My father-in-law is a bearded camo-wearing deer-hunting fly-fishing ‘murican with a heart of gold. He’s been driving this 1997 Dodge minivan for 10yrs and it recently rolled over 300,000 miles. He camo-wrapped it, pulled all the seats out and put in a fishing rod holder and an air mattress for weekend fishing trips. Its third transmission has about had it. Time for something different.

He wants to spend around 3k (in the mid-atlantic area) for something in the mid 2000’s. He doesn’t care about options, he cares about longevity of the expensive bits. So.. what should we be looking for?