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#96 of 177 2006 vs 2008
Dec 05, 2010 (11:44 pm)
Am in the market for a used Sienna. Due to the depreciation I am looking at Limited since they seem to have depreciated to reasonable values and should be good for resale too
2006 Sienna Ltd 95k miles single owner well maintained $15,000
2008 Sienna Ltd 135k miles Dealership owned/used as shuttle in LA $17,500
Which one should I go for? Both are fully loaded are exactly the same color etc. I intend to sell it in 6-12 mo. What is a better value AND easier to sell? The 2008 looks better with the newer engine etc but the 2006 has the same features and should be easier to sell with lower non tainted mileage.
I have a Lexus RX300 with 180k troublefree miles so I dont have doubts with high mileage cars but others may not feel the same way when I am trying to sell it back.
#97 of 177 Re: 2006 vs 2008 [gsenthil]
Dec 06, 2010 (6:56 am)
The 06 has a timing belt, so it if has not been change it's due right about now.
The 08 has a timing chain. The high miles probably mean they're mostly highway.
What scares me away from the 08 is the shuttle service. Thousands of people who didn't car getting in and out constantly...I dunno. Check the doors for smooth operation, and inspect the interior to see how beat up it got (did the shuttle passengers carry lots of luggage?).
#98 of 177 Re: 2006 vs 2008 [gsenthil]
Dec 06, 2010 (12:48 pm)
My take on the shuttle is opposite Ateixeira's. Shuttle service van got all it's miles in town- not highway- and those are stressful miles especially on brakes, suspension and steering components. On the other hand, a shuttle van was at steady state running condition most of the time, and (one should hope) routinely serviced so the engine should be relatively strong. The clientele would generally be cleaner, but for essential purposes it is a retired taxi.
Take a look at the maintenance history on the 2006. The timing belt really should have been changed at the 90k service and if not, question how well the maintanance has been kept up with. Assuming all the maintanance really has been kept up, at $2500 less I would be strongly inclined to the 2006 because the mileage is a lot lower so there is less risk of costly repairs and the only advantage the 2008 really has is some improvements in the engine power/efficiency.
#99 of 177 2008 Sienna
Dec 07, 2010 (6:24 pm)
I finally found a 2008 Sienna Limited 42k miles with Nav/DVD/HID for 21k + TTL. Is this a good deal? Also, CarFax report has no mention of any oil change etc being done - should I be worried about sludge?
This is not certified but from a Toyota dealership where it was traded in
#100 of 177 Re: 2008 Sienna [gsenthil]
Dec 07, 2010 (7:20 pm)
I thought carfaxes showed ownership and accidents not maintenance history.If in fact the oil hasn't been changed in over 40k miles of course you should be worried about sludge.
#101 of 177 Re: 2008 Sienna [gsenthil]
Dec 13, 2010 (10:50 am)
That was probably a $38k van new. So 3 years old, miles only a little high for its age, the price sounds find to me.
#102 of 177 Should I get a AWD Sienna?
Jan 03, 2011 (4:28 pm)
We just had a second child and I'm thinking about getting a minivan to give the whole family a bit more comfort on the go. I'm now leaning toward Sienna, however I need advices on whether or not I should get one with AWD.
We live in SF Bay Area and the only reason for us to have AWD is that we go to Tahoe for skiing several times a year (we don't do a lot of skiing though). To be honest I don't mind putting on and taking off chains, but I want maximum safety for my family. I did have the experience that my sedan (with snow chain on) skid out of control and that scared all of us to death. Since Sienna is a lot more heavier than my Accord, I'd imagine we'd have more trouble driving in snow without AWD.
So my question is, do I absolutely need a AWD in this case. How much AWD will help in giving me more traction and making us trouble-free in snow? Is there a more reliable way than snow chain that can gives us better traction when we need it (mostly only a couple of times a year).
Your advices are appreciated!
#103 of 177 Re: Should I get a AWD Sienna? [kennethjiang]
Jan 04, 2011 (7:22 am)
I'm all for AWD, in fact we've owned 3 Subarus.
The catch here is that the AWD models mandate run-flats. The driveshaft goes right in the path of where the spare tire is on other models.
And I *hate* run-flats. Expensive, stiff ride, short tread life, etc.
We got a FWD Sienna, but we also have an AWD Subaru in our fleet for those snowy days. It's much better suited anyway.
#104 of 177 Help needed on pricing 2009 Sienna XLE
Jan 04, 2011 (9:49 am)
#105 of 177 2009 XLE Sienna price help needed
Jan 04, 2011 (11:07 am)
2009 XLE, 33,000 miles, DVD entertainment, leather. What is a good price. Edmunds states 19348 for trade in, 21676 for private party and 23465 for dealer. What would be a good target price. Anything to watch out for.