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Not 2 Old For 2 Seater
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It is almost time for me to purchase a New-To-Me minivan.  For

+20 years I have been buying/driving MOPAR vans, but I am thinking about a Toyota Sienna this time.

Do any of you out there have first-hand experience --- good or bad --- with the Toyota Sienna?

Also, because I do as many repairs as I can myself; is there any enthusiasts Internet site where Toyota Sienna Owner’s share how to repair their cars?  I really love MR2 Spyder for MR2 Spyders and Allpar for MOPAR vans…. And would dearly love finding something similar for the Toyota Siennas!

Thanks,

Paul

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Posted : October 31, 2019 5:48 pm
ISpy
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The Sienna and Odyssey are top vans.  It truly is Camry vs Accord. My 05 Odyssey has 240k. I purchased an extended warrantee (added $1800 at purchase). At 89k I had a trans issue. Paid nothing per extended warrantee. I replaced a OE rear shock ($29) and 15 minutes at 70k. A radiator at 180k. ($325). A pair of lower control arms ($250) and front discs ($135) at 200k. I drive it harder than my MR2. Runs like a champ and I’d bet it would be 0-anything faster than my 2zz. It tops out mid 120’s with tons of wind noise, but still willing.  It gets 21.7mpg with moderate acceleration, always pushing and mixed NJ driving. The rear electric sliding doors quit around 225k. They are now manual. I have discovered rust in the passengers rear quarter coming from the inside. The Sienna are less sporting (I know it’s a van...), not as comfortable, and have never beaten the Odyssey in any rating. That’s my one sided commentary. My mom loved her Camry.

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Posted : October 31, 2019 8:40 pm
Dev
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I would creep up on some soccer moms and ask for their opinions, then watch the cat fights. 

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Posted : October 31, 2019 8:46 pm
marsrock7
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Devil's advocate here... 

Why not keep it mid-engined? Gen 1 Previa S/C?

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Posted : November 1, 2019 4:12 pm
haloruler64
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Probably safety and reliability. If you have kids, driving around in a late 80s minivan is not the greatest idea if it can be avoided. 

But do it anyway.

2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder, 2017 Lexus CT200h F Sport

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Posted : November 2, 2019 12:50 am
Not 2 Old For 2 Seater
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Sorry marsrock7, I already spent too many years driving 80s minivans. Chick magnets, they were not. Could not interest even the soccer moms!

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Posted : November 4, 2019 4:19 pm
marsrock7
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Posted by: @not-2-old-for-2-seater

Sorry marsrock7, I already spent too many years driving 80s minivans. Chick magnets, they were not. Could not interest even the soccer moms!

What a shame... Not even prospective future soccer moms?

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Posted : November 4, 2019 9:18 pm
CSPIDY
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In the 80s my wife wanted a station wagon with wood grain sticker down the side. I would have no part of it. The next car she wanted was a minivan, for me it was fortunate that the emt’s found me before the rope completely collapsed my windpipe.

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Posted : November 6, 2019 5:42 am
pwnzor
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My mom has a 2000 Odyssey and it runs like a champ

http://zero3nine.com/files/dospwn.gif

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Posted : November 7, 2019 5:26 pm
NottaMiata
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Posted by: @cspidy

In the 80s my wife wanted a station wagon with wood grain sticker down the side. I would have no part of it. The next car she wanted was a minivan, for me it was fortunate that the emt’s found me before the rope completely collapsed my windpipe.

You left out one detail: who tied the noose? 🤔

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Posted : November 8, 2019 12:24 pm
NottaMiata
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Paul,

Found you another MOPAR vehicle. Its not a van, but it is "mini".

You might even find some chicks that dig it:

 

 

 

 

 

 

yeley

 

 

Bonus: eats Odysseys (any year) as a light snack, Siennas too.

 

🐸

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Posted : November 8, 2019 12:41 pm
Not 2 Old For 2 Seater
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Your suggested vehicle has lots going for it:  can't worry about stuff hanging around and cluttering up the place; plenty of fresh air, so no need for air conditioning; great power to weight ratio.

Only downsides I see are no creature comforts..... and I need my creature comforts!

 

Paul

 

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Posted : November 9, 2019 8:28 am
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