We've owned our '97 MPV since it was new. It's been a very reliable vehicle, and we've had no major tranny, engine or front-end repairs in almost 12 years (but we do follow the service manual). It can hold a lot of stuff, and makes for an excellent passenger and moving van. The only negatives are its weight, which leads to mediocre fuel economy and premature tire wear. Strange lean to the right as well, which I've noticed on other MPV's. A very solid machine that's taken a fair bit of abuse and kept on driving smoothly.
-very reliable and roomy; smooth drive
-better fuel economy and guts up the hill would be nice; buying cheap tires at this point - the fancy ones seem to wear out at the same rate as the bargain ones
Bought it with load and people in
mind. That's all I got.Constant rear
passenger door locking problem, it
locks when it shouldn't. In winter, all
locks go screwy. I NEVER asked if it
was front wheel drive when I bought it.
Japanese DON'T make rear wheel drive
anything anymore, right? WRONG! New
winter tires on, it handles worse than
my old GMC vandura!
No confidence in this vehicle
whatsoever. Even the Big 3 make front
wheel drive minivans!
What happened to these guys on this
one? The fuel economy is aweful, I
can't wait to change it! I think a
Sante Fe will be better than this.
What a shame!
I like it fine when the weather's nice
outside and I'm not driving it, they
said the CRV was overpriced,
Front-wheel drive people!!! The AWD
must be murder on fuel economy!
We have had no significant problems
with our MPV over the years. Heard of
transmission problems in other vehicles
but none in ours yet. Nuisance check
engine light goes on and off
occasionally, but mechanic has found no
problems. Speedo error can be caused
by different size tires, stock tires
can be very difficult to find and if
you can find them you won't want to pay
for them. I am encouraged by the
number of older style MPVs (3 doors)
still running the road that make ours
look new. Although the van has been
very reliable, I would not give 5 cents
for the maintenance department of the
dealer where we bought.
Cargo capacity (carries a full size
refrigerator or twin mattress set),
rear doors that swing past 90 degrees,
ground clearance, reliability.
Rear seat needs to fold into floor, too
hard to remove.
We like the fact that this minivan
looks more like an SUV than a minivan.
The rear wheel drive is great for
towing (up to 3500 lbs) and the
handling is excellent. We've had
absolutely no problems in the 57,000
miles we've owned it. In fact, other
than the driver's side sun visor, I
can't think of anything that's gone
We like the regular swinging doors in
back. The kid's (ages 4 and 5) have no
problems opening them.
The gas mileage is my only gripe. 18
mpg city and 22 highway.