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#1 of 281 Hello to new and long time Town Hall members of the Vans message board...
Aug 22, 2001 (9:05 pm)
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#4 of 281 1999 T&C LXi Extended
Sep 08, 2001 (2:35 am)
I've just read most of the posts from 1998 forward and also searched the Maintenance and Repair section. It seems strange that many problems are posted on the T&C Board yet not one Subject heading for Chrysler T&C on the Maint & Repair. Curious, no?
I've owned my LXi since 11/5/98 and have 20,700 miles. Two 7,000 mile road trips, the rest around town. A few minor problems: 1. Fuel pump broke 10K, 2. Bad cruise control module, and rear brakes locked up once from island dust and then overheating on the Interstate. Bad vibration got my attention. No damage evident upon inspection, but later discovered the rear brake drums had warped enough to give me a little vibration on rapid slowdown. Didn't have them turned; not covered under warranty at 10K?? Thought that was odd on a car this expensive.
That's the total of problems I've had. It's a wonderful van and had planned to get a new one at 3 yrs, but am now looking into extended warranties to keep it for a couple more years. I like it! Oh, the driver's window hesitated to come down a couple of times, probably that automatic down deal causing problems and I also have a little strange noise that I can hear when at idle. The radio volume always repairs that problem. Happy motoring in your sweet machines. Ole' Den
Sep 08, 2001 (7:45 am)
Your good experience could explain why, "despite hefty rebates, sales of every truck model are down this year except the Chrysler Town & Country minivan, which is up 61 percent". T&C sales are blowing the doors off.
Chicago Tribune article
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#6 of 281 looking for threads regarding brake problems with 2000 Chrysler Grand Caravan
Sep 08, 2001 (8:43 pm)
We bought this used with only 3,500 miles. We love this van, but the brakes started a "grinding" noise at about 6,000 miles. We first mentioned it to the dealer at 7,500, and officially began a trail of repairs at 10,000 miles. We are now at 16,000 miles, and it has not been fixed (we keep being told they "can't find anything wrong." Finally on the 5th service visit my husband insisted on being along for the test drive, and the mechanic heard the noise. Still, they "can't find anything wrong." We have requested an arbitration hearing under the California lemon law, and it's scheduled for Tuesday morning (Sept 11th). I'm looking for info from others who have suffered through similar problems, to give me some background before the hearing.
ANY assistance would be appreciated. Please, point me to this or any other website that might have consumer comments on this subject.
As time is running out, please feel free to write directly to: z1x1usyahoo.com
thanks so much for your help!
Sep 08, 2001 (9:06 pm)
The Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler minivan problems discussion is probably the best one to browse here. Also try a search engine, like google.com (and the usenet collection at googlegroups.com). Good luck.
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#8 of 281 Chrysler T&C Traction Control
Sep 10, 2001 (1:16 pm)
Does anyone have any winter driving experience with the traction control? I am wondering if it will perform as well as my AWD option. I live on a steep hill in snow country and the AWD has always gotten me home. Previous cars with just front wheel drive have not. Any experiences will be appreciated.
#9 of 281 Hello from Texas
Sep 12, 2001 (1:36 pm)
Hi - my name is Vernon, and my family and I have a '96 Dodge Grand Caravan SE. I joined the list mostly to ask about replacing this one.
This is our second DGC. Our first was a '91 model and it served us great until its air conditioners started going out. We upgraded the front unit to the new version that uses a different kind of freon, and from that day on, the AC couldn't handle temps above 90. Here in central TX, our average daily high temp is usually over 100 during July and August, so we waited until December to trade it in, since we knew that the new AC unit would operate perfectly in cool weather.
The van we got in trade is our current one, and it has problems, too. We are on its 3rd automatic transmission. Fortunately, extended contracts paid for the one we had to put in last year, and when it went out again a few weeks ago, the 3-year warranty on the repair came into play, and again, we didn't owe anything, so we were very lucky there.
Unfortunately, it has an intermittent electrical problem that goes like this: you're driving along, when you decide to turn on the radio (or the lights, or the AC, or the wipers, etc). You turn the switch and nothing happens. You turn it off and on several times, but nada. So, you pull over to the side of the road, turn off the engine, wait a minute, restart it and turn on the radio (or whatever) and presto - everything is working just fine. Nobody knows why it does this - it just does.
Well, we've had enough of this fun, so we want to trade it in, or maybe sell it at a consignment place. What else can we get? We'd like to stick with a Dodge Grand Caravan if we can, but we just don't know which years have reliable products and which ones don't. Do you?
When we were into Subarus, our mechanic told us that even-numbered year products were losers, so Subaru made all its corrections in its odd-numbered-year models. Is Dodge like that, too?
We talked with a salesman at a Dodge dealership, and he recommended going with a '99 model since we need to keep the price at $12-13K or less. Are '99's typically reliable?
Sep 12, 2001 (4:07 pm)
i have friends who are members of car clubs and have these car meets regularly. my question is:
any canadian member know of a van club for toyota siennas in the vancouver b.c. area? i know this may sound silly but i really like my vehicle so i wouldn't mind joining one - if one exist!