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Old 12-20-2015, 06:58 AM
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I got such a hilarious reaction from all of my friends and family that I figured the THT crowd would further that entertainment.! Which one of you guys has taken the plunge and gone down the dark road of purchasing or leasing a minivan?

We had twins one month ago and I just leased my wife this 15' Toyota Sienna "Swagger wagon". Only other option that provided the same amount of space was a suburban which she did not want to drive saying its too long. Also it was almost double the monthly commitment. I'm a diehard Lexus guy… But the LX 570 also did not have enough trunk space with the third row up. In summary I tried looking at every vehicle avoiding this route but it's impossible to argue with the practicality. Fire away!
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It"s kind of like having kids in diapers. It had its time and place in our lives, but I am glad we're out of that stage. We did move out of a mini van and into a suburban. 4 kids.
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:07 AM
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Cool. How do you mount them on the roof like that?
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:08 AM
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My wife insisted on trading her jeep commander for a van, while they are practical, o prefer her jeep
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:08 AM
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Hard core gearheads poo-poo minivans. And I'm a gearhead. But you can not beat one for functionality.

Form follows function.

My friends that drive Suburbans... I use the term "mini-bus" for those, they absolutely HATE that!!

Drive what works for you.

Who cares what other people think.
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sport tires-- stickie tread-- im thinking
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:12 AM
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The admiral refused to drive one. She feels safer sitting up higher. Tahoe works perfect for us.

Congratulations....hope mother and babies are doing well.
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by jrolin1 View Post
Cool. How do you mount them on the roof like that?
It's standard methodology in the Bat-cave.
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:10 AM
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I have driven vans for years. Throw all your stuff inside out of the weather and go! Why bother with a pickup truck if you do not regularly tow? Currently have a Honda Odyessey, dog hammock over the middle seats, rear seats fold down, can swallow sheets of plywood and close the tailgate, but rides like a luxury car.
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:17 AM
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My last company car I picked a grand caravan...i loved loved loved it. It was like wearing mickey mouse ears 3 years after going to disney..but loved the comfort of that ride.
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Honda Odyssey for 6 years . Great vehicle.
Hockey practice four nights a week, Maine to Fla every summer. Perfect fit for us at the time. Sold it when boys off to college.
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Month and a half ago hit the enterprise car rental 15 minutes before closing time in Salt Lake and all they had was a Dodge minivan. Explored most of Wyoming and western South Dakota, did okay.
Have a friend with of the Toyotas, he really liked it, enjoy yourself.
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Originally Posted by jrolin1 View Post
Cool. How do you mount them on the roof like that?
VHT on the tires. Shit is seriously sticky. Never leave home without it.













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My parents just got a fully loaded Sienna to drive the grand kids around in. I must say it is NICE! And drives quite nice also. Only my dad does not like is the middle row doesn't fold flat, he must remove the seats if he's pickup up plywood.

On a side note, has anyone towed with a Sienna? Its rated for 3600lbs and my dad is looking to get a small enclosed trailer with max weight of 3000lbs, any thoughts?
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We've had a 98 Sienna and an 06 Sienna when the kids were growing up. Great versatile vehicles.

My son got the 06 as a hand-me-down and is now a senior in college. We'll prolly keep it when he gets out in the real world and gets his own car. It'll be worth a few hundred a year for insurance to have the seating capacity and space available with the seats folded down.
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:59 AM
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hopefully will never own one... but we are expecting our first in march so who knows.
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First,Nobody is "rocking a minivan"
I'm a Toyota guy,and have owned many . We had a fully loaded sienna when the kids were younger . It was my least favorite car of many. Among a few other things ,the run flat tires were a horrendous
" feature"and eventually were the main reason to get rid of the car.
It was nice to have the room to toss everything you need for a ski week into it and go, but if I had to do it again I'd choose something else.
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Originally Posted by Dead Horse View Post
sport tires-- stickie tread-- im thinking
Like these.

https://youtu.be/WHfQ-xsZtcg
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:00 AM
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Love our '12 Toyota Sienna! Best family vehicle, period......

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We only have 1 child so no need for a van... they are not for everyone but they sell millions so they are for allot of people....
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