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You are in the Honda Odyssey
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Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town and Country, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Van
Jun 14, 2002 (2:53 pm)
"Yes it sounds like I got a lemon, but how do you know 2000+ models won't be as bad come a year or two from now?"
I can tell you because I drive a 2000 Town & Country with over 43k miles and haven't had a single problem yet. Ok, well, I'll be honest. We did have to replace the breaks a little early at 36k miles but I think my driving is to blame. Good thing the new DC vans have bigger disc breaks on all four wheels!
Also, we had a 1998 Grand Caravan SE that had 70k miles of trouble free driving. And we drove that car into the ground too. It was used multiple times each day by different drivers and had the mileage of a vehicle almost twice it's age when we turned it in. I'm sure whoever is driving it now is enjoying a good looking, safe, and reliable DC minivan.
Yes, Chrysler reliability has improved significantly since your 1996 model Grand Caravan ES. Look at Consumer Reports and all the others if you don't believe me. But I would understand if you never wanted to get behind the wheel of another Chrysler vehicle. Ever.
Jun 14, 2002 (2:58 pm)
I didn't mean to say you said something you didn't. I went on the defensive a little to hard. Just making sure people knew the new DC vans aren't like miffed1's troubled 1996 Grand Caravan ES. Sorry.
Jun 14, 2002 (6:37 pm)
I didn't think your comments were defensive. And its good to know Chrysler has atleast one very satisfied customer.
#1396 of 7485 Chysler has many satisfied customer
Jun 14, 2002 (6:48 pm)
Chrysler Caravan many repeat buyer. Caravan still sell most.
Magic Seat, most space luggage, most power, almost best gas mileage reason got Odyssey. Chrysler and Odyssey both good minivan.
#1397 of 7485 96 grand Voyager
Jun 14, 2002 (7:33 pm)
My brother has a very loaded out (Canada model) 96 Grand Voyager LE with about 90,000 miles on it right now. He is currently using it towing a 3500 pound camping trailer, and a full load in the van of family stuff, for his week long vacation up and down the Oregon coast. His van's only problem in its 90,000 miles was one of the electric fans seized and he had to replace the whole assembly for $350. He had just last month went looking to replace the van and checked out all the competition. He was about ready to pull the trigger on a loaded Montana AWD with the entertainment package but decedided it was a complete dog power wise (just trying to pull itself around town let alone a trailer). The Honda was looking good but he decedied unless he was going to step up to the advantage of AWD he didn't need a new van. He'll just keep driving this one untill major problems develope and then see again what's out there. Currently only the DC AWD van fits the bill, but maybe somebody else will step up and make a big, powerful, AWD minivan besides Chrysler.
Jun 14, 2002 (9:40 pm)
Now that I think of it, my brother has a DC minivan ('01 iirc, LOL). He just drove from TN to Maine pulling a popup camper and I don't remember him ever complaining about anything breaking down. I did a 14 hour round trip in it last year (i.e., 7 hours each way), and it was most comfy.
Guess I better ask him how it's running
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#1399 of 7485 Happy Fathers Day, everyone!
Jun 16, 2002 (2:09 pm)
#1400 of 7485 lease prices
Jun 16, 2002 (7:13 pm)
can anyone advise on lease price for 36 --39 month lease, zero cap cost, 15k per yr on ex model listing for roughly 28,000? dealer in nj wanted a crazy 565 per month
#1401 of 7485 lease prices by jmezz
Jun 17, 2002 (2:32 pm)
Gee, I bet you could buy it for less a month than that and sell it at the end of 39 months and be way ahead.
#1402 of 7485 Re: Reliability
Jun 18, 2002 (12:03 pm)
The problem DC has is the only thing the consume has to go on as far reliability and customer service is what the compnay did in the past. So if a van was unreliable in the 1996, it affect our decision today. Honda has a reputation for quality and reliability that has been earned over the pst 3 decades. You can't thro it out the window jsut because it's a new model year and the company says it's improved it;s quality. The proof is in the driving and it takes years to get rid of a bad reputaion. That is what DC is fightin right now with it's minivans. Yes they are still the best selling minivans but each year they are loosin g market share.
Don't get me wrong. the DC vans are very nice but they have to improve their reliability. Look at the Windstar. Great van but horrible reputation.