Hondas now for us
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1998 Toyota Sienna XLE 4dr Minivan
We've owned this for 7 years now after buying it 3 years used with less than 50K. Before 80K we lost the transmission while on a family vacation and opted to replace it with a used trans. Toyota retroactively gave an extended drive train warranty and we were reimbursed. For the next 100K it did very well with only routine maintenance needed (timing belt, brakes, tires). Some interior body issues like broken air vents, power window motors dying, the cloth seats and steering wheel are wearing quickly. The last couple of months though, it is showing its age. New rack and pinion steering system, minor oil seepage from oil pan, and needs major reg. maint. soon. Will be replacing now.
Easy to get 3 kids in and out. Comfortable and easy for long trips. Like separate air system for back. Long reliability but not as long as we'd like.
Better build quality in plastic parts. Most other improvements have definitely happened in subsequent model years. We're looking forward to trying the Honda Ody now - jumping up about 7 years in car age!