If you can find one, get it, keep it, use it a lot!!
Bought under "Certified Previous Owned" program. Had computer, radio, cruise control, and rear A/C freon control solenoid replaced under warranty.
After warranty expired, replaced the clutch at around 96000 (1997) due to faulty throw-out bearing.
At ~150,000 (1999) had several water hose connectors replaced due to severe leaks caused by corrosion in the cylinder head. Also had the oil cooler replaced at this time because is cracked and was leaking water into the oil.
On a trip to Maine (2001), had the 2 hoses going to the oil cooler burst. Bypassed the cooler and limped the last 50 miles to get new hoses ordered.
In 2001, A/C went completely thanks to upstate New York's road salt program. The overpressure valve on the A/C Filter/Reservoir rotted out and leaked all the freon.
One long term item is the power steering rack and power steering pump. The seals in the rack are weak and the system was never flushed properly. So the thing constantly howls in the parking lot, but is not affected on the road. Replacement cost $500+ not including labor.
Also in 2001 had a deer collision which resulted in over $3700 in damage. The repairs were made; however, since there are so few of these around the US, there were no experienced technicians to do the work correctly. Several plastic parts associated with the radiator and fans were never replaced and the fans are bent causing a horrible vibration. If it was in another accident, I would argue to have it totaled due to the rarity and lack of qualified repair personnel.
Overall?? We have many memories of great trips we've taken in the van. i.e. -- Fording flooded arroyos in Big Bend National Park; many trips to Colorado for spring break skiing; scaring the crap out of unwitting motorists by barging right up to their rear bumper in the white bread box.
2. It's paid for.
3. At 215000+ miles, it still has all the power it did when I first bought it and gets 21mpg. Not bad for a brick on wheels.
4. The kids and their friends love the opposed seating the the rear along with the table and fold out bed for long trips.
5. I can load 2000 lbs. of wood pellets in the rear cargo area and drive down the road without any complaints from the motor.
6. It isn't that cheap crap that comes out of Detroit and gets 10mpg.
7. It isn't a mini van nor a full size van. It's a Euro van!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2003