Cheapo minivan recommendations please!

Discussion in 'The Fire Hydrant' started by chaospony, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. chaospony

    chaospony New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2011
    Messages:
    637
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    3 dogs, 1 cat and several frogs
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Not going to be able to afford it until next Spring but does anyone have recomendations on minivans? Going to be buying used, probably well used!

    The most I can spend is $5000. Less is better, much much better!
    As long as it will last a few years I am happy.

    Been doing my research and I have a bunch I am considering but it's always nice to hear first hand accounts ( and horror stories) from people who have owned them!
     
  2. darkchild16

    darkchild16 We are Home.

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2004
    Messages:
    21,880
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    3
    Location:
    Tallahassee Florida
    NOOOOOOO Grand Caravans. They have a set year span with bad engines. I know the 04 is one of them cant remember the rest.
     
  3. Xandra

    Xandra Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    Messages:
    3,806
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    We have these pathetic old ford Aerostars, my dad figures a low mileage one is the best bang for your buck if you don't care about niceties. I will admit we've owned 2 (short wheelbase) over about 15 years with very few problems (the first was crushed by a big tree, the second is still going strong).
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2012
  4. Miakoda

    Miakoda New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2006
    Messages:
    7,666
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I did lots of research into minivans (those priced below $10,000) before we were able to get the Suburban we have now (after my dad died).

    My strong opinion:

    Look for a Homda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna with higher mileage that would be the same price as a Chrysler, Dodge, Chevy, Ford, or Kia (or any other make). The quality of the Hondas and Toyotas is so far above that of the others.

    I'd rather a 2006 Odyssey with 150,000 miles on it than a 2009 Chrysler/Didge/whatever with 80,000 miles on it. JMO
     
  5. yoko

    yoko New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2005
    Messages:
    5,347
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    My family had Grand Caravan from late 90s. I can't remember the year but I know I was in middle school when we got it. Anyway we drove it like crazy and then sold it to a fellow church member when my brother and I graduated. They still have it and it runs amazing still. The only issue is one of the doors is sticky. So it's annoying but not super bad.

    If you can find an older one where someone has kept all maintenance records and kept up on everything you might try it out and have your mechanic look at it. But the newer ones that are mid to late 00s I'd avoid. I've had friends with them and they didn't last long at all.
     
  6. joce

    joce Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2005
    Messages:
    4,448
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    6
    Location:
    Ohio
    I know so many people with caravans with issues. Friend got a used but newer one recently and it's in all the time for check engine lights and electrical crap.
     
  7. Pops2

    Pops2 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2008
    Messages:
    3,072
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    none
    Location:
    UT
    on our second dodge, the first one had 170k miles when we had our first big issue (heater control head) it got killed by some kid slaming into the back of it w/a f150. the second is coming up on 130K no problems yet.
     
  8. MisssAshby

    MisssAshby Richy Rich HM Twit!

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    2,978
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    3
    Location:
    Edmond, OK
    I agree!
     
  9. Bahamutt99

    Bahamutt99 Dafuq?

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2006
    Messages:
    2,365
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2 dogs
    Location:
    High Ridge, MO
    Home Page:
    Agree with avoiding used Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth minivans, unless you can find one that still has a manufacturer's warranty. The one I had was spacious, comfy, good performance... and a piece of dookie caca. Transmission problems, electrical problems, cooling problems, and so on. You had to really have a sense of humor pushing --errr, driving-- that beast.
     
  10. LindaJD

    LindaJD New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2008
    Messages:
    478
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2 dogs and 2 cats
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I have a 2005 Toyota, haven't had 1 problem with it. The only money I have spent on it is tires and oil changes.
     
  11. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    94,266
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    3, Bimmer, GSDX (m); Kharma, Fila Brasileiro (f);
    Location:
    Where the selas blooms
    Home Page:
    My dad had two of the GMC Safaris in succession, bought used -- at least 275,000 miles on both of them (probably close to 300,000) before he had to do anything major and he can kill ANYTHING. No maintenance, bad about not checking the oil, not changing oil, not getting tune ups, checking fluids, and he used them as work vans, including off road out on surveys.
     
  12. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2005
    Messages:
    28,563
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    3
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    Home Page:
    I agree about the odysseys. We have an odyssey but we bought new... Planninh on making it last forever lol. We have had it about 4years
    Now. The only problem we have ever had was with the rollers in the back side door but a lot of that is from opening it and closing it so much on our incline driveway. That door put up with a lot of abuse and it was still under warranty so it didn't cost us a dime to have all new rollers put in on all the doors.

    I put that vehicle through a lot
    Of abuse lol
     
  13. chaospony

    chaospony New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2011
    Messages:
    637
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    3 dogs, 1 cat and several frogs
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Thanks guys for comfirming what my research has been telling me.
    I am hoping to pick up an Odyssey or Sienna when the time comes but they are few and far between. Makes sense since they seem to last.

    I figure since my only criteria is the seats fold flat and the inside isn't completely revolting, I should be able to get lucky! It's primarily going to be a dog hauler anyway and my girls don't exactly travel well. It will be yucky with drool and vomit in no time!
     

Share This Page