The actual van we have, via the Toyota webpage
One of the actual buses that Eric is looking at for me
We bought our Toyota Sienna in 2009 when I was pregnant with Finley. It was a year old and had previously been a rental van, so we got a great deal on a van that was in excellent condition. I never, ever, ever thought I would drive a minivan. I've always wanted a lot of kids, so I knew I'd drive a big vehicle, but I always thought it would be an SUV. After comparing prices and gas mileage on SUVs and minivans there was no contest. We decided to get a minivan.
After getting our van I fell in looooove with it. I might not look that cool driving it, but it's so convenient! It easily fits four carseats and I love the automatic doors and huge trunk. From all of the features you can tell it's made for a mama of small children.
Two years later, though, we're still making car payments. My husband has been trying to make as many changes as possible to rid us of unnecessary payments and spending and I'm all for this (I'm a huge Dave Ramsey fan, yo!), but for him this includes getting rid of my beloved van. Not to mention, Eric has fallen hard for all things VW (they're his newest obsession).
If I traded in my Sienna for a VW we would get rid of our (expensive) monthly car payment, make money, and, by Eric's standards, we would up our coolness factor (don't worry, he hasn't actually said that...that's just my words). It's a win-win for him. For me? Well, I'm not so sure. What do you think?