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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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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.
You've piqued my interest. Any idea where to buy JDM one piece lug nuts for the Siennas? I could only find some one piece lugs on Amazon from a company named Mikkuppa. Anyone know if this is a reputable brand?
I bought the 1-piece chrome plated lug nuts at a Toyota dealership per my post at Swollen lug nuts
Thanks for the info/tip. I ordered a set of the one piece lug nuts (90942-01033) from a Toyota dealer's online store and called them to see if they would actually send the right lugs (and not replace with the 2 piece USDM lugs) and the parts guy checked and said they have both types of lugs and said it would be the 90942-01033 and would ship in a bag with the part number on it, so fingers crossed.
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