Used vans 5k and under
phantomplanet Member Posts: 4
edited January 2016 in General
So at tax time when I sell my truck I'm fairly certain I'm getting a mini van for the family car. My budget is about 5k. I've been doing lots of research,but still am not sure on a van. What would you pick and why? What are reliable vans ?
After some hard use and three or four long road trips, I'm up to 158,000 miles and it's probably worth $4,000 or $5,000 bucks.
Compared to my brother's 2012 Odyssey, it's not as tight a driver and I have a few rattles. It's a bit roomier for the passenger up front and compares pretty well overall (mine's the SXT trim). And I'd hop in the Grand Caravan and drive it to Tennessee (from NM) tomorrow.
We dumped an old Quest for the Dodge. We considered the Honda, the Sienna, another Nissan and the smaller Mazda5. I think the most bang for buck is with the Dodge - they are still the best seller so prices are lower than the Honda and Toyota and you can get them fixed anywhere (I had trouble finding mechanics for the Nissan in some of the boonie places I broke down in it during the last year of ownership).
My second choice would be the Odyssey, maybe because I've driven my brother's a few times over the years and I'm familiar with them.
With any used car, paying an hour shop fee for a pre-purchase inspection can be a good investment and it also helps if the seller will share maintenance records.
These days, most cars are pretty reliable though.