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Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Van
#1162 of 1446 Re: 2003 GC experience [mojdodyr]
Apr 08, 2006 (7:33 pm)
"My take on that - I would never buy a new Dodge or Chrysler minivan, but might consider 1-2 years old if they come with extended warranty."
Even better than what you advise is to simply take Chrysler up on one of their $229 per month "Sign-and-Drives" on a *new* fully loaded SXT Dodge Grand Caravan for 27 months like I did. I actually am paying $195 per month, but I paid the $800 start-up fee up front (tax, 1st month's payment, etc.)
My van has everything but the leather and DVD player. All the power vents, sliding doors, rear hatch, rear heat/AC ,etc.
In 27 months I simply hand the keys back and say "Go away!"
I know that this deal is $1.5k more costly than your experience, but the combination of a more feature-laden vehicle and guaranteed entity to hand the van back to makes it worth it. Another thing going for us is that my wife doesn't have to commute too far... otherwise leasing wouldn't be practical for us then.
#1163 of 1446 Sign and Drive?
Apr 08, 2006 (8:23 pm)
It does sound very attractive - no doubt about it. For almost the same price you got to drive brand new van and don't have to bother about getting rid of it. I just can't find anything close to that deal in my local Denver papers, nor on Dodge website. Is it a national program? Is that how they call it -"Sign and Drive"? So, you had paid 800$ up front and than 195$ per month? Almost sounds like too good to be true deal.
#1164 of 1446 Extended warranty
Apr 08, 2006 (8:55 pm)
Have an 06 GC SXT, 7k miles on it, no problems, great van so far. Much better than a 05 Sienna I recently ditched.
But I would feel more comfortable with an extended warranty. A 7yr/100k miles bumper to bumper $0 deductible manufacturers warranty on a 06 Sienna costs ~$800 discounted on the internet. Lowest price I've been able to find online for the Chrysler is ~$2500.
Does anyone know of any places (dealers) which give deep discounts on the Chrysler extended warranty?
#1165 of 1446 Re: Sign and Drive? [mojdodyr]
Apr 08, 2006 (8:56 pm)
Unfortunately I think the great lease deals on the GC SXT expired on April 1. I have seen the lease payments shoot up since then. Before March 31, I was seeing $99/month with $2990 down, or $219/month with nothing down. Now it's more like $179/month with $3000 down.
#1166 of 1446 Safety ratings comparison
Apr 08, 2006 (9:06 pm)
bummer. Anybody knows where can I find a comparison between Toyota, Honda and Dodge safety wise?
#1167 of 1446 Re: Safety ratings comparison [mojdodyr]
Apr 09, 2006 (5:42 am)
That's pretty easy by visiting the two sites that have crash test ratings: www.iihs.org and www.safercar.gov (NHTSA). Another factor is that the DC vans don't have stability control available but Toyota and Honda do.
#1168 of 1446 Re: Safety ratings comparison [backy]
Apr 09, 2006 (6:26 am)
The Chrysler does really well in NHTSA tests but gets dinged on the IIHS tests because it was not tested for side impact.
I don't understand why in all these years IIHS has never tested a Chrysler minivan in side impact.
And even the front impact on one of the sites is a 2001 model. Chrylser has added the knee airbag since then, I would assume it performs better in front impact than the tests indicate.
#1169 of 1446 Re: Safety ratings comparison [dm3]
Apr 09, 2006 (10:11 am)
The IIHS probably hasn't tested the DC vans yet because they sell in such small numbers, don't have much market share compared to other mini-vans.
Oh, wait... never mind.
#1170 of 1446 Re: 2005 Town and Country Touring Model - Brake problems [jamah]
Apr 10, 2006 (2:55 pm)
My 2005Town&Country with 30,000miles has been giving me trouble with the brakes since I last had pads/rotors turned in Oct 2005 (car was just over a year!). Now the dealership says nothing is wrong and this noise I hear is normal. It feels like the ABS is coming on too early going slow in the neighborhood! I have called Chyrsler and reported this problem and my next step is talking wo a regional manager about this! The pads were replaced last month again and the rotors turned again since October. Can this cylinder be the problem?
#1171 of 1446 Re: 2005 Town and Country Touring Model - Brake problems [maguire]
Apr 11, 2006 (4:14 am)
You should never feel the ABS engaging unless you are slamming on the brakes full force coming down from speed. When your in the neighborhood the ABS system should be invisible. Sounds like your pads may be sticking...