Bought this van new in 1997. We've had several great road trips in this van! Lots of interior room, captain's chairs are comfortable. Engine runs good, and 25gal tank is good for 400 miles between fill-ups. Replaced the transmission at 110k miles. Air conditioner quit working last summer, and the auto-load leveling system doesn't work anymore. Now has 170k miles and still rolling!
It's been an excellent van/truck/taxi/ etc. We have used this van for family every day stuff,and hauling trailers, or loaded with bikes, furniture, landscape products and more! The 4 doors and 4 captain seats a big plus for comfort or temporary removal. Did blow out the motor in 2004. Had a rebuilt one put in, no more major problems. Always started in cold CDN winters. At 10 yrs the A/C and power sliding door not working, we gave up and eventually turned the switch to "off". Now at 13 years, seeing more serious repair. Fuel injector 1yr ago, Rear wheel cylinders, alternator, tranny and rack and pinion showing signs of potential problems in near future. Been a great reliable vehicle.
We bought this van since we have a
large family and do travel. This van
had high mileage when we purchased it
but it was so well maintained. We have
had nothing but great times with this
van the comfort and sporty style makes
it fun and cool to drive.
We have the extended van which makes it
nice in that we can pack extra stuff
without putting it on top of the van.
Three months after I bought it motor
had to be rebuilt, thank god I bought
a extended warranty. Now @ 79,500
miles my transmission has went by by,
it will cost $2000.00 or more to fix.
Trade in value is 4000, I owe 8000.
We bought the van used, hoping to have
it for a while. At first, it seemed
great. Lots of room, good power,
pulled my sled and camping was easy.
Then cam the issues.... at 65 KM's we
had to redo the entire brake system.
80K Km's we had the intake gasket blow
and the water pump replaced, new
fluids, oil changes religiously. 86K
Kms our head gasket/head failed adn
antifreeze is in the engine. We are
afraid to fix it as the low end may go
soon and we will need another engine
anyway. GM dealer doesn;t seem to care
at all for a van that has extremely
low KM's on a 97. I am very hesitaqnt
to buy another GM. If I had the money,
Honda would get it!