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Roadtrips and general opinions

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Hi everyone,

I'm looking into getting my first sienna and would love some opinions from current owners. I'm looking for a '15-'20 sienna xle or limited. This will be my first van. When my wife and I were expecting our first, my manager suggested we get a minivan because he had one with his kids and loved it. I kind of scoffed at the idea until I went and sat in a 3rd gen xle and loved it immediately. Since then everyone has been trying to convince me I should get a midsized suv but I feel the sienna can't be beat.

I have a few general questions.

What are your opinions on your siennas? Best years/features? Worst years/features? Things look out for when buying?

My wife and i took an 1800 mile round trip in our 08 crv last year and it about killed us from discomfort. After that experience, i really want a couch on wheels. How are they for like an annual roadtrip vacation with the kids? Fuel mileage?

Also I tend to keep vehicles for 10 yrs or so. How many miles have you seen on a 3rd gen?
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If a 2018-2020 is within your budget, definitely go with one of those due to the important standard safety features that were implemented for the 2018 model year - automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam, lane keeping assistance. Go with FWD unless you live where AWD is absolutely critical.

The 2018-2020 Sienna Limited FWD is perhaps the last of a rare breed - the last Sienna with dual sunroofs and power stowing and reclining 3rd row seats. Plus, the FWD Limited gets the 2nd row ottoman seats which the AWD version doesn't have.

Our 2014 Sienna Limited FWD, purchased new, is tied with our 2012 Prius v for being the most trouble free vehicles we've owned. There have been several recalls on both vehicles but nothing has really broken that wasn't covered under warranty. Our Sienna is at around 112,000 miles and still on its original brake front and rear. Only regular maintenance has been required except for the sliding door tracks and hinges and the fuel door hinges which have required occasional cleaning and lubrication.

An exception to the "nothing has really broken" statement are the lug nuts. If you buy a Sienna, replace the "clad" lug nuts with the one-piece lug nuts that are used on Toyotas assembled in Japan. You don't want to join the "Swollen Nuts Club" and break a wheel stud like I did.
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You've piqued my interest. Any idea where to buy JDM one piece lug nuts for the Siennas?
I bought the 1-piece chrome plated lug nuts at a Toyota dealership per my post at Swollen lug nuts
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