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#1483 of 2083 Re: 2008 Chrysler Town & Country or Dodge Grand Caravan [brokenspoke]
Oct 07, 2007 (6:06 pm)
I consider my transmission "bad" because a $30,000.00 van should not be "annoying" or "not comfortable" the $12,000.00 KIA i rented last week shifted smoooooth as silk every time, i guess im just expecting too much from my $30,000.00 Chrysler.
I have had similar exeriences, and I have to agree and disagree with you....my 2006 Caravan (3.3L) has the same "annoying" characteristics as my parent's 94 T&C and 91 Dodge Dynasty. It absolutely amazes me that this transmission still stumbles on the 1-2 upshift after nearly 20 years of production. However, I have found that this is not necessarily a cause for concern about longevity....both of my parent's transmissions lasted 90k miles with no problems at all, though both units started to fail at 90k. My wife has a Hyundai Sonata (which uses a transmission of similar design) and it shifts flawlessly every time....smooth as silk every shift. Overall, I love my Caravan and view the transmission as adding personality to it, but quite frankly, there is no excuse for Chrysler to still be having these issues with a 20 year old design. Maybe the new 6 speed will be better....
#1484 of 2083 Re: 2008 Chrysler Town & Country or Dodge Grand Caravan [twocycle2]
Oct 08, 2007 (4:41 pm)
this is not a stumble from 1 to 2 it is a thump hard enough to rattle the dash, i agree it probably will not effect longevity but it will effect resale value, how do you explain this poor shifting to a potential buyer who is probably already cautious of these transmissions? and a trans failing at 90K is not acceptable to me
#1485 of 2083 Re: 2008 Chrysler Town & Country or Dodge Grand Caravan [brokenspoke]
Oct 08, 2007 (5:11 pm)
Tomorrow is supposed to be the fix date for my 07 Caravan.I would bet money that it's not going to happen. Will let you know.
#1486 of 2083 Re: 2008 Chrysler Town & Country or Dodge Grand Caravan [brokenspoke]
Oct 08, 2007 (5:40 pm)
and a trans failing at 90K is not acceptable to me
No argument here....I think the average lifespan for these transmissions is about 100k, which in modern times is ridiculously little....there are posts on this board of people who have gotten over 150k, but they had to do numerous fluid changes and treat the tranny very gently all it's life to get it there. People can make all the excuses they want, but I've had experiences with Chryslers and Oldsmobiles in the 80's that went 100k miles with no trans problems.....the old 3 speed Chrysler trans were nearly bullet proof.....even my 91 Ford Escort went almost 100k with no trans problems and only one fluid change. My only point is that these quirks don't necessarily mean there is a problem (though the thump you describe is not normal), but even with a properly operating trans, you will be lucky to get 100k out of it. Chrysler is going to be replacing a bunch of these under their new lifetime warranty.
I know that some of you on this board have a lot more technical expertise than I do....can you shed any light on why, after nearly 20 yrs, these problems still exist?
#1487 of 2083 Re: 2008 Chrysler Town & Country or Dodge Grand Caravan [twocycle2]
Oct 08, 2007 (6:11 pm)
"I know that some of you on this board have a lot more technical expertise than I do....can you shed any light on why, after nearly 20 yrs, these problems still exist?"
#1488 of 2083 Re: 2008 Chrysler Town & Country or Dodge Grand Caravan [tom166]
Oct 09, 2007 (10:18 am)
I just came from dealership and they did not get the fix today but their calling every day to keep preasure on tech. services for the updates. Just another way of putting us off.
#1489 of 2083 2008 grand caravan xm hook up............
Oct 09, 2007 (4:36 pm)
I am looking to buy a 2008 grand caravan.Can anyone tell me how hard it is to hook up my xm unit. I have a roady 2
#1490 of 2083 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission
Oct 10, 2007 (6:44 pm)
Dealership called today and said the transmission updates will be this week.Just putting me and others off. Tonight I filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. I think every one should file a complaint with them. Will advise if I get a response from them.
#1491 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [tom166]
Oct 14, 2007 (3:35 pm)
To everyone with 2007 Caravans.
I have an early 2007 model I purchased in December. I just turned 15,000 miles on it. The clunky/rough shift in and out of 1st gear is just as bad as the day I bought it. So the idea that this problem will go away as soon as the van "learns" your driving habits obviously does not apply to this specific problem.
#1492 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [manipulators]
Oct 14, 2007 (5:56 pm)
What have they told you about the transmission.I've filed a complaint with the federal trade commisssion few days ago.Going to take it to another Chrysler Dearlership and see if they give the same answers.