The van is a piece of junk, the engine quality is horriable, when I start my vehicle it doesn't want to run and I have to let it warm up for 20 minutes before it will even go other wise it sputs and has absolutly no power, it will also die if I don't let it warm up
We bought our 1991 Mazda new in 1991. Except for normal replacements of tires, brakes, muffler system, radiator, battery, and ignitor, the van has run great for 12 years and 180000 miles - original engine and transmission. After 180,000 miles and 12 years we were considering an Oddesey only because the new Mazda vans don't allow the back and middle seats to fold down to make a flat bed for sleeping. Recent reviews on used Oddesys's convinced us to keep our 91 van and keep up the routine maintenance.
This is not your normal minivan. The hinged rear doors make it seem more like a large station wagon. The only thing that needed major repair was the A/C. After 12 years the compressor started leaking and had to be replaced, but I live in AZ and use it A LOT. Otherwise, very dependable although the transmission isn't the smoothest shifter around.
This car looks great and is reliable. My has never broken down in its life. People are suprised to find that this is a minivan. Usally people are skeptic when it comes to minivans, they think they are ugly but this isnt.
I bought this van six years ago for only $800. It had 123,000 miles on it and it now has 160,000. It performed great on long trips to southern Mexico and back. I've had some engine work done once after it blew a belt and overheated, but other than that it's been regular maintenance. Over the years it's cost me $98/month to run (less gas and insurance). I now have a 1996 MPV but can't part with the 1991. It's comfortable, you sit up high, it's simple to fix, and it's inexpensive to run. I would probably still drive it across country if pressed.