Hey everyone. I used to post in the "old" forums when I bought my wife's Dark Blue Sienna XLE Ltd. in 2006. Glad to see that everyone made it to the new forums....myself included.
Our Sienna has 50,150 miles on it, but is just shy of being 3 years old...so, of course...the warranty has run out on "non powertrain" issues. Well the 60/40 power third seat is acting up. The "40" part works fine, but on the "60" side, you push the button...the seat raises out of the storage area and locks into place...but the seat back won't go up. We took it to the dealer and paid a $50 diagnostic fee and they told us that there is something wrong with the track and that it will need to be replaced. The cost? $849 + tax!! I think it sucks that it broke before the 36th month, but the mileage is what put us out of warranty. The car has made a couple of trips to Florida but we hardly put the seats up and down. I guess an extended warranty would have been the way to go....but that's life...huh? That seat should have lasted at least 5 years without acting up, and the worst part about it....you can't manually use the seat...or we would do it!
Anyway....we decided to trade it in on a new 2010 Salsa Red Sienna XLE Ltd and the dealer is giving us a fairly good deal. What do you think?
They are offering us a fully loaded 2010 Sienna XLE Ltd with Power everything..including back up camera, RSE, NAV, Bluetooth and pretty much every option that our current van has, for $35,000. They are throwing in Sirius radio. (I had a "brain" installed into our current model after purchase for around $500) They are giving us $18,500 for our trade (our vehicle is very clean), and since we are trading...the tax on the deal is only $1,250. Our payoff is $14,781...so after all is said and done, we are financing $33,000.
That is the same amount we financed when we traded our 2000 Lexus RX300 in on the 2006 Sienna XLE Ltd. BUT...we got 1.9$ financing for 60 months then....
NOW the best they can do is 5.9 for 63 months. The payment is about $612 monthly...and we were paying $579...with only 2 years to go. We are getting the new one for peace of mind, and to have a "new" vehicle. Since the payments are similar, it is not like we are going way out of our price range. Also, this is a simple interest loan, so we can refinance any time after the first year and pay off the existing loan without penalty.
HOWEVER....We are LOSING laser cruise (which is no longer an option) and HID headlights, as the new one will have neither. Also...we like the wheels on our 2006 model better.
What I guess I am getting around to asking is: Does anyone have the 2010 Ltd...and are they very happy with it? I realize it is basically the same car that I already have, but am hoping that they have made some minor adjustments for the better. I understand the headrests are now "active headrests" and will move forward in the event of a crash to secure the head of the passengers, so that safety feature will be good to have. Also, I am pretty sure they have addressed the issue with the rear tailgate, as we had the recall done on our 2006 model.
Sorry for the long post...but wanted to get all the information out and questions asked. Looking forward to your comments and tips.
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