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We just found out we're having our 3rd child. We know we'd also like to have a fourth in the near future. So we're looking to get something roomier than our 97 Sonata, which is falling apart anyhow.<br><br>
I'm figuring that financing is easier to get on a new vehicle than a used one, but we're trying to not rope ourselves into a huge car payment, we haven't had a payment in over 5 years.<br><br>
Any suggestions on a 6+ passenger vehicle, with decent mpg, and fairly cheap (under $25k or so) would be greatly appreciated.<br>
Thanks, mamas!
 

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We are having our third as well and have been thinking about adpoting a fourth. A minivan was really the only thing that I found that would fit 3-4 kids in car seatscomfortably.<br><br>
We bought a used 2004 Sienna for $14,500 and have been really happy with it. Filling the tank was a bit of a shock. We have always driven small cars with small gas tanks, so filling a 20 gallon tank was a biggie. So far, we are getting about 24 miles to the gallon. Not what I want, but not bad for a larger family car.<br><br>
ETA -- we financed about 1/2 the purchase price and got a terrific loan through our credit union. 6.25% on a 5 year loan. We'll pay it off long before 5 years are up though.
 

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Your options are a regular van like a Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna (both highly rated and very reliable) or a microvan like the Mazda5 (smaller, better gas mileage, significantly less money - but only seats 6 - 4 carseats (4 captains chairs in two rows) plus the two front seats. Trunk/cargo space is more limited in the Mazda5 too.
 

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We bought a Mazda 5 last year in prep for our 3rd child. It gets good gas mileage and is fun to drive. Space is tight with 3 kids and a large dog, but still doable, might be too small for 4 kids. It is worth taking a look at since they are reasonable/reliable cars.
 

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I'd also recommend the Toyota Sienna. I drive a 2001 and it's been great for the 7 years we've owned it. It gets about 22 city and 27 highway.
 

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We have a 2002 Chevy Venture and I wouldn't recommend it. It is decent, mileage is decent. Lots of room. But....there are many expected repairs that are expensive and don't seem to exist on the other vans.
 

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We drive the older version of the Toyota Sienna, which is the Previa... it's great! The main draw to the Sienna is that it has 2 sliding doors. The Previa and older Siennas are VERY well priced, IMO! They also come with 4wd, if you need it (I did when I bought). Anyhow, I only birthed 2 kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">, but run an in-home daycare, so regularly cart around 5 kids. The captains chairs (in the middle row) spin around to face the rear, which my kids ADORE! Great for road trips, when I'm with another mom and the kids get to have a kid party in the back <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. Mine's a 93, BTW. I'll probably get a Sienna in the next couple years, an older one, though.
 

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A car is the biggest thing that worries me about having more DC thought I'd really like 2 more! Right now we drive a Toyota Corolla so it won't work well with 3 in carseats!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We have a 2002 Chevy Venture and I wouldn't recommend it. It is decent, mileage is decent. Lots of room. But....there are many expected repairs that are expensive and don't seem to exist on the other vans.</div>
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Replace 2002 Venture with 2003 Windstar and you have my post <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. It's fine, really it's a fine van, it's very safe, very reliable, gets decent milage for a vechile it's size (when we bought it was the biggest van standard on the market). An Odyssey would our dream but that wasn't in the cards then, and our van has so little resale I wouldn't do it now.<br><br>
The thing that gets me about ours (and maybe we just got a lemon) is we have "sensor issues". Like the door adjar light wouldn't go off, well it was a sensor in the door, then the heater burned out again because of a sensor, then the ABS brakes......... you get the idea. The van is basically fine, but I don't think a car that is barely 5 years old with less than 50,000 miles should be having problems.
 

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We have a '99 Odyssey with nearly 150,000 miles and it's still going strong.<br><br>
That said, I'm sick of it and can't wait to get rid of it - though no plans of doing so any time soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Nothing wrong with it though, just tired of looking at it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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We just bought a 2008 Hyundai Entourage and so far we love it! I'm in Canada, so I'm not sure what the pricing is like in the States, but we found it to be the most reasonably priced for all of the safety features that it had. Plus we got 0% financing which is always great!
 

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I have the mazda 5. Six passenger. We have three kids, my hubby is 6'3", we can comfortably travel in it with our dog, BUT, we need the kid coffin or cargo carrier for our stuff.<br>
I have the 5 speed, paid 18K with a moon roof, racks but no leather. I am currently getting about 29 mpg around town with higher tire pressure and careful driving.
 

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We have a 2003 Ford Taurus wagon and I can comfortably fit 3 carseats in the back seat. That still leaves the back for hauling stuff around or getting groceries. We bought it for $11,500 with 23k miles.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We have a 2002 Chevy Venture and I wouldn't recommend it. It is decent, mileage is decent. Lots of room. But....there are many expected repairs that are expensive and don't seem to exist on the other vans.</div>
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I have a 2002 Chevy Venture also and we have had zero problems with it. I wouldn't have ever looked at that model, but my dad sells used cars and stumbled upon an off lease Venture, so we bought it. Ours is the Warner Bros edition with one power door, I dunno if that makes any difference.<br><br>
One van you should avoid is the Dodge Caravan. My dad sells used cars and won't touch one of those b/c of known transmission issues. He gets inside info from mechanics and dealers about what tends to go wrong when on certain makes/models, so I always take his info as solid.
 

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we have an '01 Odyssey we bought 6 mo ago and love everything about it but the gas mileage- We had a Civic before and drove it almost 200k miles with no problems, so we are big Honda fans.<br><br>
I have also heard that you should avoid the Caravans like the plague due to the transmission issues.
 

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we bought 6 years old as that is what we could pay cash for. Our van had 50k miles on it, so still a lot of life left. It is great not having a payment. So, there is a thought.
 

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Hey, I've doing research on minivans and I actually just posted in another thread about this. The new Caravans actually have a lifetime warranty for the transmission. I don't think other minivans have this.<br><a href="http://www.dodge.com/en/lifetime_powertrain_warranty/faq.html" target="_blank">http://www.dodge.com/en/lifetime_powertrain_warranty/faq.html</a>
 

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I want something used, we hate financing cars.<br>
How about wagons?<br>
Any suggestions there?
 

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We love our 2000 Nissan Quest. We are really bad about maintenance but we have had very few problems considering our neglect. Also, I think blue book on it is about $3500. It's an awesome vehicle for that little money.<br><br>
Sadly, we need a bigger vehicle because there are 8 of us and it's a 7 passenger.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I want something used, we hate financing cars.<br>
How about wagons?<br>
Any suggestions there?</div>
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I think people aren't suggesting wagons because there are no wagons (that I know of) that four car seats fit in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
We have an '05 Honda Odyssey.<br><br>
The gas milage is WAY lower than they said it would be. Everyone else seems to love it, though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
In your situation, I would really keep "paying" the car loan you'll think you'll have into savings until you really need the larger car. You probably won't be actually having #4 for another two years (at least, I'm assuming) so that is a long time to save up.<br><br>
Good luck!
 
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