Been looking to get the wife a new minivan. Her '02 Venture WB-Edition I no
longer trust. 2 weeks ago needed the intake manifold repaired, now last
week the AWD stopped working. Initially they said needed a new rear diff.
to the tune of $3000. Told them to forget it. Later on, after they did
some more research, found some other tech articles suggesting just replacing
the AWD pump in the diff would do the trick. That was only $250 ($170 for
part plus labor). Went ahead with that gamble merely to keep it in as good
a shape as possible till we decide upon it's replacement.
It's not an issue of the dealer. I've dealt with them for many years on
prior vehicles and they've always been straight. It's I just don't trust
the vehicle any longer. Only has 96000 miles on it and seems like it is
3 vehicles we are looking at are the '07 Odyssey EX-L, the '07 Sienna XLE
with Package #3, or the MB R350 (my uncle works for them and can get me a
sweet lease even with a 20000 mile a year allowance.
I haven't driven the Odyssey yet, but my wife went and drove it Thursday.
Today we both tried out the Sienna. Very nice. My wife liked the drive
better than the Odyssey. But the Sienna, in the XLE level, only comes 7
passenger. So that issue, and the 175,000 nearly trouble free miles on my
'01 Accord V6 EX-L has her leaning that way. Dealer is offering it to us
for $29,438, so we're pretty happy with that. Gonna see if I can work him
a little further and/or see what I can get out of him on our trade-in
(haven't even mentioned trade to dealer yet).
Ok, lots of irrelevant history out of the way...Just wanted to get that data
out there in case anybody else is currently comparing the same vehicles.
Any finance deals or incentives either rumored or confirmed in the upcoming
week or 2? Hoping there may be some rebates or financing incentives for the
upcoming President's day weekend.