota, I guess it might be okay. Any warnings about problems with the 04? The people want $18,900 for it.
#12 of 177 Re: timing belt [lnt]
Jun 04, 2007 (7:18 am)
Price seems high to me. I didn't look at a lot of used ones, but the few that I did see weren't that high, at least not for an 04 with that many miles.
The 3.3l V6 uses a timing belt. I'm not sure about the interval for replacement, though. The 3.5l V6 they started using for MY2007 uses a chain.
Honestly? Get him to sacrifice a few options and just buy new. You can get a CE for $22k brand new, and that's with 266hp. I got an LE package 3, that has power sliding doors on both sides, alloys, trip computer, and stability control cost me just over $25k.
That plus the rebate looks like it went up for June, so he might be able to get one just under $25k new.
I know that seems like a stretch from $19k, but if you think about it the ownership costs might actually be lower. You get lower rates for new car loans vs. used. No timing belt to change, ever. 0 miles vs. 68,000 miles. And I'm sure an 07 will be worth a lot more than an 04 when he ends up selling it.
At least shop for a better price. $19k is just too close to a new one for comfort.
#13 of 177 Re: timing belt [ateixeira]
Jun 13, 2007 (7:49 pm)
Hello Sir..I am looking for 2007 Toyota sienna LE option # 3.Where did you buy? I am in Louisville.Is that the price out the door?Who is the dealer?
#14 of 177 Re: timing belt [searcher5]
Jun 14, 2007 (6:32 am)
searche, I'm from Louisville. I'd be careful if buying from Toyota of Louisville. They like to play games, as well as try to lay a $480 doc. fee on you.
#15 of 177 Re: [ateixeira]
Jun 14, 2007 (2:16 pm)
BEWARE of the hype about the 2007 Sienna with 266 HP at a much higher 6200 RPM while the TORQUE had a small increase to 245 Lb Ft at a much higher 4700 RPM.
Would be VERY interesting to see an actual test of a 2007 Sienna 3.5L vs the 2006 Sienan 3.3L. Does the 2007 Sienna ACTUALLY accelerate any faster than the 2006 since the 2007 engine must be revved higher to develop the increased power?