We decided that sometime in the next year we would probably buy a new and bigger vehicle. It’s a bit squishy getting two car seats and all our stuff for a trip into the Civic.
Our plan was accelerated when we had to take the car in to the mechanic and found out a previous shop caused some damage to our engine so we might have a recurring problem with oil leaking into the cylinders. The final straw was the back window getting stuck down. It could cost as much as $400 to fix if the track needs replaced. Davin managed to prop it up temporarily but we drove with plastic on it for awhile which got old fast. Nine years and 140,000 miles later it is time.
We found a great Toyota Sienna on craigslist. I did my research and it really comes out on top for minivans. We had to take out a auto loan which I really didn’t want to do, but with interest at 2.44% we really won’t pay that much extra over time.
I love our new van! It’s so spacious, comfortable, has working air conditioning and handles like a car. It’s easy getting the kids in and out and I love modern touches like the automatic side door, volume controls on the steering wheels, and automatic locking/unlocking doors with just the touch of a button. It even tells you how many miles left on the current tank of gas and if a tire loses pressure.
Davin and I agree that this vehicle screams “road trip!” to us. We’ll at least need to take a day trip to the beach or something soon.