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post #16 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 03:45 PM
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why limit yourself to a mini-van when you can get a full-van ?
You'll be the envy of every soccer mom

nothing says i'm here more than a e350


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post #17 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by rbarn View Post
Why limit yourself to a mini-van when you can get a full-van ?
You'll be the envy of every soccer mom

Nothing says I'm here more than a E350

And you'll be saying that a the gas station
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post #18 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the responses people. I took a five hour round trip today to look at the 5. It's awesome but it's just too small. It would be great for a family of 4 though.

Now that I've crossed that off my list, I guess my options are wide open now. Going to look at the others tomorrow.

I'm strongly considering a certified used Dodge at this point but plan to check out all of the vans in my price range now. I guess I was waiting to see how I liked the Mazda first because I couldn't find one to look at locally. All the other models are within 1/2 mile of each other now, lol.
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I'd take a 5 year old Odyssey with 80K on it over a new Dodge any day. Another 5 years on and you'll still be ahead.

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post #20 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 09:17 AM
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Don't pass up on a honda with only 30K miles on, my mom has put 300K miles on hers and still going strong. Major problems with the hondas are:
- Ignition likes to move slightly out of place making starting the car a PITA.
- Steering wheel will stick slightly when you are at 250K (mom and others experiences)
- Key slots on the outside of the car, if you don't use them tend to not work after a while. (3 years or so with use here and there)
- Works best on shell gas (when compared to other gasses)
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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 09:23 AM
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I'm a fan of the second gen Toyota sienna. Currently drive the latest version. Disspell the minivan stigma as its all about the attitude and ego really. I'd skip he doge entirely as having a $80 fill up each time will wear on you rather quickly...

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post #22 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 02:45 PM
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Think about how much tank stuff you can fit in a minivan!

It's not just about the children.

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So, oldpunk is getting even older and I with the news that we're expecting a 3rd kid have found myself in the market for a minivan. Sigh*
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post #23 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 04:14 PM
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post #24 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Zefrik View Post
I am an 18 year old male and I drive my mothers town and country. Yeah you can laugh. But the van has done pretty good over the years. With it nearing 150k miles it is still chugging along. Never had to many major problems with it other than that.

no laughs here. I'd love one
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If you are going to drive a van, the choice should be obvious...

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post #26 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 12:52 AM
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Listen to what I'm going to tell you. First off a little background on me. I own a AAA repair shop for 13 years and have been in the automotive business for close to 30 years I am ASE certified and a diagnostic wizard. I have worked on nearly every kind of Japanese and american car/truck/suv/crossover and what ever other fancy nick names the manufacturers throw at them, not to mention some european bombs(the worst cars made). A vehicle(other than a collector type) is the worst investment we make. They depreciate quickly, they require maintenace on a regular basis, they rot, they degrade, etc. Now on to the subject at hand-which minivan to buy. I will tell you from personal experience that you can not go wrong with anything made by Toyota. The next in line would be a Honda. All the rest are second rate at best! Do not waste your money on any kind of American minivan! The best bang for your buck is Toyota. A 3-4 year old Toyota is WAY better than any brand new domestic van. I know I'm gonna get heat for this, but I work on these things day in and day out and I can tell you what is good and what is not. There may be a few other brands that have lasted some people a long time with little trouble but they a far and few between if you look at their repair history. PM me if you have any other questions.
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post #27 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 04:41 AM Thread Starter
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Not that anyone cares... But I hate leaving a thread open with no ending.

I ended up buying a new Mazda 5.

I love it so far. I wish it was a little bigger but all in all, it fits my needs on a daily basis perfect. Averaging 25mpg mixed driving. The leather seats are really comfortable and the headlights rock. (Not that those are really all that important, lol.)
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