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#1913 of 2390 9000 miles and going strong
Jan 28, 2004 (7:24 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 (7:45 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.
Jan 28, 2004 (12:39 pm)
Well, our 2001 was a base model. We wanted captain's chairs and anti-lock brakes, but not the extended length. The SWB is what I prefer since the van is basically just a people hauler in Atlanta. If we took road trips all the time, I would want the space, but we don't, so I don't. Anyway, in May 2001, money was a little tight, but we just had our 3rd child, so we had to get out of our mid size sedan. Since money was tight, I did not want a used van because I did not want to risk high dollar repairs. That left a few new vans to choose from. Last spring, money was much better and Chrysler was offering really good deals, so we decided to upgrade. We plan on keeping this van a very long time. It's quiet, smooth, comfortable and roomy enough for our needs.
Jan 28, 2004 (1:36 pm)
I understand you now.
Our '96 is a fairly loaded-sport model(SWB) which included captains chairs and ABS, alloy wheels and upgraded sound system. Normally we don't buy all these bells and whistles, but being a leftover model, we got quite a bargain. Basically got all the upgrades for the same price we would have had to pay for a base 97 model at the time. Seems most people buying the SWB Caravans don't buy them as well equipped, so the one we bought sat on the lot for a long time with no action and the dealer sharpened their pencil.
Jan 28, 2004 (3:26 pm)
I think the model we bought last April was kind of the same way. I think they had it on their lot a few months and were anxious to move it.
#1919 of 2390 Any Ideas? Rear Window Passenger Side won't close
Feb 07, 2004 (6:52 am)
I press the button on drivers door to close the rear window and it won't do it. Other window works, so it can't be the fuse. Is there a manual way??
#1921 of 2390 What is the average mileage on a Caravan when it goes to the junk yard?
Feb 18, 2004 (8:58 am)
I have a 99 Caravan with about 83,000 miles and the transmission is giving me problems. I want to know what is the average mileage (or age) Caravans go to the junk yard?
#1922 of 2390 It depends on patterns ....
Feb 18, 2004 (9:44 am)
....of use and maintenance.