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Sequoia or Odyssey?


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I need a vehicle to commute back and forth to my job every two week, and also haul my four kids in car seats around when I’m home and my wife is at work. I have a Supercab (not crew cab) 2013 F-150 that I’m trying to do an even trade with. I’m looking at a 2005 Toyota Sequoia with 147k miles, and a 2010 Honda Odyssey with 139k. Both are sticker priced at $10,995. I haven’t physically looked at either yet. Just wondering which would be more reliable assuming they’re both in good condition? Only planning to get two years max out of it. Not worried so much about gas mileage at this point. 

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Never trade-in at a dealer. Sell privately.

Agreed 100%. As an example, I was looking at a newer 4runner, and out of curiosity I asked them what they would give me for my 98 4runner, they said $1600 I think it was. I almost laughed my way out of the place, then I sold it for $4600 on my own, with 225k Miles.

Right. But sometimes they may actually offer you what seems like an attractive trade-in value. But then they'll just try to add that cost onto the the new vehicle Wink And you better believe they'll turn around and sell that trade-in for double!


That's kind of an apples to oranges choice, but with 4 kids in car seats? I'd definitely go with the Odyssey for the electric sliding doors and easier access to the back row.


The sequoia is far more reliable, the Odyssey is one of the hondas you should avoid. Now if it were a sienna, I would go for that.

I was at a dealership last week trying to wheel and deal my way into a sienna. But they wouldn’t budge on my trade in. Off topic, but I showed them where NADA “rough” trade in value was 13k on my f150, they said they’d only give me 7k. And they couldn’t give me a good definition of “rough” condition lol. Had to walk away.

The way I like to do it when I am in that situation, buy the vehicle you want now, even if you need to take a loan out on it. Make sure it is one you can pay off early, because once you have the vehicle, you can take your time and sell the truck for a good price. When you sell the truck, you can pay off, or mostly pay off the other car. Just a suggestion.

I'd like to argue that the Odyssey's transmission failure problem was with pre-2009 Hondas.