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post #21 of 47
I personally think Odysseys are stupidly expensive. I had one and it was fine though. Nothing out of this world.

Right now we have an '06 Pontiac Montana SV6. I love it. It has the shape of an SUV. Two electric sliding doors, DVD player, Lots of cup holders (important to me! )... A ton of cool features. I would recommend looking into them.
post #22 of 47
I have a Chrysler T and C and love it. I am a big honda fan, but for the difference in price, it just wasn't worth it. For what its worth, the Dodge is the same exact van as the Chrysler...just has a different "shell". Any "older" used van you get is going to have some problems. You are better off witha Honda if you are going to buy private party used because they do have wonderful service records, however, a certified used Chrysler from a dealership with something of a warranty may save you some money and be just fine in the long run.
The automatic doors on the ody and the T and C are great with babes. Our T and C is going to have 4 car seats in it!
post #23 of 47
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Originally Posted by mama to 2 girls View Post
Yes Mazda is owned by Ford.

FWIW, when dh and I were looking at vans we decided against a Dodge because he said since we were looking at all the different ones and he was actually taking note, he said he couldn't believe how many Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler mini-vans he saw that were broken down on the side of the road.
Of course, I see more Odysseys and Chrysler vans (caravan & T&C) on the road than any other minivans, period, so if you're going to see something broken down, law of averages says it's more likely to be a Chrysler minivan than any of the others, except Hondas. I'm pretty certain that The Odyssey and the Chrysler products are the best selling minivans out there.
post #24 of 47
We have an '01 Town and Country and I love it. Power doors and rear hatch, yay!! Makes my life sooo much easier. The gas mileage is decent, I average 22mpg which isn't bad for a mini-van.
post #25 of 47
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Originally Posted by Barcino View Post
You can go wrong with Honda I cannot imagine buying anything but when it comes to car brands. We have a CRV and will be purchasing a Pilot when the baby is born and out of the infant car seat.
I'm guessing that was supposed to say "You can't go wrong with Honda"? ;-)
post #26 of 47
I wouldn't suggest an American car if you care about emissions. The mpgs might be similar between a honda and a ford, but the emissions are not. At least that is what I found when I did a little research. I could be wrong about newer models.

We are having the same problem though. I hate the idea of buying a huge van to accommodate three carseats and a dog, but I don't know what else will work.
post #27 of 47
So I may be the voice of dissention here....

I used to drive a Lexus RX 300. As soon as we bought the big Britax seat (still rear-facing) we realized that our Lexus was not going to work. So we bought a brand new ('04?) Odyssey with the high-end everything including the GPS. Well, perhaps I was spoiled with the Lexus, but I hated the Odyssey.

It drove fantastic, but it had a bunch of stupid features that were not well thought-out. The GPS was horrible compared to the Lexus, and in the end, I sorely wish I had bought a Sienna - just because it had a layout and feel very similar to the Lexus.

Anyway, we went through a financial reorg (ala Dave Ramsey) this year and sold the Odyssey. I do agree -they hold their value very well, and we were very pleased at what we got for it. We bought a very old Chrysler T&C. ('97) It worked great, drove great, and I was actually much happier in it because I knew we didn't pay a fortune for it. Mileage was awful though. In the end, I decided I just really needed those power doors. I drove the Chrysler for close to a year, and we sold it for a little more than we bought it for!

So I asked DH to sell the Chrysler and find me a decent van with power doors and a DVD player in it. So he found me a Dodge Caravan that met my criteria, and I really like driving it! Again, it didn't cost a fortune and has more features than our old Odyssey (DVD, power rear hatch, triple zone auto climate control, to name a few). I have no idea how it will do in the "repairs" arena. We've had it for a couple of months.

So I would suggest that if you want to pay cash for a van, stick to Chrysler or Dodge. You'll get lots of features for the money and have a comfy ride.
post #28 of 47
I will be the lone voice advocating my Quest. We absolutely love it. We made the decision to go with it after we rented a T+C on vacation and despised every single second of it. I have driven A LOT of cars, but that minivan was an absolute joke of a car.

Look into a Quest.
post #29 of 47
I know you said you're looking at used ones, I wasn't sure how used ( 3 years old vs. 10 years old) we were talking here, but town and country/caravan/voyager (all basically the same van) from pre 2000 are notorious for transmission problems, and if you've ever had one go out you know how expensive they are to fix. Dh's mom had a 95 caravan that went through 4 transmissions in 3 years, my grandpa had a 96 voyager that went through 3. So that's something to watch out for. If you do a quick google search on 'caravan transmission' you'll see what I mean.
post #30 of 47
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Originally Posted by Pilgrim View Post

So I asked DH to sell the Chrysler and find me a decent van with power doors and a DVD player in it. So he found me a Dodge Caravan that met my criteria, and I really like driving it! Again, it didn't cost a fortune and has more features than our old Odyssey (DVD, power rear hatch, triple zone auto climate control, to name a few). I have no idea how it will do in the "repairs" arena. We've had it for a couple of months.

So I would suggest that if you want to pay cash for a van, stick to Chrysler or Dodge. You'll get lots of features for the money and have a comfy ride.
Did he get you the new Caravan? I've been reading a lot about it. It's definitely more affordable than the Odyssey and I like the fact that it has a lifetime warranty for the engine and transmission. I'm hoping to test drive it one of these days.
post #31 of 47
Ummm... Stay away from the Kia Sedona.... Ours has been a nightmare.... 2 nights ago our door FELL OFF... nice huh... I so wish we had not bought this van...
post #32 of 47
I have the Toyota Sienna and love it. It's a used '04.
post #33 of 47
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Ummm... Stay away from the Kia Sedona.... Ours has been a nightmare.... 2 nights ago our door FELL OFF... nice huh... I so wish we had not bought this van...
Marcee: I'm not a big fan of Kia as of late. They don't have a lot of standard features that I've been seeing in the dodge like the lifetime warranty and optional bumper-to-bumper. I don't think the Caravan's door's would fall off but its nice to know it would be covered under the warranty. I just don't see a lot of mini's with the features that the Dodge has. Where were you supposed to go when the door fell off lol. That's a night ruiner!
post #34 of 47
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Originally Posted by lovingmommyhood View Post
Right now we have an '06 Pontiac Montana SV6. I love it. It has the shape of an SUV. Two electric sliding doors, DVD player, Lots of cup holders (important to me! )... A ton of cool features. I would recommend looking into them.
My good friend with four kids has this van and I love the look and feel of it! And it does have a more rugged SUV shape to it, I agree.

We are looking into getting a van next year. DH really wants a Chevy Astro and I wouldn't mind having one if it was in excellent condition. He also likes the look of the Honda Ody but we are looking for something really cheap right now.
post #35 of 47
We have an '06 Odyssey and love it. The DVD player is such a luxury! And the boys can play playstation too!

My dh drives the Ody most of the time. I use our Land Rover Discovery for my commute and the pick up of my child. (gas mileage is atrocious, but I love, love, love my Rover)
post #36 of 47
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Originally Posted by Marcee View Post
Ummm... Stay away from the Kia Sedona.... Ours has been a nightmare.... 2 nights ago our door FELL OFF... nice huh... I so wish we had not bought this van...

Actually I missed this post when I posted right after you. The automatic sliding door motor failed on our Toyota Sienna 2 weeks ago, and the door fell off its track in the process, just fell like an inch, not completely off, couldn't budge it a millimeter in any direction (it was halfway closed when it failed and I had to drive 2 miles to get home in the freezing cold! So, yes, I tried to force it closed, which did not happen!) It caused body damage when the door fell, even though it only fell like half an inch. It took a really long time to get it fixed (um, 2 weeks!!!) but our warranty insurance covered the door motor, but not the body damage and some other things that involved the door, caused by the motor fail. Toyota picked up the rest b/c they felt it was their fault, so our bill is only for the $50 insurance deductible! They picked up over $500 of the over $1200 bill. Go Toyota! Yes, it was a huge inconvenience, but they really took care of it. Part of the reason it took so long was b/c they had NEVER seen something like this and had to figure out what to do with it and get different parts in, and then the body damage had to be repaired and that panel repainted. So it was a fluke, not something to be expected w/ a Sienna.
post #37 of 47
We just had to buy a van, due to this baby coming. We got an Odyssey and I love it and would recommend it without hesistation.
post #38 of 47
We have a 2000 Chevy Venture, and I really, really like it. It used to be my mom's and she bought it new. It's never had serious problems. The brakes have been replaced, along with all the "normal" stuff. The back handle to get the hatch closed is broken, a seam on the chair of the driver's seat has come out and they didn't fix it right, and a few things like that. But for being 7 years old, it's a great van.
post #39 of 47
Very happy with our Honda Odyssey.
post #40 of 47

where do you put the car seats??

We'll be making a mini-van purchase soon ... NOT a new one, just new for us.
I need help in figuring out the logistics for my children ....
I will have a 13yo DD (she can sit anywhere!), a 2yoDD, still in a forward facing car seat; and the twins, who will be in rear facing infant seats.

Do you put the little babies in the middle row, and the two older kids in the back, or what??? Help!
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