Probably made better then the newer minivans with all the problems aka transmission failures. It is an older vehicle so what can you expect right. At start up it runs very rough and there is a clicking noise coming from the engine. It is hard starting at times and then it is fine. It isn't very good on gas that's for sure. The slow opening back door is annoying. You need really long arms to reach the controls feels like its a strain to push the buttons. The far back seat is not removable. Lacks power going up hills. Built better then today's vehicles that are made to fall apart.
The removable back seat(middle row only), locking gas, cup holders,functioning rear windshield wiper, folding rear seats, these vans tend to run forever and can handle wear and tear and mileage.
Needs key-less locks, power windows, a 4th door, a little more power for the engine, resolve the problem with the starter, these vehicles are also known for their belt problems. It couldn't be a much uglier vehicle. For such a gutless vehicle it should get better gas mileage. Terrible glove box.
I bought it 8 months ago and have
already put as much into repairs as I
paid for it. It had 146,000 then and
over 153,000 now. Rebuilt the front
end (steering), replaced 18 valve-
lifters (3 per cylinder), had a minor
transmission problem--and I can't part
with it. Excellent build quality--
everything works! Great sound system.
Drives like a breeze. Size is a plus.
Great V6, acceleration, handling,
great space for a mini-van, great A/C
system, build quality, easy to get
into tight spaces, 7 storage bins.
For a top-of-the-line model, should
have had cornering lamps & stonger
electric window motors. Worry that
transmission will give out soon.
I've had a few problems, including
burning the tranny twice, timing belt
failure, and a tricky connection in the
starting system (if I drive it hard for
an extended period then turn off the
engine for a short period, like at a
convenience store, when I go to restart
it I either have to jiggle the shifter
or simply open then close the hood to
get it started. I've also the paint is
peeling on the rear hatch,but
considering how poorly I maintain it
and how much I drive it I think it's
great! I can't wait to buy a brand new
one and drive it into the ground, but I
haven't been able to kill this one yet!
The non sliding side door.
More room behind the rear seat for
groceries and tools. Also, every car
should come with a 1/2 ton floor jack
instead of that dinky little twisty
I love the style, unlike the other
reviewers. We got rid of our first MPV
due to transmission problems, got
another one, and had to get a new
transmission at 100K. Dealers all seem
to know that MPVs have troubled
transmissions. Why didn't I know
before? I loved the way it looked,
drove, everything but the fear of
glad to trust Toyotas/Hondas these days.
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