This car lived it's first 92,000 miles climbing the hills of San Francisco, which tore the transmission out of it. I purchased it from the original owner for nearly nothing because of the bad transmission. With a re-built transmission I have proceeded to put 210,000 miles on it in the last five years. (I will have had this car 5 years in June 2004) It will have approximately 215,000 miles on it by then.
I drive from Seattle to San Francisco once or twice a month in it. Winter or summer the car just keeps going. Not only going, but it continues to average 22 mpg on the trip. Trip, after trip, after trip, after trip. I couldn't find a new car that can get that mileage and would be as comfortable to drive.
When I make the drive the rear seat is always down and the back is loaded to the roof with the equipment I need for my job. I am carrying between 2000 & 3000 pounds of equipment in the back.
With the air shocks I put on the back, this car carries the gear and still rides smooth as silk.
Since I got my first car in 1970 I have owned 12 cars and trucks. This is without a doubt, the most dependable, indestructible vehicle I have ever owned. I keep thinking I need to get a newer vehicle for this drive, but this wagon never lets me down.