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Old 07-11-2012, 07:38 AM
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My parents want a minivan
They are 80 & 79

Pop will pay cash and had a number of 35K in his mind to pay....
I think that is a little high but anyway, what do you suggest...they don't do a lot of cruising but that is what Moms wants.
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:43 AM
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Frankly I think a minivan makes a lot of sense for aging parents. Easy to get in/out, easy to load, etc. Features like electric doors etc seem silly but if I was 80, damn sure I'd want them. Finally got an SUV with a power tailgate and to my surprise, I find it useful.

I'd be looking at Toyota or Honda. Get the 7 year warranty, and well, you do the math.

Since my parents think of themselves as "not the minivan type," I'm looking at a CR-V for them. I test drove one and it struck me as a great vehicle for them. Gutless engine, but very easy to drive, good visibility, easy to deal with and it'll last forever. Resale also absurd.

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I had a Toyota Sienna and loved it. It is the best vehicle I've ever owned. The amazing thing about it is that when sitting in the driver's seat, you open the door and just stand up, you don't have to climb out. For older folks, that's a plus. Between that and the Honda would be my target. Take them to try both and let the getting in and out be a required test for them. They are both very good in quality and safety.
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The Sienna is essentially bulletproof...

We keep looking for an excuse to get a new one..but our 2000 with a little over 185k on it continues to just soldier along.

Nothing has broken...just has needed plugs and a couple of o2 sensors..

It's what we would buy again.
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The new sienna is good looking.
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Both the Honda and the Toyota vans are an excellent choice. In typical Toyota fashion, the Toyota does nothing to offend you. It is quiet and smooth to the point of being almost numb in its handling, braking and steering. The Honda is more a "driver's" piece, with noticeably better driver feedback, tighter handling and braking. But that comes at the expense of a slightly harder ride and increased road noise.

I've owned three Honda Odysseys that we use as delivery vehicles. Only one of them ever went back to the dealer for service and that was for a recall. You've got to love a vehicle that never needs to go back to the stealership.

Resale on both is very high. Avoid the luxury or Touring models, since the option packages drive the price skyward. They are targetted toward the lease market.
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I have the Honda Odyssey bought it brand new last year, got the top of the line touring package.
Been in the shop 5 times, one time the whole back flooded in a rain storm, they said some hole had not been sealed at the factory.
Had new rotors put on at 12,000 miles
Issues with windows not sealing
Plastic piece on passenger side windows had to be replaced.

Now they did all this under warrenty, and there is always one bad one in the bunch, but it will be a toyota next time,
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Chrysler. At your dad's age he might like the features.
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Originally Posted by snapperkid View Post
Chrysler. At your dad's age he might like the features.
And all the visits to the repair shop
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Toyota Sienna, for sure.
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And all the visits to the repair shop
What you talkin bout Willis? Was really gonna say at his age and still able to drive, he may still have fond memories of some slant eyed soldier shooting at him on some beach somewhere in the Pacific.
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Sienna- we traded in our Lexus GX450 on an '05 Sienna Ltd. the day our second son was born, abused the crap out of it for 6 years and traded it in on a 2011 loaded with everything to repeat the process. Its faster and better looking IMO than the Odyssey and gadgets like laser cruise control keep me occupied. When we bought the second one, I gave my wife two choices- Porsche Panamera or the Sienna- she chose the Sienna.
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I would buy the Honda, only because I have owned several Hondas and never had an issue with any of them.

But

Last month I rented a Chrysler Town and Counrty. We put 2,320 miles on it driving around Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. I was very impressed. Excellent ride, extremely quiet, peppy, comfortable seats, roomy, tons of nice features and the best part, I averaged 27.3 mpg for the trip. That included a lot of mountain / hill roads and 80 mph highway cruising.
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Originally Posted by snapperkid View Post
What you talkin bout Willis? Was really gonna say at his age and still able to drive, he may still have fond memories of some slant eyed soldier shooting at him on some beach somewhere in the Pacific.
Most folks have moved waaaaay past the fact that we were once at war with the Japanese...and should just buy American...

Chrysler sure did invent the minivan...actually, it was my 85 with a V6 that threw a rod that I remember the most. Turned out the mechanic knew which cylinder it was....

And alll of those tranny problems over the years..

Sorry, they may have the patent, but sure lack the reliability that both Toyota and Honda have come to the market with.
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Originally Posted by snapperkid View Post
What you talkin bout Willis? Was really gonna say at his age and still able to drive, he may still have fond memories of some slant eyed soldier shooting at him on some beach somewhere in the Pacific.
HAHA! I would agree with you but Chrysler had the market in the 90s and early 2000s but now they've gone downhill. I have an elderly couple who trade with me. They bought one new in 2008. They are in what seems like every week for a noise, brake problems. etc. He can rest easy because the siennas were built early in Georgetown Ky, now they're built in Princeton, Indiana
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If he does get the Honda, make dang sure it doesn't have the PAX system.
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Maybe I have just been lucky, but I have been driving a 2005 dodge minivan since new, now with 110K miles with minimal problems. The dodge was probably 7 or 8 thousand cheaper when new than the jap vans.
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Maybe I have just been lucky, but I have been driving a 2005 dodge minivan since new, now with 110K miles with minimal problems. The dodge was probably 7 or 8 thousand cheaper when new than the jap vans.
I started noticing issues when they went to the new body style
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Originally Posted by bellsisland View Post
I have the Honda Odyssey bought it brand new last year, got the top of the line touring package.
Been in the shop 5 times, one time the whole back flooded in a rain storm, they said some hole had not been sealed at the factory.
Had new rotors put on at 12,000 miles
Issues with windows not sealing
Plastic piece on passenger side windows had to be replaced.

Now they did all this under warrenty, and there is always one bad one in the bunch, but it will be a toyota next time,
Sorry to hear that Bell... I have a 02 with all the options of the day, 170k on it. Never had any issues with the engine, the sliding doors, brakes, power gadgets and options - the only problem the car had was the tranny. It was the faulty one that Honda quickly fixed, mine popped after towing a 21' Chris Craft 1500 miles. Since then, the car has been flawless.

The car simply wont die - and I want it to. Nothing like being a man tooling aroud SC in a minivan....
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