The body is starting to rust away so I imagine the body will be gone before the engine gives out.
My parents bought this van used and then gave it to me in 2009 and it has been a huge help with commuting to work/school and moving furniture etc. I honestly cannot believe that it's still running! Just recently the freaky power lock problem started, but it's just a little quirk of an overall great vehicle!
I am not a van person but bought this van as it was only $500.
I definitely got my money's worth and more!
I have only had brakes bleeding issues when i first bought it and have had air conditioning problems most likely due to an apparent wreck.
Despite the wreck, it starts everyday, runs pretty smooth and gas mileage really isn't that bad.
There are a couple of small things wrong with it but it's a 1998!
If you don't have alot of money to spend but need a quality vehicle & in the market for a van, this is the way to go!
Wow, this is a real awesome minivan. my ex-girlfriend 2 years ago put water in to the oil, and she filled totally the engine until the measure stick did pop out due to the immense pressure. By that time it has 140,000 miles. After 8 oil changes and a complete labor to remove the water, the van stills running with no problems. Today it just pass the 180,000 miles, still have the original rear brakes, and the air conditioning that freezes anyone. It seems that the power locks are definitively one common issue in this vehicle, mine are sometimes crazy, the car locks without touching it. This was a unavoidable gift from a friend that left the country, and it was definitively a bless.
I've owned this van for about 3 months. No problems so far except the door locks only seem to work when they want to. It has 105,000 miles and all I've heard is good things on this site. The later models 2000 and above seemed to be getting dogged by consumer reports. What's up with that? I wonder what they changed.
I got this van in 99' with about 10,000 miles, 11 years later and 180,000 more miles still runs and drives like a champ. Only major issue was steering arm which warranty covered. This has been the best minivan Ive ever owned. By the way I still drive it everyday.
It's a pretty good minivan. It runs well, no performance trouble at all, though the brakes could use some work. I got this puppy when it had 65,000 miles on it, and it never failed me since, though it tends to not start when it's below freezing outside, so I carry a battery charger in the back for just in case. It picks up pretty well for a minivan, and it's very responsive. Just an awesome van overall, feels almost like a big sedan instead of a minivan sometimes. The fuel economy isn't the best, but maybe that's because of my driving. If you're looking for a used minivan, give the Mercury Villager a chance, and I promise you that you won't be disappointed!
This is my first review. I figure it's time to give back to Edmunds since I like using this website a lot! This is a great van. If you can find a nice, clean, one owner van - GO FOR IT! It's same as Nissan Quest and it's hard to go wrong buying it.
I purchased this car in June of 2005, It had very low miles (78,000). We now have 97,000 miles in January of 2007. The only concerns I've had about this car are the auto locks (which no longer work properly), and the battery cable which I've had to replace. So far I feel like we made a smart decision in purchasing this car.
I purchased my Nautica in 2000 as a lease buy-out a relative had and through all the years have only had to do normal maintenance...tires, brakes, oil changes, etc. I have almost 147,000 miles on it and had hoped to drive it past the 200,000 mile mark since I never had any engine problems or anything. Unfortunatley, I won't get to because someone ran into me and totalled it, but the car is worth more than the values put on it since it has been an excellent car. I would highly recommend it if were still made and definitely purchase again.
Best vehicle I every owned,. As a 'car' guy, I am very particular. The minivan is not the fastest, best handling, or most stylish vehicle. Overall, however, it is absolutely one fantastic vehicle. I haul lots of toys -- bikes, kayaks, other stuff. The utility is great. As for reliability, I changed oil every 5K and have only replaced tires and front brakes once. This is after 115,000 miles. Still have original rear brake pads and rotors. Most bullet proof vehicle in existence! Absolutely no problems whatsoever.