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Old 09-01-2012, 05:37 PM
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Default Cheapo minivan recommendations please!

Not going to be able to afford it until next Spring but does anyone have recomendations on minivans? Going to be buying used, probably well used!

The most I can spend is $5000. Less is better, much much better!
As long as it will last a few years I am happy.

Been doing my research and I have a bunch I am considering but it's always nice to hear first hand accounts ( and horror stories) from people who have owned them!
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:51 PM
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NOOOOOOO Grand Caravans. They have a set year span with bad engines. I know the 04 is one of them cant remember the rest.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:54 PM
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We have these pathetic old ford Aerostars, my dad figures a low mileage one is the best bang for your buck if you don't care about niceties. I will admit we've owned 2 (short wheelbase) over about 15 years with very few problems (the first was crushed by a big tree, the second is still going strong).

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Old 09-02-2012, 09:16 AM
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I did lots of research into minivans (those priced below $10,000) before we were able to get the Suburban we have now (after my dad died).

My strong opinion:

Look for a Homda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna with higher mileage that would be the same price as a Chrysler, Dodge, Chevy, Ford, or Kia (or any other make). The quality of the Hondas and Toyotas is so far above that of the others.

I'd rather a 2006 Odyssey with 150,000 miles on it than a 2009 Chrysler/Didge/whatever with 80,000 miles on it. JMO
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:45 AM
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My family had Grand Caravan from late 90s. I can't remember the year but I know I was in middle school when we got it. Anyway we drove it like crazy and then sold it to a fellow church member when my brother and I graduated. They still have it and it runs amazing still. The only issue is one of the doors is sticky. So it's annoying but not super bad.

If you can find an older one where someone has kept all maintenance records and kept up on everything you might try it out and have your mechanic look at it. But the newer ones that are mid to late 00s I'd avoid. I've had friends with them and they didn't last long at all.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:06 PM
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I know so many people with caravans with issues. Friend got a used but newer one recently and it's in all the time for check engine lights and electrical crap.
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on our second dodge, the first one had 170k miles when we had our first big issue (heater control head) it got killed by some kid slaming into the back of it w/a f150. the second is coming up on 130K no problems yet.
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I did lots of research into minivans (those priced below $10,000) before we were able to get the Suburban we have now (after my dad died).

My strong opinion:

Look for a Homda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna with higher mileage that would be the same price as a Chrysler, Dodge, Chevy, Ford, or Kia (or any other make). The quality of the Hondas and Toyotas is so far above that of the others.

I'd rather a 2006 Odyssey with 150,000 miles on it than a 2009 Chrysler/Didge/whatever with 80,000 miles on it. JMO
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:42 PM
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Agree with avoiding used Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth minivans, unless you can find one that still has a manufacturer's warranty. The one I had was spacious, comfy, good performance... and a piece of dookie caca. Transmission problems, electrical problems, cooling problems, and so on. You had to really have a sense of humor pushing --errr, driving-- that beast.
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:24 PM
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I have a 2005 Toyota, haven't had 1 problem with it. The only money I have spent on it is tires and oil changes.
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