Teach me about minivans

Mrs. BaconSandwich is wanting to get a minivan some point in the near future. After a bit of digging, I think I’d like to get either a Toyota Sienna or a Honda Odyssey. We’d be looking at buying a used one, rather than new.

Other than the one generation of Odysseys that had transmission issues, is there much else to watch out for? Do both the Sienna and Odyssey use a timing chain, or do they use timing belts?

The Sienna seems to hang onto its value more than the Odyssey, and there seems to be more Odysseys around these parts.  I’d also consider a Kia Sedona - one of the newest generation ones, but it seems like prices are still up higher than what I’m willing to pay.


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