Happy so far with the Villager
The driver side power window went out at 60,000 miles.
The rear windshield wiper motors gears became stripped at 35,000 miles.
Replaced brake pads at 60,000 Miles (good brakes).
I purchased the 1999 estate version at the end of 2000. I got a very good price probably due to the dealer was trying to get rid of old inventory.
I was worried about the reliability due to consumer reports ratings. But so far everything has held up well. Nothing major has gone out.
I did buy an extended warranty through the dealer (Smart Choice). I Tried to use it on the malfunctioning motor on the window and found out the Smart Choice extended warranty was bankrupt. I guess not a smart choice.
The vehicle is well equipped and seems durable. The displays are good and easy enough to get to on the estate version. Wish it had an electronic compass. The cup holders are poor and results in numerous spills which stains the carpet.
Ever since the beginning, the wind noise is quite loud when speeding down the highway. It rides fairly smooth, but the body waves a little bit a high speeds.
Maintenance at this point has been minimal. I just replaced the factory ceramic brake pads at 60K miles. These are good brakes do to low noise and no brake dust.
I have three kids and they all ride comfortably in the vehicle. It is a little difficult to get to the back of the vehicle especially with cars seats in the vehicle.
I'm slightly disappointed in the mileage, I average 18 miles per gallon. I estimate it gets 21 to 22 on the highway.
Overall, I'm happy with the vehicle for its value. I looked at the Odyssey and the Grand Caravan. I feel, for the money I got the best value. A less equipped new Odyssey, which I couldn't test drive, would have been $11K more.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd July, 2003