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Thread: Used van

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    Used van

    I am (hopefully) getting rid of my Civic in the next few months and getting a used van instead but I have no idea where to start.

    What I am looking for:

    --as many top tethers as possible (I am in canada)
    --2000-2006
    --Up to $6000
    --Captains chairs in 2nd row
    --Good in snowy, extreme cold weather
    --Carseats I currently have (Marathon, Radian, Scenera, Snugride 32, Turbobooster)

    Help me find something please that will work. I have owned 2 Dodge Caravans (96 & 99) and though they are not my favorite, I don't know what the newer ones are like.
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    Re: Used van

    I have a 2000 Ford Windstar and there are top tethers in ALL the seats, including the drivers, and LATCH. Mine has the short bench in the middle, been trying to find bucket seats for the longest.

    Happy hunting.

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    Re: Used van

    I also have a Windstar. Mine's a 2003. Has tethers all seats except driver's. Captain's chairs in 2nd row. Power sliding doors. I paid $5000 in Feb. No idea how it would do in snow. Not sure if vans are the same here as in Canada. We've had no real problems with it, just some strange electrial issue that they don't know the cause of that makes the lights flash inside sometimes while driving.

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    Re: Used van

    I got some really good snow tires and it actually improved snow and ice driving, a lot.

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    Re: Used van

    How is the gas mileage?

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    Re: Used van

    On the highway easily get 400, but inthe city about 200, but that's my car.

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    Re: Used van

    I get 300-350 miles per tank. I think I worked it out to about 14 mpg, but I don't remember for sure.

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    Re: Used van

    We had a 2007 Ford Freestar SEL that I really liked. Not sure if it falls into the price range that you are looking for but Fords tend to drop their value quickly as soon as you drive off the lot.
    Ours had power door/hatch/leather/bucket seats in second row and a DVD player. 3 top tethers and my Radian and Marathon was a breeze to install.

    It was fairly good in our extreme winter conditions but I suspect that better winter tires would have improved performance on my towns crazy hills. Advance Trac helped out quite bit. Since I switched over to AWD though I will never I buy another car without it. If I recall correctly it had a very good safety rating.

    We had a 2005 Freestar for a few months but I only drove it once so cannot compare how it was to the 2007.
    *DD N 5 Years 46 inches/44 lbs FF in a Marathon/Parkway SG/Turbo Booster/ and Harnessed Nautilus
    *DS H 7 Years 49 inches/51 lbs in a Monterey and Turbo Booster
    and a Harmony and Radian as back up seats

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