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Minivan help

Postby pens9192 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:35 pm

Our third child is on the way this spring and it is time to dive into the minivan realm, whoohoo.

Don't want a brand new one, looking at used. We'd like to keep it around hopefully $20,000 to fit into our budget.

We test drove a 2013 Chryster Town and Country with 17K miles and was $19,998. Has all kind of standard features and seemed to drive good. The Mrs. liked it too. Only thing is I am concerned with their reliability. I have read some bad stories online (but also a good bit of people saying their Town and Country has been awesome) My parents had a 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager that was always in the shop, but I don't know how Dodge/Chrysler's run today.

We are also looking at the Honda Odyssey. They are a good bit pricer than a Town and Country but Odyssey's are considered the top minivan plus Honda's reliability. My family had three Honda's in the 1990s decade and each car had over 300K miles on each of them and they ran perfectly. A 2013 used Odyssey with features that match the 2013 Town and Country are close to or over $30,000. A used Odyssey around that $20,000 level are 2008-2010's. I see a used 2008 Odyssey highest trim level (so pretty much matches a 2013 Town and Country feature wise) with 44,000 miles for $19,000.

We haven't test driven any Odyssey's yet, but probably will this weekend. We are also open to looking at the Toyota Sienna or Kia Sedona too.

So do I go with a 2012-2013 Town and Country with some warranty left but reliable concerns or go with an older, class leading Odyssey with no factory warranty remaining? Any advice? Thanks.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby blackjack68 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:40 pm

We have an SUV, but my parents got a Honda Odyssey about 10 years ago that still runs. They got it to fit all the grandkids.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby viva la ben on Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:43 pm

Toyota Sienna is a nice minivan.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby mac5155 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:45 pm

Financing a 6 year old vehicle at $20k is a huge risk. I don't care the manufacturer. I had a honda accord that I financed and lost my *** on because it had problems. They all have problems.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby mac5155 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:47 pm

Toyota makes a van, as does VW. Might want to take a looksie at those too. Frankly though I will not have the minivan child. or that child will be the third row seating child, not the minivan child.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby Pitt87 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:48 pm

All of my sisters-in-law have minivans. All gray Odessey's. They love them. I have an SUV myself, and fits my kids just fine, but I know that they all went with the Honda because it can fit 3 car seats in the middle row. Nothing else could fit 3 seats.

Also, people are pretty rough on vans... make sure you get information about what repairs were done to the interior & upholstery.

Congratulations and good luck!
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Re: Minivan help

Postby PghSkins on Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:53 pm

I understand that their reliability has improved but after owning two new T&Cs, a 2005 and a 2008, it will be some time before I consider buying another Chrysler automobile. The 2008 in particular was in the shop constantly. Partly my fault for buying the first year of a new redesign. It ate brakes like the cookie monster eats cookies.

The good part about it is the huge amount of space, but we only used all of it for moving things and vacations.

Can't speak to the Honda other than everyone else in my family has Honda vehicles (not an Odyssey) and loves them.

If you can do with somewhat less space, consider the Mazda 5, which we replaced the '08 with. They run about $24k new, which is what we paid in 2011 for a 2012. Fun to drive, only once in 3 years have had something to haul that didn't fit- a bunch of patio furniture. Had to rent a T&C, lol. Very reliable so far, knock on wood- the warranty is up in 4 months or 2,000 miles.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby PghSkins on Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:55 pm

mac5155 wrote:Toyota makes a van, as does VW. Might want to take a looksie at those too. Frankly though I will not have the minivan child. or that child will be the third row seating child, not the minivan child.


<pssst... the VW minivan is a Chrysler in disguise.....>
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Re: Minivan help

Postby Factorial on Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:03 pm

PghSkins wrote:
mac5155 wrote:Toyota makes a van, as does VW. Might want to take a looksie at those too. Frankly though I will not have the minivan child. or that child will be the third row seating child, not the minivan child.


<pssst... the VW minivan is a Chrysler in disguise.....>


With a few slight upgrades like the suspension. Strange move by VW to get into that relationship.

You could always go:

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Re: Minivan help

Postby Idoit40fans on Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:04 pm

Isn't Odyssey the van in Hall Pass? Get that one.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby Factorial on Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:07 pm

If you want to go retro:

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Re: Minivan help

Postby PghSkins on Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:09 pm

Factorial wrote:If you want to go retro:

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That kind of screams "free candy."
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Re: Minivan help

Postby eddysnake on Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:11 pm

I'm a proud Odyssey owner. Love everything about it.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby columbia on Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:13 pm

PghSkins wrote:
Factorial wrote:If you want to go retro:

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That kind of screams "free candy."


Or "Eddysnake."
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Re: Minivan help

Postby eddysnake on Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:14 pm

columbia wrote:
PghSkins wrote:
Factorial wrote:If you want to go retro:

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That kind of screams "free candy."


Or "Eddysnake."


Thank You, one of the nicest compliments I've ever received.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:34 pm

We've had Homer, our Odyssey, since 2008. Great van. No major issues, but there have been several recalls. All handled capably by our local dealership. In fact, I have another one this spring - variable traction control issue. The part won't be ready until later this spring, which is a little odd.

But like others have said, these vans get put through the wringer - unless it's owned by grandparents with grandkids that visit from afar. Ours is in pretty good shape, but they do get beat up inside - all vans obviously.

Despite the recalls, I would definitely buy another Odyssey and probably will in a couple of years.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby columbia on Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:36 pm

Digitalgypsy66 wrote:We've had Homer, our Odyssey


:pop:
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Re: Minivan help

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:42 pm

columbia wrote:
Digitalgypsy66 wrote:We've had Homer, our Odyssey


:pop:

Yep, that's how we roll.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby newarenanow on Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:31 pm

First, congrats on the kid.

Second, the wife and I got an Odyssey last year. We absolutely love it. Plenty of room, drives great, and everyone else I know that owns one has said they've had very few issues.

I was always the "I'm never getting a van" type of guy, until I had my second child. In all honesty, to me, it makes life with the kids a ton easier. We have another SUV, and while it gets the job done, the minivan makes it that much easier.

People are right though that those things get put through the wringer. Kids are pretty rough on it. I've done a decent job IMO keeping mine in good shape, but it is a battle.

Good luck!
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Re: Minivan help

Postby pens9192 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:04 pm

Thanks for the advice. I'll take everything into consideration. We tried out a few of the three row SUV's and didn't like those too much, I'd rathera minivan.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby Kaizer on Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:29 pm

Get a lotus, newborns cant drive anyway.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby pensfan1989 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:34 pm

I'm not a minivan expert, but if you're looking to save, definitely look into the certified pre-owned programs from the manufacturer.
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Re: Minivan help

Postby thepittman on Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:44 pm

Toyota or Honda. I would stay away from any Chrysler product like the plague.

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Re: Minivan help

Postby thepittman on Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:46 pm

honda odyssey would be my vote though
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Re: Minivan help

Postby CBear3 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:01 pm

Kaizer wrote:Get a lotus, newborns cant drive anyway.

Gave my oldest daughter Elise as a middle name. Told my wife that means I need to snatch up a used one so she can have it as her wedding gift. What happens with it in the 20 years before then is my treat :)
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