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I have no idea what kind of van to get. Best on gas and safe and with TWO back doors as I have two car seats. Used is best as credit is not wonderful! Help!
 

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We have a honda odyssey and love it. We did get ours new in 2005 because we wanted a few features and that was the new model. We got the version (of course a more expensive model) that has the "eco" feature. It has 6 cyd and when going a steady speed cuts back to 3 or 4. It isn't great mileage, but maybe better than some models or brands. It has made a huge difference in how we get around and in our comfort. We will soon be adding a third car seat and that is why we bought the van. We always knew we'd have 3+ munchkins and when we needed a new car decided to get the one that would last a long time. Once they aren't all in car seats or boosters we'll scale back to a sedan again. I can't justify the size for longer than we need it. I figure I'll be driving it for 10+ years so it wasn't such a bad purchase!
 

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We also have a Honda Odyssey and we LOVE it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Although we bought ours new this year and sprung for a few extra features that would make it more comfortable, you should be able to find a used one.....and since it is a Honda you can trust it to last a LONG time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> They also have at least 4 out of 5 stars for safety. I am not sure what it is exactly for each year but I know none of them have less than 4 out of 5.<br><br>
HTH! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I "third" the Odyssey!<br>
We're expecting #3 and needed the room, we have the automatic doors and they are a DREAM! But the milage is HORRIBLE! We drive a bunch and I fill up once a week!
 

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Another vote for the Ody, the Toyota Sienna is my second pick. We have a Sienna since I need AWD in the mountains, but if Honda ever makes a AWD version of the Ody I'll be waiting in line. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Both hold their value very well, so you can't really go wrong.
 

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That's a 5th for the odossey. We were trying to go cheap and bought a Kia minivan, it ended up having break problems that we took in numerous times and it wasn't fixing the problem. It was a lemon under the CA lemon law, but Kia wouldn't buy the van back so we had to get a lawyer and settled, we finally got everything back (kia corporate is awful) and got a Honda, SO happy with it. I love buying Toyota's and Honda's because the foreign ones always seem to last longer. Our friends have newer doge and Chrysller minivans (we have an 03, they have 05's) and ours seems so much newer when your ride inside. I can't remember the website, cus my husband always checks these things out, but it's consumer something or other and it rates cars on the cost of ownership, not only the initial cost, but the cost you will pay in repairs over the course of ownership in addition to the initial cost and even though honda's and toyotas are initially more expensive, their actual cost of ownership is less than other models because they are quality products. I know is is true for the odossey as well.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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We have an Odyssey in Japan. No complaints here, though I wish it had heat in the rear that I could turn on for my daughter. It's a 95 though so it's ooooooold now lol.<br><br>
When we get back to the US we're either going to get another Odyssey or go with a Kia Sedona. I'll have to see which one suits my fancy at the time.
 

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Outofmymindyo read my post above about the Kia Sedona, we had a horrible experience. The break problems we were having were because they use the same breaks that they use on their regular sedans for that big van it just wasn't enough. I hope no one has to go through what we went through <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Best
 

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The only van driving mama I know has an ody and loves it. I have driven with her a couple of times and it is a comfy car. Easy to get car seats in and out, accomodates a good number of kidos.
 

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Why not look into a compact minivan? The Mazda 5 (previously the MPV) is the smallest minivan on the market, and IIRC has the best gas mileage. They are also pretty cheap. A fully loaded brand new Mazda 5 will set you back about 22 grand, and they are much less used. Americans always tend to think "big," but I think it's time we think small. JMO.
 

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I hear the Ody is great - my brother has one and they love it. I have a Mercury Villager and I really like it. It drives like a car, which I prefer and it has the two doors and plenty of room. I have had it for four years, I bought it used (it is a 99) and I have only had to make minor maintenance repairs. Plus, the best part of it is that it has been paid off for about 2 years - I also do not have the greatest credit in the world and was able to get a loan through my Credit union where I only had to pay 125 a month. Good luck in your quest.
 

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Have you considered a wagon with a third row seat? 8 year old DD would probably be big enough for the third row seat.
 

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I can tell you what van to avoid <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> Ford Windstar mine caught on fire last week. I now have a Dodge Caravan but wont know how it goes dor awhile yet.<br><br>
Oh and this isnt just my van I met a woman online with one and hers was having the same issues as mine with the fuses messing up and having to pull the fuse to keep from runing the battery down.
 

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I am trying to figure out why I have this little voice in my head telling me to "buy American"
 

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I have an '05 Dodge Grand Caravan with Stow & Go seats and LOVE it. We have had it for almost 2 years now (we bought it one year old). My best friend has an 01 Odyssey, and it's ok, but I find the front seats on the Caravan to be more comfortable. I haven't had any mechanical problems with it, though I wouldn't expect to have issues with a vehicle that's less than 3 years old.
 

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I don't know how attached you are to getting a van but we just bought a crossover and we love it. It is on the smaller side for crossover vehicles, but we think its perfect. Gets about 20 in town, 27-ish on the highway. It's a 2007 Kia Rondo. Front/side impact/side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, power everything, all standard. We have less than perfect credit but we got financed through Kia Motors. I highly recommend giving Kia a try!!!
 

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*Definitely* consider the Mazda 5. I read a really, really detailed thread over on carseat.org ; you can put giant Britax carseats in the third row securely, no problem. Apparently access is really easy too, especially since it's so low to the ground. They've been around for three years or so, so you may find a good deal on a used one... but they are CHEAP new too. If we replace our car soon, it's probably going to be with one of these (even though I'm a dedicated Honda buyer).<br><br>
I know what you mean about "buy American," but that's not a simple thing. Hondas and Toyotas are more likely to be manufactured in the US, so that they can avoid import duties... while "American" brands are often manufactured in Mexico for cheaper labor (since they're "American" companies, they're not subject to the same duties). So, if you're worried about where your money goes... more of it stays in the US if you buy from some "foreign" companies, it turns out. (Mazda, BTW, is owned by... I can't recall which one, but it's an American company, so you might want to check the sticker for where the cars are actually built.)
 

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Yes Mazda is owned by Ford.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
My bro. and SIL have a Town and Country (Chrylser) and haven't had TOO many problems BUT then again my SIL doesn't go ANYWHERE...it's almost 5 years old and it only has like 35,000 miles on it.
 

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You can go wrong with Honda <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> 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.
 
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