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    VMI vs Braun

    Got a new minivan in consideration. I've got dealers handling Braun and VMI within driving distance. I'm not going to be driving. I'll probably for with a fold out ramp. Anyone have a reason to favor one over the other?
    Tom

    "Blessed are the pessimists, for they hath made backups." Exasperated 20:12

    #2
    It may be more important to determine which dealer has a better reputation for dealing with problems if they occur, and which offers the better price.
    Last edited by SCIfor55+yrs.; 24 Aug 2014, 10:05 AM. Reason: Eliminate incorrect information
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      #3
      I have had 2 vans with fold out ramps, and they were both really noisy. I now have a VMI in-floor ramp, and it sometimes rattles on a really bumpy road, but I rarely notice it.
      Don - Grad Student Emeritus
      T3 ASIA A 27 years post injury

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        #4
        Originally posted by TomRL View Post
        Got a new minivan in consideration. I've got dealers handling Braun and VMI within driving distance. I'm not going to be driving. I'll probably for with a fold out ramp. Anyone have a reason to favor one over the other?
        See which one you fit into better.

        What kind of van are you going to get Honda, Toyota or Dodge?

        Jim
        Last edited by Automotive Innovations; 23 Aug 2014, 6:53 PM.
        Jim, MA, MMET
        Bridgewater, MA

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          #5
          Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
          I just traded in a 2005 Toyota Sienna with VMI's conversion for a 2014 Honda Odyssey with a BraunAbility conversion. The Braun has more convenient switches for the door/ramp. However, they are different vintages too. It may not make much difference these days because Braun now owns VMI. It may be important to determine which dealer has a better reputation for dealing with problems if they occur, and which offers the better price.

          Your 2005 Toyota wheelchair van was build by IMS/Braun.

          VMI didn't build Toyota conversions in 2005

          Braun does not and has never owned VMI.

          Jim
          Jim, MA, MMET
          Bridgewater, MA

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            #6
            I'm trading my 2010 Honda Odyssey VMI Northstar EX-L in for a 2014 Toyota Sienna XLE VMI Northstar. Should be here in a couple of weeks. Always loved VMI.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Automotive Innovations View Post
              Your 2005 Toyota wheelchair van was build by IMS/Braun.

              VMI didn't build Toyota conversions in 2005

              Braun does not and has never owned VMI.

              Jim
              You are absolutely correct. After two weeks of dealing with manic salesmen at 3 mobility businesses in the area my brain is muddled. I interchanged VMI and IMS.
              You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
              http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

              See my personal webpage @
              http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                #8
                I just got a 2014 Toyota Sienna LE VMI Northstar.. I had a 2008 Chevy Uplander Braun.. I'm loving the 2014 Toyota Sienna LE VMI Northstar..
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                Last edited by HACKNSACK44; 24 Aug 2014, 9:42 PM.

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                  #9
                  damn, did they put a lift kit on that Toyota? Never seen such empty wheel wells.
                  "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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                    #10
                    I had a 2012 Braun Honda and a 2013 VMI Honda. liked the Brauns fit and finish better, loved that they retained the spare tire.

                    The In floor VMI is quieter and love the ramp. The VMI had a few problems but the company is wonderful about working with you.

                    If you have a concern VMI will talk with an end user, Braun you are only allowed to talk to dealers, at least that has been my experience.

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                      #11
                      I'll probably go with Dodge as it is about $10,000 cheaper than Honda or Toyota.
                      Tom

                      "Blessed are the pessimists, for they hath made backups." Exasperated 20:12

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                        #12
                        Here is a 2013 Motor Trend article comparing Braun and VMI on Toyotas, Hondas, and Chrysler products.

                        http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...mobility_vans/
                        Last edited by SCIfor55+yrs.; 25 Aug 2014, 4:56 PM.
                        You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                        http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                        See my personal webpage @
                        http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by McDuff View Post
                          damn, did they put a lift kit on that Toyota? Never seen such empty wheel wells.
                          You got it pretty close. VMI is located in Arizona. Because of the substantial Mexican immigrant presence there the VMI conversions have been influenced by the Mexican lowriders, hence the VMI highriders. They have kneeling suspensions on all four wheels that run in a programed pattern simulating an alternating pressure mattress. If you are an SCI who does a lot of long trips, this is a must. lol
                          You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                          http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                          See my personal webpage @
                          http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by McDuff View Post
                            damn, did they put a lift kit on that Toyota? Never seen such empty wheel wells.
                            That was my biggest concern with the Toyota, but in the end everything else made it the winner. It's much better than my 2010 Honda Odyssey and I'm really hoping the Toyota service centers are better than Honda's. It was actually a bad experience with Gwinnett Place Honda that made me start looking for a new van in the first place.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by McDuff View Post
                              damn, did they put a lift kit on that Toyota? Never seen such empty wheel wells.
                              It's definitely lifted for ground clearance.. I've been over speed bumps with no scraping.. In my Braun I would scrape on anything and everything.. The ride is a lot smoother also.. The in floor lift gives me extra room (I'm a passenger not driver)..

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