I bought a '99 Ford Windstar van off of a mechanic I know. The vans aren't the best ones, but the reason I buy well-maintained used cars is that all the design flaws have been repaired.
This one has had the rear axle replaced, the transmission rebuilt, and the head redone. In other words, every problem that van had has been fixed.
139,000 miles, and I got it for $2000. If I get 80,000 miles out of it, I'll have gotten my money's worth.
Never had a van before, but so far I really like it, especially since the Cavalier had turned into a walking corpse the last six months.
Posted by Bob Wallace, who finds Fords pretty hard to work on.