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!