Bought this vehicle new 8 years ago, kept up on oil changes, never had any major problems with it. Babies are all grown up now and I am "downsizing" to a smaller vehicle. This is a excellent family vehicle, especially for long trips. I would highly recommend this vehicle for large families. Gas mileage was okay, keeping up on tire rotation, tune-ups and oil changes helps.
Comfortably seats 7, both bench seats can be removed for tons of room, especially when moving from one home to another; drives and handles exceptionally well on the highway.
Better interior carpeting, it doesn't seem to hold up well in the 2000 model, spills and stains are hard to remove. I would definitely pay extra money for upgraded carpet and extra floor mats.