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EvenBob
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March 24th, 2021 at 8:02:09 PM permalink
I'm looking to buy a used minivan for around $5,000 cash.
There are a ton of them out there but they are all high
mileage. I see a 2008 Toyota Sienna with 202000 miles.
I call the guy and he says runs great, nothing wrong with
it, original everything, blah blah blah. That's not what I
want to hear, what that means to me is everything is
about to go. I run into this again and again.

Today a guy advertises on Craigslist a 2006 Toyota Sienna,
with 277000 miles. But it has the records for everything that
was ever done to it from the time it was bought. And lots of
things have been replaced. The electric sliding doors which
are a nightmare on every minivan ever built have been
disabled, so that's good. Oil change every 4000 miles,
transmission fluid flushed every 30000 miles. Timing belt
changed when it was supposed to be. Has a new set, less
than a year old, of Bridgestone tires on it. The guy has fixed
everything that went wrong as it happened.

He's asking 2500. My question is should I even be considering
this? Toyota is the gold standard of minivans, a new one is
$50,000. These older Siennas have been known to go a million
miles if they are well maintained. Should I go for it? Still looks
good inside and out.



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March 24th, 2021 at 9:08:46 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

I'm looking to buy a used minivan for around $5,000 cash.
There are a ton of them out there but they are all high
mileage. I see a 2008 Toyota Sienna with 202000 miles.
I call the guy and he says runs great, nothing wrong with
it, original everything, blah blah blah. That's not what I
want to hear, what that means to me is everything is
about to go. I run into this again and again.

Today a guy advertises on Craigslist a 2006 Toyota Sienna,
with 277000 miles. But it has the records for everything that
was ever done to it from the time it was bought. And lots of
things have been replaced. The electric sliding doors which
are a nightmare on every minivan ever built have been
disabled, so that's good. Oil change every 4000 miles,
transmission fluid flushed every 30000 miles. Timing belt
changed when it was supposed to be. Has a new set, less
than a year old, of Bridgestone tires on it. The guy has fixed
everything that went wrong as it happened.

He's asking 2500. My question is should I even be considering
this? Toyota is the gold standard of minivans, a new one is
$50,000. These older Siennas have been known to go a million
miles if they are well maintained. Should I go for it? Still looks
good inside and out.



My first question would be, why do you need a minivan?

277k miles is almost double what it should have, no amount of general maintenance can overcome eventual long-term mileage problems. But, if you like it and think it's a good deal, grab it. It's only a measly $2500, that's nothing to a guy who has a winning roulette system. The main question is... are there some good spots for candle holders?
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
EvenBob
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March 24th, 2021 at 9:20:31 PM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

My first question would be, why do you need a minivan?



So I can haul my brother around to doctors
appointments. He cannot get into a regular
car because of his knees. This is a secondary
vehicle I'm not going to spend a lot of money on it.
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billryan
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March 24th, 2021 at 9:23:40 PM permalink
With the $1400 stimulus check, it's only costing you a bit over a grand. I don't see why you wouldn't, if you are looking for a mini-van.
AxelWolf
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March 24th, 2021 at 9:26:54 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

So I can haul my brother around to doctors
appointments. He cannot get into a regular
car because of his knees. This is a secondary
vehicle I'm not going to spend a lot of money on it.

Sounds reasonable to me. It is one of the best-rated minivans with lots of good features(does it have a moon roof?). It certainly looks nice and the paperwork seems in order. So why the hell not? It's hard to go wrong for $2,500.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
EvenBob
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March 24th, 2021 at 10:13:31 PM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

Sounds reasonable to me. It is one of the best-rated minivans with lots of good features(does it have a moon roof?)



Sunroofs and moon roofs are terrible after
a hundred thousand miles. The seals dry out
and crack. and they all leak eventually.
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EvenBob
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March 24th, 2021 at 10:26:40 PM permalink
Quote: billryan

With the $1400 stimulus check, it's only costing you a bit over a grand. I don't see why you wouldn't, if you are looking for a mini-van.



You sending me yours? What makes
you think I got a stimulus check.
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AxelWolf
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March 25th, 2021 at 2:41:07 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Sunroofs and moon roofs are terrible after
a hundred thousand miles. The seals dry out
and crack. and they all leak eventually.

That's why I was asking. I was going to say don't try to open it just leave it be.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
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March 25th, 2021 at 4:19:31 AM permalink
This isn't 1980. Sunroofs dont just leak all the time anymore.
ChumpChange
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March 25th, 2021 at 6:27:09 AM permalink
I've never had a 15 year old car make it to 130,000 miles.

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