I bought this vehicle off Craigslist in 2010 for less than $800. Sure I had to replace the muffler, and get the brakes done all around, but other than the time I left the map-light on and drained my battery this champion has started every time I have turned the key.
Are car age years like dog age years?
If 21 human years is my Villagers age, then my van is nearly 150 and still going strong!
UPDATE: It's September 2016 - The old girl is 23 now and still is going great, other than the R-12 AC system that needs an upgrade ... really noticed it this summer! ... she still starts with every turn of the key but it sure seems like 4/60 Air Conditioning isn't what it was when I was a kid! I love my Villager, my mechanic says he has first dibs on the engine should I ever want to sell her.
LS with leather & rear bucket seats. Bought new in 93. Without a doubt the best vehicle I have owned. Still running strong at 386,500 miles. Trans shifts better than our new Odyssey. Engine has had only normal maintenance. Timing belt replaced at 219k & 375k. Also at 375k replaced all hoses and belts, and relamped some instrument lights. Previously 1 strut replaced, both half-shafts, 1 exhaust sys, front rotors. Gets 25-26 mpg on the hwy & 21-23 around town. We have bought 2 new vehicles since my wife 'retired' this car in 03. Our Acura TL is a great car, and the 07 Odyssey is a pleasure on the hwy with passengers, but I still rather be driving the Villager if it is just my wife & I.
It has been a great van since we've owned it. A couple of repairs to the body and this van was good to go. It came with evey option available from Ford except for leather seats. I love that they used a Nissan engine and transmission. I also know this engine was used in cars like the Maxima and the 300ZX. We also have a '94 Villager GS that we use, it is also a very good van.
Bought our Villager new when the kids were still in pre-school. It now has 209,000 miles and it has never broken down on the road. It still has no rust. We've had many long-distance trips in comfort and the power in the engine is just fine. When we drive in the mountains, I don't notice any power redution still. I love to drive this car. Many of the plastic parts on the interior have broken though and the electronic seat belt motor is slowing down. I love the electronic dashboard and the keyless entry on the door has been really convenient. I like the side headlights(watching for deer, and reading street signs at night). Lots of space and comfortable seats. Dual air conditioning was nice