I did not want to buy a minivan.
But in 2004 I bought a 2003 with 11K on it for $11K.
This car has been fantastic.
It took us through the western states camping.
It moved us from one house to another. It has hauled carpool kids, craigslist finds, saddles, hay, dogs, beds and building materials.
It averaged 29 mpg when we first got it on the highway, it now gets a solid 21 city/hiway.
It broke down once in its 150K miles-the main computer glitched. That was not a pretty $500 but nothing since except standard maintenance.
Even though it is no longer shiny and new, our current crop of carpool kids still like it best.
I walk by it and pat it sometimes like a good pony.
I bought this in 2008 from a dealer with 110K on it, its now 2015 and has 240K
NO real issues. i am a satellite contractor and work out of this van. ladders, rough terrain. lots of equipment in it. I have driven this several times cross country. OK to NY back to OK, (26mpg) moved from OK to AZ towing a trailer, moved from AZ to NY towing a trailer, moved back to AZ..yes towing trailer, and since moved back to NY
this was awesome in snow thi past winter, and the 03 sport is the ONLY model w/o traction control.
i have hauled HE washer dryer, fridge, gravel in it
This car has not been very reliable. Sometimes in the cold winter the car will not get into gear. You have to put it into neutral and the engine picks up again. The quality features of our car is that we have automatic trunk and one automatic door. The design of the car both interior and exterior are pretty well designed.Last thing is that the seats don't fold down you have to pull them out of the car.
This is my second Caravan. I love it. Very convenient for the kids to get in and out of. My first Caravan the head gasket blew a year into purchase. The current one, the a/c compressor went three years into purchase and the gas pedal sticks. If I could afford it, I would look into the Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey.