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04-26-2007, 01:20 PM
Hello everyone, we are thinking about buying a used van . we have never owned a van and would like some thoughts on what make,model ect. any help and info would be great thanks in advance to all. Good and bad experiences

christine chittick
04-26-2007, 01:49 PM
1996 Ford Windstar - never had any issues except the transmission, I have had the van 4yrs and I am on the 3rd transmission since buying it. (had one put in a couple days before buying it, almost 1yr exactly to the day had to have it replaced, and still have this one going...but its starting to slip.

04-26-2007, 02:35 PM
thanks christine chittick

04-26-2007, 03:18 PM
I bought a 98 pontiac trans sport (montana after 98) 2 years and love it, I haven't had to put ANY money into it (with the exeption of a few dollars for blinker light bulbs)
The only thing that makes me uneasy about it is that the engine light always comes on but there is really nothing wrong, I've talked to a few other people who said the engine lights come on in theirs too fot no apparent reason.

04-26-2007, 03:20 PM
I know alot of people with those Ford Windstars and they all had to replace the transmisssion or the motor. I would suggest a different kind of van.

04-26-2007, 03:27 PM
If you want a good reliable van I would consider staying with a foreign model. People say that they are more expensive in parts but I don't find that it's really a factor because you don't have to replace them as often.
I have driven a Mazda MPV for years, I had a 1997 and know I am driving a 2003. Great van, I never had a problem with any of them. On the 1997 the only thing I had to replace was a battery and tires.

Best advice look at a Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, or a Mazda MPV. A good place to check out is Auto Village. Great service, complimentary gifts, and great warranties.

04-26-2007, 03:51 PM
i have one as well 2002?
very nice bliker and rear lights..
been to hali and back many times
awsome on gas
well not to awsome lol but better than my friends van

04-26-2007, 03:55 PM
What about a Dodge Grand Caravan ?

04-26-2007, 04:04 PM
Grand Caravan is a nice looking vehicle, most people say they are pretty reliable. The only thing I heard about them is that you have to replace the head gasket every 70,000 kms or so.

04-26-2007, 04:58 PM
i two have a mazda mpv 4x4 great vehycle to own.very reliable.

04-26-2007, 05:16 PM
I know alot of people with those Ford Windstars and they all had to replace the transmisssion or the motor. I would suggest a different kind of van.

I have had a 1996, 2000,2002 windstars and have never had any problems. I also drove 2000+ caravans and had no issues there either.


04-26-2007, 06:52 PM
We had a 1990 Dodge Caravan that we finally just gave up on in Dec. of last year.Never had a major thing done to it..light changes,brakes,tires,that sort of thing only.It was a very reliable van and I can still go start it lol. We haven't got rid of it yet and have it parked behind house.

04-26-2007, 07:50 PM
well hey guys i had just bought a windstar about a month ago please don't tell me about transmission i am paying enough for monthly payment don't need to replace front ends :( i hope i don't have problems my van is a 2003 and it works great so far

04-26-2007, 08:03 PM
I have a 1999 Pontiac Transport (Montana) that works awesome! Never had to do anything major to it at all and I've owned for about 5 years or so. I have the same problem with my engine light coming on after so many kms, but someone told me it might have a sensor that automatically makes it come on to remind you to go in for service after so many kms. Who knows.
My mother has the Caravan, and she's never had any major issues except for the head gasket...she's owned the van for a few years now and it's almost like once a year she has to replace it.

04-26-2007, 08:11 PM
my wife had a transport van.....she really REALLY misses it.

only problem we had was a started went on it......actualy a wire on the starter went on it


04-26-2007, 10:22 PM
Dodge Vans and Ford Vans are very numerous for parts or 'for sale' so one has to ask why ?? Especially Ford escorts !! not many but quite often you see the Dodge caravans for sale also(usually transmissions going or gone).- Rick.

04-27-2007, 01:08 AM
We had a 89 Dodge Caravan that didn't kick the bucket until it was in an accident in 2002 and was wrote off. Only big thing we fixed was the transmission but that didn't go until maybe 2001.

We have a 1997 Caravan now that has worked great up until a few weeks ago, after 10 years the transmission did go.

Nice thing about these vans is that they are popular which makes parts easy to find and for them to be pretty easy fixes for mose mechanics.

They drive really well and are comfy. Not too bad on gas either.

04-27-2007, 03:57 AM
we own a 95 Lumina van for 4 years nothing major happen yet.. other than replacing alternator & water pump. the brake light stays on when it warms up.. but during the winter it shutts of..lol

04-27-2007, 08:22 AM
We're on our second caravan. First one was in an accident. the transmission did go on it without any warning. On a hot, hot day in July, very pregnant, two kids and a load of groceries. Fire fighters came to my rescue though and the ride in the tow truck did not put me in labour.
I love the Caravan. Friends have an MPV and a Venture and I like the feel of the Caravan best.

04-27-2007, 08:23 AM
I have a 2000 Ford Windstar as well...we take good care of it, but never had any issues.

07-04-2007, 03:55 PM
Chevy Venture

07-04-2007, 04:05 PM
dodge--dodge--dodge--dodge. just getting ready to purchase a dodge grand caravan--Very Nice!!!!

07-04-2007, 07:42 PM
we have a dodge caravan and we love it...if you have kids i would suggest getting the model that has the stow and go seating. when it is time to get another van this is one item we have to have..it is a real pain having to take seats to make room. we have had no problem with our van...the caravan also come with a 115,000 km or 5 year warranty on drive train.

07-05-2007, 10:08 PM
dodge--dodge--dodge--dodge. just getting ready to purchase a dodge grand caravan--Very Nice!!!!

I have to agree with everyone who loves their Dodge Caravan's. Take a look around at which the Taxi drivers, delivery drivers, shuttles, etc... take a look at what they use. There is a reason they mostly choose the Caravan's; Comfort, reliability, service and price. Take a test drive & try them all out.....Good luck with your purchase.


07-07-2007, 11:41 PM
We have a 96 Pontiac Trans Sport SE, and being a full sized truck owner /driver for years , I gotta say, "I LOVE MY VAN" lol

It's got all the bells and whistles "and they all work" it's really easy on fuel, and so comfy to drive.
Only things we had to replace on it were things that were due to be replaced like front end parts, tires and rear shocks , and had the altenator redone . But that's normal stuff considering most were original parts .

Good Luck in making your choice...lol

07-16-2007, 02:16 PM
I had a 99 Chev Venture van. It was a pain since the day I drove it off the lot. It had a bad transmission, slipped a the time. Then little things went in the the windsheild wiper motor on the back, then the front. The power windows didn't work etc. Finally the head went in it and there was just to much wrong with it to fix.