Thanks, guys. A friends daughter is looking to buy one (has to give up her Chevy Silverado extended cab, can't get 2 adults and 4 children in it) used so will likely be an 05 or 06. My daughter-in-law has the 98 Chevy Venture, and for what it is, it seems ok. I had to replace the head gaskets on it though! (A big tip of the hat to Bill Buttermore for advice on that.)
The reviews for the Uplander are rather sparse, and take the tone of Consumer'* Reports regarding domestic vehicles.
One thing that concerned me was a listing of under dash electrical problems.
Black 2000 SSEi, Silverstar Headlights, Angel Eyes fogs, 3rd brake light overlay, hi-flo cat, drilled 180 degree thermostat, Intense FWI, PCM, shift kit, and 3.4 Pulley. Solid front mount.