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Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town and Country, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Van
#986 of 7485 Still a tough choice
Feb 10, 2002 (3:16 pm)
I have been having a hard time deciding between a T&C or Odyssey.I have been a long time Toyota and Honda sedan owner and even have a small deposit on a 2002 Odyssey with the more powerful twin-cam engine and five-speed trans but everytime I drive past the neighbor's silver Town and Country LX I go into second guess mode. I have test driven both a used '99 Odyssey (no 2001 demos or new ones available to test drive at the time)and a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country LX. The Honda seemed to have a lot of road and wind noise with both a skinny steering wheel and an indifferent drivers seat.I know Honda's 2002 model is supposed to have addressed both noise, vibration,harshness and seat comfort. The Chrysler LX seemed more like a quiet smooth limo with a fairly isolated ride and firmly bolstered, comfortable seats.The fold-down armrests really seemed to add to the comfort level. What makes the choice no easier is either paying Honda's MSRP for their build-quality reputation (for their sedans at least) or having at least the chance to get several thousands off the sticker of what seems like a more quiet and comfortable, if less technically advanced on paper (overhead valve engine, no independent rear susp) DC van with at least two, maybe three very good frequency-of-repair years behind them.To anyone who has recently been driving in a 2002 Odyssey, if you can report on the wind and tire noise at speed it would be most welcome.Also, if anybody has a "good" real world price on a Chysler Town and Country LX AWD or a Dodge Grand Caravan Sport AWD or ES in cloth that would be very helpful. Thanks for reading the long post.
#987 of 7485 re: tire and wind noise
Feb 10, 2002 (4:04 pm)
The road noise on my 2002 Odyssey is louder than on my sister-in-law's 2002 Sienna. I don't know how it compares to the 2002 T&C. I don't find the noise excessive, or even bothersome, however. You might ask this question on the Odyssey board, as there was some discussion about this not too long ago. Apparently, drivers are having good results by changing the tires. Like I said, it doesn't really bother me. (Of course, the wind is gusting to 80mph here today, and I don't think any vehicle can soundproof against that!)
Feb 10, 2002 (9:35 pm)
hey there, we have a 2000 Town & Country LX with 36k miles that we absolutely love. We were lucky enough to get the 16 inch chrome wheels on our LX as a "dealership option" when we bought it in September of 2000. As for pricing, you can get a much better deal on a 2002 (and especially a 2001, if you can find one) Town & Country LX than you could on any Odyssey, even the lowly LX model. If you are a good at dealing down the price you can get a Town & Country for thousands less than MSRP.
Also, Chrysler is still offering its 100,000 mile warranty if you have any concerns about the long-term reliability of a Town & Country...
#989 of 7485 Honda hype
Feb 13, 2002 (4:26 pm)
According to CR Ody reliability is below average, yet dealers still ask above MSRP or add their own options to accomplish the same thing. At least with the DC van the repairs won't empty my bank account like the Honda repairs. How anyone can purchase an Ody above MSRP and then pay for an extended warranty brings their sanity into question IMO.
#991 of 7485 pluto5
Feb 13, 2002 (6:00 pm)
CR reliability was below average ONLY on the 99's... mostly due to sliding door issues. Also, it was the first model year of a totally redesigned Odyssey... there are bound to be kinks to be worked out and Honda has addressed many of them. How long did it take Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge to address/admit their issues?!?!? We paid below MSRP for our 2001 ODY EX and are looking forward to the FANTASTIC resale value Ody's have when it is time to buy a new one.
#992 of 7485 pluto5 by calg
Feb 13, 2002 (6:08 pm)
pluto5, kind of reminds me of a cartoon, I wonder...........
#994 of 7485 Town & Country wins... by 4aodge
Feb 14, 2002 (3:12 pm)
That can't be right, Motorweek is against the Odyssey and always favor American cars, and anyone of the other cry baby excuses we Odyssey owners had to put up with when Odyssey was getting all the awards.
#995 of 7485 The same amcsi that rated Chrysler "The Best Minivan EVER"
Feb 14, 2002 (3:26 pm)
also has the Lexus 430 the Best Sedan. Do people still want to argue about Chrysler the best minivan?