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It's not for everyone but I'll say it again at least look at a 4 door F-150. 

Have had mine since my kids were born the thing can do it all for us  
I have both..  A mini-van and a 4dr 2500HD Sierra Truck..  I use the truck to haul garbage, tow my camper and plow my driveway..  The mini-van gets used 

for everything else..  I drive it 10x more than the truck...

 
Except for when a 2 year old wants to open the door. What does he do climb up on the running board and pull?

Ive said it before - watching people load kids into tall SUVs and trucks looks miserable. I hit a button on my key fob from 20 yds away, door slides open (thus no kid slamming an open door into another car) and the kids push a button inside to close it. It's maybe 2 ft off the ground so even a toddler can climb in. 

Cant imagine a shopping trip in any rain, snow, cold etc without those doors. 
:lmao:

Also, how often do kids slam sliding doors into other cars?? :shock:

I can't fathom spending the extra amount it takes for a button that opens doors for you. 

That said, vans are awesome.  Puts SUV's to shame.

 
My '98 T&C is still going strong (180K). Only had it a year though. I'm a poor man's Dentist when it comes to cars, and I love that running minivans in decent shape can be easily had for $2K (particularly Chrysler/Dodge/Kia). Cheap enough that if you make to 6 months with no major problems, it's house money after that.

Pre-2005 Odyssey's can be fairly cheap too, but I think that's because they all blew a tranny within the first couple of years. 
:shock:

 
:lmao:

Also, how often do kids slam sliding doors into other cars?? :shock:

I can't fathom spending the extra amount it takes for a button that opens doors for you. 

That said, vans are awesome.  Puts SUV's to shame.
That's the point. Sliding doors don't open outward thus kids can't slam other cars. 

Extra amount?!???  This is basically standard at this point. Mine is an 09 Sienna. Those push button doors are crucial. 

 
That's the point. Sliding doors don't open outward thus kids can't slam other cars. 

Extra amount?!???  This is basically standard at this point. Mine is an 09 Sienna. Those push button doors are crucial. 
I promise you they are not crucial, but if they are that important for ya then have a ball.

Yes, it costs extra for that.  It is not "standard".  I have a 2015 Odyssey LX.  Not standard.  They pushed hard for us to get it.  I said absolutely not.

 
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Got a minivan for the first time last year now with 3 kids.  Honda Odyssey and absolutely love it.  Did quite a bit of research and both the Odyssey and Sienna blew away the competition.  And I was able to get it at an exceptional price below invoice so deals can be had on them.  Things I really like about it:

1)  Loaded with features (did get the highest trim, but had more things available than others)

2)  Turn radius on this thing is amazing.  Doesn't sound like much but it makes a huge difference.

3)  Multiple configurations, ease of loading kids and things, tons of room.

Overall just a comfortable, well-made vehicle that drives well. 

 
Yep. It's not 2000 anymore. The Japanese are no longer much more reliable than other manufacturers.

I'm only ay 90k, but I even tow a 2100lb popup camper every summer. Thing's a workhorse.
People have been saying that forever yet rankings every still have the Japanese routinely at the top.

And even if you disregard the rankings, your see in the real world every day. More and more of the old vehicles you see on the road (older than 15 years) are Japanese. It's easy to say "yeah, but the American vehicles are built better NOW" when you really don't have the time span to back it up.

 
I promise you they are not crucial, but if they are that important for ya then have a ball.

Yes, it costs extra for that.  It is not "standard".  I have a 2015 Odyssey LX.  Not standard.  They pushed hard for us to get it.  I said absolutely not.
You have kids that walk on their own yet?

 
Except for when a 2 year old wants to open the door. What does he do climb up on the running board and pull?

Ive said it before - watching people load kids into tall SUVs and trucks looks miserable. I hit a button on my key fob from 20 yds away, door slides open (thus no kid slamming an open door into another car) and the kids push a button inside to close it. It's maybe 2 ft off the ground so even a toddler can climb in. 

Cant imagine a shopping trip in any rain, snow, cold etc without those doors. 
You actually want your 2 year old opening doors?

Sounds dangerous.

 
You're right. The minivan manufacturer must have built a feature that's totally useless that is just a ploy to upsell customers. Glad you were tough in negotiations and saw right through that obvious ploy. Really saved the day there. 

 
Anyway, the 2015 Odyssey is great..  We got the LX version with regular interior and without the bells and whistles.  It does have the rear view camera thing which I guess is nice to have.  Rides great.  Good enough gas mileage (30 on the highway when using cruise, probably 24 overall).  3rd row seats that fold down.  The middle 2 seats come out easily if you want. 

Comfortable, roomy, options with all the rear seats.  I hated buying a new van.  Hated it.  Costly.  But certainly a nice vehicle.

 
I didn't know you could even get a 2015 Odyssey without power sliding doors..  It's my favorite feature on my van...  It's like when power steering first came out..

Old guy: "What the hell do you need power steering for!! Are you a pansy man?!  Get a good grip on that steering wheel and TURN IT BOY!!"

 
Baby #2 on the way.  Is it weird that I'm really pumped up to go scope out and test drive all these minivans?

Anyone have any horror stories for ones that should be avoided?  Are any of these things available as hybrids?

ETA: Mountains and snow are in play here.  Currently drive a Subaru Outback.
We have a Sienna that we bought because it came with AWD and love it.

 
I got a great deal on a cell phone. Salesman tried to sell me a smart phone but #### that noise got a flip phone for like $20. 

 
Hey guys I just bought a new TV and they had the audacity to throw in a remote control but I declined.  

 
I actually took the remote control, but no way I'm paying extra for wireless.  I'm ok with it being tethered to the TV.
Do you push a button on your keychain before you walk in the door so that the remote automatically turns the TV on before you even sit down?

God forbid you had to go through the hassle of finding the remote and pressing the button yourself to turn on the TV.  No thanks to that noise.

 
I also just installed an automatic front door to my house.  Opens and closes with the push of a button................................wait a minute.  I might actually be into that.

 
in the market for a new van

baby 3 is on the way

Should Chrysler and Dodge still be avoided? Seemed like we had a mixed crowd here a few years ago I wonder if that's still the same case

Anyone have any updates, tips etc etc

 
in the market for a new van

baby 3 is on the way

Should Chrysler and Dodge still be avoided? Seemed like we had a mixed crowd here a few years ago I wonder if that's still the same case

Anyone have any updates, tips etc etc
I wouldn't buy a Chrysler or Dodge but they're great to lease IMO (on our 3rd Town and Country, probably try the Pacifica when this lease ends).  much better bang for your buck vs an Oddesy or Sienna

 
Yeah you can get a fully loaded Chrysler or Dodge for the same price as a basic Honda or Toyota

But then you are paying for the name and the reliability those names tend to provide

 
in the market for a new van

baby 3 is on the way

Should Chrysler and Dodge still be avoided? Seemed like we had a mixed crowd here a few years ago I wonder if that's still the same case

Anyone have any updates, tips etc etc
Had tons of luck with my Odyssey (2005 - Touring - we have 180k+ on it now) bought it in 2007 from Eastern's just outside of Leesburg. Been taking care of it regularly at the Honda in Tyson's (wife works down the street).

ETA: We've been doing some big repairs to it, mostly non-motor-train (had to replace locks on passenger side) mostly because we don't want to buy a new one (love not having payments and not paying big $$$ to our commonwealth in PPT!!!)

 
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Yeah you can get a fully loaded Chrysler or Dodge for the same price as a basic Honda or Toyota

But then you are paying for the name and the reliability those names tend to provide
I'd go Dodge again if I were in the market. Save the $8-10k. These will last as long as you want with regular maintenance. I drive a 2010 Grand Caravan w/92,000 miles. No work done outside of tires, oil changes, brakes.

 
When we bought our last Minivan, back in 2006, the Chrysler extended length versions still had serious transmission problems that often needed replacement around 60,000 - 75,000 miles. Before buying one now, double check this and make sure that it is no longer the case.

We went with the Sienna back then, and it's been a great van. It cost more than the Chrysler, like $2-$4 K, but not $8-$10 K. 

 
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