Last post on Dec 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM
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Mazda MAZDA5, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Car Buying, Car Comparisons,, Van
#17 of 22 Re: Duh.... [davicho]
Nov 15, 2012 (8:23 pm)
Another option is the Chevrolet Uplander / Pontiac Montana. I bought a 2007 model last year with 55k miles for under $12.5k (tax and licence included). For 2007 and 2008, these vans came with GM's 3900 V6. This is an OHV engine (i.e. no timing belt to worry about changing) and it has 240HP. This is plenty enough HP for a family and it's rated to tow 3500 lbs. The most reliable versions are the ones without the power sliding doors and without the stability control. I've got over 80k miles now and it does not burn any oil. The LT trim is best because you get a nice leather trim on the seats and the middle row seats get armrests. Good luck.
#18 of 22 Van search is over!
Nov 15, 2012 (8:35 pm)
Thanks, all, for your help. I failed to mention it here when it happened, but around the start of October I flew to Dallas and bought a Toyota Sienna. A friend there test-drove it for me first, so I was quite confident. Thus far we're very happy. Only repairs have been new lift cylinders for the rear gate (off-brand solution via Amazon for about $20 and 10 minutes of my own labor) and 2 new tires, which I saw coming when I bought it. We're getting somewhere around 24 mpg (still tracking that). My wife is happy, which counts for a lot.
#19 of 22 Re: How many miles will the Mazda5 run? (Help me crunch this data!) [gingrichdk]
Dec 20, 2012 (3:51 pm)
I know this thread is a coulple of months old, but as I read through it, all the decisions were based on how many miles when sold but the year of the vehicle was not taken into consideration.
Mazda5's did not enter the US market until 2006, doing the math, the oldest Mazda5 with average miles would only be 78k total. Thoes that would be over 100kmi would have to be driven about 17kmi/year and that would be a 2006. So most likely, you will be pretty hard pressed to find a Mazda5 with over 125kmi and 150kmi would most likely not exist due to time factor, not reliability. So I hope this sheds some light why there is a much lower percentage of Mazda5's out there with more that 100kmi.
#20 of 22 Re: How many miles will the Mazda5 run? (Help me crunch this data!) [gsqd]
Dec 20, 2012 (4:03 pm)
120K miles on my 2006 MZ5 Touring M/T. Not a single drop of oil consumption and still running strong. 5W20 Pennzoil Platinum Super Synthetic running through its veins and good old Motorcraft cartridge filter. Both replaced every 5K miles on the clock! Clutch, A/C compressor, and master cylinder have been the only components replaced besides normal wear and tear items.
#21 of 22 Re: How many miles will the Mazda5 run? (Help me crunch this data!) [davicho]
Dec 27, 2012 (7:12 pm)
I need to ask, have you been running synthetic oil since the beginning, or did you switch later, if so how many miles did it have when you switched to synthetic oil, thanks.
#22 of 22 Re: How many miles will the Mazda5 run? (Help me crunch this data!) [gsqd]
Dec 31, 2012 (4:17 pm)
I bought mine used with 96K miles, so I am not sure of what the previous owner used. However, I switched to synthetic the week I got it.