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Chrysler Town and Country, Car Buying, Van
#318 of 1662 T&C long-term review…
Aug 27, 2006 (7:19 am)
I posted this on the Voyager/Caravan board as well.
Model Info: 2000 Chrysler Town & Country LXi with All-Wheel-Drive (includes 3.8 liter V-6 engine and 4-wheel disc brakes), 29Y Package (includes leather interior, power seats, Infinity stereo system, alarm, 16” aluminum wheels, roof rack, various convenience groups, etc.), Heated Front Seats and Trailer Tow Group.
MSRP/Invoice (in 2000): $35,140/$31,686
Price paid (in March 2000): $32,276 + tax.
Edmund’s trade-in value (in August 2006): $ 4,000 (almost 90% depreciation over 6 years).
Strengths: Slightly “upscale” interior (compared to other minivans), room to comfortably seat seven adult passengers.
Weaknesses: POOR RELIABILITY, UNDERPOWERED (3.8L V6 engine), POOR FUEL ECONOMY (13.4 MPG observed over 6 years of driving).
Summary: My wife has driven this minivan for 99,000 miles and it’s literally falling apart. The exhaust manifold cracked and needed expensive replacement at just over 70,000 miles. The car leaked transmission fluid for almost 2 years (never properly diagnosed or repaired by the dealer). The engine currently sounds like a poorly-made sewing machine. This vehicle has been in the shop 8 times in the past 6 years (for other than routine maintenance). In contrast, my 2000 BMW has only been in the shop 3 times (for minor repairs) over the same 6-year period. My wife is currently looking for a new vehicle and we haven’t even considered buying another Chrysler product. We expected much more from a vehicle that costs over $30K. We’ll probably end up purchasing a much more reliable Japanese brand holds its value longer.
I hope “Dr. Z” is improving the reliability of his newer vehicles!
Aug 28, 2006 (10:05 am)
Does anyone know if Chrysler will have any incentives in or October, I wanted to possibly buy this weekend but the current ones end on Wednesday. I am willing to wait.
#320 of 1662 Re: new incemtives [denamurray]
Aug 30, 2006 (8:35 am)
I am sure they will have good incentives in October for left over 2006 models. I would shoot for a price of at least $7K less than MSRP. I got that exceptional deal in June on a 2006 Grand Caravan that MRSP'd at $26640. Part of my rebates at that time included $4K for everyone, then an additional $750 for those who already own one. Plus dealer was really desparate to move them out before the end of June, so I got a good price.
There are so many competitors in the minivan market, with the Korean brands jumping in now also, that good pricing for the Chrysler twins is likely to continue. If you are patient, this is especially true.
#321 of 1662 new vehicle manufactured a year ago
Sep 01, 2006 (7:27 pm)
I am buying a brand new 2006 T&C touring, just notice it's manufacture date is 09/05. Is this normal or not? considering it's out for 1 year already, could there be something bad about the long time parked?
#322 of 1662 Re: 2006 T&C Touring in So Cal [arrosen]
Sep 01, 2006 (7:43 pm)
Well, I have been offered a T&C Touring for $340/month including taxes for 39 months lease (12K mileage) and 364/month for 27 months with 1300$.
#323 of 1662 Buying 2006 T&C
Sep 10, 2006 (1:31 pm)
I live 75miles south of Rockford Illinois I was wondering what kind of prices to expect on 2006 T&C LX and limited. This will be our fist minivan purchase currently have 04 cadillac cts and the only option I really care about is side airbags,room, and leather. Does anyone suggest a certain model? And should I wait until Oct to see if incentives are better? Right now we have 0%APR for 72 months!
#324 of 1662 Re: Buying 2006 T&C [bogz11]
Sep 11, 2006 (10:36 am)
Well, right now you are giving up $4K in rebates if you take the 0% financing. You might want to reconsider whether you want to finance, given the hefty rebates available. If you are dumping the CTS, it may go a long way toward paying for much of the cost of the new T&C, though I suppose like most new vehicles, the CTS has already taken a good hit on depreciation, being near to a 3 year old vehicle.
There might not be many choices in leftover 2006 models if you wait until October, though Chrysler may give the dealers more incentives to unload them the longer you wait.
Also, you could consider checking the Dodge dealers as well, since Grand Caravan is a twin of Town and Country.
#325 of 1662 Re: Buying 2006 T&C [badgerfan]
Sep 11, 2006 (6:03 pm)
Your probably right about the incentives. I'm tryiing to wait until closer to the end of the year to see if savings will get better in the mean time I'm trying to sell my cadillac being they want to screw me on the trade in. I haven't really considered the dodge van but I may look into it. I really wanted the Toyota Sienna but not sure how great it really is. Thank you for all your info and tips.
#326 of 1662 Re: Buying 2006 T&C [bogz11]
Sep 14, 2006 (8:20 am)
I don't think you can get leather in the LX. Touring with leather group and side air bags is probabyl what you want. The Limited adds a lot of other stuff that you may or may not want.
I'd wait until November to buy. Last Nov was a great time to get an 07 model, but I tihnk Jan & Feb of this year were the best. There was $5k on the table for 2006 models, more than the $4k even now that 2007's are hitting the lots.
#327 of 1662 Re: Buying 2006 T&C [aaron_t]
Sep 14, 2006 (8:41 am)
"Last Nov was a great time to get an 07 model"
Hm, I think you meant and 05 model, right? The 07's might be hitting the lots for the first time by now.
Downside is the longer you wait to buy a leftover 06, the less choices you have. Right now I saw an ad for an Dodge Grand Caravan SXT for $7200 off MSRP, which is just about what I received in discounting in June for a 2006 GC SE, which MSRP'd for about $1-2K less than the SXT. I would expect long wheel base T&C's to be discounted about the same. Pricing could get even better the longer you wait, and if you are not fussy about color and exact equipment packages, one should do well.
End of model year is almost always a good bargain hunters time to shop.