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batibot, Biggoldfish -
Thanks. So far so good. It's the wife's van, but I've driven it some. And It's growing on me, but I lament giving up the base for its easy access to the rear when I need to get to the kids and for the perceived reliability. Perhaps I'm a techno-grouch, but I feel like we've exchanged a vehicle that I know will work, for one I think might fail.
I really like the idea of not getting out of the vehicle to get to the rear seats - on the highway/side of the road, in the rain, or wherever. The console between the the diver an passenger is handy, but is an obstacle, as is the cup holder deal between the 2nd row seats on the 8-passenger. And I doubt I'll really ever use the 8th seat.
The Stereo is much better. Although the bluetooth is a pain - no way to import contacts and no quick pair with phones. I tried to pair a phone while the wife was driving, but it wouldn't let me use the 'setup' button on the dash, rather I was instructed to use speech commands (while in motion). I just wanted to stream pandora from the phone (ok, so I'm not a techno-grouch), and I had to reach over and hit the talk button on the steering wheel while the wife was driving - this is safer?
Factory tint is nice, as are the 2nd and 3rd row sun screens.
I think the power doors work best when using buttons although, I'll take the advice and pull out rather than back. One problem with deactivating the power sliders is the potential for damage to the electronics sensors if the door is slammed too hard, but it's good to know there is an override if/when the mechanism fails.
batibot - let us know how the thule install goes.
Last edited by redogs; 03-31-2011 at 01:55 AM.