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Old 04-26-2013, 06:19 AM   #91
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I forgot to mention that requirement. It has to be absolutely quiet and soundproof so her son can hear his iPad at all times. And you must not be able to feel the bumps in the road. Lol!

In all seriousness, I'm glad you all reassured me that there really is nothing that meets ALL of their requirements. They have to compromise on something. I have a feeling they will get an Expedition and he will have to put the seats in the right configuration for her when she needs them changed. They will just deal with not being able to open the doors when it is in the garage.

Unfortunately as her closest friend that will still listen to her, I will hear the complaints about whatever they do buy. I'm getting better about letting it go in one ear and out the other.
As a former owner of 2 mini vans back in the days of young kids, IT IS the vehicle that fills ALL of their requirements. (Just to echo the previous posters.)

I guess just nod your head when she starts up with the complaints.
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:46 PM   #92
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Update - they bought a new car. Guess what they got? A certified pre-owned fully loaded 2013 Toyota Sienna. All you people who said she would realize she needs a mini-van were right!

Of course she acted like it was a novel concept and she didn't know why she didn't think of a mini-van sooner, lol. I told her I am happy for her and think it is the perfect vehicle for her. Hoping they get a lot of years out of this!
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:50 PM   #93
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None of the German makes (other than Mercedes) has good long term reliability, and they are all expensive to fix.
I disagree. My family has owned BMWs for years and the reliability on our cars has been fantastic. I currently drive a 2000 3 series with over 140K miles on it and the only maintenance I do is oil changes. My brother has a 95 3 series and the engine still runs like almost new.
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:00 PM   #94
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Update - they bought a new car. Guess what they got? A certified pre-owned fully loaded 2013 Toyota Sienna. All you people who said she would realize she needs a mini-van were right!

Of course she acted like it was a novel concept and she didn't know why she didn't think of a mini-van sooner, lol. I told her I am happy for her and think it is the perfect vehicle for her. Hoping they get a lot of years out of this!
Thanks for the follow up, OP. This makes me

How many of her own stipulations did that break??

I hope she loves hers as much as I love my 2008 Toyota Sienna. Wishing her many, many miles of happy driving!
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Thanks for the follow up, OP. This makes me

How many of her own stipulations did that break??

I hope she loves hers as much as I love my 2008 Toyota Sienna. Wishing her many, many miles of happy driving!
Love my Sienna too. I never wanted to be a minivan mom but it was absolutely the best choice for us. I feel exactly like my mom driving a blue van around town but oh well, it fits our needs. Hoping in a few years when I need a other vehicle it will be a brand new one!
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:47 PM   #96
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I disagree. My family has owned BMWs for years and the reliability on our cars has been fantastic. I currently drive a 2000 3 series with over 140K miles on it and the only maintenance I do is oil changes. My brother has a 95 3 series and the engine still runs like almost new.
The 3 series is the best of the bunch, though still prone to some gremlins. Most people wouldn't touch a used 7 series with a 10 foot pole.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:08 PM   #97
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I disagree. My family has owned BMWs for years and the reliability on our cars has been fantastic. I currently drive a 2000 3 series with over 140K miles on it and the only maintenance I do is oil changes. My brother has a 95 3 series and the engine still runs like almost new.
Glad you've had good luck. As several former BMW owners put it "there's a reason BMW includes a tool kit with every car they sell".
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:42 AM   #98
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I KNEW they would get a minivan! It just makes sense!
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Update - they bought a new car. Guess what they got? A certified pre-owned fully loaded 2013 Toyota Sienna. All you people who said she would realize she needs a mini-van were right!

Of course she acted like it was a novel concept and she didn't know why she didn't think of a mini-van sooner, lol. I told her I am happy for her and think it is the perfect vehicle for her. Hoping they get a lot of years out of this!
BAHAHAHA....that is truly priceless.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:22 PM   #100
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OMG!!! This hilarious. Not American and a minivan. It's amazing how many people are making their way back to minivan with their tails between their legs.

When I was a kid my parents had one of the first 8 minivans in Dallas. People were fascinated by it and would stop us in public because they had never seen anything like it and were fascinated. I swore I would never get a minivan. What do I drive now? A Honda Odyssey I plan to drive into the ground.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:57 AM   #101
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Well crap. The Tardis is out then because it makes an awful noise and the ride can be pretty bumpy.

Only if you leave the parking brake on.
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