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#2575227 - 03/21/12 06:18 PM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: Indydriver]
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Registered: 03/27/03
Posts: 460
Loc: Cleveland, GA
We bought a 2005 Sienna LE-8 brand new in November of 2004.

It now has 117k miles and has been absolutely trouble free (knocking on wood). It has only been to dealer/shop for 2 recalls, trans flush, and timing belt/ plug change.

BY FAR...BEST vehicle we have ever owned!! Hope to keep it another 2 years.
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#2575265 - 03/21/12 06:58 PM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: Indydriver]
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Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 7717
Loc: Buffalo, NY
You do see some Chrysler MV's in Taxi service, but most seem to be Toyota Siennas. Of all of them, they have the least amount of issues all the way around; Body, chassis, drivetrain, etc..

Joel


Edited by JTK (03/21/12 06:59 PM)
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#2575840 - 03/22/12 08:28 AM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: Samilcar]
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Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 54
Loc: Morris County, NJ
Originally Posted By: Samilcar
I like everything about the van except the "Optitron" gauges. Usually too bright at night, and they wash out and are hard to see in bright daylight. I believe Toyota dropped these gauges starting with the 2011 model.


On the 2011 and up Siennas, the "Optitron" gauges are standard on the XLE and Limited trim models.

I don't have any strong feeling one way or another about the Optitron gauges, though I do like simple analog instrument clusters.
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#2575878 - 03/22/12 09:16 AM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: Indydriver]
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Registered: 07/25/05
Posts: 464
Loc: New York
Check the crash test ratings on the latest sienna- i do not think it fard that well compared to its competitors- i remember when it came it out is scored lower in some areas- i mean it is still safe but you would think it should have done really well considering the competition.

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#2576165 - 03/22/12 01:26 PM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: tdpark]
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Registered: 01/12/05
Posts: 4100
Loc: FL
Originally Posted By: tdpark
Check the crash test ratings on the latest sienna- i do not think it fard that well compared to its competitors- i remember when it came it out is scored lower in some areas- i mean it is still safe but you would think it should have done really well considering the competition.


What are you talking about? It got IIHS's Top Safety Pick .

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#2576192 - 03/22/12 01:53 PM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: Indydriver]
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Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 4720
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
I would not "rule out" the Honda. It drives better than the Toyota, it's equally reliable (by any standard) and it's very well made. True Delta gives it high marks, as do owners and various other enthusiast magazines and websites.
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#2576753 - 03/22/12 10:27 PM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: Cujet]
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Registered: 05/29/09
Posts: 1217
Loc: WA (USA)
Honda Odyssey eats AT for breakfast
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#2576898 - 03/23/12 05:49 AM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: Y_K]
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Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 12528
Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: Y_K
Honda Odyssey eats AT for breakfast


I think that should read "Honda Odysseys used to eat ATs for breakfast", just like Mopars USED to eat ATs for breakfast. You still see AT failures in both brands, but not at a higher-than-average failure rate.
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#2577317 - 03/23/12 04:01 PM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: addyguy]
Indydriver Offline


Registered: 03/20/11
Posts: 1409
Loc: Indiana
Originally Posted By: addyguy
I don't understand why you wouldn't look at the newest Chrysler vans - like others have said, the new V-6 drivetrain is a winner, as is the rest of the van.

They are probably a night and day difference from the one you have, and if she likes the one you have.....

We test drove a Chrysler Touring-L since the OP and found it to be of lower quality than the Toyota. I will say that you should be able to get a very good deal as they admit they are not selling and seem desperate to do deals.
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#2577662 - 03/23/12 09:59 PM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: Hokiefyd]
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Registered: 05/29/09
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Not to bash the brand, but we have 2012 Odys with AT issues. Luckily, those are 2-year leases.
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#2581482 - 03/27/12 03:05 PM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: Y_K]
Indydriver Offline


Registered: 03/20/11
Posts: 1409
Loc: Indiana
Originally Posted By: Y_K
Not to bash the brand, but we have 2012 Odys with AT issues. Luckily, those are 2-year leases.

Not to mention the VCM engine.
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#2584089 - 03/29/12 09:34 PM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: Indydriver]
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Registered: 03/20/11
Posts: 1409
Loc: Indiana
Well, a dealer finally snagged me with the proverbial offer too good to be true. 2012 XLE FWD. Added benefit AFAIC, it will be built in Indiana with 80% U.S.content. Know what the content is at GM's Ft. Wayne pick up assembly plant? Try 63%.
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#2587143 - 04/02/12 02:16 PM Re: Toyota minivan-anybody have one? [Re: Indydriver]
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Registered: 02/27/12
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Loc: texas
we have a 2011 V6 with leather. i suppose i regret a little not getting an XLE for the extra chrome bits, but thats all it amounts to. just turned over 10k miles and trouble free. excellent value for carrying around our (3!) toddlers and the entourage.


Edited by cptbarkey (04/02/12 02:16 PM)
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