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  1. TigerAce

    TigerAce Formula 3

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    I haven't kept up w/ what's out there now. I need a car that can accomodate at least 6 (2 adults w/ 4 kids) preferrably 8 (when Grandpa & Grandmo visits).

    We never owned a van, but we looked at Sienna few weeks ago, and it looked good. Navigator also looked good, too.

    Suburban, Expedition, & Excursion (what we drove in the past 9 years) are out, as we like driving different cars.

    Let me know a maker & model names if you know any good car. Or any site which shows all cars available.

    Thanks

    Yoshi
     
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  3. LAfun2

    LAfun2 F1 Veteran

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    Honda Odyssey.

    Toyota Sequoia

    Good quality, low maintenance, and great resale value.
     
  4. WJHMH

    WJHMH Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Toyota Sequoia
     
  5. Tyler

    Tyler F1 Rookie

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    The Navigator is a great SUV if your primary use will be on-road.
     
  6. BWS550

    BWS550 Wants to be a mod

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    HI YOSH

    I HAVE A DURANGO AND LOVE IT

    SEATS 6 PEOPLE..VERY COMFORTABLE HAS A.3RD SEAT

    THE NEW HEMI-DURANGO ARE QUITE NICE TOO..

    GOOD LUCK,
    BRUCE
     
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  8. WJHMH

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    "HEMI" :) Good point, Bruce.
     
  9. PSk

    PSk F1 World Champ

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    Toyota Tarago (that is what it is called in Australia anyway).

    Got one not long ago, and while not an exciting vehicle a very acomplished (sp?) vehicle that has loads of space and is very quiet.

    Hard to find in manual form in Australia, so I had to accept an automatic one ... thus my left leg is now confused and bored, thus practising left foot braking.

    Pete
     
  10. TigerAce

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    Lafun 2 & Solipsist (how do'ya like DFW?),
    Yes, Sequoia is very nice, but won't be much different from what we had before, Land Cruiser in '80s. Also several of our friends has this car, so...
    (you know!)

    Tyler & Bruce (how's your new ventrure?)
    Yes Navigator is for on-road driving only. I haven't check Hemi Durango yet. Saw Durango in 2001 when we ended up w/ Excursion.

    Psk,
    I wish what this Tarago is in the US.

    There are some cars I am interested but only sold in Japan. These cars are made for outdoor people....

    We have been driving SUV since '86 (very 1st was Jeep Cherokee, hahaha, remember DINKS & yuppies), and never owned Van or Mini-van before, so it maybe the time. Part of me refuse to ride in mini-van (too much of a family car), then another part of me want to try.

    Anyway, it's wife's car, so I'll let her decide, but I just want to look knowledgeable to her during this search.....

    Thanks for quick response, everyone!

    Yoshi
     
  11. LAfun2

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    Yoshi,

    Try Lexus GX470.

    BTW the Sequoia and the 80s Cruiser is a big diff.

    ALso how about Land Rover Discovery?

    I still say Odyssey will best fit your lifestyle :)

    GOod luck, and let us know what you decide.
     
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  13. hoffmeister

    hoffmeister Formula Junior

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    Durango...I second that. Very nice vehicle with 3rd seat.
     
  14. dm_n_stuff

    dm_n_stuff Global Moderator
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    I have an '04 Discovery with the 3rd row of seats that I drive when we travel as a family, but mostly my wife drives.

    SHE LOVES IT, I HATE IT. It is an underpowered, gas guzzling, rattle trap with very comfortable seats and a decent stereo. 0-60 in about a week, 13 MPG around town.

    Third row is good, IF YOU ARE A MIDGET. They fold down, are more like jump seats, good for 1/2 hour of travel. My 6'+ tall sons barely fit. Also, it's hot in the back. If you get the optional back seat A/C it eats up the third row seating area some.

    On the upside, it goes like stink in bad weather, 8-10" of snow is no problem.

    Fit and finish are typical of a Ford/Brit car, lousy to average. Paint is only so-so, found several trouble areas while polishing it over the weekend.

    Would I buy another one - NOPE!! Would my wife - YEP, 'cause none of these little bitty problems seem to bother her. She loves the high view.

    Oh, and measure your garage door before you buy. We clear under the door by less than 2".

    Good hunting.
     
  15. F328 BobD

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    Hi Yoshi, we've had our Sequoia over 3 years now and love it... seats eight so you can take the neighbors too! :)

    dm_n_stuff and lafun2, I just read that Land Rover is dicontinuing the Discovery name in the US. The next gen is supposed to be out later this year and will be called the Land Rover LR3. The Disco name remains for all markets outside of the US.
     
  16. formula1joe

    formula1joe Formula Junior

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    Time to buy a limo and let the family ride in style.
     
  17. Teenferrarifan

    Teenferrarifan F1 Rookie

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    H2 sits 6 with the 3rd SEAT. Great car. My mom loves her, but watch the top of the garage door my moms fits in by less then an inch. with the roof rack on. Also, resale is great for an american car. 1.5 yr. old ones with 20k are still bringing in the $40's. What other american truck only losess 10-15K.
    Erik
     
  18. bostonmini

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    Toyota, bulletproof, superb reliability/quality, seats comfortably...just a great car. Not that badly priced considering capacity either! I think TRD has supercharger too:)
     
  19. TigerAce

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    Thanks you all for info!

    Never thought Sequoia is this much popular. No wonder many of my friends bought this car. Durango is 2nd place here. I like its front view!

    Lafun2, GX470 is very nice, we'll check it out. I didn't know anything about this car! Honda dealers around here don't have Odyssey, so haven't looked at it yet.

    dm_n_stuff, I feel the same on wife's car, hahaha. I probably won't drive much anyway, but getting a new car is fun and would like to get some car I can be pleased with. Discover is too small for us. I looked at Discover & Range Rover last year when I ended up w/ ML. Thanks for details.

    Teenferrarifun, I also looked at H2 last year & I like it, but not my wife. The car is too tall for my 4 & 6 years old to get in/out. This is another reason she doesn't like Excursion (along w/ gas gazzling $60/week) as she needs to assist them every time they get in/out. It's funny what my wife care. Buying another car cost good amount of money, but reducing $20-30/week for gas makes her feel saving $$. I said "how long will it take to recover, say additional $5-10K spending for this gas saving?" Her response "don't be a jerk". Something you can look forward to (sorry I am assuming you're young!)

    formula1Jr. our parking space is too small for limo!!! & our housing area don't allow a car parked on the road for more than 12 hours. Last year, my car had a flat tire, but I was occupied for 2 weeks then we got a fine notice from HOA. The car was in my parking space, but they said by-law states no un-drivable cars in the property unless it is in a garage. I didn't even know they patrol twice a week to see the neighbors are in tact.
     
  20. parkerfe

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    My wife has an H2 and loves it. We have three children ages 6,8 and 10 and have plenty of room for us five and luggage, ect... She has the optional third row seat so it seats six. She also had the spare monted on the back to give even more luggage room. She had a Honda Odyesse prior to the H2, and while she liked it when you had it, she now claims she will never go back to such a small vehicle. The kids love it too.
     
  21. TigerAce

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    Parkerfe, how are you doing? your 512bb? One of my friend in Japan installed steel custom made exhaust for his 512bb, which was made by an individual who's known for his exhausts for F & Lambo. I think he spent over $4000, but very please with it.

    Anyway, thanks for info. My wife wants to go smaller from Excursion, but not too small as ML. I liked H2, too, but not my wife...... She's not a car person, and don't like getting attention on what she drives. She actually hates riding 328 w/ me. (she only did once since last June)

    It's interesting many of you are SUV fan. Since we never owned a mini-van, but SUV for all those years, a mini-van looks attractive right now. W/ all major options, Sienna goes up to $40K. Do you think it's worth it? (thought mini-vans cost about $30K for the top model, and I was wrong)
     
  22. androza

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  23. LAfun2

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    The Sequoia is popular becuase it has a good V8, which usually was not found on Japanese SUV's previously. It seats a large group, is not $70K, its affordably priced, reliably, will have good resale, and low maintenance, and is a Toyota.

    GX is a great car. It shares the platform with the new 4 Runner, and should be a must on the list. THe car is however narrower than the Sequoia.

    Yeah when you get a chance check out the Odyssey, great car. You can also look at the MDX Acura, but the 3rd row is rather unuseable if your family consists of tall people. There is a reason Odyssey's are in short supply even after being out for a few years ;)

    As far as Durango Vs Seqouia, I think there is no competition. I would buy the one that is more reliable and has better resale value, which in this case is the Toyota. Just my .02 :)


    Well most of us are NOT SUV fans. There was a thread about it a while back. We recommended those because of your need to sit 6 people. Personally for me a BMW 540i wagon or E Class wagon is all I need.

    As far as 40K for minivan, I dont think its worth it. I say buy the base model, add the features you need (dual a/c, power windows and all that), skip the leather seats and such, and you should be at about 30K or a bit less.

    Now if you want to ante up and get all the upgrades of allow wheels and dual color and all the garbage, 40K is where the market is at, sadly.

    GOod Luck with your ventures.
     
  24. AK79

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    Yoshi,

    Again to add to the previous posts, from my limited experience, the Sequoia is a good all-rounder; also might want to take a look at the new Infiniti QX56 / Nissan Pathfinder Armada... Similar in most dimensions to the Seqoia or Navigator, but something new on the market.

    Regards,

    AK
     
  25. TXesprit

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    I'm with Androza on the Vovlo XC90. MY fiancee and I have been shopping for a 6 seater and we were very impressed with the Volvo. In fact, we are planning on putting a deposit down next month. Why a deposit? Because we are doing the European delivery program. You put down a deposit 4 months prior to delivery date and you pay the set invoice price, which is going to save us about $5K. We are getting 2 free roundtrips to Stockholm, 15 days of insurance to drive around Europe, and free delivery back to the US. Not a bad deal, since we were planning on going to Denmark anyway to visit her family. This way we pick out the car we want, drive it around on our vacation, get free flights, and a sweet deal on the price. Worth a look.
     
  26. ernie

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    Hummmmmmmm, how about a limo? LOL.
     
  27. androza

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    Whoa, do all European delivery programs do that? Maybe I'll get an XC90 myself, just to go to Stockholm... oh, and of course as a people mover. Or something.
     
  28. TigerAce

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    Androza & TXepirit, I do also like Volvo XC90. I didn't know they offered the Euro Delivery program. Hope you'll have great honeymoon!!!!! XC90 is almost same size as my ML, and the wife wants something bigger, but not big as Excursion or Suburban.

    AK79 & Lafun2, I didn't know Pathfinder/QX56 changed model already! (Armada?) I liked Pathfinder when it was my car in 80's. Thanks for more insights.

    Ernie, Limo got 2 votes now!

    Thank y'all, I am planning to visit Auto Show tonight, and will take a look at all those cars.

    Yoshi
     

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