#882 of 2391 Thanks, Geoduck. Any other MPV opinions?
Mar 26, 2001 (7:22 pm)
I just test drove a Voyager for the first time this afternoon. Chrysler has some good deals right now. Unfortunately, the prices are still about $2000 more than the price I am being offered for a new 2000 MPV. (I realize that I could get a 2001 Voyager for that $2000, but to me new is new...)I guess I enjoyed the ride in the Voyager. The seats are more plush than those of the MPV, the engine is much bigger. (Mazda's 2.5L is a 6 cylinder, I test drove a 3.3L V6...) My children are really young right now, and I guess I don't want to buy more car than we need. I have a 3 year old, and an 11 month old. It's such a tough decision, especially since i'llI'llpaying on this for 5 years... by then maybe I will need something bigger.The Voyager handled very well. I even managed to back it into a parking spot without any real difficulty. The only thing that bothered me is that I liked the idea of moving the 3rd row seat to the middle position, giving me kind of the equivalent of an SUV's reSUV'sace, but darn it I just don't have the room to store a bench seat in my apartment and I don't feel the desire to bring it up and down the stairs to my third floor apartment.
Coolant level is just below maximum and temperature is just below the middle line gauge at most times. It never passes the mid level.
I spoke with the dealer today again. He is a nice fellow, seems to be trying his best.
He is calling Chrysler again on my behalf. However he said that out of the three concerns that I have/i.e the 2100rpm issue, the fan vibration felt when the vehicle is stationary and the occasional JERKY upshifts when warm/ he is most concerned about the transmission. If we have to prioritize I will agree, but ALL issues will need to be addressed at some point.
I also have a 98 GC SE model that is now 56 000 mls. It has not had any problems sofar but we are keeping our fingers crossed. It is somewhat noisier but there is no fan vibration no 2100 rpm issue and no jerky upshifts. Of course it is not an AWD has no Autostick and is the 3.3 I engine.
"No, Chrysler will not be adding this feature anytime soon. They studied it during the development phase of the '01 minivans, and found that it made packaging the AWD system very difficult, in addition to increasing road/tire noise inside the cabin (hence the reason why you hear Odyssey owners complaining of hearing the gasoline sloshing around in the tank). For these two primary reasons, they decided to stick with the current configuration."
I posted that post that Scanner quoted, hence his mention of my name in his post
Please note that Chrysler said that it would be difficult to package the AWD with the hideaway 3rd row, but not impossible. With the driveshaft running to the rear (for the AWD) and with the 3rd row seat well, I'm not sure where the spare tire would go except for inside the vehicle. Clearly this not a good choice for a minivan. Doesn't seem like marketing fluff to me.
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