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Toyota Sienna, Car Buying, Van
Sep 25, 2010 (11:13 pm)
Paid 31,100 for ours about 2 weeks ago here in San Diego..... Moonroof, Power Tailgate, SE Preferred Package, Tow Prep.....
Thus far our SE has been a blast. We've managed to rack up over 1,000 in a week! Our previous van was a 2007 Honda Odyssey, traded in with 97k miles. If it weren't for the transmission software upgrade, which caused our Odyssey to shudder between 45 and 70 mph, we'd still have it.
I say between the Odyssey and the Sienna SE, the two are rather similar. The Sienna seems to have a larger interior. Handling wise, the Odyssey provides better feel but the SE seems to stick better (I think this may be due in large part to the tire selection). Torque, the Sienna is noticeably better. We like the more aggressive design of the Sienna. One of the first thing we noticed is that the Sienna stays on the "ECO" mode longer then the Odyssey. Fuel economy is better in the Sienna and it's quieter then the Odyssey. The side doors open wider in the Sienna and the doors don't stop short of full open like they do in the Odyssey when the windows are rolled down. Exterior physical size is about the same as the Odyssey, the Sienna however seems wider. But on the interior the Sienna seem larger, the trunk and the middle row seating is noticeably larger.
What we don't like..... the wide angle mirror is too small. The phonebook of our bluetooth enabled phone doesn't show up on the screen (unlike our other cars with similar feature). Why didn't Toyota make the drop down DVD system, navigation nor the HID headlights available in the SE? The middle row seats are hard to pull forward, perhaps it's still new. It would have been nice if the middle row seats retained their position after being slid forward to allow passengers to get to the back seat. We hope there will be a way retrofit the motorized ability to open and close the rearmost windows like the XLE and the LTD models.
Oct 22, 2010 (11:00 am)
Hi there. First time poster here...just want to thank all of you for posting your info as I'm looking for a 2011 sienna se. It seems that the best prices posted in this thread are around $31k. I'm just wondering if the prices that everyone is posting is the OTD price? Thanks again to all.
#27 of 47 Re: OTD price? [sketty55]
Oct 24, 2010 (4:35 am)
We love our SE and have gotten many comments on it. I purchased the car in PA but registered it in DE so there was no sales tax. Here are the details of my OTD price:
$31,142.00 - Negotiated Price
1,167.83 - Delaware 3.75% Doc Fee
223.00 - Total All Fees (1 yr registration)
$32,532.83 - OTD Price.
Let me know if you have any questions.
#28 of 47 Re: OTD price? [dadof2plusdog]
Oct 24, 2010 (9:43 am)
Really appreciate the response. Would you mind if i ask which dealership this was from and if you have the sales contact. I understand that it's against the rules to post salesperson names...maybe you can just include the initial. This is a great help!
#29 of 47 sales tax
Oct 24, 2010 (6:39 pm)
So if you purchase a car in another state do you have to pay sales tax? As one person posted or only in that state?
#30 of 47 2011 Toyota Sienna SE
Oct 24, 2010 (6:40 pm)
It is hard to find SE models. I cant decide if I want white or black. Any advice?
#31 of 47 Re: 2011 Toyota Sienna SE [cjc4]
Nov 02, 2010 (4:25 pm)
Try Pre-Dawn Gray.
It matches the black interior very well.
We just bought one in SoCal on 10-24-2010.
It took me 3 months to find one.
I think ours is the only Gray SE in town.
#32 of 47 Re: 2011 Toyota Sienna SE [jabc]
Nov 02, 2010 (5:28 pm)
I say Pre-Dawn Gray as well. Have not seen another SE in that color in the Philly area since we got it in August. I think it is the best color, luckily didn't have a hard time finding it. I did read thought that only 15% of Sienna production this year were SE models, that might explain your difficulty in finding one.
#33 of 47 Re: 2011 Toyota Sienna SE [dadof2plusdog]
Nov 02, 2010 (8:42 pm)
In SoCal, all they ship over are either white or silver with just few in black.
Black is fine but it will need frequent carwash which is not a good idea in SoCal.
My pre-dawn SE looks really cool.
We got many compliments about the color.
Worth all the efforts to find our SE.
#34 of 47 Opinions needed on my offers for Sienna SE 2011
Jan 14, 2011 (12:15 pm)
I live in NY. I have been researching and considering to buy the Sienna SE 2011 (preferably in Black, pre-dawn gray 2nd choice). Below are the offers I am receiving through my internet inquiries. Please let me know what do you all think of this prices. They do not include the NY tax and the DMV fees. The tax is 8.875% and the new plates will cost me $350.
My selected options are:
PREFERRED PKG (SP)
· PWR TILT/SLIDE MOONROOF W/SUNSHADE (MR)
· DUAL SCREEN SEAT-MOUNTED ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (9E)
· REMOTE ENGINE START (V4)
The offers are:
1) $33,038 + $249 dealer doc fee + tax (8.875%) + dmv (350) = OTD = 36569
Note: This dealer is NJ with 7% sales tax but I calculated as per NY state
2) $33,138 + $75 doc fee + tax + dmv = OTD = 36503
3) $33,538 + tax + dmv = OTD = 36864
Are these prices on the higher end in NY or is this what people are paying? How much more negotiation room do I have? The first and the 3rd quote is through ZAG. I understand the dealer would honor that, but do they go below that price as well?
The third quote is from a dealership very close to my house but they don't have the vehicle in stock but located one for me with the behind the seat mount dvd system. At one point, she told me without the dvd, it would cost me $31038. I really liked that option but she's telling me she can't find any without the DVD. I don't want to pay $2000 just for the dvd system.
So I filled out the form on ZAG including the dvd just to see what offers I get.
Another question is if I pay the NJ tax which is 7%, do I have to pay the remaining NY tax which is higher at the time of registering the vehicle or do states have some kind of an agreement where NY state would accept NJ state tax.
Is it better to negotiate on the invoice price or the OTD price? How much lower can I go on these invoice prices? And, will I have better luck if I told the dealer I will pay all CASH.
I would really appreciate all your responses. Also, if you see a similar deal in the NY NJ or PA area, please inform me, I am not in rush but do need to buy and I'm liking the SE.