"Had a 97 Mercury Villager when I traded for this 01 to make the Walt Disney trip from Texas. Both were good vehicles but I have kept this one much longer than I planned. Has the TV Screen on roof & kids are fascinated with it. Have replaced struts, and shocks, brakes, tires, batteries and that is about it. Keep it maintained with preventive maintenance and garaged. Have had a minor problem with cv boots (2 so far)but overall almost no repair work and love the fact that it has over 200k miles and everything still works. Cruise control is getting a little wonky & sometimes has to be babied. Video tv system is no longer functional. Only gets about 18 mph which is a bummer but with no car payment who cares? Don't plan on selling it anytime soon. Have had passengers tell me the ride is very comfortable."
"Have owned two Villagers -- a 1998 LS and a 2002 Estate. Both bought new, The '98 LS had better build quality and better fuel mileage but was underpowered and lacked a driver's side sliding door. The '02 was loaded (leather, memory seats, VHS, 6 disc CD, etc. etc.) but this was the source of its problems (replaced the LCD screen twice and the VHS once and it was going bad again.) The '02 also had poorer build quality (lots of squeaks and rattles) and got less MPG than the 1998. Both were mechanically very reliable (Nissan drivetrains.) Only had to replace the '02's driveshafts at the 90K point. But I am fanatical about preventative maintenance. Drove the '02 for 7 years and 110,000 miles before trading it for a 2009 Quest."