Just by reading other reiviews, it seems that the 3-speed transmissions tend to have a problem working properly. At about 140-150k miles, the transmission got rebuilt. It worked good for about 2 more ...
Just by reading other reiviews, it seems that the 3-speed transmissions tend to have a problem working properly. At about 140-150k miles, the transmission got rebuilt. It worked good for about 2 more years until the reverse went out. About 10k miles later, it quit working all together; it wouldn't even go into 1st or 2nd gear. After getting it home, I discovered that it had too much tranny fluid and it was all burnt. I changed out the transmission fluid along with the filter. It still shifts a little hard, but other than that, I'll be ok until I can save enough money to get the transmission rebuilt AGAIN. One of the reasons that I am still holding onto this van is because I need it to haul the wife and kids, and also the engine runs exceptionally smooth and starts right up. I may have the short end of the stick when it comes to features, but this 2.4L with 180k+ miles on it just keeps doing its job. The only power this van has, is power steering. I'm surprised it came equipped with air conditioning. With the current condition this van is in, i'm quite positive that it can last beyond 300k. I only use full synthetic oil and change it every 3000-4000 miles. It all depends on how dirty it gets.
The main regret that I have about this van is the price that my wife ended up paying for it. She paid close to three times what it originally was worth. Unfortunately, I had to work when she got it. This is one of those shady buy here, pay here, we finance, no credit needed, places. I wish I was there and so that way I could have done my homework and just said NO WAY! Not for that price.
I can already tell that the dealership saw "SUCKER" written all over her, and was laughing at her after she left with it.