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I have been extremely busy...which is A LOT like me. I have been reading A LOT on the forum but don't really have a lot to contribute to tranny flashes, union debates, and water leaks!

I gotta be honest, my dear Acadia friends, it is slowly slipping from our list. As I look at what else I can do with the money we have set aside for a new car - I could get new countertops, re-do my daughter's shared bedroom, get a custom closet system for my master closet, do the concrete work we need out back, etc....AND still get an Odyssey that would be more practical about meeting our needs.

I was actually talking with my friend this morning about priorities and families and all that. She bought a 3 year old Ody a couple years back. She reminded me that kids and their friends will trash the car, we don't have time to fret over every ding and carpet stain, and it is really only a car - to get us to and from where we need to go safely and as efficiently as possible. We can get what we want for fun when the kids are older.

I have never been vain (OK, maybe a little - only driven Hondas and not Yugos!) about what I drive - just want it to be reliable and attractive in styling, not necessarily the "latest and greatest or a luxury brand."

She is right. It is probably what I have known all along. If I had unlimited disposable income, then maybe it would be a non-issue. If I was stupid enough to finance a car for 72 months, then maybe not a problem. But, we have the money set aside and I am not sure dropping all of it on a car is the best decision. I think making my home more livable and more "salable" for the future may be a better investment than in a car that will depreciate.

I could get an Ody and do all the other things I need to do to make my home more livable or get an Acadia and have nothing left over to make the improvements to my home that need to be done.

So, I am still on the fence but really leaning over to one side.
 

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Well I sure don't blame you for putting your money where it will do the most good. It just makes good sense. Your house is an investment that will pay a good return. A car is an expenditure that will only get more costly as time goes on. Once the new car smell wears off it's just another car. To some people a vehicle is a source of entertainment and status, and to others it's just transportation. We all have to decide what is important to us and our needs. It's all in what makes us happy and we're comfortable with.

One of my best friends who was the founder and lead singer of a huge group in the sixties and seventies and can afford to drive anything he wants, but drives a older Toyota and Subaru. He used to love to own expensive cars, but now has lost interest in them and drives what suits his needs best. He used to buy a new car every year, paid cash but had no good reason to buy another car other than boredom. He finally came to realize that cars were no longer important to him when one day he called the dealership and asked if they had a particular model and color. They replied yes and he asked if they could deliver it the next day. The next morning the expensive car was delivered to his home as promised. The salesman knocked on the door with the keys and paperwork and my friend wrote the check and took delivery of his new car. He then walked out looked at the car and went back to bed, and didn't drive the car for a couple of weeks. It was at this point he realized that cars were no longer important to him, and he never bought another one after that day without really needing one. It's all how we look at things and what our needs, and perspectives are at that point in our lives.

Are you still going to post here if you buy something else?
 

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Would I be kicked out? Or, can we all still be friends? We may still get an Acadia....I haven't bought anything yet!

Your friend sounds very wise.
 

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I hope you still post here. Things good?

My friend is a great guy. He and is wife are amoung our best friends and neighbors. Very down to earth even though his group was huge in their day and he's used to a lot of attention, even today. They had over 40 hit albums, played the biggest casino's in Vegas, and they were on all the poplular tv shows at the time. He's still a regular guy.
 

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Mama2girls said:
Would I be kicked out? Or, can we all still be friends? We may still get an Acadia....I haven't bought anything yet!

Your friend sounds very wise.
Well Meredith, as you know I went in another direction and I have to say the folks on this forum have been as friendly as ever. I still hang around from time to time just because there are so many good people her and there's always interesting onversation taking place. I'm positive that no one will bite your head off if you buy an Odyssey. You are well respected for sure.
 

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if you consider the Odyssey you wont regret it, its not no. 1 for nothing. now is also a great time to buy as most Honda dealers are slashing prices off the the current generation to make way for the 08 which is basically a facelift version and some moderate engine updates. My friend just brought one (tried to talk him to buy an Acadia but to no avail) and got the touring version with almost 2 grand below invoice. :)
 

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Touring pros - power lift gate, power pedals, memory seating, etc...
- cons - no +1 seat, PAX tires

We would probably just try to score a deal on a EXL-Res - )Leather + Rear Entertainment.) If I can get my color. (Still a little vain.)

I was hoping that the power lift gate would become a mid-range option but it is still a touring exclusive for 08. PAX tires are now an option for 08 instead of standard. +1 seat will now be standard on Touring as well. It is upgraded to more of a console/seat. 08's aren't at the dealers for another month or so.

I don't know...it is so hard! I have had to turn down helping out a couple of friends when they needed me to help with their kids and it is killing me....because I don't have a big enough car to do it.

Maybe this is why it has taken me so long to decide yes/no on an Acadia. Because it just may not be the right thing for us...as much as I adore it. I need to make a practical decision and be happy with that and be able to do other things for my growing family, not just drive a car and neglect other things.

And Tom, thanks for your support! We are all in it together, right?
 

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Mama2girls+ababy! said:
Touring pros - power lift gate, power pedals, memory seating, etc...
- cons - no +1 seat, PAX tires

We would probably just try to score a deal on a EXL-Res - )Leather + Rear Entertainment.) If I can get my color. (Still a little vain.)

I was hoping that the power lift gate would become a mid-range option but it is still a touring exclusive for 08. PAX tires are now an option for 08 instead of standard. +1 seat will now be standard on Touring as well. It is upgraded to more of a console/seat. 08's aren't at the dealers for another month or so.

I don't know...it is so hard! I have had to turn down helping out a couple of friends when they needed me to help with their kids and it is killing me....because I don't have a big enough car to do it.

Maybe this is why it has taken me so long to decide yes/no on an Acadia. Because it just may not be the right thing for us...as much as I adore it. I need to make a practical decision and be happy with that and be able to do other things for my growing family, not just drive a car and neglect other things.

And Tom, thanks for your support! We are all in it together, right?
There is nothing wrong with the Honda. It is good looking and very reliable. If it suits your needs and it's what you want, go for it. Just don't forget your friends here.
 

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but also why not get an SLT1 Acadia or a base model and just upgrade it along the way, by time there will be lot of dealer options and aftermarket support. Now that the tranny issues have been address or somewhat improve ans the leak issues down to a few, why not give it a try? same price as an Ody EXL... :)
 

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but also why not get an SLT1 Acadia or a base model and just upgrade it along the way, by time there will be lot of dealer options and aftermarket support. Now that the tranny issues have been address or somewhat improve ans the leak issues down to a few, why not give it a try? same price as an Ody EXL... :)
This is something I would consider also. One thing to consider is the resale value of a minivan in the future. Right now I'm sure the Honda is great, but if the market becomes saturated with used minivans this could change for the worse. Just a thought.
 

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nothing to worry about resale as Hondas keep their can resale value high.... :)
but do try to consider the SLT1...
 

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nothing to worry about resale as Hondas keep their can resale value high.... :)
but do try to consider the SLT1...
Only if there is a demand. If the supply is greater than the demand prices will fall.
 

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Minivans are dying...I think about this often. If GM gave up on them for the Lambda, who else will follow suit? I know almost every intersection I pull up to during the day is saturated with mamas in their minivans. I know I looked (once upon a time) at used Ody's and the price for a year old one was nearly the price of one off the lot. I know the full sizers are dying as well but with all the talk of flexfuel and hybrid technology in them, it is interesting.

The big thing about the acadia and pricing and "stripping down" - I would get SLT for the leather. The only other "must-have" is the factory DVD. I have exhausted that topic. The nice to haves are convenience pkg and power lift gate and HUD.

I read someone who posted that they are already upside down on their Acadia. I know that is a personal financial situation but that boggles the mind. I refuse to do that - a car and its options are not worth that.
 

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I say make improvements on the house and downsize to auto you can afford. House will give you + return on your investment + more! If current vehicle still runs good and could last 4 more years or so, to make normal auto repairs will be a lot cheaper. IMO, of coarse. Unless you need new auto to keep up with the Jone's. :)
 

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Thanks for the love! I want to make the right decision.
 

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BBC, OK, so no one asked, so I will....what band was your friend/neighbor in???
 

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Mama2girls,

I just wanted to compliment you on your clear thinking and rationale re: spending your hard earned monies. I totally agree with your decision to consider the home improvements, and buying a used vehicle. I've been driving my suv for 20.5 years - and am anxious to buy a new car next year. I've had a lot of friends & family tease me about my aging car - even though I've saved considerable money over the years, and have a relatively decent income. However, my eyes have been firmly fixed on the greater priority - my home. In another 20 days I will be mortgage free in Santa Barbara, Calif. I've made my 30 year home loan go away in 16. So, at 49 yrs of age I'm planning to "treat" myself to my second ever new car. Having said that, I believe that you are making the right kind of decision that will bring you more satisfaction, and a far better "yield" than the relatively short-lived excitement of any new car.

Congratulations on making a truely wise choice!

Smooth <><
 

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Smooth - thanks. Maybe some day we can be like you. I don't know if we will be rid of a home loan any time soon (looks like you would have started to pay off that mortgage 16 years ago...that is great!) And I am not entirely sure we will go used. But, at least, score a well below invoice Odyssey. Then we can do the other things I want to do...to make my little home more livable for our growing family!

BBC, I second that request! Friends with the great and near great, eh? Spill it! The only famous person I know is hosts a local morning show. Big whoop.
 
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