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Old 02-28-2009, 11:38 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I saw a Pontiac TransSport yesterday and it looks even more aerodynamic than any of tv ones we've mentioned. Almost no front grille and the wiper cowl is flush with the hood and windshield.

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Old 02-28-2009, 12:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I saw a Pontiac TransSport yesterday and it looks even more aerodynamic than any of tv ones we've mentioned. Almost no front grille and the wiper cowl is flush with the hood and windshield.
The Pontiac had Cd 0.30.It was hammered for inefficient interior space utilization,with an enormous expanse across the dash area to the windshield.This might have made for good protection in a front collision.Don't know.I've got some old road test data,I'll dig that out.No one that I know gets very good mpg with their minivan.The electronic display might show great mpg but never shows up with "tank" mileage.I got the old VW to mid-thirties mpg,but I can think of no one that would put up with that kinda technology.
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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thanks!

i would probably lean towards this one

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The Sprinter has a cD of 0.36
32 MPG in a Dodge Sprinter! - GasSavers.org - Helping You Save at the Pump

That guy is getting 32mpg, on diesel
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:04 AM   #15 (permalink)
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would be nice but cant afford that sprinter
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The Astro is probably the worst vehicle in its class. It's based on a pickup truck, has a thirsty 4.3L V6, and it has horrible aerodynamics. Consumer Reports gives it terrible reliability figures. It's uncomfortable, it's slow, and it handles ponderously. The worst part--even worse than the MPG--is the safety. Take a look at it's crash test...it's unacceptable:

Find yourself a used Sienna or Odyssey; it will be safer, more comfortable, and more efficient. It will be a bit expensive, but you can expect high fuel bills and high hospital bills if you buy the Astro.
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Oh, and FYI, the GM front-drive minivans (Venture, Montana/Trans Sport, Silhouette) were also rated Poor in crash testing.
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thanks for the info

i like the look of the Sienna and Odyssey but they are expensive

ive seen 2003 grand caravans for the same price as 1998 odysseys
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there is a reason...

so far, the reviews for the two have been hardly complimentary

the siennas have a bad engine sludge problem

the odysseys seem to like having their transmission replaced often

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