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sarahlovesmickey
09-02-2008, 07:59 AM
:banana: :banana: Okay, I have been like anti mini van all my life. Most of my friends drive them and they are very nice, but I was not convinced. Well, with our 4th on the way, we broke down and bought a 2008 Toyota Sienna (all we buy is either Honda or Toyota vehicles). We bought the model that offers All Wheel Drive because winters are harsh here and we heard that they are excellent in snow. So, yup, that was our big purchase this weekend!!

Good news is that we love the van and we have 0% financing for the life of the loan. And I haggled our poor salesman to death to get the best deal. One time when the salesperson stepped away, hubby whispers to me "don't you have any kind of coupon for this??":lmao: :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2: He knows me too well!!!

So, thought I would share our good, although not so budget friendly, news!!

moredisneyplease
09-02-2008, 08:09 AM
Boy its like a mirror of me!! I was anti mini van too but after pricing all of the SUVs and looking at their gas mileage I just couldnt bring myself to buy one! So I too purhcased a Toyota Sienna (I'm a long time Honda fan) as my family expanded. I've had my van for nearly a year and I LOVE :love: it! To make it even more family official I have some Disney magnets on the back and should slap on a "my child is an honor student at......" bumper sticker! ;)

Welcome to the minivan mom club!

Reagan&Co.
09-02-2008, 08:11 AM
I would kill whoever took my minivan away from me!!! Where else would I keep my STUFF????!!!:lmao:

Hey, I have a Logan and Emily, too!

d1gitman
09-02-2008, 08:16 AM
i just love the anti-minivan crowd! all our friends who just had to have SUV's scoffed at our minivan. they have all caved in and bought a minivan at one point or another and now swear by them...kind of like people who scoff at us WDW addicts...

sarahlovesmickey
09-02-2008, 08:25 AM
i just love the anti-minivan crowd! all our friends who just had to have SUV's scoffed at our minivan. they have all caved in and bought a minivan at one point or another and now swear by them...kind of like people who scoff at us WDW addicts...

:lmao: Yup, there is no turning back now! We have a Toyota 4Runner (SUV) that seats 7, but the minivan is so much more spacious!!! Why oh why was I not converted sooner??????????????:confused3

PoohHappens
09-02-2008, 08:31 AM
Congratulations!!!!!! We have just started looking. At our house transportation is strictly that.....I am not picky about what I am driving. The thought of taking on a car payment makes me cringe. We think we like the Siennas the best. We only have one child now, but we are almost finished with the liscensing process to become foster parents. :cool1:

sarahlovesmickey
09-02-2008, 08:34 AM
Congratulations!!!!!! We have just started looking. At our house transportation is strictly that.....I am not picky about what I am driving. The thought of taking on a car payment makes me cringe. We think we like the Siennas the best. We only have one child now, but we are almost finished with the liscensing process to become foster parents. :cool1:


thanks!! I am not too picky, but I am a little bit. Like, for us, a DVD player is a must in our vehicles, but we have 3 (almost 4) small kids so it is piece of mind for all of us!! :lmao: But, I don't need leather seats and the most luxurious things in my vehicle. It needs to be comfy and reliable!

mommyto2
09-02-2008, 08:41 AM
I too, was a non-minivan believer. Then we bought a honda odyssey. I love it! My favorite feature...the power sliding doors.

sarahlovesmickey
09-02-2008, 09:59 AM
I too, was a non-minivan believer. Then we bought a honda odyssey. I love it! My favorite feature...the power sliding doors.

I know!! And if you are a certain distance from the van, you can just push a button on your clicker thingie to open the door!! Great when you have your hands full of kids!!:lmao: :lmao:

EthansMom
09-02-2008, 10:44 AM
I just bought the '08 Sienna this weekend also!

I totalled our Forester last week. Thankfully no one was hurt, but I had to have a new vehicle. With our young kids growing bigger, we needed the room of a bigger vehicle.

The kids love it... They love the room and the separate captain's seats in the 7-seater are awesome. I can't believe how nicely set-up it is... feels luxurious even though we didn't get the high-end model. Things like audio controls on the steering wheel and electrical plugs in the rear seating area really are sweet.

We did end up getting the front-wheel drive version which saves a few miles per gallon on gas. Since the FWD version has traction control, it'll perform similar to AWD in all but the very slipperiest weather. We do plan to use the $$ difference between the FWD and AWD to purchase studded tires this fall.

We have a 99 Corolla with over 120k miles on it. Toyota's really got the reliablity thing down. We've never had a maintenance problem with our Corolla... never!!!

Enjoy your ride!

StitchandPooh'sMom
09-02-2008, 11:05 AM
I have a 2008 Sienna after having a 2004 Sienna and a 1999 Sienna. I love it! We have had great luck with all of them. They might not be sexy, but they are comfy, reasonably good on gas, and we can haul our kids, our dog and all our stuff with room to spare.

Enjoy your new van!

sarahlovesmickey
09-02-2008, 11:27 AM
They might not be sexy,



Really??? you don't think so??? :lmao: :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2:


These days I have sexy written all over me: 7 1/2 months preggo AND a mini-van!!!!!!!!! :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

StitchandPooh'sMom
09-02-2008, 12:02 PM
Really??? you don't think so??? :lmao: :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2:


These days I have sexy written all over me: 7 1/2 months preggo AND a mini-van!!!!!!!!! :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

Sexy is, of course, in the eye of the beholder! :rotfl2: DH enjoys driving the van when we go on trips, or maybe he just doesn't want to be the one turning around to get the kids to stop fighting or to put another DVD in! ;)

2TxAgs
09-02-2008, 12:42 PM
My 2000 Sienna has 142,000 miles on it and is still going strong!

My first car out of college was a Toyota Corolla. Can't go wrong with
these cars.

When the kids are off on their own and I don't need the space, I'm getting
whatever convertible Toyota makes at the time.

TxAg

kinntj
09-02-2008, 12:59 PM
Congratulations on your new Toyota minivan!! We bought a Honda minivan in March and I just love the space and storage. I wonder why we never bought one before this. :idea:

We got 2.9% finance, so not as good as yours, but we did talk them down to a low, low out the door #, so we didn't do too bad. We didn't get the all wheel drive, because I don't drive in bad weather and my last crossover didn't have them and I did fine. I know you'll enjoy having yours though.

It'll be my last minivan as I'm hoping to have this one for 10 years. At that time the kids will be teens and I'll be ready for a crossover again or a nice car.

carmie3377
09-02-2008, 02:23 PM
I too was an anti mini van mom. That was until I drove one when our car was in the shop a couple of years ago. It was a Toyota Sienna and we loved it. We decided to trade my car in May and we bought a Nissan Quest. I've read complaints about the Quest, but honestly, I like it just as much as the Sienna. We haven't had any issues with it. I really love the space and ease of getting the kids in and out.

TiggerMomNine
09-02-2008, 03:05 PM
We have a 2001 Sienna, and I won't give it up! We are down to ONLY two kids, and DH has been trying to get me into a sedan for years, but I can't give up my van! Back in '01, there was only one power sliding door, and I love it. Good luck with your new van - it will treat you well for many years.

:)

NCardella
09-02-2008, 03:05 PM
What???? What do you mean "not budget friendly"??? 0% financing for the life of the loan is awesome! They're letting you borrow their money at no cost to you, sounds VERY budget friendly to me!

Congrats, mini-van converter! You'll love it! 7 seats in a minivan is very different than 7 seats in an SUV....just how do you get to those back seats anyway? :rotfl:

(spoken by a true mini-van lover and driver of a 2005 Pontiac Montana!)

carmie3377
09-02-2008, 03:28 PM
7 seats in a minivan is very different than 7 seats in an SUV....just how do you get to those back seats anyway? :rotfl:



I couldn't believe the difference. We test drove a Nissan Forerunner and hated it. Felt like a board was sticking up our backs. The second row barely had leg room and then the third, no use even sitting back there. With the Quest, tons of leg room even my 6'3" Dh can sit comfortably in even the 3rd row. I just wish it hadn't taken me so long to get to know the minivan. I always said I would never be a minivan mom but now I'm glad I am.

NCardella
09-02-2008, 03:40 PM
I couldn't believe the difference. We test drove a Nissan Forerunner and hated it. Felt like a board was sticking up our backs. The second row barely had leg room and then the third, no use even sitting back there. With the Quest, tons of leg room even my 6'3" Dh can sit comfortably in even the 3rd row. I just wish it hadn't taken me so long to get to know the minivan. I always said I would never be a minivan mom but now I'm glad I am.


My brother calls our car "the living room"!

bigbabyblues
09-02-2008, 03:59 PM
Congrats, and enjoy your new van! We were looking at the Odyssey, and I wanted to drive a Sienna just to make sure we were getting the right car for us. DH went to the Honda dealer, and they told him they had two used ones but the batteries were dead and they couldn't help him. OK??? The Toyota dealer happened to have a Sienna in our price range, and he drove it. I went the next day, and we bought it.

It's a 2004, but I love it!

luvtogo12
09-02-2008, 04:04 PM
Congratulations!! Good luck with your new van. :cool1:

SLM
09-02-2008, 06:31 PM
When you drive that van for years with little (or no problems) your budget will thank you! :)

PrincessKitty1
09-02-2008, 06:47 PM
I don't even have any kids and I love my mini-van. :love: We bought it new 10 years ago-- DH drove it for 5 years, and now I've driven it for 5 years. It has great acceleration and it's so big I always say we could live in it if we wanted to. :goodvibes With the price of gas, I know our next new car will need to be a little smaller (probably another Honda Element--we bought one for DH in 2005 and we lie it a lot, too), but I will drive my 98 Nissan Quest as long as I can. I only put 3500 miles a year on it, so it should last a couple more years! (115,000 total miles on it now.) :hippie:

luv2nascar
09-02-2008, 08:21 PM
good luck with your van I'm sure you will love it. I've had two mini vans and just traded in my second one for SUV. I am so over the mini van mom thing. My theme for this year has been I'm bringing sexy back and well my Honda Pilot is sexy. Sorry - I see you have 4 kids so mini van is necessary. I just wanted to offer some people do tire of them eventually.

sarahlovesmickey
09-03-2008, 08:09 AM
good luck with your van I'm sure you will love it. I've had two mini vans and just traded in my second one for SUV. I am so over the mini van mom thing. My theme for this year has been I'm bringing sexy back and well my Honda Pilot is sexy. Sorry - I see you have 4 kids so mini van is necessary. I just wanted to offer some people do tire of them eventually.

Yes, I do feel much sexier driving our Toyota 4 Runner, but *sigh* the mini van is necessary at this point for our army of children. :lmao: But, atleast it is comfy and roomy. We do atleast one road trip per year and this will be fabulous to travel in. Even my mom said "Oh my gosh...this is so nice...I am so jealous!":rotfl2:

NY_MOM
09-03-2008, 08:33 AM
Congratulations:cool1: We purchased out 8 seater Toyota Sienna last April and we love it. My husband was ANTI Mini Van as well, but now he loves it, It is so roomy and comfortable, and the gas mileage for such a large vehicle is really impressive. Enjoy the new Ride;)