"This has been an awesome vehicle for our family of 7. We have owned it since 1998. The only major issue it needed was a transmission overhaul. Even with 5 boys the interior still looks like new. The exterior, other than tough grime on the wheels, looks almost new but has no rust. I've checked into some of the newer vans and they all seem really cheaply built compared to this one. I would buy the Ford Windstar anyday over these other pieces of garbage."
Pros: "Great in snow and rain. Runs all day long."
Cons: "Paint Fatigue. One Spark Plug almost Inaccessible."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We purchased this Van from an Air Force Pilot and his wife at Fairchild Air Force Base, WA in 2004 following my 1st Deployment to Iraq. They had driven it up from Florida, where they had bought it new. With the chassis on a Lincoln Continental Frame the Van had approximately 85,000 miles on it at time of purchase and now has just over 205000.
In addition to running children to and from school, and school events as well as a daughter in Club Gymnastics, attending Gym Meats throughout the State for 5 years. My wife was a Volunteer with the Washington Army National Guard Family Readiness Programs logging many, many miles in trips across the State for untold number of Conferences from 2004 through March 2012 when she was hired full time. But she has continued to use it for a primary source of transportation. Maintenance and upkeep being a given, we have not had major expenses except for keeping excellent tires on it.
Paint fatigue and another vehicle backing into the passenger rear tail light in a parking lot are the only significant issues it has ever had. As I mentioned from the out set, this vehicle has been a workhorse for my wife while getting 22-24 MPG in a consistent basis."
"This van is wonderful! It can actually seat 8. The rear bench seat is removable, and the other bench seat folds down, so plenty of cargo room.
I had 2 passengers in the backseat once, and they were very impressed with the pickup, thinking that it was a "soccer mom van". Guess again!"