My daughter and I drove out to the farm Friday so I could take care of some paperwork. On the way over to the neighbor who's son is buying the farm my van started to act funny, like the tranny was going out. (again) It quit and ran normal the rest of the way. After we left the neighbor's and headed home it went from 60 to neutral a couple times. I stopped in Dawson, MN and checked the tranny fluid. It was a pinkish and foamy. So was the engine coolant and the oil. This is shortly after 4:00. Long story short, two mechanics told me it was toast, 3-4,000 to fix and not a sure deal. I asked what the cheapest thing they had that would get me home was. They had a '04 Venture for $5,000. In the next 25 minutes I joined a credit union, got financing and picked up the new van. It sure wasn't the way I thought the day would end, but I sure was glad it happened in a small town where they knew my parents. I wouldn't have gotten service like that in the metro area where I live now.