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#873 of 2160 Limited: Split Bench VS Deluxe Bench
Nov 12, 2001 (8:06 am)
Thanks to dave210 and vcheng for a quick response to my question regarding seat configuration. We have finally purchased an Inferno Red Limited AWD Town and Country after 2 years of research and test drives of Odyssey, Sienna and Chryslers. We currently have a 1995 Dodge Caravan with over 120,000 carefree miles. No problems at all. Here is the deal we got:
Invoice plus 1% minus $1500 for the rebate. Although I'm not sure it's a great deal, it is under the price edmunds lists for TMV by about $600.
We opted for the split bench after sitting in the full bench and concluding that it wasn't much more comfortable. We figure when extra cargo room is needed, we will remove the second row seats and put the bench in the second row.
Thanks to all on this board who take the time to post information. Because of this board, I knew much more about this vehicle then the sales people! It's amazing to me that people in sales do not take the time to know their product. Now wonder most of them seem incompetent!
#874 of 2160 Timing Belt or Chain
Nov 13, 2001 (12:49 pm)
Can anyone confirm or deny this. I was under the assumption the 3.8L motor found in the LXi is a belt driven machine. When talking to a dealership yesterday, the parts list called for a chain. Is the 3.8L chain or belt driven? What is the recommended service interval.
#875 of 2160 Chains and Belts
Nov 14, 2001 (5:38 am)
3.8l V-6 camshaft timing is handled by a chain. There is a serpentine belt for driving the accessories: alternator, power steering pump, water pump etc. Sometimes the tensioner goes bad and this leads to replacment of the belt and the tensioner unit. Usually, the timing chain lasts for the life of the vehicle, assuming good maintenance.
#876 of 2160 Just bought a beauty
Nov 17, 2001 (2:01 pm)
Well, after several weeks of trying to get a silver T&C limited purchased for a 28,388 (waiting on the accessories), I was ready to go to the dealership to pick it up. On the way, another dealer called me (I had talked to him about an AWD T&C Limited) and said he would give it to me at the same price. Wow, how could I pass up that kind of deal? It is a 2001 Inferno Red with Towing group, 4 disc CD, heated seats, rear cargo organizer and of course AWD. It was the very last 2001 limited they had so they really wanted to get rid of it in a serious way. I ended up paying less for this 2001 AWD than I did for my 1999 T&C Limited two wheel drive brand new. Anyway, I hope all works OK 10K-100K miles from now. At least Chrysler is offering the free 7 year 100K mile powertrain warranty for only 100 bucks deductable.
Nov 21, 2001 (10:39 am)
I have a 2001 T&C LTD. It is a FWD. About a month ago, I noticed a whirring noise when accelerating, which becomes very annoying between 2000 and 3000 rpm. (It is not limited to 2100 rpm, but increases in volume up through 3000 rpm). It is a high pitched sound, coming from the engine in front of the passenger seat. Most noticeable when engine is under stress, such as going up a hill, and speed is between 30 and 40 mph. It is more prevalent in cold weather. I have had it to the dealer four times. First two, they replaced a bracket for the cooling system. Last two times, they have not been able to duplicate the sound. Any thoughts on what this might be?
#878 of 2160 Chrysler Extended Warranty
Nov 22, 2001 (7:56 pm)
Looked on Chrysler.com. 0 Deductible 7yr 100K warranty over $3000!!! Can this be true.
Just in the beginning stages of a Mini-Van Hunt.
Makes my head spin just looking at everything. And I am trying to keep my options open, looking at all options. Biggest thing I have seen from all makes seems to be buy an extended warranty.
So, any comments on cost of factory warranty?
#879 of 2160 Re: Chrysler Extended Warranty
Nov 23, 2001 (3:49 am)
Like any insurance, the purpose of an extended warranty should be to protect you against big expenses, not small ones. If you get a $0 deductible, you can expect to pay big bucks AND, most probably, to lose your bet.
An important point about Chrysler's extended warranty: During the 0% financing period, if you purchase any of the DC warranties at the time you finance the vehicle, the warranty will be financed along with it, also at 0%. To me, that's a great deal and it is the one I took.
#880 of 2160 Warranty follow up
Nov 23, 2001 (5:45 am)
Yes, sounds like a better deal at 0%. But how much was your warranty, and terms if you don't mind.
The most I have paid on a warranty is $2400 for a 7 yr 100K on a V-10 4WD excursion. and only $1200 on my Acura. Chrysler just seems out of the ball park.
#881 of 2160 Amber rear flashers
Nov 23, 2001 (8:10 pm)
Just swapped my '97 T&C AWD Lxi with 70K for an "02 T&C AWD Lxi. $37K for the new one minus $11K for the old one. Took the 0% for the $37K. These numbers in New York if anyone wants to benchmark. (The '02 is loaded w/ everything but TV). Anyway... does anyone have info on aftermarket installation of AMBER rear flashers. (I have the towing harness so I guess this should be easy). I just think amber rear flashers are less ambiguous than all red, but the Sienna didn't come with AWD so I wasn't going Toyota just for the flasher color. Also, any info on a rear bumper extension that might prevent lift-gate dents from SUVs that park by feel. Thanks.
#882 of 2160 Re: Warranty follow-up
Nov 24, 2001 (12:36 pm)
In response to phkck's inquiry on the DC warranty I purchased on a '02 LXi AWD:
The warranty covers 6 years or 75000 miles and has a $100 deductible. It is called "6/75 Added Care". The cost was $1190 plus local sales tax. Coverage is on an extensive list of items, as opposed to some coverage plans that say, effectively, everything but wear items like brakes, tires, light bulbs, etc. I have no idea whether this warranty plan will turn out to be a good idea or not. It is transferable to a new owner for a $50 transfer fee.