My van has been vibrating (especially after reaching 40 mph) and sounds like it’s in a lower gear (like when you go to a different gear when it’s very snowy and icy). The dealership thinks that the front engine mount needs to be replaced. Another mechanic thinks that it’s a rear mount. There’s 126k on the odometer. Other than this recent problem, it’s run very well, although it seems to go through batteries quickly (we’re on our 4th or 5th).
My questions are:
• is there a way to determine what is truly wrong with it that’s causing the vibration when driving and louder engine sound, and
• is it worth it to repair, or should we look for a new vehicle?
• If the option is a new vehicle, could you recommend a decent previously owned minivan? I’m a Girl Scout leader who transports many girls, although this will be the last year as the girls (including my youngest) are high school seniors. We will need much room for taking our son and his things to college, and next year both kids.