really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,250 miles

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problem #4

May 092015


  • miles
While turning into a parking space I touched break and the van accelerated to full throttle. The van jumped the curb and was heading toward 3 people, I turned the steering wheel enough to hit a light pole instead of them. The van quit racing for a few seconds and then revved up again. The light pole fell and I was again headed toward the people. I put both feet on the break and was able to stop the van, but not before hitting the people. Luckily they were just bruised because I just bumped them and didn't run over them. This all happened in a matter of seconds. I almost killed some people and no longer have transportation because the van was totaled.

- Springfield, OR, USA

problem #3

Apr 142005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles
In April while driving down I-70 at about 70 mph the owner was driving and heard a ripping noise. Looked back and saw side panel in the air and it flew into the median. It was a piece of gray panel that was along the van at the bottom. There were cars around, but the plastic piece didn't hit anything or anyone. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer will be contacted. Owner has no idea why the panel fell off. There hasn't been any other problems with vehicle, and it was regularly serviced. The only dealer information the consumer had was the name and city and state.

- Maple Hill, KS, USA

problem #2

Mar 171999

(reported on)


  • miles
Oxidation found behind glove box.

- Fredericks, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 031997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The back section of the glove compartment is not enclosed, causing papers from the glove box to get sucked up in the air conditioner blower, resulting in air conditioner and radio panel heating up to a point where one cannot touch the panel. Dealer is aware of problem.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA