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#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 !
You can email us at candlemakertelus.net if you have any info. Thanks for the help.
#1826 of 2391 Time for a new Caravan...
May 05, 2003 (6:01 am)
Well, after almost 5 years and 75,000 miles, my wife has decided to trade in our 1998 GC Sport with the 3.8 liter mill for a 2003 GC ES. We are placing the order this afternoon, and the dealership tells us that it should be in by mid June. Interestingly enough, our GC Sport cost us something like $27,000 five years ago, and with the $3,500 rebate our new ES (with Supplemental side air bags, Security alarm, Adjustable pedals, Rear seat DVD video system, Leather seats, Heated front seats, Wireless headphones, Rear cargo organizer and Tire pressure monitoring system) is going to cost just a hair over $30,000 (the dealer is selling it to us at invoice).
If all of that isn't good enough, Dodge is now offering a free portable DVD player with the purchase of any new 2003 Caravan. All you need to do is perform a "Build your own Caravan" on the Dodge web site, and you will be presented with the option of filling out a form for an eCertificate for the free player.
I was trying to talk my wife into either the BMW 525iT 5-Speed wagon or a new Chrysler Pacifica, but she wanted the space and utility of the Caravan, so that's what we are doing. :-/
Regarding our experience with our current van, it has 75,000 miles on it, and is as fast, rattle free and tight as the day we bought it. That and the fact that it has only seen the inside of a dealership twice since it was purchased (30K and 60K service) has proven to us that this is a great vehicle. Other than those two scheduled services, the only things that the van has needed has been normal oil changes (I use Mobil 1 and change every 7,500 miles), wiper blades (annually), front brake pads and rotors at 30K miles and again at 65K miles (I do them myself, and I do use a torque wrench, which seems to eliminate any problem of warping the rotors), and tires at 48K miles.
I'll keep y'all posted on the new van.