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Service and Repair for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles and/or Accessible Ramp/Lift?

Are you having trouble with your wheelchair van, ramp van, braun ability van, vantage mobility van, eldorado, amerivan, ricon lift, braun lift, grey market van, ams Legend, Edge, Edge II, Freedom, FR ?

No Worries We Can Fix It!

Even if you have had other Toyota dealer, Dodge dealer, Ford dealer, Honda dealer or a different adaptive mobility equipment dealer try and fix it. Call us, we can help.

Almost all wheelchair van and lift problems can be attributed to three main things. I would like to talk a little about each one and what you can do to be proactive in preventing problems that could stop your lift from operating.?

Reason Number 1: Operator Error. It may not be P.C. to bring it up, but many issues are caused by the user hurrying, not taking the proper precautions, or simply attempting to operate the van or lift in a situation it is not designed for. Let me expand on this a little.

We all know the obvious things an operator can do wrong. Lowering a lift on to extremely uneven ground or folding a platform into a van door that is not fully opened, if you have manual doors. The things that you need to think about are the issues that aren’t so obvious, but can still cause damage. Things like making sure you fully fold the platform when you are putting it in the stowed position. A lot of times people tend to release the fold switch too soon because the lift makes excessive noise when it cinches tight. Far from being a problem, that noise is a good thing What you’re hearing is the electric actuator “ratcheting,” which tells you that the lift is fully stowed and will not rattle as much while you’re driving. A tightly stowed platform will prevent certain lift components from wearing out prematurely, so be sure to keep the fold button pressed!

Another not-so-obvious issue is to make sure the outer roll stop deploys fully before you exit the platform. Think about it. If you are in a hurry and the roll stop is not completely down on the ground, your weight when rolling off of it is going to put excessive stress on those parts and you could cause problems that are easily avoidable. Even if the tip of the roll stop is up just a little bit, take the time to lower it completely before you exit the platform.?

Reason Number 2: Lack of Maintenance. Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance – I can’t say those words enough! Your dealer should set up a maintenance program for you and your lift should be in their shop for a regular check up at least twice a year. Every lift built after 2005 has a cycle counter on it that will tell us the total number of times you’ve used your lift, and all lifts should be maintained every 750 cycles. This is a short point. All you need to know is that if you don’t maintain your lift, something will eventually stop working!

Reason Number 3: Broken Parts. No matter what the product, we’ve all encountered that unexpected broken part that seems to go bad for no apparent reason. This actually represents a small percentage of wheelchair lift failures, and it can usually be avoided if the van or lift is maintained on a regular basis (see reason #2 above!). A typical situation might be a wiring harness that gets cut by component. This type of issue rarely happens out-of-the-blue, and with routine maintenance your dealer should be able to see the problem starting to occur and fix it before it gets worse.

That about sums it up The bottom line is that a properly operated and maintained wheelchair van or lift should give you years of reliable service. Read your manual and work closely with Automotive Innovations to make sure your lift is ready to go whenever you are. If you have any questions or are having an issue with your wheelchair van or lift feel free to call us at 508-697-6006.

Service and Repair for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles and/or Accessible Ramp/Lift?

Service and Repair for wheelchair accessible vehicles, ramps and lifts
Are you having trouble with your wheelchair van, ramp van, braun ability van, vantage mobility van, eldorado, amerivan, ricon lift, braun lift, grey market van, ams Legend, Edge, Edge II, Freedom, FR ?

No Worries We Can Fix It!

Even if you have had other Toyota dealer, Dodge dealer, Ford dealer, Honda dealer or a different adaptive mobility equipment dealer try and fix it. Call us, we can help.

Almost all wheelchair van and lift problems can be attributed to three main things. I would like to talk a little about each one and what you can do to be proactive in preventing problems that could stop your lift from operating.?

Reason Number 1: Operator Error. It may not be P.C. to bring it up, but many issues are caused by the user hurrying, not taking the proper precautions, or simply attempting to operate the van or lift in a situation it is not designed for. Let me expand on this a little.

We all know the obvious things an operator can do wrong. Lowering a lift on to extremely uneven ground or folding a platform into a van door that is not fully opened, if you have manual doors. The things that you need to think about are the issues that aren’t so obvious, but can still cause damage. Things like making sure you fully fold the platform when you are putting it in the stowed position. A lot of times people tend to release the fold switch too soon because the lift makes excessive noise when it cinches tight. Far from being a problem, that noise is a good thing What you’re hearing is the electric actuator “ratcheting,” which tells you that the lift is fully stowed and will not rattle as much while you’re driving. A tightly stowed platform will prevent certain lift components from wearing out prematurely, so be sure to keep the fold button pressed!

Another not-so-obvious issue is to make sure the outer roll stop deploys fully before you exit the platform. Think about it. If you are in a hurry and the roll stop is not completely down on the ground, your weight when rolling off of it is going to put excessive stress on those parts and you could cause problems that are easily avoidable. Even if the tip of the roll stop is up just a little bit, take the time to lower it completely before you exit the platform.?

Reason Number 2: Lack of Maintenance. Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance – I can’t say those words enough! Your dealer should set up a maintenance program for you and your lift should be in their shop for a regular check up at least twice a year. Every lift built after 2005 has a cycle counter on it that will tell us the total number of times you’ve used your lift, and all lifts should be maintained every 750 cycles. This is a short point. All you need to know is that if you don’t maintain your lift, something will eventually stop working!

Reason Number 3: Broken Parts. No matter what the product, we’ve all encountered that unexpected broken part that seems to go bad for no apparent reason. This actually represents a small percentage of wheelchair lift failures, and it can usually be avoided if the van or lift is maintained on a regular basis (see reason #2 above!). A typical situation might be a wiring harness that gets cut by component. This type of issue rarely happens out-of-the-blue, and with routine maintenance your dealer should be able to see the problem starting to occur and fix it before it gets worse.

That about sums it up The bottom line is that a properly operated and maintained wheelchair van or lift should give you years of reliable service. Read your manual and work closely with Automotive Innovations to make sure your lift is ready to go whenever you are. If you have any questions or are having an issue with your wheelchair van or lift feel free to call us at 508-697-6006.

Toyota Sienna wheelchair van Information

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As you search for the wheelchair conversion van that best fits your needs, the number of choices available to you today is likely overwhelming. We can help make that choice easier for you. Whether you’re interested in new or used wheelchair vans, VMi New England Mobility Center can assist you every step along the way.

Deciding which vehicle manufacturer you should choose is one of the most important steps in the purchasing process. Here’s some useful information about new and used Toyota wheelchair vans that you should consider:

Why Choose A Toyota Wheelchair Van?

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As soon as the Toyota Sienna Minivan was available, there was a lot of interest generated in using it as a wheelchair conversion van. The good news for Toyota wheelchair van consumers is that from the start, Toyota was working to make the Sienna available with a low-floor wheelchair conversion.

Toyota recognized the potential to broaden Sienna’s market to individuals who are disabled, as well as to the rapidly growing senior population. As a result, Toyota was proactive in seeking out a U.S.-based wheelchair van conversion company to supply this market. Toyota selected Independent Mobility Systems, Inc. (IMS)—located in Farmington, New Mexico—to be their mobility conversion partner because of IMS’ quality manufacturing capabilities and extensive U.S. dealer network. The result was the 2003 IMS Sienna Rampvan.

Conversion Van Features

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IMS was purchased by The Braun Corporation in 2004,

 Now manufactured by one of the best and largest wheelchair van supplier in the world, the Toyota Sienna with a Vantage Mobility Northstar Conversion is considered one of the premier Toyota wheelchair vans in the industry. This partnership with Toyota has created new wheelchair van manufacturing techniques and processes that have increased quality and shortened lead times, making VMI Northstar and Summit conversions seem like it’s manufactured directly by Toyota. In addition, VMi New England Mobility Center set’s a higher standard than other mobility dealers in the area.

The following are some of the outstanding features of the Toyota Sienna wheelchair van:

By combining the Toyota Sienna with Vmi New England’s superior upgrades to the wheelchair conversion process, the Northstar rampvan provides among the safest, most comfortable Toyota handicap vans available today.

More Choices for Toyota Wheelchair Conversion Vans

While Vantage Mobility has been focusing on Side-Entry, Automatic Wheelchair conversions for the Toyota Sienna, other companies have been building  Rear Entry Wheelchair Van Conversion with a Manual ramp and door. Some companies have always been exclusively focused on the rear-entry market and their customers were asking for product on the Toyota Sienna platform.

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Some people prefer a rear entry wheelchair van because of their parking situation, the environment in which they drive or their budget. With a VMi New England Mobility Center Toyota Sienna, these wheelchair van consumers now have all the benefits of a rear-entry wheelchair conversion van on the Toyota Sienna that they desire.

Models Available for Your Toyota Handicap Conversion Van

Toyota offers 4 Sienna models, and all of them can be converted into a wheelchair accessible minivan:

  • CE: Toyota quality for the budget conscious consumer
  • LE: Familiy value with additional option packages
  • XLE: Well appointed with many standard options included and many more available.
  • Limited: Includes luxury appointments and standard options for those that desire the finest Toyota Sienna available.

Toyota Models Typically in Inventory

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VMi New England Mobility Center works very hard to make sure that we have the Toyota handicap vans that you want in our inventory at our Bridgewater facility. This allows you ample opportunity to see, and drive them and they are available for immediate delivery.

The Toyota Sienna LE and Toyota Sienna XLE are, by far, the most popular models with our customers and we do our best to have these in stock in colors that will please the majority of wheelchair van consumers. For wheelchair van buyers who are seeking the low cost of the Toyota Sienna CE or desire the added features and luxury of the Toyota Sienna XLE, we can place special orders or draw from the inventory of other Mobility Centers across the country.

Depending on availability, we can usually have the exact Toyota handicap van you are looking for within as little as three days.

Toyota Wheelchair Van Conversion Specifications

See the following table for the various conversion options we make available to you for the Toyota Sienna Minivan:

Wheelchair Conversion Vans available on Toyota Sienna
Mobility Conversion Style Product Manual/Automatic
Rear-Entry Wheelchair Ramp Toyota Sienna Manual Ramp
Side-Entry Fold-up Wheelchair Ramp Toyota Sienna Summit Automatic/Power Ramp and Door Conversion Only
Side-Entry In-Floor Wheelchair Ramp Toyota Sienna Northstar Automatic/Power Ramp and Door Conversion Only

We are the oldest NMEDA Quality Assured Dealer in MA

We are your local mobility fitment center offering you the best Lowered Floor vans available. We have been the leader in Custom Handicap van fitment for decades in the New England area including the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country power or manual side entry and power or manual rear entry.

adaptive mobility equipment installations are no problem.

Call us for Veterans resources or to find out more about our FREE to Veterans maintenance program.
We are minutes from Providence RI, not far from Warwick RI, very close to Fall River MA, a short drive from Boston MA, right up the road from Cape Cod MA, in the back yard of Plymouth MA , 20 minutes from Attleboro MA, 45 minutes from Worcester MA, a little farther from Springfield, MA, a short boat ride from Mystic CT, and a short helicopter flight from New Haven CT (call ahead of time if you need space to land your helicopter). Call 506-697-6006 for more info.

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Buy my wheelchair van in new england

Buy my wheelchair van in new england

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Do you have a clean late model VMI, Braun or Eldorado wheelchair van you want to sell?

Bring it to us and if it’s in good shape and we can agree on a price we’ll write you a check for it

Photos
You’ve got photos so make the most of them! Assuming your Handicap Van is in good condition, you should take pictures of the handicap van to show us how clean it is both inside and out.

Exterior
Given that you can email us photos a good idea is to allocate at least 3 to the exterior of the handicap van you want to buy, taken from angles that reveal the handicap van in its best light. I.e. rear ¾ shot, full side shot, full front of ¾ front/side shots – what ever angles suit your Handicap Van best.

Interior
A good interior shot that shows the condition of the dash board and front seats as a minimum is highly recommended. If the wheelchair van has a clean, well presented interior you will want us to see it, as this is an area where wear and tear will be evident on the handicap van if not looked after. If the interior is damaged then it is up to you wether to photograph it, if you are selling a handicap van as is at a corresponding price and wish to give buyers a realistic appraisal of the handicap vans condition then yes, other wise it might be best to focus the camera on some of the handicap vans better attributes.

Accessories 
If the handicap van is fitted with after-market or factory accessories that will enhance the handicap van in the eyes of the buyer then ensure these are obvious in the exterior and interior photos. It may be a good idea to have a close up shot of a certain handicap accessible modification such lowered floors and handicap ramps.

Pre-existing damage/scratches 
If your handicap van has dents or scratches on the body work it is probably a good idea to show them in photos as they will then have a good idea of the Handicap Vans condition.

VIN Number: Include the VIN so we can run a Carfax on it.

Buyer / Seller Scams
We’ve been alerted to a scam which operates in the following way: An overseas buyer offers to buy your car. They will want to send you a cheque for an amount in excess of the purchase price of your car and will ask you to send the change back to them or to pay the change to a local shipping agent. There are several variations on the theme. If you get an offer like this from overseas, we recommend that you be alert to a possible scam.
Another scam operates as follows: Typically a car/bike/boat, etc will be offered for sale at a very low price. The seller will say that the item is located overseas or in a location that makes it difficult to inspect the item. The seller will ask you to send them a deposit or pay for the item before they will arrange to send it to you. If you get an offer like this, we recommend that you be alert to a possible scam.

We wish you the best of luck in selling us your handicap van!

Toyota Sienna Wheelchair Accessible Van Conversions

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There are so many ways to configure the Toyota Sienna to meet your individual transportation needs. Toyota’s expanding selection of partner conversion companies allows for confident choices based upon your lifestyle and preference.

These lowered-floor wheelchair accessible Siennas allow users to travel in the front, center passenger positions or rear. Removable seating can be configured to allow individuals to either transfer into the driver’s seat or drive from their wheelchair. Choosing the option that’s right for you means less compromise, greater mobility.

This conversion includes a complete reconstruction of the van’s floor by cutting out the original and replacing it with a purpose-built floor that adds inches to the height of the door opening for easy entry and exit. As the door opens, the vehicle also kneels to make the ramp angle as low as possible, making it easier for those in a manual wheelchair to get into their van. The fold-out ramp is an industry standard and has been proven safe over years of service. When deployed, the ramp is perfectly flat, then folds in half and stores against the curb-side door for travel.

Fold-out ramp Siennas are available from BraunAbility and Vantage Mobility International (VMI)

Siennas featuring an in-floor ramp represent an interesting twist on the traditional fold-out ramp by storing the one-piece ramp under the floor. Just like the fold-out, this conversion includes a complete reconfiguration of the chassis and has the kneeling feature. The in-floor configuration means the floor stays hidden until needed, allowing you to choose the style that suits your taste.

In-floor ramp Siennas are available from BraunAbility and Vantage Mobility International (VMI).

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Toyota Mobility ramp vans are sold through specialized mobility facilities like the VMi New England Mobility Center.

They are not sold through local Toyota dealerships.

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An economical solution for many families is the rear-entry wheelchair accessible option. The front of the Sienna chassis remains intact and a path is formed into the rear of the van for access. Additional folding passenger seats can be added to the middle row position to accommodate larger families or for use in taxi service where the wheelchair accommodation may not be consistently used. The rear entry configuration allows entry and exit even when parked in a standard parking space or in a one-car garage.

Rear entry Siennas are available from VMi New England Mobility Center.

New Toyota Siennas converted for wheelchair access are warranted under the same terms and conditions as Toyota’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty; conversion-related modifications are warranted by Toyota’s conversion partner. Your wheelchair accessible Sienna also comes standard with Toyota Care, the complimentary car maintenance plan that includes 24-hour roadside assistance for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Siennas converted for wheelchair access also qualify for Toyota Mobility Assistance; details on reimbursement submission are available through your local mobility dealer.

Where to buy

For wheelchair accessible vans, visit your local Toyota Mobility Dealer to select the Sienna model grade, color combination and equipment you like best, the Toyota mobility sales professional will assist you in locating the Sienna you prefer.

history of toyota mobility solutions

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History of Toyota Mobility:
Toyota began providing mobility solutions back in 2001 by introducing the Tundra pick-up truck with a wheelchair lift installed by local mobility centers like VMi New England. Since then they have continued to expand our vehicle lines that offer mobility assistance products and partnered with some of the best conversion companies in the market today: Vantage Mobility International has been converting Sienna ramp vans and VMi New England has been installing hand controls, spinner knobs, left foot gas pedals and lift-up seats in just about every popular sport utility vehicles including RAV4 and Highlander models. Wheelchair lifts, scooter lifts and hand controls are can be installed in most Toyota models.

Our commitment to you is to continue to provide some of the best mobility solutions on the market today.

Fold-out ramp Siennas are available from Vantage Mobility International and BraunAbility

Siennas featuring an in-floor ramp represent an interesting twist on the traditional fold-out ramp by storing the one-piece ramp under the floor. Just like the fold-out, this conversion includes a complete reconfiguration of the chassis and has the kneeling feature. The in-floor configuration means the floor stays hidden until needed, allowing you to choose the style that suits your taste.

In-floor ramp Siennas are available from BraunAbility and Vantage Mobility International (VMI).

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Toyota Mobility ramp vans are sold through specialized mobility facilities like the VMi New England Mobility Center.

They are not sold through local Toyota dealerships.

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An economical solution for many families is the rear-entry wheelchair accessible option. The front of the Sienna chassis remains intact and a path is formed into the rear of the van for access. Additional folding passenger seats can be added to the middle row position to accommodate larger families or for use in taxi service where the wheelchair accommodation may not be consistently used. The rear entry configuration allows entry and exit even when parked in a standard parking space or in a one-car garage.

Rear entry Siennas are available from VMi New England Mobility Center.

New Toyota Siennas converted for wheelchair access are warranted under the same terms and conditions as Toyota’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty; conversion-related modifications are warranted by Toyota’s conversion partner. Your wheelchair accessible Sienna also comes standard with Toyota Care, the complimentary car maintenance plan that includes 24-hour roadside assistance for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Siennas converted for wheelchair access also qualify for Toyota Mobility Assistance; details on reimbursement submission are available through your local mobility dealer.

Where to buy

For wheelchair accessible vans, visit your local Toyota Mobility Dealer to select the Sienna model grade, color combination and equipment you like best, the Toyota mobility sales professional will assist you in locating the Sienna you prefer.

Does Toyota offer any special incentives, etc., for disabled veterans?

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Will you have any special incentives, etc., for disabled veterans?

Toyota customers can receive $1,000 Toyota Mobility Customer Assistance. Furthermore, a Sienna wheelchair van conversion may be eligible for other incentives provided by State and Federal programs made available to disabled veterans.

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Toyota Mobility ramp vans are sold through specialized mobility facilities like the VMi New England Mobility Center.

They are not sold through local Toyota dealerships.

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Do Toyota Mobility reimbursements apply to leased vehicles?

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Do reimbursements apply to leased vehicles?

Usually. Reimbursements can apply to leased vehicles when a written letter of authorization for the installation of adaptive equipment is obtained from the lessor is submitted with the Reimbursement Application Form. Please note: Not all leasing companies will approve the installation of adaptive equipment, so be sure to check and obtain written approval first. Toyota Financial Services (TFS) will approve only the following types of adaptive equipment on a TFS leased vehicle:

  • Hand controls
  • Left foot accelerator
  • Wheelchair/scooter lift
  • Turning automotive seating

 

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Toyota Mobility ramp vans are sold through specialized mobility facilities like the VMi New England Mobility Center.

They are not sold through local Toyota dealerships.

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Can I get assistance for financing my Toyota mobility equipment?

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Can I get assistance for financing my mobility equipment?

Yes, assistance is available through Toyota Financial Services and participating Toyota dealers upon credit approval. Toyota Financial Services provides flexible, extended-term financing for persons with physical disabilities, or their families, for purchasing a new Toyota vehicle with the installed adaptive equipment (including installation costs). Please contact your local Toyota dealer for details.

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Toyota Mobility ramp vans are sold through specialized mobility facilities like the VMi New England Mobility Center.

They are not sold through local Toyota dealerships.

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Who has access to Toyota Mobility?

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Customers may visit any of the over 1200+ Toyota dealers in the continental USA (including Alaska) or VMi New England Mobility Center for more information on Toyota Mobility. Toyota Mobility assistance is provided to any original purchaser or lessee of any new Toyota vehicle and applies to adaptive mobility equipment purchased within the first 12 months of the customer’s vehicle delivery date.

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Toyota Mobility ramp vans are sold through specialized mobility facilities like the VMi New England Mobility Center.

They are not sold through local Toyota dealerships.

newenglandwheelchairvan.com Toyota Sienna Wheelchair Van New England

What is Toyota Mobility?

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Toyota mobility is a program designed to address the transportation needs of people who have a disability or who have a family member with a mobility issue. The program provides both financial assistance and a variety of mobility solutions to meet your needs. Financial assistance includes customer cash assistance up to $1,000 to supplement the cost of required adaptive equipment and extended-term financing up to 96 months for the vehicle and adaptive equipment through Toyota Financial Services. Toyota Mobility solutions fall into different categories: Like Wheelchair accessible Sienna Northstar and Summit Rampvans, and other adaptive mobility equipment which can be installed on other Toyota Cars, SUVs, and Trucks. Please contact the Mobility Center @ 508-696-6006  for more information.

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Toyota Mobility ramp vans are sold through specialized mobility facilities like the VMi New England Mobility Center.

They are not sold through local Toyota dealerships.

newenglandwheelchairvan.com Toyota Sienna Wheelchair Van New England

Are mobility ramp vans available at Toyota dealerships?

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Are mobility ramp vans available at Toyota dealerships?

No

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Toyota Mobility ramp vans are sold through specialized mobility facilities like the VMi New England Mobility Center.

They are not sold through local Toyota dealerships.

newenglandwheelchairvan.com Toyota Sienna Wheelchair Van New England

2011 Toyota Sienna SE vs. 2011 Honda Odyssey EX-L vs. 2010 Dodge Caravan SXT

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2011 Toyota Sienna SE vs. 2011 Honda Odyssey EX-L vs. 2010 Dodge Caravan SXT

Three Minivans Square Off in a Contest Almost too Close to Call

Building a minivan, on the other hand, especially for us American types and our super-precious children, is a most difficult feat. Think about it. After more than two decades of trying, both Ford and General Motors threw in the towel.They simply couldn’t compete with Chrysler and its Grand Caravan. Which, when you stop and think about it, is crazy, especially considering how very competitive GM and Ford are with every other niche Chrysler occupies. Speaking of niches…Hyundai, the new king of inserting itself into every single segment but cannot build a competitive minivan for the North American market. Sure, Kia makes the Sedona, but when’s the last time you saw one of those? What about Volkswagen? Nope, it can’t sell minivans in the U.S. either, so it rebadged a Caravan as a Routan. Go figure.
There are two companies, however, that can go toe-to-toe with what’s arguably Chrysler’s best-engineered product. Toyota and Honda, the once-upstart Japanese brands, are now almost as American as apple pie. Honda’s Odyssey is now in its fourth generation, while the Toyota Sienna enters its third. Purists will insist Toyota’s minivan heritage continues farther back than that.
The Dodge’s 4.0-liter V-6 is noticeably the slowest motor here, and it also returns by far the worst gas mileage, 17.4 mpg by our mixed freeway/backroad yardstick. Still, most of us thought its transmission shifted very well, and appreciated the ability to manually shift any of its six gear ratios. That’s quite unlike the Honda, which offers no shift-it-yourself ability (there is an overdrive-off button that locks you into direct drive, aka third gear), with its standard five-speed automatic. You can get an Odyssey with a six-speed, but you still can’t choose your own gears, and it’s available only in the Odyssey Touring, which starts at $41,535.
Here’s why: The Odyssey’s high-tech, VVT 3.5-liter V-6 with cylinder deactivation managed 21.1 mpg over 11 laps of our roughly 30-mile mixed driving loop. The Toyota Sienna, meanwhile, with its comparatively low-tech (i.e., no cylinder deactivation), 3.5-liter V-6, managed 21.3 mpg. And the Toyota makes 17 more horsepower than the Honda, 265 compared with 248. Equipped with the six-speed and cylinder deactivation, the Odyssey would have likely added 1 mpg (as the Touring does in city and highway EPA ratings).The point is that fuel economy matters to minivan buyers: Why not try and stand out? Also, we imagine the take rate will be quite low, but you can get the Sienna with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder. Even that motor comes with a six-speed.
This point-counterpoint could go on forever, as this market segment really is that cutthroat. 

2010 Dodge Caravan SXT 2011 Honda Odyssey EX-L 2011 Toyota Sienna SE
POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front engine, FWD Front engine, FWD Front engine, FWD
ENGINE TYPE 60-deg V-6, alum block/heads 60-deg V-6, alum block/heads 60-deg V-6, alum block/heads
VALVETRAIN SOHC, 4 valves/cyl SOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 241.2 cu in/3952 cc 211.8 cu in/3471 cc 210.9 cu in/3456 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO 10.3:1 10.5:1 10.8:1
POWER (SAE NET) 251 hp @ 6000 rpm 248 hp @ 5700 rpm 265 hp @ 6200 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET) 259 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm 250 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm 245 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
REDLINE 6000 rpm 6200 rpm 6500 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 18.2 lb/hp 18.1 lb/hp 16.7 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic 5-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIOS 3.16:1/2.07:1 4.31:1/2.64:1 3.94:1/2.39:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; torsion beam, coil springs Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; torsion beam, coil springs,anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 16.9:1 16.4:1 15.5:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 3.1 3.5 3.4
BRAKES, F;R 11.9-in vented disc; 12.0-in disc, ABS 12.6-in vented disc; 13.1-in disc, ABS 12.9-in vented disc; 12.2-in disc, ABS
WHEELS 6.5 x 17 in, cast aluminum 7.0 x 17 in, cast aluminum 7.0 x 19 in, cast aluminum
TIRES 225/65R17 100T M+S
Bridgestone Turanza EL400
235/65R17 103T M+S
Continental ContiProContact
235/50R19 99V M+S
Dunlop SP Sport 7000 AVS
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE 121.2 in 118.1 in 119.3 in
TRACK, F/R 65.5/64.8 in 68.1/68.2 in 67.7/67.7 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 202.5 x 76.9 x 68.9 in 202.9 x 79.2 x 68.4 in 200.2 x 78.2 x 68.9 in
TURNING CIRCLE 39.1 ft 36.7 ft 36.9 ft
CURB WEIGHT 4580 lb 4478 lb 4417 lb
WEIGHT DIST, F/R 56/44% 59/41% 56/44%
SEATING CAPACITY 7 8 8
HEADROOM, F/M/R 39.8/39.2/37.9 in 38.3/38.3*-39.4/38.0 in 41.0/39.7/38.3 in
LEGROOM, F/M/R 40.6/36.3/31.8 in 40.9/40.9/42.4 in 40.5/37.6/36.3
SHOULDER ROOM, F/M/R 63.0/64.7/62.0 in 64.4/63.5/60.9 in 65.0/64.6/61.1 in
CARGO VOLUME BEHIND, F/M/R 140.1/83.7/32.3 cu ft 148.5/93.1/38.4 in 150.0/87.1/39.1 cu ft
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION TO MPH
0-30 2.6 sec 3.1 sec 2.6 sec
0-40 3.9 4.3 3.8
0-50 5.5 6.1 5.5
0-60 7.6 7.9 7.1
0-70 10.1 10.1 9.1
0-80 13.5 13.2 11.5
0-90 17.3 16.5 14.4
0-100 22.4 20.3 18.4
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 4.1 3.8 3.4
QUARTER MILE 15.9 sec @ 86.5 mph 16.1 sec @ 89.1 mph 15.4 sec @ 92.6 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 128 ft 125 ft 121 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.67 g (avg) 0.73 g (avg) 0.74 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 30.5 sec @ 0.52 g (avg) 29.4 sec @ 0.56 g (avg) 28.6 sec @ 0.59 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1500 rpm 2400 rpm 1800 rpm
CONSUMER INFO
BASE PRICE $29,195 $35,230 $31,575
PRICE AS TESTED $32,575 $35,230 $34,418
STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/yes Yes/yes Yes/yes
AIRBAGS Dual front, f/m/r curtain Dual front, front side, f/m/r curtain Dual front, front side, driver knee, f/m/r curtain
BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/100,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 3 yrs/36,000 miles N/A N/A
FUEL CAPACITY 20.0 gal 21.0 gal 20.0 gal
EPA CITY/HWY ECON 17/25 mpg 18/27 mpg 18/24 mpg
CO2 EMISSIONS 0.98 lb/mile 0.92 lb/mile 0.96 lb/mile
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded regular Unleaded regular Unleaded regular
*SAE certified

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Honda Odyssey vs Toyota Sienna – Which Is Better For Families?

Honda Odyssey vs Toyota Sienna

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When you’ve got a family and an active lifestyle, minivans just make sense. Sliding doors and plenty of doors and plenty of room
you and your family can get where you’re going with all the soccer equipment, science fair projects, and car seats that need to come along. Assuming that you’ve already figured out your budget and determined that your family really needs a minivan, the next step is to start comparing models.

The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are two popular models that many families carefully consider – here’s a look at the pros and cons of each model and how they compare to one another.

The Basics

Seating: Both models offer standard seven passenger seating, which is a 2-2-3 arrangement (two seats up front, two in the second row, and three in the third). Eight passenger seating is available in both models, only you must upgrade to get it.

Safety: According to federal crash test data, the Honda Odyssey is a bit safer than the Sienna, with a 5-star overall crash test rating instead of the Sienna’s 4-star rating. The IIHS, which also evaluates crashworthiness, rates the Sienna and the Odyseey the same, stating that they are both “Top Picks.”

Fuel Economy: The Odyssey has a slight advantage here as well, with EPA fuel economy ratings of 18mpg city, 27mpg highway on the EX and LX, and 18mpg city, 29mpg highway on the Touring models. The Sienna is rated at 18mpg city, 25mpg highway across the board.

Powertrain: Both vans come standard with powerful 3.5L V6 engines and front-wheel-drive. However, the Sienna offers optional (and class-exclusive) all-wheel-drive that consumers in cold-weather climates may find useful.

Pricing: When similarly equipped, the Sienna is a little less expensive than the Honda. However, it’s hard to do a direct price comparison as many options are offered in expensive packages. It’s also important to remember that incentives (such as cash back or low interest rate financing) can change the equation. SO, be sure to compare the total cost of both vans before you buy.

Still, the Sienna is likely to be less expensive than the Odyssey when it’s all said and done.

Warranty:
Both 3-years/36,000 mile Basic, 5-year/60,000 mile Powertrain, and 5-years/Unlimited mile Corrosion/Rust Thru. The difference really comes down to the features and safety ratings.

2013 Honda Odyssey Pros and Cons
The biggest benefit to owning and driving the Odyssey is it’s agile, almost sporty driving feel. Minivan buyers who don’t want to feel like they’re driving a big old van will surely appreciate this feature.

Additionally, the Odyssey’s excellent fuel economy rating (up to 29mpg on the highway) can be a nice benefit if your regular commute includes a good portion of highway use. Finally, many people like the Odyysey’s third-row seating design a bit better than the Sienna’s.

The biggest con of the 2013 Honda Odyssey is the higher price – you’ll pay a little more for the Odyssey compared to a similar Sienna. Additionally, some people find that Honda’s option packages come with a lot of features they don’t want or need. SO, if you’re looking at the Odyssey, it’s a good idea to make sure you understand what features come with the numerous packages available.

2013 Toyota Sienna Pros and Cons
Many minivan buyers appreciate that the Toyota Sienna is a good-looking vehicle that doesn’t scream “minivan.” The Sienna’s optional all-wheel-drive system (not available on a side entry wheelchair converted van) is a big benefit to folks that live in climates where snow and ice are a common occurrence. Finally, Toyota’s standard 2-year/25,000 mile roadside assistance and complimentary maintenance program is a nice benefit as well.

The cons of the 2013 Toyota Sienna focus more on driving characteristics than anything else. Reviewers often dislike the Sienna’s milk-toast steering response, indecisive transmission, and generally mushy feel. The Sienna also missed the mark a bit in federal crash tests, earning only a 4 star rating. However, the IIHS – which is a non-profit that also tests vehicle safety – rated the Sienna a “Top Pick,” so it’s not wise to ding the Sienna too heavily for their lower score.

The Winner Is . . .
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Drivers looking for safety, fuel economy, lots of space, and a good price. Considering how close the Odyssey and Sienna are in all of these respects, a case can be made for either vehicle.

Give us a call or come the Mobility Center to give both of them a try first hand

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Almost all wheelchair van and lift problems can be attributed to three main things. I would like to talk a little about each one and what you can do to be proactive in preventing problems that could stop your lift from operating.?

Reason Number 1: Operator Error. It may not be P.C. to bring it up, but many issues are caused by the user hurrying, not taking the proper precautions, or simply attempting to operate the van or lift in a situation it is not designed for. Let me expand on this a little.

We all know the obvious things an operator can do wrong. Lowering a lift on to extremely uneven ground or folding a platform into a van door that is not fully opened, if you have manual doors. The things that you need to think about are the issues that aren’t so obvious, but can still cause damage. Things like making sure you fully fold the platform when you are putting it in the stowed position. A lot of times people tend to release the fold switch too soon because the lift makes excessive noise when it cinches tight. Far from being a problem, that noise is a good thing What you’re hearing is the electric actuator “ratcheting,” which tells you that the lift is fully stowed and will not rattle as much while you’re driving. A tightly stowed platform will prevent certain lift components from wearing out prematurely, so be sure to keep the fold button pressed!

Another not-so-obvious issue is to make sure the outer roll stop deploys fully before you exit the platform. Think about it. If you are in a hurry and the roll stop is not completely down on the ground, your weight when rolling off of it is going to put excessive stress on those parts and you could cause problems that are easily avoidable. Even if the tip of the roll stop is up just a little bit, take the time to lower it completely before you exit the platform.?

Reason Number 2: Lack of Maintenance. Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance – I can’t say those words enough! Your dealer should set up a maintenance program for you and your lift should be in their shop for a regular check up at least twice a year. Every lift built after 2005 has a cycle counter on it that will tell us the total number of times you’ve used your lift, and all lifts should be maintained every 750 cycles. This is a short point. All you need to know is that if you don’t maintain your lift, something will eventually stop working!

Reason Number 3: Broken Parts. No matter what the product, we’ve all encountered that unexpected broken part that seems to go bad for no apparent reason. This actually represents a small percentage of wheelchair lift failures, and it can usually be avoided if the van or lift is maintained on a regular basis (see reason #2 above!). A typical situation might be a wiring harness that gets cut by component. This type of issue rarely happens out-of-the-blue, and with routine maintenance your dealer should be able to see the problem starting to occur and fix it before it gets worse.

That about sums it up The bottom line is that a properly operated and maintained wheelchair van or lift should give you years of reliable service. Read your manual and work closely with Automotive Innovations to make sure your lift is ready to go whenever you are. If you have any questions or are having an issue with your wheelchair van or lift feel free to call us at 508-697-6006.