My 2002 Ford Windstar is allowing me to bring the van back

The thing is the dealership I purchased my 2002 Ford Windstar is allowing me to bring the van back (working or not – since the alternator currently needs to be replaced) and forgive the whole loan as long as I purchase from them again. They think I will be finanacing, but in reality I will be purchasing “cash on hand”. My currently loan on the Ford is around $3000 so this is a great deal on that. The only thing is they have a limited choice. They have also have:

  • 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier
  • 2004 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2003 PT Cruiser
  • 2002 Nissan Maxima
  • 2000 Toyota Camry Solara
  • 2002 Nissan Xterra… I’m partial to Nissans because my 1st and last “new” car was a 1995 Nissan Maxima and it served me well until 2001 when my ex-husband bought it from me when I was relocating.

I’m also looking at:

  • 2003 Mitsubishi Montero sport
  • 2000 Chevy Tahoe
  • 2003 Chevy Trailblazer

My only experiences with Chevy’s are my parents 1988 Chevy Conversion van that survived over 200,000+ miles with nothing more than an alternator, and ex-husbands 1994 Chevy Blazer whose transmission dropped 4 years later.

So I have a lot of factors to look at:

– my family of 4 (2 girls 8-6 that do not want to be touching each other in the car)
– we have and will continue to take “road trips” to California and Kentucky starting from Texas each year (elderly family members to visit before its too late)
– descent gas mileage
– the possiblity of relocating to Germany or Japan with DH’s Army career (something that can survive the Autobaun)

I need a reliable vehicle that can handle all of this. So any new comments or information on this?

fordBEING german, i would suggest anything that has good gasmilage and weather you can find PARTS in germany or japan… which would be nissan, toyota or mitsubishi….

the japanese, as tight as they are with imports, would probably make it hard for you to get chevy parts, unless the military has an auto zone.

another thing to remember: should you move to germany, you would be hard pressed to afford gas for ANYTHINg, as their gas goes by the QUART!!!!! a gallon equivalent goes for something like over 6 EUROS!!!!! and the exchange rate makes it even higher. i think, just a few days ago, it took 1.48 US $$ to make 1 euro. anything that would requiere excessive gas would kill you over there. i think the military does have their own gas stations, but i am not familiar with their prices. parts and gasprices ought to be added to your calculations.

I just wanted to add that we have 3 Fords and they’re still running great. I have to admit I have an uncle who works for a Ford dealership, so we take our cars to him for maintenance, etc. But anyway, We have a 1997 Aerostar and it’s got about 160,000 + miles on it. We bought it used with 80,000 on it. That car will probably outlive us. It’s GREAT on mileage. My husband is in the Navy and that van has been back and forth between Utah and California MANY times over. Short, or long distance we LOVE that van!
I also have a 1995 Explorer that gets pretty good mileage as well. I think we’re up to about 172000 on that one. (I bought it from my dad 2 years ago.. he was the original owner) Still running great.

Then my dh has a 2001 Explorer Sport Track. We bought it used and it had a few problems at first. (I blame that on the slimy sales guy we bought it from) But since we’ve had it “fixed” it’s been great. The mileage isn’t as great as the other 2, but certainly not “bad” for an SUV/Truck.

Again, all of these vehicles have been between Utah and California without any problems.

Any 2004 Chevrolet Venture drivers? Advice please

I’m getting ready to invest in one and would like any good, bad and ugly experiences before I make this investment.

I don’t know about the 2004 (do a search using words like 2004 venture problems etc… add in chevy or chevrolet also and see what comes up.

We do have a problem with our 2000 with the check engine light and it ‘chugs’ sometimes, but hasn’t actually broke down. I read online (searching to see if others had the same problem and they did) it has some sort of seal problem in the coolant area I think? My hubby has checked and said his computer thingy (yes, he has a computer reader thingy but doesn’t actually fix it) said it was a gasket maybe? Is that the same as a seal? LOL I’m SOOOOOOO auto literate.

It’s annoying sometimes so far but hasn’t ‘done’ anything to it. It’s done this for months. Also horrible for cups. too shallow and not enough where you need them with 6 of us! lol We bought a between the seat cup holder/catch all type thing though.

Not sure if that helps, but hopefully somewhat. Well I am unloading a 2002 “F”ix “O”r “R”epair “D”aily Windstar that I paid $9000+ for used and had to put in a $4000+ engine, $200+ alternator, $250+ brakes, $300 AC, and a looming “transmission” problem. I just wanted some input so I don’t walk into another lemon.

get a TOYOTA !!!

I had several. hubby’s was a tercel. bought with about 50.000 miles on it. he/ we drove it until it had 350.000 miles on it. it would have lasted longer had hubby given it a tuneup [ i think ] AND if he did not have the new car inkling. i had a toyyota corolla. it croaked when it had about 320 000miles on it. just did not have the $$$ to fix what was wrong with it, it still ran like a charm [ enginewiese ] just something broke.

anyhow. got hubby another toyota. we are expecting to get at least 300.000 miles out of it. we bought it new. thing is … change oil every 3000 miles !!! with the same brand of oil.

IF I HAD money or qualified for a decent loan, i would go and buy a toyota hybrid. thjey get something like 60 miles to the gallon.

I have a 2005 Toyota Highlander SUV that I bought new, and so far so good. Even if you get a used Toyota, the reliability will likely beat most any other type of vehicle manufacturer with the possible exception of Honda. Resale value of most Toyota made vehicles is good. Toyota didn’t have a hybrid Highlander available in 2005, but I believe that they do in 2006 and above.

Only thing I’m afraid of with hybrid vehicles is that the battery life for the electric versions is unproven, and since I sometimes drive to places where Toyota dealerships are not readily available, I didn’t want to take a chance yet on a hybrid. However, with the price of gas moving back up to $3 per gallon and higher I may want revisit the hybrid design. I know that some hybrids are hydrogen as opposed to electric battery, so some research on your part concerning not only purchase cost/maintenance but reparability may be worth your time. Sorry that I rambled on and forgot your primary question.