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#1815 of 2391 trade my 2001 for a 2003?
Apr 02, 2003 (11:37 am)
With all the rebates and special financing Chrysler is offering, I'm considering trading. My 2001 Voyager is about $5000 upside down, but my dealer is offering me a 2003 Voyager LX with quad seating, ABS, keyless, and roof rack (all things my current van does not have) for a payment the same as what I have now. I just have to figure out if I want to start over on a new loan or have mine paid off in only 3 more years. I would love the captain's chairs, though!
#1816 of 2391 I did it
Apr 03, 2003 (5:21 pm)
Today I traded my 2001 Voyager for a 2003 Voyager LX. It has quad captains, ABS and a few other things my 1st one did not have. Thanks to the interest rates they have today, I lowered my payment $25/mo--not bad considering I was about $5000 upside down on my trade!
#1817 of 2391 saving costs
Apr 04, 2003 (10:55 am)
I have noticed three things right away where Chrysler is attempting to save production costs with new vans. My 2001 Voyager had two lights on the inside of the rear hatch for illumination while my 2003 has only one. The 2001 had vents in the arm rests of the front doors to help direct air to the back, the 2003 does not. The third is one I noticed with the 2002 models. They took the name "CHRYSLER" of of the front doors and put it on the rear hatch. The name on the side was great as the new ones look much more generic on the sides. Oh well, I guess they have to save money somewhere. I noticed the 2003 says it gets 20 mpg on the sticker, where my 2001 advertised 18 mpg (which is about what it would get). I wonder how they squeezed out 2 more mpg?
Apr 04, 2003 (2:00 pm)
>>> I wonder how they squeezed out 2 more mpg? <<<
Fewer parts = less weight = better mpg?
Apr 04, 2003 (8:33 pm)
Congrats on the new ride!
Apr 06, 2003 (2:49 pm)
Maybe. I did notice last night a piece at the base of the windshield that I do not remember my 2001 Voyager having. It is a curved piece of black plasticy material near the windshield wipers that--IMO--works to help push air over the van to maybe lower drag and raise mileage. I don't know. Maybe the fact that my last van was dark green and my new van is white means I just did not notice it before.
#1821 of 2391 road trip
Apr 14, 2003 (7:01 am)
Just got back from a week in Florida in my new 2003 Voyager LX. It did wonderfully. I took out half of the split rear bench and had tons of space. The captain's chairs meant no fighting between my 2 and 4 year old boys at all! Chrysler must have changed the suspension or something between 2001 and 2003 because my new van seemed much more stable on the road. At highway speeds a passing semi in the other direction had no affect on my van. It rained almost the whole way down and the van seemed to hold the road real well. I had one pretty hard braking incident on the way down in the rain and I could feel slight pulses in the brake pedal from the ABS doing its job. Overall, I'm very pleased!
#1822 of 2391 Timing Belt Recommendations on Voyager
Apr 18, 2003 (5:46 am)
I have a 97 Voyager with 3.0 liter V6 nearing 100K miles. I can't find any recommendations on changing the timing belt vis-a-vis mileage. I have the official Chrysler shop manual and the procedure looks pretty ugly. I would assume that since it is a chain, it is a little more robust than a belt. What's the concensus on if and when it should be changed. Thanks.
#1823 of 2391 tollelege
Apr 18, 2003 (5:54 am)
"I would assume that since it is a chain..." You answered your own question. You don't have a timing belt--you have a timing chain. Generally speaking, you don't change timing chains. They pretty much run forever. There may be a chain pretensioner or something may need replacing periodically, but timing chains do not. Have you called your local Chrysler dealer to see what they say on the subject?
#1824 of 2391 2002 Caravn Steering problem?
May 04, 2003 (11:59 am)
We just bought a 2002 Caravan SE with just over 35,000 km. We had tested it out in the city but live 110 km outside of the city. On the way home on the highway, we noticed that it pulled left too much. We took it back to the dealership and they aligned the front end. It was out 3 degree.
This did not fix the problem, we have had it in 3 times and they have rotated the tires, re-adjusted the alignment etc but it still wants to wander. Strange thing is, it does not only wander to the left but also to the right. You have to constantly correct the steering yet the head mechanic says it is the way the Caravan handles. The dealership allowed us to try another Caravan, same model. year and mileage and it was much better.
Anyone had this problem and know what it might be? The dealership has promised to fix it but we need to figure it what to fix !
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