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Old 06-29-2015, 08:03 PM   #1
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Bummer. The BH was hit in the side a couple weeks ago. No one was hurt.
We really liked this van and have owned it less than a year now. Although it was an oldie, a 2004, it looked and drove like new. Now to look for another vehicle.
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:16 PM   #2
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Wayne,

Sorry to see the picture and glad no one was hurt.

Apparently not worth fixing. Good luck in your search.
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What does BH mean?
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Like Norm said sorry to hear about the incident and also very glad no one was hurt. I get frustrated at how our society is so quick to dispose of an perfectly good vehicle that has damage to 2 door, the structure (rocker panel and pillars) look untouched.
All the best finding a suitable replacement.
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Man, couple doors and some paint,, they wrote it off??!
We really like our 04 Sienna too, It has 290,000 ks on it and runs like new.
We have a 2000 Focus that got hit in a parking lot, they wanted to write it off
for 1 door a bit of paint. We had it fixed cause the pay out wouldn't replace the
quality that is left in the car.


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Man, couple doors and some paint,, they wrote it off??!
We really like our 04 Sienna too, It has 290,000 ks on it and runs like new.
We have a 2000 Focus that got hit in a parking lot, they wanted to write it off
for 1 door a bit of paint. We had it fixed cause the pay out wouldn't replace the
quality that is left in the car.
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Fred and Ian. I believe you folks are right. Just two doors and a slight dent in the pillar.

We were surprised they didn't fix it. It did have the pearl paint which is costly.

The pay out was more than we paid for it a year ago so no complaints there.

Started a net search for another Sienna and they are hard to find. May take some time.

Norm.... BH means "better half". In other words, the lady of the house.
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I, too, loved my '99 Sienna! Over 350K miles and the engine was fine but the brake lines finally gave out. Probably should have spent the money to fix them but then I wouldn't have the Olds with a tow package that allowed my to purchase my Scamp!
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If there's anything as good a Sienna it's an Odyssey.
I'm glad everyone's safe.
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Sometimes the insurance company will let you buy the totaled vehicle for salvage value (a few hundred), if you ask them. You could maybe get some use out of it yet. Just a thought.
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Bummer. The BH was hit in the side a couple weeks ago. No one was hurt.
We really liked this van and have owned it less than a year now. Although it was an oldie, a 2004, it looked and drove like new. Now to look for another vehicle.
If you replace it with a much newer vehicle, you should have a big update in safety features.
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I had the same kind of thing happen in '96, insurance wise but I fixed it. On a 600 mile big family trip to Lake Powell, jet ski behind the motor home and my niece driving my mint Mazda p/u a fuel line broke and started an engine fire 6 miles from the lake. Someone behind them stopped and put it out, as I was ahead and never saw it. Had it towed into Page. Mostly melted plastic, hoses, a few burnt wires and a nice burn pattern to the red hood paint. I did get everything back to SD although the tranny in the motorhome blew up halfway back but that's another story. Pulled the bad stuff off, hit up the wrecking yards and took the head in to have it checked and surfaced. Funny part is when I call my insurance to get the tow bill squared away. She told me I had full coverage......I thought I only had the minimum because of the age. They sent an adjuster over and he was really confused. He had never run into an estimate job where someone has already done 90% of the repair. He came up with the exact same $ that I had been given in Page. My receipts were well less than that and they paid me my costs plus the labor figure and still came out less. They did want to total it but I argued with the guy. Replace the carb because of a little soot on the wires, really????? 10,000 miles later I did sell it. Never did repaint the hood and if anybody asked about it I always said, "hey some people paint flames on, I used fire".
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Sometimes the insurance company will let you buy the totaled vehicle for salvage value (a few hundred), if you ask them. You could maybe get some use out of it yet. Just a thought.
Mike, and Dave....I have heard of this many times but wonder if the appraisers have seen more things wrong than I/we can see. We know the passenger door was jammed shut and wouldn't open.

Cathi .. You have a good idea and we are thinking the same. This van had only the two front airbags and more is always better. We also got used to the auto power passenger side door. The newer Sienna could have both powered side doors and the powered rear hatch . It would be nice.

Perry, we would also be happy with an Oddy. They actually ride a little nicer than the Sienna's.
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Powered Doors

We bought the base model Odyssey, no powered doors. Our oldest son, knowing our tendency to buy base models, suggested we go upscale. We considered going up one level, partially because the passenger mirror has a camera and displays right side lane when the directional signal is activated.

We didn't mostly distrusting more complexity of powered everything and being a little financially conservative. In retrospect we should have gotten powered doors, particularly for the rear hatch.
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Norm... The one sliding door really spoiled us especially when walking out of Home Depot or the grocery store with arms full of stuff. Getting to the car on a raining day they work good too and saves some time getting into the vehicle.

PS.... The slider on our Sienna did work well but a couple months ago the remote part of it did stop working. From the Sienna forum I learned that a door release accuator inside the door would need to be replaced. A 2 hour job and to date I didn't get around to fixing.
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