I didn't like this van when I bought it - my first time as a van owner, and I was used to driving something flashier. I had test drove a few Chrsyler Town and Countries, and they were so much more com...
I didn't like this van when I bought it - my first time as a van owner, and I was used to driving something flashier. I had test drove a few Chrsyler Town and Countries, and they were so much more comfortable. We bought the base model, and the bells and whistles just weren't there. It had 44,000 miles when we bought it.
We now have 185,000 miles on it. I consider it an extremely reliable vehicle. Somewhere around 140,000 miles I had to replace the intake manifold gasket for about $450. A month later a spark plug cracked (on the front thankfully, so it was a cheap replacement). The AC condensor had to be replaced (another $450) at about 165,000. For putting 140,000 miles on a a vehicle, I think we did pretty well on repairs. Only major complaint would be the placement of the battery. It's buried under a bunch of stuff, so the replacement time adds up - but, it's not buried under anything critical, so if you know how to run a screw driver and a wrench and have an afternoon off, you can do it yourself.
We live in Minnesota and have driven it on some big trips (South Carolina, Upstate New York), and probably on average 50+ miles a day. It's never left me stranded yet. Looking back, I'm having a hard time remembering why I didn't like it.