I would have to agree that the real conflict here was Toyota vs Chrysler as opposed to New vs Used.
The engine was the most expensive thing that went out was made by Mitsubishi. In later yrs the suspension springs were much heavier and covered by a
plastic coating to prevent rust. Chrysler started to have competitors, so they improve their mini vans. There was a lot of opportunity for that. I had problems
with just about every system, except the fuel system. And all those things needed to be fixed, nobody took advantage of me. People I have known who had
the Dakota or Durango with the V6, also only got about 100K miles out of the powertrain, before major repairs were necessary. It's also not just Chrysler,
Ford has had problems with spark plug blowout and their transmissions. Generally the vehicles made by the big 3, that would last well over 100K, were the
traditional V8s. That's were they put their engineering and quality efforts. Because those were high profit models. And the big 3, still had the majority of the
market, in pick-ups and SUVs. The big 3 had a very difficult time making money on small cars. Their labor costs were just too high. The overall point of my
post was you spend a lot of money on a used car and get a real piece of junk.