I absolutely LOVE this van
I have just recently had the intake gaskets replaced, as we noticed oil in the coolant. I understand that this is semi-normal maintenance, as the vehicle is a man-made piece of machinery and stuff breaks. Though unhappy with the bill (lost my mechanic recently and was forced to have the work done at a dealership) I am very pleased to have the issue fixed.
Within the same week, I was still noticing a slight "clunk" in the front end when turning - this was a lot of suspension work and, again, though unhappy with the dealership expense, I am very happy to have the repairs completed.
Near-impossible to perform your own tune-up, as the motor must be tilted (for ease, and still the mechanic runs the risk of scrapes and scratches) in order to reach the rear plugs and wires.
I live in a state with some "road-way issues," which also cause undue stress on vehicles. The repairs that have been done should carry my van through the rest of its life.
Gas mileage averages 25.5 mpg year-round and (since I'm sure we're all feeling the pain of gas-purchases) refuse to complain all that much.
I have 2 children who (as is rather normal) cannot keep their hands to themselves, so the extended version of this minivan has been a true life-saver.
The tow-capacity of the Venture is perfect for our motorcycle trailer loaded with 2 motorcycles.
Traction Control makes driving through snow much less of a migraine-inducing trip.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th May, 2007