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Dec 23, 2003 (5:19 pm)
I'm looking to add DVD rear seat video to my 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. Have started research but am having difficulty finding answers. Can anyone comment on factory-installed or MOPAR accessory system (DVD player in-dash with 7" fold-down screen in overhead console plus wireless headphones) in a Grand Caravan, Caravan, T&C, or Voyager (maybe Durango is similar too)? Can anyone verify whether or not wiring for the overhead already exists in these vehicles? I'm in the process of ordering the factory service manual, which may (or may not) be of help.
There are several aftermarket kits available. Hard to find concrete comparisons on features and performance. One thing I'm interested to know is side-to-side viewing angle; I have read that some monitors have very narrow viewing angles.
If anyone has experience with installing (or having installed) such a system, please let us know what you found out.
#1906 of 2391 looking for 2004 service manual
Dec 23, 2003 (6:14 pm)
DaimlerChrysler techauthority sells two service manuals that appear to be for my vehicle (2004 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT): "2004 RS Minivan Service Manual" for $150 (paper, I assume) and "2004 Town & Country / Caravan Service Manual CD" for $90. Two questions:
I have used paper factory service manuals for over 30 years, but never had experience with CD versions. How do they compare? I would expect the CD version to simply be images of what is in the paper version. But technology may have gone beyond that.
Does anyone know of better pricing? I have tried eBay and some other suppliers without success so far. I am not looking for Chilton or other non-factory manuals.
Dec 24, 2003 (7:23 am)
I recently purchased an 02 T&C Ltd. I had a 7" Myron & Davis overhead LCD monitor installed (in a dedicated factory-type pod that accommodated the rear air controls) and a Microvision DVD player installed under the front pass seat. Even with the power seat motors this unit fit fine. The disk ejects towards the front of the car. The DVD is wired into the sound system via an FM modulator (88.7 FM), which sounds fine, but the sound is usually delivered via Myron & Davis wireless headphones.
The whole setup cost $900 (including 3 sets of headphones). And no, there were no existing wires hidden in the headliner. When I stopped by to check on the install the headliner was hanging down, the driver-side light above the slider was hanging, the front console was mostly removed to get access to the radio, the front passenger seat was unbolted from the floor and tilted back and the carpet was pulled up. Not a pretty sight, but it all went back together tight and squeak-free.
We tested the system out on a ski trip to canada and learned that it was money well spent and the whole thing worked great. I had wanted an 8" screen but those were discontinued, but the 7" was completely adequate.
IMO, this is not a DIY job.
#1908 of 2391 Chrysler Loads '05 Vans With Safety
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 01, 2004 (7:09 am)
Chrysler Group says the heavily revised 2005 Dodge and Chrysler minivans, due at the Detroit auto show next week and dealers in the spring, will come equipped with more standard safety equipment than its current vans. Along with an anticipated five-star crash safety rating, Chrysler is endowing the vans with standard and optional safety features like multistage airbags, antilock brakes, seatbelt reminders, an inflatable knee blocker, three-row side curtain airbags and rear park assist. "Minivans, as a category, are already one of the safest vehicles on the road," said Mike Donoughe, vice president, Family Vehicle Product Team, Chrysler Group. "Our comprehensive safety features help our minivans perform where it matters most -- on the road in real-world driving conditions."
(source: Edmunds Vans Newsletter)
Jan 10, 2004 (1:49 pm)
We traded our problematic 2002 Caravan for a 2003Caravan. It has under 3000 km (just over 1000 miles)now. We bought it Dec. 1/03. the other day I noticed red liquid dripping onto the snow. I had it towed in to the nearest dealer and they said it had a ruptured transmission cooling hose and that the connection to the rad was loose. They said it was a good thing I had towed it not driven it in.
Anyone heard of this in a brand new van? It has been very cold here,but I do warm it up for 10-15 min before I drive it. Just curious.
Jan 11, 2004 (6:36 pm)
Things do like to break in the cold.
It wasn't as consistently cold as parts of Alberta can be, but I drove a Voyager for ten years in Anchorage and never intentionally warmed it up (sometimes it got to idle a few minutes while I was scraping the windshield).
If it were really cold (0°F/-18°C or colder), I'd turn on the block heater for an hour. Otherwise I'd just put it in gear and creep out of the neighborhood and drive gently for a mile or so.
Cars don't seem to mind idling like they did in the old days (and they idle a lot cleaner these days), but my old school mentality still thinks it's better just to get in and go.
Either way, a bad hose is a bad hose and hopefully yours is not a taste of problems to come.
#1911 of 2391 candlemaker2
Jan 12, 2004 (8:20 am)
Sorry to hear about that. Our 2003 Voyager has not had that problem; but, in Atlanta, we don't have your temperatures! Hopefully you'll be running fine now.
Jan 13, 2004 (6:01 pm)
Thanks for the posts. It is fixed and is running great. We too hope there are no more problems with it. We had our share with the 02 we bought used. We like the Caravan and know tons of people who have them and Voyagers,problems are not common with them.
We think the person who owned the 02 before us abused it. This one is new so we will know what is done to it and when. You have to admit, they are the nicest looking mini van made !
#1913 of 2391 9000 miles and going strong
Jan 28, 2004 (6:24 am)
My 2003 Voyager LX just turned 9000 miles and so far it runs just like it did the day I bought it last April. I know this is not a lot of miles; but, I feel that if there were some sort of workmanship defect that it would start showing up by now. I plan on taking it by the dealer today to get it's oil changed (they're free at the dealer for 3 years or 45,000 miles, so why not?) and have it looked over. Before this one, I had a base 2001 Voyager (but with the V6) and it ran just fine until I bought this one. So, I've had almost 3 years of experience with the current Chrysler mini vans and they've been good ones!
Jan 28, 2004 (6:45 am)
You've had a 2001 and now a 2003? You sure don't keep your vans long. Our first Caravan was a 1985. Kept 12 years and about 80K miles. Not the most trouble free van (AC and radiator were fairly pricey repairs), but never had a transmission or engine problem and we were never stranded with it.
We now have a '96 (bought new as a leftover model in April, 1997) which is now at 75K miles. This one has been very good. Only major problem so far was an expensive AC repair two years ago. Van still drives and runs like new. Very quiet and smooth, and handles decently for a minivan. Again, we have never been stranded with it. We will likely keep this one another 2-3 years.
So we have now nearly 20 years of Caravan experience, mostly positive. I will never get my wife to drive another type of vehicle, given the hauling flexibility, commanding view of the road, comfortable ride at a reasonable cost.