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Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, Ford Windstar, Chevrolet Venture, Honda Odyssey, Mazda MPV, Nissan Quest, Toyota Sienna, Plymouth Voyager, Car Buying, Van
#10 of 42 Re: 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan (Stow 'N Go) vs 2005 Sienna LE vs 2003 Mazda MPV [sramamur1]
Dec 18, 2007 (5:00 pm)
Although the Toyota is a good van, you're buying it right about the time that it will likely need its first major maintenance. At 117,000 km, it probably needs a new timing belt, tune up, and tires. If the vehicle has had the timing belt done and the tires are in good shape, then the Toyota is a good way to go. If you choose the Chrysler, see if it qualifies for the 100,000 mile warranty. Recent Chrysler vans are more relaible than past models but compared to the Toyota you will likely see electrical repairs (e.g. power window motors frequently go in Chrysler vans) and possible transmission repairs. Thus, the warranty is very important if you choose the Chrylser. I own a 2006 base model Dodge Caravan, with 26,000 miles. I've owned the van for over a year and bought it brand new. I haven't had any warranty claims to this point. Good luck.
#11 of 42 Re: 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan (Stow 'N Go) vs 2005 Sienna LE vs 2003 Mazda MPV [sramamur1]
Dec 26, 2007 (11:05 pm)
As an owner of a 2006 Sienna LE, I would recommend the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan SE...but it would have to have the separately controlled temperature for the driver and front passenger that was optional on the 2007 GC SE models.
Our daughter's 1999 GC SE now has almost 106,000 miles with very few problems. My sister's 1986 Caravan SE had 170,000 trouble free miles when they sold it to a friend because they needed a more powerful vehicle to pull a trailer.
#12 of 42 Re: 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan (Stow 'N Go) vs 2005 Sienna LE vs 2003 Mazda M
Feb 21, 2008 (12:05 pm)
I think you really need to know how your going to use your minivan before choosing what to buy. Do you ever carry up to eight people? Honda would be a goood choice here.
Will it just be used primarily as a people mover? Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, or most any of the others would fill the bill quite nicely.
How long you want to keep it is another factor. Toyota and Honda hold their value better if your only planning on keeping it a few years. Although it also means you'll pay more for a used one.
I bought mine (new) because I use mine not only to carry people, (family and grand kids) I use it as a working van and after having a truck for 15 years, I wanted some place to hide my tools, battery cables, storage blanket, tape, etc. I was tired of having them laying in the floor or on the rear seat of my club cab. I also wanted some place to stow the grand kids stuff. I also use my van to carry a lot of other stuff. I use it to move my kids and siblings. I buy a lot of things to fix up my home and I don't like paying delivery charges. I use it to carry my Mother and Sister's electric wheel chair and electric scooter when they have to go places that require a lot of walking. So mine is not only a people hauler, but a working minivan. For that reason I saw only one choice. The Dodge/Chrysler minivans, with stow-n-go. They are cheaper to buy as they don't hold their value as well as Honda or Toyota, but if your going to keep it for more than a few years, that shouldn't be a problem. You've already saved much of that by buying it cheaper. If your buying a model that is newer than the 2000's, reliability with the Dodge/Chrysler should be no problem, although stow and go didn't come in till 2005.
But before you buy, figure out how your going to use your van and how long your planning on keeping it. That could make a big difference, or very little difference.
#13 of 42 Re: 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan (Stow 'N Go) vs 2005 Sienna LE vs 2003 Mazda M [marine2]
Feb 21, 2008 (6:14 pm)
Good objective post Marine2. I've often though you wear Chrysler underwear, but you did a good job on this one.
#14 of 42 Re: 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan (Stow 'N Go) vs 2005 Sienna LE vs 2003 Mazda M
Feb 21, 2008 (7:49 pm)
I'm glad someone understands why I prefer a sedan with a trunk over a hatchback. People think I'm nuts for preferring this but I like the idea of storing things in a trunk which you cannot see from the outside. In a hatchback you could always see what was back there which tempted thieves. Besides, if your trunk is a mess nobody knows.,
#16 of 42 Long lasting and safe van?
Dec 30, 2007 (3:48 pm)
We are looking at purchasing a van. We are either looking for an older model in the $3000-$5000 range for a few years or go for a newer one(used) in the $10000-$14000 range that will last for a long time.
I want a really safe van to replace my small Ford escort and would like one that can take high mileage.
I see a lot of used van that have 150k to 190k and I wonder how much more they can take?
Do Japanese ones are a better bet for high mileage?
How about safety, I think the Ford windstar and freestar along with the Kia Sedona are quite safe, aren't they (I checked iihs.org and safercar.gov)?
We are a family of 3 with a dog and are in Atlanta and love to drive to Florida (No snow or ice).
Good gas mileage and anything you might think of will help.
Thanks a lot
#17 of 42 Re: Long lasting and safe van? [jazkillingjoke]
Jan 05, 2008 (7:56 pm)
The BEST used minivan can be one of any brand. Proper maintenance and driving habits of prior owner (owners) is more important than which company built it.
Jan 06, 2008 (5:21 am)
Thanks for the answer hansienna!
#19 of 42 Help - Where to Begin?
Jan 28, 2008 (9:51 am)
We're shopping for a minivan. We want to spend $8000-$12000. Reliability is much more important to us than any fancy features.
Our cars have been Hondas and Toyotas for years, but it looks like their minivans are going to be out of our price range, unless we really want to go up in mileage.