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Old 02-12-2019, 08:14 PM   #59 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by plym49 View Post
If you can find one, a first-gen (circa 1995-on) GM minivan:

- plastic body

- will take 3 car seats in the middle row plus two more out back.

- seats are individually removable and reconfigurable

- power sliding door

- bulletproof 3.8 GM fwd powertrain

- factory air shocks with self-leveling out back

- 22 mpg highway easy

Prolly cost like $2K, if that.
Hahaha this ^^^^

Or an older Honda Odyssey. I work in an auto repair shop, and these seem to be the most reliable mini-vans on the road. I've seen a few smoked transmissions, but I think it's been due to poor maintenance. The 3.5L V6 is solid. Just make sure the valves are adjusted. And try to stay away from 2006+, or whenever they started adding cylinder deactivation. Seems to shorten the engine life in a big way (unless you're good about checking the oil level).

Personally, I say forget fuel economy. There are more important things. I'd prefer a Tahoe or Suburban with 4x4 and a proper frame.
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