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Siegen's comment about no one buying a $40,000 minivan had me thinking, so I did this...

Note these buildouts don't include things like engine block heaters, handsfree phone packages (unless part of an equipment bundle), and all those DIOs like mudflaps, door trim, etc. Just factory options.

Toyota Sienna XLE Limited w/AWD - $44,567
Lexus LX470 - $73,464
Mercedes R500 - $85,265

Most surprising:
Ford Ranger FX4 Level II - $29,895

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How about a $19,300 ($C!!) that we were selling a few months ago? Even now, a base Uplander will SELL for $22,000 or so, plus the usual freight, taxes and fees. The Odyssey and Sienna are nearly ten grand more! And has anybody noticed how all the manufacturers have snuck up their freight charges? Just a year or so ago, most freight charges were $950 or so, now most of the trucks are up over $1,100 and I noticed that Honda and Toyota are following suit. Clever, very clever. "Sir, the advetised price is $19,999, plus freight of $8,500." Can that really be so far fetched?

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Carbiz - I might misunderstand you but diesel fuel has recently gotten insanely expensive at 4-6-8 miles per gallon. I dont think anybody snuck anything up, at least on the freighting and manufactureing end.

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