Good perspective on the Pacifica. Also how's the cargo space on those comparatively? I've been hesitant to try out a Pacifica for that reason. I'm still deciding if i should get a second car and just keep fixing my 2013 🤪Mine has 13,422 miles. Here's the story:
We loved our 2016 TC touring, but after 120k miles replaced it a year ago with an awd 2021 Pacifica that we never warmed up to. (Mostly just hate the infuriating touchscreen controls.)
Anyway, a few days ago I found and bought a 2015 TC limited that only had 13,422 miles, love it! Was at Chevy dealer in Cleveland, three hours from me.
It still has the original tires (with good tread, but 7 years old) and battery. I just ordered 235/65-17 Michelin Cross Climate 2 tires- really like those - and will certainly preemptively install a new battery before winter.
(Will sell the Pacifica in a week or so after getting the cracked windshield replaced.)
Oh wow did not know that about the Sienna! Also good to know! Yeah I've been so frkn spoiled with the T&C. Seriously it's the best! Only two things i don't like about it are the weird overhead compartments that have terrible latches and pop open after ppl get out of the back seat. (Which was 20 times a day when i was driving Uber, to the point i duck taped them closed!! Lol) AND the unfortunately uneven floor so it's hard to sleep in it when i go camping. My fix for that is to bring my old twin mattress/box spring along. 🤷♀️🙃I guess it's about the same size, but just feels fancier and less utilitarian. But really, we both hated the touchscreen so much it really didn't matter how nice the rest of the car was.
I added a $99 device so the car would remember that I didn't want it to turn the engine off at every stop light, but that wasn't enough.
We just like the T&C better.
One idea for you would be to test drive a Pacifica- a used one would be fine for that - and see what you think.
Before we bought the Pacifica we drove the 35 mpg Sienna, but the middle seats don't fold into the floor, and you can't remove them either, which really reduces the utility of the van.
We rented a “new” (less than 10k miles) Pacifica Hybrid for a week while on vacation in Florida this past summer. We spent a goodly amount of time in the van - putting ~500 miles on it.….Also how's the cargo space on those comparatively? I've been hesitant to try out a Pacifica for that reason. I'm still deciding if i should get a second car and just keep fixing my 2013 🤪
We rented a “new” (less than 10k miles) Pacifica Hybrid for a week while on vacation in Florida this past summer. We spent a goodly amount of time in the van - putting ~500 miles on it.
We thought it was a more comfortable and luxurious compared to our ‘14 T&C. The front seats were definitely better than our T&C’s ever were.
I agree with @Centerpunch regarding the touch screen. There were many elements of it that weren’t particularly intuitive. By week’s end we figured out most things but it would take time with the owners manual to really get a handle on it.
Based on our week with the Pacifica we’d probably buy one but it wasn’t similar enough to our T&C to just go with a Pacifica - it felt like a different vehicle. We’d likely shop around to see what was available elsewhere. That said, stow-n-go is an important feature for my wife. She treats that thing like a truck.
Since we only have 1-2 kids at home now, I’ve literally talked to her about getting a truck when she wants to replace the T&C.
143,000 miles on my 2012 T&C. I bought the van in 2018 at 97,000 miles, and I drove the van from Florida to New York and back about six times.
I do not see any of the parts you replaced was caused by lack of maintenance.2011, bought 2.5 years ago for only 3k at 140k, now sits at156k. Nothing major but a bunch of small items went belly up. Prior owner was a liberal with zero clue in tech, didn't care to maintain the car, hence the low price.
I do everything myself, here my current service history:
141000 Oil and oil filter
141000 Engine air filter
141000 Cabin air filter
141000 Front and rear brake pads
141000 Changed trans fluid and filter
141500 Replaced right sliding door lock actuator
141500 Replaced heater blower
141500 Belt Tensioner
141500 Serpentine belt
141500 Flushed coolant
142500 New alternator
143000 Replaced PVC Valve and hose
145000 Oil and oil filter change
148000 Replaced upper intake manifold and seals
148000 Replaced temp sensor
148000 Replaced coils, cleaned and tested injectors
149000 Changed trans fluid and filter
149500 Replaced both upstream O2 sensors
150300 Oil and oil filter change
151000 Replaced Driver side window switch module
155000 New tires
156000 Replaced radiator and lower hose, new coolant
156000 Replaced both knock sensors
156000 Oil and oil filter change
156500 New front brake pads (semi metallic)
156500 Flushed brake fluid I don
156500 New oil cooler / oil pressure sensor / temp sensor