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Mar 03, 2004 (2:55 pm)
The rubber stopper on my passenger side sliding door came off on my 2003 Chrysler Voyager LX and I lost it. It's about 2-3 inches down from the top. I went and bought a new rubber piece from the dealership. The service guy told me to stick a thin sharp object (such as a pen or small screwdriver) into the small hole on the top to get the anchoring piece on the back of the stopper to "pop" into the hole and stay. I tried and tried, but to no avail. I'm starting to tear it up. Has anyone else had this happen? I doubt it, but I thought I'd ask. I might try super glue to see if I can at least get the stopper "glued" to the door or something. Without the stopper, a metal "clank" is heard on the back side of the door (opposite the handle) when the door closes and I'm afraid of possible long term damage. Thanks.
Mar 03, 2004 (5:12 pm)
Your are not so odd, as that has happened to me on 2 different caravans. On one van, I simply pushed and twisted the stopper "nipple" until it popped in. On another, it wouldn't go in so easily, so I lubricated the nipple, then did the push and twist action and it popped in. It takes several turns, all the while keeping the pressure on, but it will work.
#2173 of 4276 Another on odd one....
Mar 04, 2004 (5:37 am)
How many miles does you 2003 van have. If it's still under warranty, make the dealer fix it, the right way.
Mar 04, 2004 (10:55 am)
Well, that was kind of what I was hoping would happen. I guess I could have pressed the issue. I just turned 10,000 miles. I bought the replacement piece at the dealer and got a guy in the service department to tell me about it, but there was never an offer to fix it under warranty. I get the feeling that the stopper is classified as "trim" and trim does not get covered under warranty, I believe. I took some Devcon Super Glue and glued it to the door. We'll see how that works.
Mar 04, 2004 (1:31 pm)
You may want to check your warranty booklet. Trim is not a wear item and therefore should be covered under your warranty. Since you were there buying the part already, you might as well have them do the work for you.
Mar 04, 2004 (5:16 pm)
How did you glue the piece on? Did you cut the nipple off? I have a feeling the superglue will not work for long (I work for a glue company) as the the Devcon is a cyanoacrylate, and has poor heat/cold resistance. May last a year or so.
#2177 of 4276 Is this a good deal for me?:2004 Dodge/Caravan SE. $17,500
Mar 04, 2004 (9:23 pm)
I am new to this board and not sure if it is the right place to post the following. If not, please
pardon me for disturbing.
I would like to buy my first van. I got a quote from a dealer. Is it a good deal for me?
2004 Dodge/Caravan SE. $17,500
Options: sunscreen glass and rear defroster.
Mar 05, 2004 (5:07 am)
Edmund's TMV pricing on a 2004 Caravan SE with the same options is $17,603. MSRP as equipped is $23,110. There is currently a $3500 DaimlerChrysler rebate on all 2004 Caravans.
The price you were quoted is only $103 more than Edmund's TMV so it appears you are getting a reasonably good deal.
Have you test driven the Caravan SE with 4 cyl engine? Is your budget very limited? A Caravan SXT with the 3.3L V6 is quieter with much better performance and almost the same gas mileage. I feel the 4 cyl engine is too small for satisfactory performance in a minivan that weighs about 3800 lbs. If you have been driving underpowered vehicles like a Volkswagen bus, you would be satisfied with a 4 cyl Caravan that has much more comfort with better performance and better fuel economy than the VW bus.
#2179 of 4276 Re good deal
Mar 05, 2004 (5:28 am)
Advertised price on a 2005 Caravan SE in my town (Twin Cities) is $16,999, less $1000 trade-in bonus = $15,999. But I don't know what equipment that van has. The 2005 short vans aren't much different from the 2004s, but the depreciation on the 2005s will be a little less. The same dealer has 2004 Caravan SXTs with the Popular Equipment Group for $17,599 (after the trade-in bonus).
#2180 of 4276 Re: hansienna, backy
Mar 05, 2004 (7:00 am)
Thanks for your message.
hansienna: I haven't tested drive it yet. Also my budget is really tight. Since I haven't checked the quotes for SXT yet, as you suggested, I will try to get some.
backy: I don't think I will have a trade-in. I only have a 88 Honda which broke down recently and motor needs work. From what you suggested, will I be targeting for something around $16,500?
I think it is not like Toyota/Sienna, for Carvan, supply is way greater than demand, there should be some room for the price. Is is correct?
BTW, I'm in southeastern Atlantic.