My 2k Sienna has nearly 190k mi and I think it can do at least another 100k easy. AC is still ice cold and gas milage is at 20 mpg on par with most minivans for local driving. A friend's 99 Sienna has 330k mi and still running trips from NJ to Toronto frequently. A colleague's 99 Sienna did not change timing belt unti 1 month ago with about 130k mi.
We are trying to keep the mileage reasonable. Honda's in our price range have a boat load of miles - same for the toyota. We hadn't really considered the Cruze but I will research it. The Fusion was on the list but I am concerned about repair and maintenance costs.
We are still on the hunt. I'm not going to rush since her current vehicle is operational - just limping along. We will try for a private party, one owner with decent mileage. We'll have it inspected by a mechanic friend before we talk price.
I appreciate all the advice and information I got from everyone.
Just thought I would let you in on a Slickdeal. On ebay there are cars from autonationdirect, which start and MSRP and go down $500 each hour. most cars so far are $6k in discounts. I saw a really nice Ford Fiesta go for $11,500ish now you have to tack on another $1000 for shipping since there are in Florida, but still $12,500 for a 2012 car that is worth $18 or $19, is good. I saw a cruse sell for $12,500 as well. Check it out:
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