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Used Minivans Ratings

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    5/20/2002 10:50:40 AM

    2002 Toyota Sienna - LE

    Pros: The build quality is fantastic, this is our second Sienna

    Cons: The sound system is still weak, even with the JBL set-up

    Advice: Sienna will be redesigned in May, '03; to be larger; I still like the '02

    This is our 2nd Sienna. We had a 99 XLE and loved it. The styling is smoother and the quality is superb. The seats are wide and comfortable, and the step-in height seems lower than the T&C. The engine is strong and smooth. We went with the Symphony model and also got the factory video system. The exact system on the web site is only available from the factory, so be wary of substitutes. The power door(s) are a must, and the captains chairs work best with the kids. My only wish is that they'd upgrade the brakes. Rear drums make for a mushy feel. They are dealing on this car (unlike the snobby Honda dealers).

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    5/17/2002 8:48:57 PM

    2002 Honda Odyssey - EX

    Pros: Safety and the convience of the back seat.

    Cons: No sunroof

    Advice: Go for it

    I have been waiting to buy a mini-van; I waited on the leather seats and now I am waiting on one with a sun roof. Any chance of that happening any time soon? The Odyssey is my choice by far.

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    5/16/2002 9:46:46 PM

    2002 Mazda MPV - ES

    Pros: POWER,NICE STAPLITY, HANDLING,COMFORT

    Cons: POWER ,HANDLING, GOOD FEATURES

    Advice: CHECK OUT THE 2002 MPV BEFORE YOU BUY ANY VAN

    2002 mazda MPVES is one of the best van out their today. I shoped for yearandhalf then i made my desion. It has more power then last year v6 (200). remote control doors. ABS breaks traction control, rear ac heat. Most thing l liked about MPV is it's optispace desing. Also nice grip on the ground when you make turn. I JUST SAY THAT BEFORE YOU BUY VAN CHECK THE MPVES.

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    5/7/2002 1:19:31 PM

    2002 Ford Windstar - SE Standard (210A)

    Pros: Abundant safety features

    Cons: Rear seat is heavy if you want to remove it.

    Advice: If you love your family and yourself, buy this for all of you !!!!!!

    It is really comfortable, very quiet and smooth. Freeway driving is a joy. The seats are great and it feels solid and safe on the road. With the 5 star crash rating, side airbags, adjustable pedals, lights on the mirrors to warn othes when doors open and and and.....yhe list of safety features goes on and on.

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    4/21/2002 2:27:55 PM

    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: Seating Flexibility

    Cons: Nothing

    Advice: EX models go quickly - be prepared to buy when you test drive.

    An amazing value. Sedona is comfortable, performs well, and costs $5-8K less than closest competitors that aren't as well equipped. We put 15,000 miles on it in six months and like it more now than when we first test drove it.

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    4/20/2002 4:56:45 PM

    2002 Ford Windstar - LX Base (110A)

    Pros: Interior seating layout -- front buckets, 2 seat bench, 3 seat bench.

    Cons: The side armrests on the driver seat.

    Advice: Check out the amount of luggage storage you need. In my model the rear seat can be moved to the middle position to create a larger cargo area. Salesman didn't know about that.

    After 1,000 miles I like everything about this minivan. Very quiet ride, handles easily, the kids love it, and the controls are all well thought out. I never had a car with a keyless entry before but it is a real convenience too. It has great headroom (I'm 6'-5') but it also fits my 5'-3' wife. So far it is averaging 20 mpg with a combination of short commute city driving and highway miles. With my past vehicles I have had much better luck with Ford than Honda in terms of quality, maintenance, and cost. This is what steered me to the Windstar.

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    4/17/2002 9:57:33 PM

    2002 Kia Sedona - LX

    Pros: Sound system, exterior and interior designs, sharp head light design, & comfort

    Cons: Quality of windshield - stress fracture. They should recall this! Many compartments can be a plus but they're so small it adds little to no value. AC button - the light is so dim I can't tell if I have the AC on or not.

    Advice: Ask what they will do if the windshield breaks before signing.

    I agree with most folks that it has a smooth ride. But I thought the acceleration could have more of a kick. I can choose to give it extra gas but I hate to drain more gas than it already does. Having owned subcompacts all my life, I really noticed the difference of 15 city & 20 fwy fuel mileage. As much as I like the car, it really is a gas guzzer, which I'm not too fond of.