We got this van new, and after 11 years and over 120K miles an update is in order.
This van was new to this country in 02, and there were a number of issues. Ours was one of the ones built earlier in the year, and we had the expected issues come up, but they replaced all the faulty bits with the improved ones, and no problems with those parts since.
We have driven this van all over the US and it has performed like a champ.
We initially got this van to fit kids in car seats, and now use it mostly for family outings and road trips.
The original engine and transmission are still going strong.
This van has been a great value.
The van is zippy and handles great.
Comfortable for road trips (roomy seats, plenty of shoulder and leg room).
Love the table and cup holders.
Really good mileage on road trips.
We get 25 mpg on the freeway.
Plenty of room for hauling stuff, from bikes to Ikea boxed furniture.
This van can tow a trailer up to 3500 lbs.
We have towed with it a few times and it has done well (we installed the max capacity hitch and stayed well within the limit).
Turning radius could be better.
Seat bottom cushion needs more padding.
More cargo space when all seats are in and up.
Fold seats into floor (no, I can't lift them out!).
Also, 3rd row seats should be able to hold 2 full size adults in comfort.
A note about the doors:
our driveway is not flat, and that has had a negative impact on the door performance.
The passenger side door (slight uphill angle) will not stay open so somebody can get in.
The sliders can be hard to open or close depending on which side is uphill/downhill/on an angle.
We have had to replace the sliding mechanism on both doors.
Making the door hardware a bit stronger might improve performance and durability.
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