Bought in June 2007 with 10,000 miles from dealer. just sold it with 190,000 miles.
Only problems in 7 year ownership were:
Year 3: change a/c pipe to back (warranty)
Year 5: Gasket near oil pan ($200 part and labor)
Year 6: Change wiper motor front ($200 part and labor)
Year 7: A/C started to go (never replaced)
Great in snow (4x4), can pull in excess of ratings, solid transmission.
Would have kept it longer, but my wife had small accident with it, and it was time as this mileage to change.
We got a great deal on '06 XL7 in 2010 with 37K miles as a '00 200K Honda Odyssey replacement. Wanted another, but Toyotas/Hondas too pricey even with 100K. The XL7 sounds and drives like a truck--worse than a car or minivan.
Poor acceleration and gas mileage, averaging a paltry 17 city, 20 hwy. But so far, it has been bulletproof in terms of reliability at 72K miles.
No problems whatsoever.
With kids 11, 8, 7, we can still shoehorn 1-2 of them in the fold-down 3rd row.
Long trips we flip down 1 side of 3rd row and take plenty of luggage.
Vehicle is horrible in snow.
2-whl drive was a big mistake.
Needs quality snow tires in winter.
Buy a 4x4. Missing minivan, but XL7 is next best..
I like the handsome styling, fold-down third row, its reliability (so far).
It holds us and all our stuff.
It's like an inexpensive Volvo alternative--demure, practical, and capable.
I'd buy one, if a 4x4, again.
I've lost 2 nails from the driver-side visor.
The floor carpet under the third-row seats will not stay put despite normal use.
The carpet has pulled out from under the third row, and I can't seem to tuck it back under the seat.
2-3 more inches in overall vehicle length to add to the 2nd (not 3rd) row would be great.
My leggy 5'4"-and-growing daughter is running out of legroom.
We've had our fully loaded XL7 for a year and a half and only had to replace the alternator. It drives great, has plenty of power and handles well. I can't wait to try out the 4WD in the snow... We are a pretty tall family of four and room is sometimes an issue but having taken it on several long distance trips, it suits our needs well.
Reliability, the seating for 7, plenty of accessory power outlets, compact size and interior/exterior fit and finish.
It would be nice if the rear seats could fold down flat. Only the backrests fold forward into the backs of the front seats which limits the ability to carry large items.
Just came back from cross-country trip Toronto-Vancouver. Westbound through the northern U.S. states, return trip through Canadian soil. The car was fun to drive, no back pain sitting and driving for 23 days. With four adult passengers, loads of luggage and cooler being hooked up daily, the car didn't complain at all. This car has really exceeded my expectation by a mile.
Vehicle mostly used for short trips averaging under 10 miles (averaging 20 mpg) but around 26 mpg on the long range 65 mph or faster trips. The car has excellent fit and finish, nice interior, decent sound system (car is intermediate (not premium) trim package but cloth seats are fairly comfortable. We have had no (none, nada!) maintenance problems. Car was a rental for the first year of its life so we have been pleasantly surprised at its reliability since we bought it at 30000 miles. Excellent paint job, rubber door trim and doors close with a nice solid thump! V-6 engine very quiet once warmed up.
Really love the 7 seats. Rear door windows go all the way down! Nice wood look trim. True (not AWD) 4WD! Good highway fuel mileage. Easy to park- fairly short turning radius. Quite good at hauling utility trailers with hefty loads. Stability way better than our previous '95 Chevy Blazer. Solid!
Light switch on turn signal unlit-hard to see in dark. Too easy to accidentally lock yourself out of the car. Rear Engine revs very high on start-up. Deck and spare tire tends to collect dust. I wish the fold down seats folded flatter and lower. A built in child seat would have been nice.