We got this van when my kids were 8 and 10. It was great for hauling everyone to and from activities throughout their childhoods. The front freaked other people out but I loved it and never had a problem getting used to it. Both my kids learned to drive in it. We always felt very safe in it too. Were were in one major accident with it only a year after purchasing it. The van fared quite well for hitting another vehicle at 45 miles an hour. We suffered NO major injuries just a few bruises. It was great for long trip too. You could adjust the seat to whatever kind of travel you were doing. The fact we have kept it for 16 years should give you a good indication how we feel.
It may look like a Dust Buster but it doesn't suck! Have had ours about 12 years now, 200k on the odometer... just had to replace the brake lines...that is the only money I have put into it other than, oil, tires and occaisional brake pads!
My wife was driving this 1990 Chevrolet Lumina APV when we met back in 2002. To make a long story short, I am now the principle driver of this soon to be antique while she gets around in a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe. Ours is one of several still on the road in this area alone, so I bet there are a good many still out there across the country. Sure, I have had to make the expected repairs and all, but this Chevy is still going strong with 164,000 original miles on her. I am going to drive this van until the wheels fall off. I am presently looking for a bumper snicker that says "Don't Laugh, It's Paid For!"
My 1990 APV is about to roll over 200,000 miles. Still has original engine and transmission as far as I know. This has been a very reliable van for my family and my business. I even used it to tow a trailer for a while and it performed very well. Parts are cheap and it's pretty easy to work on. M
When I bought my APV almost 8 years ago I never expected this odd looking van to last this long. It now has 210000 miles on it and shows no sign of stopping. Things are literally falling off on the inside I've driven it so much. This has been a GREAT vehicle. I just bought a 2000 Venture used, hoping that it's follow-on can continue this tradition.