I love my Great White Whale!
Fuel pump @ 156,000 miles.
Coolant lines for rear heater @
155,000 miles. (2nd set, previous owner had also replaced them.)
Alternator failing now, to be replaced this week. Also replaced alternator earlier @ abt 120,000.
Starter replaced @ abt 130,000.
Replaced belt twice.
Replaced Overdrive switch in column.
Replaced spare tire winch @ 155,000. (Hung up half way down, wouldn't lower sufficient to remove spare. I ran out and bought a bolt cutter!)
Seems like I had some brake work done, but nothing serious, more in the nature of preventive maintenance.
A bit hard on tires, but vans are known for that. (Rotate often!!)
Gas mileage unimpressive, as one would expect in a V8 van. 10-12 city, 16-18 highway.
Rear door gasket leaks in heavy rain.
If I had read some of the reviews, I don't know that I would have bought this, and I would have missed out on my favorite vehicle. Going on 6 years and I still enjoy driving it. Very roomy and comfortable on long trips. Rear bench seat/bed has come in very handy!
Good visibility, no problems with accessories. Upholstery holding up very well, even driver's seat.
Body holding up well, though a bit of rust is starting. Doors work fine, still tight, no air leaks.
Heaters more than adequate, even in extreme cold (-20), I could roast a turkey.
Uses no oil.
I seem to have lucked out and gotten a good one. (Plus previous owner had taken care of 2 expensive repairs: oil pan and rear heater lines.) Repairs are not out of line with what one would expect in a vehicle of this age and mileage, though being a van, repairs often run a bit higher than on a sedan.
Handles well, even in deep snow. Starts easy in extreme cold. (Buy a GOOD battery!)
In short, I am very happy with mine. I'd be happier if I never had to fix anything, but she IS getting up in age, after all.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th December, 2005