Pros: "Small to park but great to drive and lots of room"
Cons: "Tranny issues till you get a good one"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought my white 1995 EXPO in 1996 with 18,000 miles. It now has 265,600 and is going strong. Although it still has the original engine and is passes california SMOG with ease, it has had more tranny issues than a cat has lives. The dealership lept putting in rebuilt transmissions till they got a good one (it was number 4 that finally lasted. After it got up to about 200,000 and needed to be rebulit again so I brought it to Rapid Transmission (maybe not as good an idea as I had thought). Their rebuild kept havinb problems the 7 times they worked on it and it finally made it to 265,000 and needed to be rebuilt again. Found a shop with a really good reputation who uses certified Transmissions in Santee for their tranny work. Worked great for 2 weeks and locked in neutral on the highway. It now has yet another rebuilt tranny from Certified. Hopefuly this one will last another 100K miles. I truly love this car which has become part of me. About 26MPG Hwy and 20-21 combination. One of the reasons I have kept it (in addition to loving it other than the tranny problems) is that its size is like a mini-mini van. Lots of people room, lots of "stuff" room with the seats down. Really good visibility in every direction. Other than an expensive Subaru Forester or the Mazda 5, I don't see any car that is as small but acts as large and gets as good gas mileage. Let's see if the original engine and this last tranny will get fo another 100K"
"I bought the 4dr wagon (manual trans) new in 1992. I have since put 265K miles on it. I have been pretty faithful with servicing, but it has been great on reliability. I have replaced the following in 17 + years: heater core, oxygen sensor, shocks, clutch hydraulic control line. That's right, it still has the original engine, clutch, transmission and drive train! I have taught 2 teenagers to drive a manual tranny in it too. Still passes emissions, burns about a quart of oil in 750 miles and gets about 26 mpg in a mix of city and rural driving. Very versatile in hauling people (up to 7 if small) and stuff (with the fold down seats). Front wheel drive provides good handling, but the engine (2.4l, 4 cyl) sometimes limits my speed up mountain passes. It's done everything I could ask."