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8 passenger vehicle typically 5 for <=$15k #5360527 02/26/20 10:27 AM
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We are interested in an 8 passenger vehicle that seats 5 in two rows with lots of cargo under $15k and <=110k miles. 3rd row for taking kids friends or keeping peace if light cargo trip with kids.

Wife likes Sienna and Honda Pilot. Looking to keep around 5 years and move on.

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Re: 8 passenger vehicle typically 5 for <=$15k [Re: madRiver] #5360528 02/26/20 10:29 AM
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Honda Pilot seems like a solid move. Also a 5.3L Tahoe maybe?


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Re: 8 passenger vehicle typically 5 for <=$15k [Re: madRiver] #5360532 02/26/20 10:32 AM
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I would recommend a Toyota Sienna. Very roomy, 3rd row folds into the floor and reliable.

Re: 8 passenger vehicle typically 5 for <=$15k [Re: madRiver] #5360544 02/26/20 10:48 AM
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How about a 3/4 ton passenger van? Used they go cheap


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Originally Posted by Miller88
How about a 3/4 ton passenger van? Used they go cheap

This is true! My Dad used one as a carpet cleaning van. 5.3L Vortec. Got 430K miles on that engine/trans before the body rusted out of the vehicle due to the water/chemicals.


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Re: 8 passenger vehicle typically 5 for <=$15k [Re: Miller88] #5360560 02/26/20 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Miller88
How about a 3/4 ton passenger van? Used they go cheap
The only 3/4 passenger vans I see are the extended 16 passenger models. A 1/2 ton is more that sufficient.

I wouldn't want one as a daily, I have plenty of experience driving my Dad's old G30 extended and it feels like driving a bus. GM's van chassis is old enough to have completed a master's now (1997 IIRC).


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Re: 8 passenger vehicle typically 5 for <=$15k [Re: madRiver] #5360562 02/26/20 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by madRiver
We are interested in an 8 passenger vehicle that seats 5 in two rows with lots of cargo under $15k and <=110k miles. 3rd row for taking kids friends or keeping peace if light cargo trip with kids.

Wife likes Sienna and Honda Pilot. Looking to keep around 5 years and move on.


For 8 passenger I vote for a good used 5.3 Suburban.


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Originally Posted by madRiver
We are interested in an 8 passenger vehicle that seats 5 in two rows with lots of cargo under $15k and <=110k miles. 3rd row for taking kids friends or keeping peace if light cargo trip with kids.

Wife likes Sienna and Honda Pilot. Looking to keep around 5 years and move on.


For 8 passenger I vote for a good used 5.3 Suburban.

Can you get a good one for under $15K that has another 5 years/150K miles in it?


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Re: 8 passenger vehicle typically 5 for <=$15k [Re: madRiver] #5360579 02/26/20 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by madRiver
We are interested in an 8 passenger vehicle that seats 5 in two rows with lots of cargo under $15k and <=110k miles. 3rd row for taking kids friends or keeping peace if light cargo trip with kids.

Wife likes Sienna and Honda Pilot. Looking to keep around 5 years and move on.

Sienna. In your price range, the Pilot will be from the era with awful VCM issues.

Here's an example of the Pilot/Odyssey issues from that era:
https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/foru...a-odyssey-spark-plug-fouling#Post5339702


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Re: 8 passenger vehicle typically 5 for <=$15k [Re: madRiver] #5360587 02/26/20 11:27 AM
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Pilot or Sienna seem like fine ideas. Do you want the off-road capability of an SUV or do you want the capacity of a minivan? Sliding doors are, IMO, fantastic.

Most of the Odysseys out there are 8-passenger (I think the lowest trim and highest trim are 7). I think an 8-passenger Sienna is much rarer.

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If I had to cart 8 people around, I'd forgo the SUVs and look hard at the vans.


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Re: 8 passenger vehicle typically 5 for <=$15k [Re: madRiver] #5360655 02/26/20 01:01 PM
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It really has to be for 8? There's no way a Honda pilot or similar is doing that. Our 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is roomy and can seat 7, but 7 full sized people would be rough for any length of time and forget about cargo space with any more than 4-5 people in it.

The only MVs I'm aware of that will seat 8 are higher end Odysseys and Siennas with the little jump seat mashed between the 2 second row bucket seats. Maybe the new Pacifica has an option for that too?

You're in Expedition XL, Chevy Suburban or church bus territory and somethin' tells me you wouldn't be cool with the fuel economy those offer.


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Re: 8 passenger vehicle typically 5 for <=$15k [Re: madRiver] #5360664 02/26/20 01:24 PM
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I think the OP is regularly carrying 5, but wants the additional capacity to bring along a total of 8.

We have a family of 6 in an Odyssey, but having the capability of 8 lets us bring along two friends or both grandparents... it's quite useful for us.

In the early 3rd gen Odyssey, the 8th seat could be stowed under the floor... I really liked being able to do that; my current van can't do it.

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When someone mentions Toyota and Honda, don't bother recommending a Dodge Grand Caravan, despite it being a better value in the used market and not having the Toyota/Honda tax.


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Re: 8 passenger vehicle typically 5 for <=$15k [Re: madRiver] #5360792 02/26/20 04:29 PM
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The 4-cylinder Sienna, if you can find one smile

The Transit Connect may also be available with 8-passenger seating

If not, there are the full-size vans, such as the smallest Sprinter and NV1500/2500 passenger vans

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