Pros: "incredible capacity, versatile, good mileage"
Cons: "Difficult to access engine, dated features"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have had this van for 78000 miles now and wish I they made them forever. It is so versatile. With the seats out I camp in it, haul full size 4x8 sheets along with pretty much every thing else for home repair, and can even put 2 kayaks inside with room left over for camping equipment. I just wish the seats were lighter for removal.
I average 21 mpg hwy driving. It can be a bit light in the rear when on slippery surfaces, maybe exacerbated by the relatively small 15 inch tires. With RWD, it is not so good in snow or off road, wish mine were the AWD. At the same time it has great ground clearance and I probably take it a lot of places it's not meant to go. I definitely use it as a truck more than as a minivan. And yet on several thousand mile plus road trips with 8 people it has worked great. There is a lot of storage behind the rear seat and the rear AC works great.
If I have a complaint, it is that the engine is difficult to access. I like to do my own work and even to change the spark plugs it is almost impossible. That is the nature of a van though. It can also seem to take a bit long to shift out of first gear on cold mornings, but it has great power and towing capacity.
It is more like a truck than a passenger minivan. There is wind noise, other than a ton of cup holders it does not have that many passenger conveniences, and it is relatively tall to get in to. But if you want full size van convenience with good mileage this is the van for you."
"I bought this car in 2000. It has been used to pull an 18ft Wildwood trailer and a lite 26ft trailer. It has a tow package and electric brakes; always ready for your tow bar.(two bar not included.
If you live in hot country the duel air cools the interior in about 3 min. Even in heavy rain the front and back wipers are excellent.
Both back seats come out for moving large furniture, or cargo of any kind. The seats fold down to hold a full sheet of plywood or anything else you wish to bring home.
I have taken good care of this van because I love to drive it. Me and this van have gone from California to Arizona and from Arizona to Northern California.
Even after 15yrs it is in top shape with only a few minor scrapes and very few problems. I still have all records of repairs and maintance."
Pros: "Reliable, comfortable, solid rear axel for towing,"
Cons: "changing spark plugs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I've had 4 of these vans over the years. Excellent drive train. Solid engine, although a little weak in the mileage dept. None have ever left me on the side of the road. Good hauler and it has good tow capacity. The ABS isn't the greatest design. They work good when all is right but they have been known to be finicky. Also the front ball joint/steering system has an incredible number of ball joints to get around the AWD. Not an issue on the RWD but the AWD is a great system. Interior is roomy and very useful. My family of 6 has traveled 1000 miles and everything and everyone was inside."
"I have owned 3 of these now and out over 200,000 miles on 2 of them. Due to different options I cant rate them all the same but I love these vans. 4.3L V-6 "great engine" with AWD.. I wish they did not stop making them. I have almost 270,000 miles on this one and it still runs great! You still see quite a few of these on the road.
How many of the other minis do you still see around? Almost none!"