Minivan overload

Our minivan died on Monday. Having fought with the transmission for about three weeks, I had to put the van to rest on a side street while taking “I” of GAIN to art class. In searching, Mr. TellBlast and I are finding a large pre-owned inventory. I just want a reliable set of wheels for a family of six. Why does car shopping have to be so painful?

Talk to me about your minivan. What should be the next purchase for us?