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petet1234
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Sep 15, 2012, 11:55 AM

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So i'm thinking about selling my old 97 voyager and buying a 2006 CHEVY UPLANDER LT WITH ONLY 82K MILES it has a 3.5L V6 engine. Does anyone here know about these are they good? If I get it I will want to use it as long as my current van. Any info would be great.
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Sep 15, 2012, 12:54 PM

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May have worked on one in our shop. They only made them for 4 years after being discontinued in 2009. I know they replaced the Venture and older Montana vans, which were big pieces of junk. The 3.5L seems to be a decent motor after clearing up the intake gasket fiasco the 3.1L and 3.4L had. The transaxle has a good track record. If the interior trim and electrical system design is anything like its Venture predecessor, don't be surprised to be having problems when it gets into higher mileages.

As a mechanic here in the states I would love to say, "Buy a domestic mini van because they are well engineered and don't have many problems.", but that isn't the case from experience working on foreign and domestics. The import mini vans are better engineered and don't have as many problems. Honda would be number one with the Odyssey van which we only see for brakes and oil changes and the occasional timing belt. I'm partial to Toyota and Lexus products which are easy to work on and have great power plants. Nissan is next even though they are a PITA to work on, but are reliable.

Dodge Caravan after the 3.0L MMC is a great van, but the stupid transaxle problems gave them a bad reputation and was a turd in the punch bowl. If Dodge engineered a better transaxle that was reliable and wasn't so complex and was coupled with the 3.3L or 3.8L, the van would have almost been bulletproof.

I just wish so bad that our domestic engineering and quality was on par or better than what the Japanese are churning out. I hate to admit it, but the Japs really know how to build a vehicle if your looking for reliability at a decent price.





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Sep 15, 2012, 10:58 PM

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Ditto on the asian vans DS ,except for the engine on its side under the drivers seat fiasco. Might add my Hyundia santa fe,has been nothing but oil changes and only 1 tsb which i did not need.Like a lot of asian makes , at least its assemled in USA.


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Sep 16, 2012, 10:51 AM

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I agree, the Previa was an interesting concept. It had the old TZ engine, which was a great engine, but since it laid on it's side was prone to oil leaks. The other problem was the accessory drive shaft coupler. We have an older couple that still have their 97 Previa and it still leaks oil. Toyota even went as far as to install a drip shield around the exhaust to redirect the oil leaks...LOL. I think that every car manufacture has designed and sold a mongrel.

I got an 92 Toy Pickup 4x4 with the 3VZE. Everyone knows the truck itself is built like a tank, but the engine design of the 3VZE is horrible. The engine is prone to detonation which eats out the firing rings on the head gaskets. There are also issues with the exhaust cross over causing valve train issues. Toy had a recall for the head gaskets. The truck I have had the recall done, but coolant got into the crankcase and tore up the bearings. It got a reman and 10K mi later started to misfire at start up and blowing coolant out the exhaust. I ended up pulling the heads and replacing the el Cheapo head gaskets, the reman company used, with graphite Victor gaskets. I still don't care for the engine because I can't get it to stop spark knocking on really hot days with the AC running, so I baby it and feed it 91 octane. I love the truck, but hate the engine. It's a love-hate relationship.





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bob777
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Mar 12, 2013, 12:11 PM

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I´m so excited about this! I saw a good deal the other day from the website deleted.com a brand new 2013 SRT Dodge Viper for only $22,000.


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Mar 12, 2013, 12:24 PM

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And I'm just so excited about banning you for spamming us.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 12, 2013, 12:50 PM

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LMAO-ROF!

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