"I purchased the 2006 with 97,000 miles in May,2011 and have 218,000 as of today. I do most of the repairs and only in the last year have I had any "problems". I have had a caliper lock up, the rear AC evaporator needs replaced, the rear electric door locks don't work, and the rear jounce bumpers (look them up)and rear shocks needed replaced. Other than oil changes, tires, and brake pads it has been a champ.
I drive 120 miles a day or more on average and wouldn't hesitate to take anywhere at a moments notice. The mileage has averaged 23 mpg over the last 5 years.I also tow a trailer with a 3500 lb load more often than I care to (at least 200 times)along vicious country roads and it pulls it with no effort.
Previously had a '92 and a '03 that were totaled by others; both were just shy of 200,000 miles...nary a problem with them either.
I love the roominess, it handles well for a van, great for hauling everything imaginable from the lumber store, packing in family members, loading up just about everything for a week away from home, surprisingly easy to work on and parts are usually inexpensive(most notably after hitting a deer).
I love this thing and hope to have it for at least another 200,000 miles! SERIOUSLY!"
"Best car ever for adaptable inside configuration, comfort, good gas mileage. Nice low platform makes loading big items easy. Also easy for my dogs to get in and out. The rear seats fold completely flat, unlike some other vans where the back seats fold down and look like an accordion. Excellent for long trips, you can actually put a twin mattress in the back. My van has 170K miles and still gets 29 mpg on the highway - actually better than advertised. Drawbacks - the front seats are difficult to get in and out if you are tall (or elderly) due to the sloping design of the roof. It is impossible to clean the inside front windshield for the same reason unless you are a monkey or have 4-foot long arms. There is no plugin for an MP3 player. Also, I have had the air conditioning fixed 3 times. There have also been numerous other repairs since the van hit 70K miles (window motors, front end, etc), which amounted to about $500 per year. But consider, my van was $35,000 new. I got it for $18,000 used and have spent probably $4000 on repairs, so still a pretty good deal for $22,000. Generally, pretty much the perfect vehicle for me."
"very reliable, minor repairs, fule pump 12000, all way starts with a good battery, warm. needs good tires, and check oil as it gets older, likes to swollow about a quart, every 6 months, very good handleing, comfortible. sleep in it when we go camping. great on gas. love it and will always drive on while i have 7 passengers."
Pros: "Great for hauling stuff, it is my "truck.""
Cons: "Not comfortable for long trips, could use more cup"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought a brand new one in 1994. Replaced the tranny at 83,000 and sold it to my brother who drove until 225,000.
I bought a 2005 in 2007 and I am still driving it. I am thinking about an up grade.
I have trouble with my back so it is not as comfortable as I would like especially for long trips.
It is great for hauling stuff!!!"