Originally Posted by plym49
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.
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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.