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Wife's car is dead. Any mid-90's minivan suggestions? (1 Viewer)

Andy_S

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My wife's station wagon has finally gotten to the point of no return. What's a good used ('96-'98) minivan that will run reliably and make a good family bus? Is there a specific car company that makes reliable cars? Any help would be appreciated!
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Eric Samonte

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We have a Dodge Grand Caravan since 98 and it works fine. We've been coast to coast already with 60000 plus miles on her. If ur contemplating on getting a pre-owned one, do not get a caravan below the 98 year. Its like Win95, too many bugs. Now a Honda Odyssey is another story. U'll just get tired of it because it couldn't and wouldn't break down enough to give u a reason to replace it.
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I'll agree with the Honda comments, but ad the Pontiac Transport. My sister loves hers.
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Gene Severn

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Depending on how many kid's you have, I'd consider an SUV rather than a mini-van. My wife hates mini-vans. Dodge Caravan's used to be the best, but a friend of mine has had nothing but trouble...pistons replaced in the first engine, finally the whole engine was replaced...bad news. I love my Jeep Cherokee 150,000 miles and going strong...more versatile for New England winters. The Subaru Outback/Forrester might be a good compromise between a real SUV and a mini-van.
 

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Get the Olds Silhouette because it's the "Cadillac of Minivans" :)
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We owned a 1996 Mercury Villager (a rebadged Nissan Quest, actually). The vehicle was very reliable, and we liked it so much we purchased a 2000 Villager as a replacement.
Chrysler products are not known for their reliabilty. I would be very reluctant to purchase a 5 year old Chrysler product.
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Steve Schaffer

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Toyota Previa. With any kind of decent maintenance these things will go 300k miles without a major repair. My boss has 280k on his 92 Previa with nothing but normal maintenance and the occasional brake job. Many of our customers at the Toyota dealership shop where I work have had similar experiences. The drivetrain on these was built to commercial vehicle durability standards, and it shows.
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