I am looking for a smaller minivan - between 2002 and 2003 (can't
afford anything newer than that - don't want anything older).
A friend of mine has a Pontiac Montana that she loves and it is quite
shorter than most of the vans out there. Problem is, hers is a 1999
and they started making them longer (too long to fit in my garage) as
The Kia Sedona seems to be a little bit more compact of a minivan, but
they're poorly reviewed. Can anyone recommend a smaller, but
reliable, minivan? Can't afford the newer CUVs, but they would be
On Thu, 17 May 2007 23:50:51 -0700, Pokee rebooted the Etch-A-Sketch and
AFAIK, the montana is a re-badged Nissan Quest.
I had a 2002 Sedona for five years and about 80K miles before I finally
got a real truck (my Avalanche). It was a great van - if a bit small in
legroom. My 5'3" wife liked it a lot.
That's a picture of her offroading in it in Sedona, AZ.
It had great power, good comfort and nice featues. Once you got rid of
the initial problems with the wiring and alternator (all should be
covered by now and fleshed out a few years ago. I'd heard that the 2.9L
diesel had some oil pump issues, but since we don't even get the diesel
version in the US there's no problem.
I'd by another Kia in a heartbeat if they had a real truck. In fact,
right now I'm comparing the new Sedona with the GMC Acadia for my wife.
I think the poster was confused the Nissan Quest is not a Montana, but
a Mercury Villiager.
IMHO, if you are going to drive a van, go for the extra length as they
handle about the same. But you have a garage issue. The Mazda MPV is
a downsized van. I recently drove a Chrysler, and it seemed smaller
but I didn't measure it.
Most newer garages will fit even a suburban, but I guess you have
explored the max dimensions.
I had a Chevy Venture for a few years. All the GM minivans come in two
lengths. The short version is a bit cheaper to buy. Personally I have
always needed the extra length. Watch out for intake manifold gasket
problems on any older than 03 model year (perhaps someone can correct me on
the exact date) Watch out for premature rust on the tailgate and rocker
panels. Mine had rust needing repair at five years of age. Watch out for
paint failure, as in peeling paint, especially if the van is white.
I got rid of my Chev Venture and bought an 03 ford windstar. I have driven
the ford for about 9 months now and am delighted with it.
Most of us want extra length, but what does that have to do with vans?
My son had a Venture for about 4 years. I drove it on some long trips and
found it to be a pretty good vehicle. Rode well, handles OK at highway
speeds. If I needed a van, I'd not hesitate to buy one.
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