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Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#969 of 2160 redaduffy
Jan 14, 2002 (3:41 pm)
Hey, redaduffy. My family bought a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan SE on January 2, 1998 and it served us very well for three years and 70k miles. It drove like new the day we turned it in for our 2000 Chrysler Town & Country. Why did we buy a Chrysler van?
The Town & Country is the best looking van around in our opinion and we could also get it for an excellent price at the time (just as you can now). What's even better is the comfort and convienience features Chrysler offers that many other minivans don't have. For the 2002 model year they are things like leather/suede interior, power everything, heated seats, power lifttgate and door with obstacle detection system, tire pressure monitor, tri zone climate control ,ect. Besides these things, the Town & Country drives and handles very nicely and the seates are very comfortable.
Also, I have two friends who own Chrysler Town & Country minivans and they too love their vehicles. Trent owns a 1998 Town & Country LXi with 50k miles on it and they havent had any problems. The same can be said for my neighbors 1997 Town & Country LXi that has over 70k miles, last time I checked.
So to answer your question, we are not worried about Chrysler reliability now and were not before we bought our 2000 Town & Country which currently has over 34k trouble-free miles. I think now is an excellent time to buy because even if you are still concerned about problems, you still can get that free 100k mile 7 year warranty. Good luck in finding the right car for you!
#970 of 2160 redaduffy: Agree with Adam
Jan 14, 2002 (3:50 pm)
Either choice would be nice. We do not want all the extras so the choice for us is the Odyssey LX or T&C/ GC eL model.
We bought a loaded 99 GC SE (equal now to the T&C LX...Adam's 2000 T&C LX is nicer than 01-02 T&C LX) after we had ordered a 99 Odyssey LX-C. Each minivan has advantages with the Odyssey having a powerful, smooth 3.5L V6 with 5 speed automatic standard and the Magic Seat for people who may want to haul large items on occasions. The T&C will have more items of luxury (such as separately controlled temperature for the driver and front passenger) but the two minivans each have advantages.
If you are thinking of selling or trading in a few years, the Odyssey will probably have a higher resale. Reliability of the two should be equal since DC minivan reliability has greatly improved in recent years.
As Adam says, "Good luck in finding the right car for you".
#971 of 2160 Why I select Odyssey LX instead of GC EX.
Jan 14, 2002 (5:29 pm)
It is true, that GC EX look more beautiful than
Ody LX, and GC EX has average reliability.
I choice Ody LX, not because of its third row seat, reliability. But because of:
1): Under Hood, at GC van, it is very difficult
to access maintenance items for DIY. It looks
that there have 100 parts under GC van hood,
but only have 60 parts under Ody van Hood.
2): Higher MSRP of GC van. It is true that
final cost of deals may close. But it takes
time and energy to negotiate DC dealer.
So why DC van can reduce their MSRP?
3): On this board, DC van owners likes to trade
in their old van at about 50K to 80K miles,
But if I hope to keep the Van more than 10 year
and more than 100K mile? Short term (5 years)
reliability of DC van may close with that of Ody
van, but how about long term (10 years) reliability?
#972 of 2160 Long Term Reliability of DC minivans
Jan 14, 2002 (5:50 pm)
I personally know 3 DC owners who have driven over 100,000 miles in their DC minivans and only 1 had any problems.
Louise P. got a 1986 Caravan SE when it was 1 year old and had about 10,000 miles. It had 170,000 trouble free miles when it was sold. The third owner is still enjoying the reliable 86 Caravan.
John P. got a used early 90's Grand Voyager when it had about 10,000 miles. When I retired in 1996, his Voyager had over 110,000 trouble free miles and he said he did nothing but change the oil and oil filter.
Dale and Heidi got a used 1996 T&C LXi and used it to tow a trailer in their business. The transmission failed at 150,000 miles. They had the transmission re-built and are still driving their 96 LXi. Heidi told me they think the towing of a heavier trailer than they should have done was the cause of the transmission failure.
Jan 15, 2002 (7:55 am)
I'm glad to see so many people enjoying their T&Cs. I have to say that I'm heavily leaning toward it, except for that darn DVD set up. It's installed under the rear seat. How am I to change disks or start the movies with it way back there? The Ody has it in the dash with a remote control. Any guess on when Chrysler will figure out a factory installed system that is easier to operate?
Jan 15, 2002 (9:17 am)
The location of the DVD player may have changed. I got the video system except with a VCR since all our kids movies are on VHS tapes. The VCR fits in the center console between the front seats. Im not sure why they couldnt put a DVD player in that as well. Mine is a 2001 T&C so perhaps they changed the location. It sure is handy as my wife can change tapes without moving out of her seat at all.
#976 of 2160 redaduffy: T&C over .....
Jan 15, 2002 (1:35 pm)
I have a 01 T&C LTD AWD and I have had not one problem. Considering all the bells and whistles on this thing and it being a 1st year redesign model, that's dam good no matter what make.
I work with 2 guys who own that ody-thing and they both have had numerous problems with the sliding doors. And judging from the problems forum, they aren't the only ones having problems. The ody isn't as reliable as an accord, so don't be blinded by the honda name. Don't get me wrong, the ody is a nice van, it just wasn't for me and my research said that the T&C was just as if not more reliable.
As far as the DVD player, I thought too, that it was in the center console and could either be placed between the front seats or the second row.
Good luck in your descision,
#977 of 2160 Electronics Convenience Group
Jan 16, 2002 (11:13 am)
I'm deciding between buying either a T&C LXi or an EX. I've been to dealers several times and don't feel like talking to a salesman again until I'm ready to buy. Can any of you give me details about the Electronics Convenience Group? The Chrysler brochure isn't very descriptive.
#978 of 2160 Roof rack & noise
Jan 16, 2002 (12:52 pm)
It's been a while since I seen any discussion about the dreaded wind noise deal. I finally got new cross bars put on my van and the noise is gone.
In case anyone might wonder if there is a visible difference between the noisy and quiet ones, yes there is. The old noisy ones ran fairly parallel to the roof (from left to right), the new quiet ones have a very defined arc to them, which makes them an inch or two taller at the center. There crossection profile is identical.
-01 T&C LTD AWD