Wife's been driving our 2000 SEL for years now (even imported it to
the UK for this year). We're getting about 30 Imp MPG (25 US MPG) on
the highway/motorways. It's presently got about 120,000 Miles on it,
(manual dual sliding doors), the power ones were WAY TOO SLOW)
<yes, the Japanese power doors are just as slow>.
So far to date we've changed inner tie rod ends and Battery. Oh and
rear shocks, $20 Each, did them myself in the driveway, took 1/2 hour.
All in all, for a Minivan it's Reliable, Fast and practical (stands up
to the wife and 3 kids). The rear seat weighs 100 LBS and the
captains chairs are something like 50/60 LBS to carry but the rear one
has wheels to roll on.
I like it, wife likes it, decent machine. Buy a good used one with
all the options you want (it won't cost more), take care of it and
your $ per mile cost will be very low for this class of vehicle.
When you're comparing costs of vehicles don't forget to include
insurance and maintenance costs.
PS keep in mind I'm biased through owning one. I liked the 3.3
Chrysler Voyager we had before this one but it rusted way too fast for
any modern vehicle, oh and the electronics sucked on it.
Nothing else ! :-)
Go for the largest engine available. I still recall Chrysler's using
Quality Japanese engines in their Minivans. 2.6 "hemi" 4cyl, 3.0 v6
Yikes ! The blue smoke is still clearing.
That must be the "Jap" Quality that many posters refer to ;-)
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