Average transportation if you have lots of $$$ for maintenance
Transmission failed at 12,000 miles (replaced under warranty).
Transmission failed again around 90,000 miles (replaced for big $$$ by nationwide chain at my cost).
A/C Compressor failed at 70,000 miles (replaced at my cost).
A/C Evaporator failed at 80,000 miles (replace for $1000 at my cost). THis is apparently a common occurrence with these vans!
A/C controller (and switches) failed at 58,000 miles (replaced at my cost).
Idler pulleys replaced I don't know how many times (bad lubrication). Still a problem.
A lifters went intermittently noisy around 80,000 miles.
Valve cover gaskets failed around 90,000 miles and leaked oil all over everything (replaced).
Power door locks started failing around 85,000 miles. I've cleaned the contacts, but they don't work 1/2 the time.
It used to need a brake job every year (!) until I put competition (semi-metallic) pads on it. Don't use the factory replacements! I've had the rotors replaced twice in the front.
Little things like the visor clasps break. I've replaced them 3 times, and they still break, and that's being careful. Bad plastics in the design.
Cup holders mechanisms broke right off the bat, and we just put inserts in them (cheap!).
This car listed at $21,000. I paid $17,000 after incentives. We've easily spent $10,000 keeping it running!!!
We've maintained the vehicle by the book since we've had it (serviced by national chain every 3000 miles). Including brake pads, spark plugs, rotor, cap, wires, air filters.
The 3.0L engine has medium power, but decent fuel economy (approx 20 mpg) on regular unleaded fuel. I would never get that engine again.
The suspension has been excellent. Only one problem, and that was a loose stabilizer bar.
The body has virtually no rust! There was one spot my mechanic touched up for me at about 100,000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th June, 2004