Buying a Van Soon: Sienna or Odyssey?

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  1. light-switch

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    Our 2002 Odyssey has a blinking "D" (drive) indicator. A quick Internet search, coupled with this particular vehicle's history, seems to indicate the transmission is probably shot, and won't be worth repairing it.

    So I'm in the market to buy an used van.

    I'm trying to decide between the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey. The Siennas are usually more money, but are AWD and have the option for a 8th passenger. The Odysseys are more bang for the buck, and Honda seems to have a better reliability track record (?).

    Does anyone here have had either and can offer some insight?

    ETA: I live in the Midwest, so winters are snowy at times.
     
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    it's not like I'm bad-mouthing Tacomas.... :whistling:
     
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    We had a 2002 Odyssey that blew it's transmission at around 120,000 miles (after we sold it). It was my wifes and never abused. The newer ones are probably better, but that left a bitter taste in my mouth.
     
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    I personally consider it bad form when someone replies, not to answer the question but, to answer a question not asked.
    Uncool, but I'ma do it anyway.

    If it's just blinking without a check engine light, but you haven't felt the transmission 'slip' when pulling away from a stop, I'd suggest you just replace the clutch pressure switch. 15-20 minute job and a $50 part.
    At most you get a few more years out of it. At least you get a better resale or trade-in value.

    ETA: Oh yeah, some folks have just cleaned the existing sensor and had the blinking disappear. That costs nothing. At most, they put some dielectric grease on it.
     
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    I have a Chrysler Town and Country. Never again. Between the Toyota and Honda on the used market I would just pick the one I liked better and was a better deal. They are equal in my mind.
     
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    This commercial convinced me what to buy...

     
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    Buy certified used from Dealer. Good Warranty.
     
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    I've modified all types of vehicles over the years, coupes, sedans, SUV's, etc. I think a minivan would be a unique vehicle to modify and certainly not a vehicle you see modified often at all.

    The Sienna SE isn't bad looking for a stock vehicle.
    [​IMG]

    Plus affordable enough to allow you to have "Diaper Money" (NSFW video)
     
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    The Toyota Sienna comes in all levels from a base model FWD to fully loaded with FWD or AWD, between the two the seats in the Odyssey are more useful, the Sienna from 2011-present has a half seat (middle position second row), same as I have in my Highlander, it's worthless and effectively wastes a seat.

    The engines on both are bulletproof, have definitely heard of issues with the transmission in the Odyssey. I believe the top of the line Odyssey has more bells and whistles including factory HID headlights.
     
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    I thought the Honda has the option for the 8th passenger and the AWD Sienna's don't?

    I just remember being pulled towards the Sienna for the AWD and the Honda for a different reason, with I thought was the seating.
     
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    Have you considered a Ford Focus......
     
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    Honda only seats 7, main reason I didn't buy one
     
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    I had a good response but the OP already has a van, so... ...never mind.
     
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    I'd go for the Sienna, AWD, heated windshield and mirrors will help make winters easier. I will warn you that the water pump will go out around 100k miles the Toyota. It will cost at least $700 unless you're able to do the work yourself. I think the Odyssey looks nicer.
     
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    The Sienna doesn't have the option with the AWD. The Honda doesn't have AWD, but does have seating for 8 on all but the lowest trim level from what I can tell.

    Also, I remember reading that the 8th seat in the Honda was much better than the Sienna.
     
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    Something I've always wondered, what does a minivan do that a SUV won't?