Toyota Sienna vs Dodge Caravan (00-07)

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Old 04-25-10, 11:09 PM
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Toyota Sienna vs Dodge Caravan (00-07)

I'm looking for anyone who has owned either one or similar, verses someone giving me their advice. I need to know which one is more dependable. Thanks
 
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Old 05-03-10, 02:21 PM
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We have a 2006 Grand Caravan SXT for two years now and it has been great for us. We bought it with 39K and it used to be a rental. We are now at 61K and she is just fine.
 
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Old 05-03-10, 02:59 PM
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thanks, how many miles do you get to a tank? What percentage of in town and highway do you travel. I appreciate the input
 
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Old 05-03-10, 07:23 PM
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Still own a 99 caravan sport, with 3.8L. Was going all the time with hockey , baseball, lacrosse, plus luggage, and equipment and usually an extra body or 2. Never left me on side of the road once in approx 150,000 miles. When it turned 10 years old, transmission gave out, $2000 to replace it. Fuel pump acting up a little lately, time to change that, but other than the transmission, it's been a great van. Still use it for work everyday, and pushing 180,00 miles. I think you'll find replacement parts cheaper for Chrysler products than The Toyota's. Hardest part of your decision will come from the fact that no matter what Van you pick nowadays, they all have one or 2 weak points. One thing I will suggest is stopping at a library, or even order the book online called "Lemon-Aid" by Phil Edmonston. It gives you all the lowdown on what common problems vehicle are known for, and what years , motors, transmissions etc to avoid, etc.
My 99' would average 22-28MPG on highway, normally cruising at approx. 70-75 mph. In city, approx 18 mpg. Usually got 280-310 miles per tank. Just remember when your figuring it out, further on a tank, could simply be that one tank is bigger than the other.
 
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unless your Wife dictates/ buy American( NO toyo/hondo/hundi=etc)/you get
the idea?
I worked for Ford for 30 + years- there a LOT of ford mini vans Still on the road
 
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Old 05-03-10, 09:27 PM
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thanks mike B, that's the kind of info I was seeking!! I get 14 - 17 mpg in my 96 Yukon, so I need something thiaat can get me at least 25+ in town to make it cost effective. Appreciate all the help.
 
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