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Minivans are cool and practical. 10 34.48%
Minivans are for Soccer moms. 10 34.48%
Who cares. 8 27.59%
Obligatory Ralph Nader option. 5 17.24%
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Old 10-21-2006, 11:46 AM   #1
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The wife and I just purchased our first minivan in expectation of our increasing familial units (daughter is due in December). I personally like the ride and the interior is HUGE by comparison to our other vehicles. Is this something that's normal or part of my emasculation?

Edit: it's a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan eX with lots of goodies (pwr everything, sliding doors etc.)
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Old 10-21-2006, 11:56 AM   #2
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I'll be driving to Chester today to pick up your Man Card.

 
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Old 10-21-2006, 12:04 PM   #3
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I think minivans get a bad rap--but if you travel a lot and have kids--you simply cannot have a better vehicle, IMHO. Better gas mileage than the big ugly SUVs and very comfortable and versatile as far as being able to move/remove seats and haul pretty much everything you want to, whether it is cargo or passengers.

We drive my MILs minivan quite often--it is a very comfy ride. Of course ANYTHING would be comfy compared to my Jeep. I have to get my fillings adjusted every few weeks because of that thing.
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Old 10-21-2006, 12:10 PM   #4
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I hadn't voted in my own poll, so I went with cool and practical. SWMBO refuses to ride in the jeep anymore and we needed a second vehicle to lug the kid around. Plus I figure this will be more comfortable on those trips to Michigan and New Jersey.

Todd_K, I lost the man card about five years ago (right about the time I got married).
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Old 10-21-2006, 12:47 PM   #5
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One of my friends has a van (she does not have kids) and she and her husband love it. It's got a great ride, and it's comfortable. I've never wanted a van (I have two teenagers now) except when the kids were really little and I had groceries, stollers, kids, etc. to haul in and out. At that time, I didn't have any money to buy what I wanted so I just had a used car. Now I have a bit more money, and I drive either my pickup with the king cab, or my regular car. Mini vans may be practical, but to me they are the quintessential "grocery getter".

I think a man driving a mini-van is obviously married. Kind of like the world's biggest wedding ring. The van doesn't scream "cool", it screams "family" which most women think is cool. So, it's very cool since it's so obviously not cool. That's my woman's logic- just go with it.

Just my 0.02.

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Old 10-21-2006, 12:47 PM   #6
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You'll get sick of driving it.

they're GREAT when you pack them up and hit the road, they're horrible and smushy when they're empty and you drive to work staring at those cunic yards of empty space.

We had a Town and Counrty and it was great for trips but sucked for everything else.
Wife has an X3 now, which is great for everything, but nowhere near as roomy for trips.
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Old 10-21-2006, 12:48 PM   #7
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Once you get past the somewhat lame looking exterior, minivans are pretty nice when you have a family. My next car may very well be one. You can seat plenty of people and use it to haul stuff around for projects.

I'd most likely just use it for family stuff and use a smaller car for my work commute
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Old 10-21-2006, 01:21 PM   #8
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I try not to run minivans over while driving my Sprinter SHC. I think of it as a two ton truck with a cover.
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Old 10-21-2006, 01:22 PM   #9
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I voted "cool and practical", but I really only believe the "practical" part.

SWMBO drives a 2001 Sienna, and it's great for the kids. I personally can't stand driving it, but that's just because it is an automatic.
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Old 10-21-2006, 02:26 PM   #10
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I say get a car for what you need it for. If you want to go fast and have good handling, get a sports car. If you want "point A to B" get a civic. If you want to offroad but still have cargo space get an SUV or truck. Offroad and no cargo space? Wrangler. Kids, long trips? Minivan. Small pe... ...er shoe size? Hummer.
I'd say you made the right choice fellow!
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