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  1. #226
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    Quote Originally Posted by doebedoe View Post
    As long as it's a 2007 or later, it has a timing chain and not a belt...
    = Gold. Same on the fwd?

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    Anybody make a badass alloy bumper for a sienna?


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    Anybody make a badass alloy bumper for a sienna?


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  4. #229
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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    = Gold. Same on the fwd?
    Yep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    = Gold. Same on the fwd?
    Yep.

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    The Toyota tax is a killer... Is there anything particular to watch out for on 06-10 Odysseys? There are lots of those in the right range compared to Siennas.

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    I had a 2006 Odyssey and loved it, put 200,000 miles on it.
    That platform was known for having a small transmission but I never had an issue with that.
    I did upgrade the brakes for lot larger units because I was driving in the mountains so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diggins1712 View Post
    We’re debating putting a deposit down on a new Sienna hybrid. Mind answering a few questions?

    How were the seats during the trip? We test drove a used 21 and my wife thought the seats in the 2nd/3rd rows were uncomfortable. What trim level do you have? We test drove an LE and are wondering if the seats are better in a XLE or higher.


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    Seats are reasonably comfortable. Not the best I've ever sat in, but worlds better than the Subaru that our Sienna replaced. I haven't spent much time in the 2nd and 3rd row seats, so I can't say much as to the comfort back there. I didn't notice them to be bad on a short around town trip though. Our Sienna is the XLE. I think it has a different fabric on the seats than the LE, but I'm not sure how different it really is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plugboots View Post
    I had a 2006 Odyssey and loved it, put 200,000 miles on it.
    That platform was known for having a small transmission but I never had an issue with that.
    I did upgrade the brakes for lot larger units because I was driving in the mountains so much.
    We still have our 2001 Odyssey - has 245K miles on it. Transmission was a weak point in this gen Odyssey. Ours was replaced around 70K miles under some super-secret warranty extension program that just covered the trans.

    Those long-running Honda vans sure don't owe people anything.

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    Saw one of these bad boys on the road last weekend. The Toyota Hiace. How come we don't get those? Interesting van! Looked loaded. MX plates of course.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MontuckyFried View Post
    Saw one of these bad boys on the road last weekend. The Toyota Hiace. How come we don't get those? Interesting van! Looked loaded. MX plates of course.


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    Good question. Ford makes a mid sized Transit for other markets that looks like it’s smallest iteration is just a bit bigger than an Astro. Then there are longer wheelbases and higher roof versions. We can’t have them here for some reason, even though one of the places they manufacture them is Mexico. I saw one in Texas once. Lots of them are converted to campers in Europe.

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  12. #237
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    I'm joining the minivan crew, put a deposit down on a nice '15 Grand Caravan. https://www.ppmny.net/2015-Dodge-Gra...M95eTdpBQkU%3d I need to get the driver's seat reupholstered and should probably get the tranny fluid changed since I don't see the last time it was done but otherwise it looks road ready. I'm picking it up on Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    I'm joining the minivan crew, put a deposit down on a nice '15 Grand Caravan. https://www.ppmny.net/2015-Dodge-Gra...M95eTdpBQkU%3d I need to get the driver's seat reupholstered and should probably get the tranny fluid changed since I don't see the last time it was done but otherwise it looks road ready. I'm picking it up on Saturday.
    ...

  14. #239
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    Exclamation

    Lol. To get to the right price range I had to give up the lux aspects and shoot lower. This is pretty basic but shouldn't have as many ChryCo gremlins as the T&C with all the goodies. I found 2 pick 'n pull yards sort of locally that only do these minivans so parts should be available like the hitch and roof rack (and better driver's seat) that I need. This one lived near me it's whole life and surprisingly has no rust which is nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    I'm joining the minivan crew, put a deposit down on a nice '15 Grand Caravan. https://www.ppmny.net/2015-Dodge-Gra...M95eTdpBQkU%3d I need to get the driver's seat reupholstered and should probably get the tranny fluid changed since I don't see the last time it was done but otherwise it looks road ready. I'm picking it up on Saturday.
    Look on car-parts.com for a used one and probably save some money over reupholstery charge.
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    I'm gonna go give that van above a good solid look through Saturday afternoon, what specifics should I be looking at? I know the motor has a thing for eating rocker arms, would they make a similar sound to other clickety things high up on the motor? Is there a dipstick for the tranny (the other potential weak point that I know of)?

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    I’m renting this Mazda camper van. Do not get a Mazda - rattletrap.
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    I picked it up today. It's just as mushy as I'd expect a rental level Caravan to be. It's pretty base level stuff, the head unit won't even recognize my phone so I'll have to get one of those fm>Bluetooth adapters. Click image for larger version. 

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    That ain't no Toyota.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meadow Skipper View Post
    I’m renting this Mazda camper van. Do not get a Mazda - rattletrap.
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    Well, it looks good at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    I picked it up today. It's just as mushy as I'd expect a rental level Caravan to be. It's pretty base level stuff, the head unit won't even recognize my phone so I'll have to get one of those fm>Bluetooth adapters. Click image for larger version. 

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    Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    I picked it up today. It's just as mushy as I'd expect a rental level Caravan to be. It's pretty base level stuff, the head unit won't even recognize my phone so I'll have to get one of those fm>Bluetooth adapters. Click image for larger version. 

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    Looks good. Did you check if there’s some way to do a hard reboot on the blue tooth? Maybe disconnect the battery and reconnect it? I don’t know if that’s a good idea- just spitballing…

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    Quote Originally Posted by riser4 View Post
    That ain't no Toyota.
    The Toyota tax put the good ones just out of reach this time around. I was able to get one that isn't too old, it's a 15, and has no rust which is a big one for me. It also doesn't have any electrical "goodies" so I'll hope for fewer oddball module failures. Of course it has the attendant dings and foibles any 160k car would but no sunroof so no leaks there, no rear ac so none of the stuff either. I'll get a hitch and some crazy roof setup and it'll be a sufficient road tripper for a while, I bet there are some really useful (and cheapish) cargo racks for the ubiquitous ChryCo minivan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meadow Skipper View Post
    I’m renting this Mazda camper van. Do not get a Mazda - rattletrap.
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    I drove a Mazda bongo all over that country. It was awesome. Don’t remember rattling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Name Redacted View Post
    I drove a Mazda bongo all over that country. It was awesome. Don’t remember rattling.
    That one I’m driving is a Bongo. I’m having a great time, but I would never buy one or consider it awesome. YMMV. Or: Your Kilometerage May Vary.

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