Okay, this is a good place to get ideas from diverse folks about vehicles.
Our 1995 Toyota Previa, which we love and bought for the physical comfort I need, has 250,000 miles on it and we will find out tomorrow if the super charger needs replacing. Ouch! This will cost several thousand. And in the not too distant future it will be the engine, then the transmission, etc. Remember in the 'ole days when cars lasted forever and it was worth replacing all these things? We are still of that mind set, the body is in good shape, a few thousand here and a few thousand there is a lot but for our situation, (me not working) possibly more manageable than financing a new car, or even a slightly used car. (we average 20,000 miles a year so high mileage used cars don't make sense - life in the country).
But.....were we to do that we would consider a Toyota Sienna, one of the top rated mini vans. We are Toyota folks, I have owned both a pick-up and Corona, both bought used, low mileage and lasted well over 200,000 miles each. We have an older, '84, little Toyota pick-up that just keeps going.
So..... would love input from other Toyota owners, (or anyone else with an opinion) both Previas and Siennas. What would you do? Keep the Previa going? Consider something newer?
In reading up - I discovered this little quote "The towing capacity values for Toyota vehicles are based on using a genuine Toyota towing hitch." Our Previa does not have the official tow package, as we did not have a trailer when we got it. I wonder if we have put too much stress on the engine, as I also read this:
Maximum tongue weight
Without Towing Package 120
With Towing Package 350
Just want to pick some brains out there on this, most folks we know would go for smaller high mileage vehicles, but this is both our main vehicle and our tow vehicle and it needs to be comfortable for travel - criteria many of you understand.
thanks to anyone who has read this far and willing to make a reply!