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    Question Which would you rather have?

    2003 Kia Sedona LX with 32K miles on it
    Or a honda odyssey, Toyota Sienna, T&C or Dodge Caravan with almost 100K miles on it or over

    We have 11K to spend on a vehicle, but we were hoping to actually spend about $7K and save the rest.We have a 2007 odyssey EXL right now.

    I have seen alot of bad reviews here for the sedona 03. We have a lead on a odyssey but it has over 100K miles on it. New transmission 2K miles ago on it. But i have read the older odysseys have alot of transmission issues. I dont want to get a van that will need costly repairs.

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    Re: Which would you rather have?

    Depends on what years the other vans are. The Siennas didn't get their great ratings until the model redesign in 2004. I don't remember what year the Ody changed from bad to good, but I know pre-2000 isn't so great. And I believe you're correct about the 2003 Sedona not being a great pick, safety-wise. 2005 or 2006, I think it changed? So I wouldn't even begin to recommend one over the other w/out knowing the years involved. nak
    Amy Expired (need to recert!) CPST & Mom to 8 great kids, 3 in a seatbelt, 5 in seats

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    Re: Which would you rather have?

    Quote Originally Posted by kanga View Post
    2003 Kia Sedona LX with 32K miles on it
    Or a honda odyssey, Toyota Sienna, T&C or Dodge Caravan with almost 100K miles on it or over

    We have 11K to spend on a vehicle, but we were hoping to actually spend about $7K and save the rest.We have a 2007 odyssey EXL right now.

    I have seen alot of bad reviews here for the sedona 03. We have a lead on a odyssey but it has over 100K miles on it. New transmission 2K miles ago on it. But i have read the older odysseys have alot of transmission issues. I dont want to get a van that will need costly repairs.
    The pp had some good points but I do have one question.... It the Oddy you're looking at had a new transmission 2k miles ago, wouldn't that "take care" the older oddy transmission issues?
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    Re: Which would you rather have?

    If you have an '07 Odyssey, why are you looking at older minivans? Would this be an additional vehicle or a replacement for the '07?

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    Re: Which would you rather have?

    Quote Originally Posted by LuvMyGirls View Post
    If you have an '07 Odyssey, why are you looking at older minivans? Would this be an additional vehicle or a replacement for the '07?
    We need no car payments right now. We have two kids in private school and I'm a stay at home mom. We did sell our odyssey and bought a 2005 buick terreza. I love it so far. It feels very safe and sturdy, it has all the features and luxuries of our odyssey. Of course there is nothing like an odyssey but no car payments! I'll take it. lol My husband has his own vehicle.

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    Re: Which would you rather have?

    Quote Originally Posted by lynsgirl View Post
    Depends on what years the other vans are. The Siennas didn't get their great ratings until the model redesign in 2004. I don't remember what year the Ody changed from bad to good, but I know pre-2000 isn't so great. And I believe you're correct about the 2003 Sedona not being a great pick, safety-wise. 2005 or 2006, I think it changed? So I wouldn't even begin to recommend one over the other w/out knowing the years involved. nak
    One test drive in the sedona and that was all it took. I hated that thing. I didn't feel very safe in it at all.

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    Re: Which would you rather have?

    They Odysseys that had transmission problems were the '04 and older (old body style). I know because I am currently trying to sell a used '02 which does NOT have transmission problems but buyers are avoiding them at all costs.

    I would buy an Odyssey in a second, even if it had over 100K on it. I would probably also buy a high-mileage Sienna. I would NOT buy a high mileage Ford, GM or Chrysler product

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    Re: Which would you rather have?

    Not on your list, but for that limited amount of $, I'd rather have a 2004-2006 Mazda MPV.

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    Re: Which would you rather have?

    There are lots of 06 and newer sedonas in your price range. I would get one of those. EXCELLENT safety ratings.
    here is a listing from cars.com
    http://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchr...MENT&pgId=2102


    In the $9-10K range they mostly have 60-80K on them, which means they are out of warranty, but in the $10-11K range, they have 35-45 k, which means you would still have some manufacturer warranty left on them. (Kia is 60K or 5 years, transferable). And remember..you negotiate down, lol. I'd say you coudl probably get an o6 with higher miles/no warranty, for about teh 7-8 you already have in cash.

    I would NOT get an older generation kia, it's a completely different beast.

    Alex, 8 Katie, 12 and Annabelle Jan 2017

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