Thank you all so much for your input on mommy-vans. You have all collectively proven a point that bloggers and readers of blogs have been getting across to advertisers everywhere. We have the power to influence purchase decisions. Including really big purchase decisions.
Prior to writing the post on the untimely demise of my Honda Odyssey, R.I.P., I was intent on finding a Honda Odyssey to replace it. For the last year, we’ve been talking about someday replacing our van, and my family has been pointing out various other options to me, but I held firm.
I even convinced all of them that we should stick with the Honda Odyssey. And then our transmission decided life was not worth living and ended it all. But had the decency to at least wait until I was safely parked in my own driveway. Even though our van is only 11 years old, we only had 102,000 miles on it. The transmission should have lasted longer than that, as we’ve discovered through research. And by we, I mean my intrepid husband who has been scouring the internet for information.
The man should have been a detective. He can uncover most anything.
That’s when he found out about the defect in the transmission of 1999 models, the extended warranty because of a class action lawsuit, and the free replacement of said transmissions. All of which Honda told us that we did not qualify for, because our transmission had the nerve to wait until far past the 2006 window of opportunity to break down.
And after discussion the matter with Honda Corporate, they would not give an inch. Even after he asked them if they really were okay with the fact that they knew their product was defective, and yet they would allow his poor helpless wifey, with 3 cantankerous offspring strapped into the back, continue driving on long stretches of desolate highway with the probability that the transmission could fail at any moment.
After that phone call, Honda was dead to my husband. And let me go off on a bunny trail to tell you that we had a problem with our 2002 Prius battery earlier this year. Since it’s a hybrid, when a Prius batter kacks, you’re looking at several thousand dollars to fix it. My husband spoke with Toyota Corporate, and they met him half way, and sent us a check for $1500.00 to help cover the expense of fixing the battery.
So after the phone call to Honda ended, my husband’s attention turned to Toyota.
But not mine.
I’m stubborn like that. I wanted another Honda Odyssey. Change is hard, you see. I have a difficult time changing my favorite brand of toothpaste, so I’m an advertisers worse nightmare.
Then came the comments from the post wherein I asked you all for your suggestions for a replacement van. In my mind, I was thinking that the majority of the suggestions would fall into the Honda Odyssey category, and I would be vindicated.
And yes, many of you, like me, love the Honda Odyssey. But an overwhelming majority sang the praises of the Toyota Sienna mini-van. A van which Fiddledaddy had already been investigating, BEHIND MY BACK. Although he claims to have mentioned it to me, I have no such recollection.
I’m medicated, let’s not forget.
Now we’re exclusively searching for a Toyota Sienna. And I’m actually excited about it. It has a lot of the same features that the Honda Odyssey has that I love. The combination of poor customer service at Honda Corporate, and the overwhelming endorsement by many of you for Toyota Sienna, has likely netted a rather large purchase opportunity for Toyota.
Proving once again that it is no wonder why large advertisers are courting the blogging community so aggressively.
Have a fantastic weekend, everyone! I will be simultaneously decking my halls, and shopping for a van from my keyboard. And will likely stay in my pajamas all weekend to do both. Because I can.